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Paint Chips to Wall Art

I'm really excited about this $1.00 wall art.  I think it looks really cute in Baby Z's nursery.

On a lunch outing with coworkers, we stopped at Lowe's for a dremel tool. Yes, we went to Lowe's for lunch.  There are a lot of creative minds in our group.  We have to be to do our job.  Any who, I was still excited about finding out we were having another little boy.  So, I took a stroll down paint lane.  I was so overwhelmed with all the beautiful colors that I took a huge sampling of paint chips.  Hubby and I sat down about 3 weeks later and picked colors for him to paint.  

I thought it would be a waste to throw all of those paint chips away.  I figured I could do something creative with them later.  Months later we found the perfect fabric for the bedding and window treatments  (see I'm Sewing for fabric information).  With the travel theme chosen, I knew the perfect quote for his room.  I was going to do vinyl but then I thought about the paint chips and thought it would be perfect.

$1 Wall Art
Here's what I used:
  • Paint Chips (free - Lowe's)
  • Letter Stencils (free - created with PowerPoint)
  • Frame (free - already owned)
  • Paint (free - already owned)
  • Cardboard (2/$1 - Dollar Tree)
  • Scissors (free - already owned)
  • Hot Glue (free - already owned)
Here's what I did:
  1. Removed glass from frame and painted the frame. Set aside to dry (may take more than one coat).
  2. Traced the stencils onto the paint chips and cut them out.
  3. Taped two pieces of card board together and trimmed to fit frame.
  4. Glued letters to card board.
  5. Secured cardboard in frame.
  6. Hung wall art.
Notice, I didn't say that I replaced the glass.  That was my intention but I broke it. :(

Even without the glass, I think it turned out really cute.  I have gotten quite a few comments on it from Baby Z's visitors.

What have you done with paint chips?  Share your paint chip projects.


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