MPS026 – Pinterest Craft Day: 5 Paint Chip Crafts

Posted by: JP on Feb 15, 2016

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Pinterest is full of crafty ideas that utilize the paint chips that you pick up at the home improvement store.  So today I decided to put some of those crafts to the test and see if my versions turned out similar to the ones on Pinterest!  My goal was to make my finished products look like the images I found on Pinterest while spending the least amount of money possible. Today’s projects include a mini square gift box with lid, favor gift holders, a mobile, owl wall art, and a flower canvas.

About paint chips and ethics:

There is some debate whether or not it’s ethical to go to a home improvement store and pick up paint chips just for crafting.  I’m in the camp that it’s not OK. While they may be free to pick up, someone has to pay for them and they have a specific purpose.  Also, it’s just rude to clean out a store of certain colors when people who are actually there to pick out paint can no longer view those colors!  So here’s what I suggest:

  • Save all your paint chips from home improvement projects.  Keep them tucked away and when you need them for a project, tada!
  • Ask the home improvement store if you can have the outdated paint chips.  From time to time they will get rid of old colors and throw them out, ask if you can have them!
  • Use scrapbook paper, card stock, or construction paper instead. Which is what I did for all of these projects.

 

So on to the crafts!

I wanted to make these projects using as little money as possible, so other than purchasing the two canvases for the flower and owl, I only used left over supplies that I already had in my craft bins.  But even if you have to purchase supplies, these are inexpensive crafts to make.

 

Mini Gift Boxes:

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These small gift boxes are so easy and so adorable! You can make them with just a few supplies that you probably already have in your house and they are so much cuter than a plain envelope for a small gift.

 

TP Roll Gift Box:

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I love how quick, easy, and cute this craft is! It’s the perfect size for a small item or cash gift and you can make it in any pattern you like!

Materials:

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Ribbon

Instructions:

  • Measure and cut a piece of scrapbook paper:
    • Width: the exact width of the TP tube.
    • Length: long enough to wrap all the way around the tube
  • Glue the paper to the TP tube.
  • Fold in the ends of one side of the tube so they just overlap.
  • Fill the tube with the gift,  then fold over the ends of the other side of the tube.
  • Tie with a ribbon and add a gift tag.
  • See the time-lapse movie below for a quick tutorial.

 

Scrapbook Paper Gift Box:

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This is the most adorable little box (and it is little) and it’s made from a single piece of paper!

Materials:

  • Scrapbook or construction paper
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon

Instructions:

  • Using the measurements above, cut the box base and box lid and fold.
  • Attach the folded flaps using double-sided tape.
  • Fill with gift and tie with a ribbon.

 

Scrapbook Paper Canvas Art:

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These scrapbook paper canvases are a great solution for that wall that needs something but you either can’t find the art for the right price or you have a very specific color palette.  You can make these in any color and pattern you like and the materials are inexpensive!

 

Owl Scrapbook Paper Canvas Art:

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WHO doesn’t like an adorable owl! Use solids or patterns (or a combo of both) and make an owl that’s unique to you and your room!

Materials:

  • 11″ x 14″ stretched canvas
  • A few different patterns of scrapbook paper, construction paper, or card stock
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Template above

Instructions:

  • Using the template above, cut shapes out of scrapbook paper. Don’t forget to reverse the template for the second wing!
  • Using Mod Podge, glue the pieces onto the canvas one layer at a time.
  • Once all the pieces are glued in place, cover the entire canvas with a layer of Mod Podge. It looks white and cloudy when you paint it on, but it dries clear.
  • Once dry it’s ready to hang!

 

Flower Scrapbook Paper Canvas Art:

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This would looks great in pinks and purples for a teenager’s room! Have fun with colors and patterns!

Materials:

  • 11″ x 14″ stretched canvas
  • A few different patterns of scrapbook paper, construction paper, or card stock
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Acrylic paint
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  • Paint the canvas (including sides) using acrylic paint and let dry.
  • Cut petal shapes (I cut two sizes) out of scrapbook paper and a circle for the flower center.
  • Do a “dry” layout of the pieces on the canvas, laying all them out they way you will want to glue them.
  • Using Mod Podge, glue the center and petals onto the canvas starting in the center and working your way out. On the edges, wrap the petals around the sides.
  • Once all the pieces are glued in place, cover the entire canvas with a layer of Mod Podge. It looks white and cloudy when you paint it on, but it dries clear.
  • Once dry it’s ready to hang!

 

Paper Mobile Using Scrapbook Paper:

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I love this idea for a pop of added color or shimmer in the corner of a room, especially for a baby’s room. You could use solid card stock in varying shades for an ombre effect or use patterns like the one I made in the pictures above. I love how it shimmers in the sunlight!

I was determined to make this entire project out of things I could find in the house so I came up with some unusual workarounds.  I didn’t have any round embroidery hoops, dowels, or extra lampshades (all great options for this project!) to use as a base/form for my mobile, so I used the front of a broken desk fan! It was perfect! I had some beading thread left over from a jewelry project that I used to hang the paper disks, and I made the paper disks from leftover heavyweight scrapbook paper from my Anti-Valentines banner. Not bad for not buying any supplies!

Materials:

  • Heavyweight scrapbook paper or card stock
  • Scissors or paper punch (I highly recommend a 2″ paper punch for this project!)
  • Thread or string
  • A base/form: dowels, embroidery hoop, lampshade form, or anything you can find that will work!
  • Sewing needle
  • Sewing pin

Instructions:

  • Using a 2″ paper punch, cut approximately 200 circles out of heavyweight scrapbook paper or card stock.
  • Using a sewing pin, punch a small hole through the center of each circle (you can just eyeball it)
  • Using needle and thread, thread each circle onto the thread, knotting the thread under each of the circles so it stays in place.  I made strings of circles of varying lengths from 9 circles to 11 circles.
  • Tie the strings of circles to the base/form at equal intervals.
  • Tie a string to the top of the base/form and hang from the ceiling.

 

That’s it! Five Pinterest crafts on a budget! I encourage you to try them out for yourself and have fun with colors and patterns!

Happy Crafting!

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