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8 Best Paint Chip Projects

By jordanferney |

Paint chips as a crafting supply have really come into their own in the last couple years. There are tons of clever people coming up with cute projects, party decorations and even high art. I’m in love with the fringy mural by artist Peter Combe. I was relieved when I realized he’d used a paper shredder to get the swatches down to all those thousands of strips, but even so, can you imagine how long it took? It would be a fun DIY if you had hours and hours and plenty of patience. Check out seven more clever projects after the jump.

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Best Paint Chip Projects

Shredded Paint Chips


Shredded Paint Chips

Paint Chip Chandelier

Paint Chip Bike Spokes

Paint Chip Circles

Paint Chip Flowers

Paint Chip Notebooks

Paint Chip Pointillism

Paint Chip Wall


All via Pinterest

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Jordan Ferney is a former event planner and author of the popular lifestyle and design blog, Oh Happy Day! Jordan has worked for Babble, Anthology Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Cookie, Project Wedding, and iVillage. She lives in San Francisco in a one bedroom apartment with her husband and two boys, Moses and Roman.

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0 thoughts on “8 Best Paint Chip Projects

  1. Amber says:

    Am I the only one that thinks taking as many paint chips as you need for some of these projects is… kind of… stealing? I know they’re “free”, but it certainly isn’t free for the paint companies to produce them and I doubt they were intending to subsidize our craft habits when they put them out there. I love these neat and beautiful projects, but I know I would feel a little off if I walked into a paint store and walked out with nothing but a cart full of free paint chips. (No, I don’t work for a paint store. It’s just a thought.)

  2. Jamie says:

    I agree with you— I thought the same thing

  3. Sara says:

    When I go into a store I will ask if there is a limit on paint chips. I tell them I am doing a craft project. I have never had a store give me a limit or tell me “no.”

  4. aleyta says:

    I just made a paintchip journal. I took a photo, its on my last blogpost :)

  5. Laura says:

    I wouldn’t feel right about it either, but I imagine many of us save paint chips from previous painting projects. I know I have a stack of them and could probably ask a few friends to give me their stacks too. And a lot of these projects don’t need that many chips anyway.

    Another thought…. citing “Pinterest” as the source is a load of crap. You really should link to the pin you found and to the original pinner in addition to the original source. That’s giving the curating credit where it’s due. At least the project names link to the original source, which is much better than many do.

  6. rachel faucett says:

    I love that wall…the first pic…Paint store…Watch Out…:)

  7. allikpeters says:

    We use them at our school library to make each student a library card. One color for each class. On each paint chip we put the student name and barcode. then they decorate with stickers. It’s perfect!

  8. smirk says:

    yes, it is stealing.

  9. Peter Combe says:

    Thanks Jordan for featuring my work. I’ve been getting lots of hits, you can see more here

  10. Peter Combe says:

    FYI, Amber & Smirk – I ask. Some Home Depots even save chips for me – the ones customers leave lying around.

  11. quincy says:

    why do you think that would be wrong they’re free so why wouldn’t you want to take advantage of that its not like your going to re sell them for something dumb your making a craft (or whatever your doing) to decorate your home (or whatever your doing) so i don’t see why thats a problem

  12. Sai says:

    I would feel bad too it’s almost like if you go to a restaurant and take all their condiments, yes they’re free but it cost the company money and they did it so alot of people would get some not just one person

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