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I am quite fond of color, and have always loved paint swatches. I don’t throw them away, and I have  been known to frame them on more than one occasion. In the restaurant I used to own with my husband, we had a big black frame with a grid of paint chips hanging on the wall. {I am also a big fan of grids}. It was super-cool.

I thought there might be some other fun things to do with these little free squares of colored happiness, so I decided to investigate, and voila!  Now, today is the first time I actually gathered a few paint chips FOR a project {the heart garland in the photo for my daughters’ room} I usually just have them laying around and recycle them into confettti or gift tags.

Anyway, I am sure there are a million other ideas out there, but here are a few that caught my eye, with tutorials if I could find them…

From the top: 1. A visual diary from paint swatches (too cool not to include). 2. Wall art  3. Business card holders :http://www.designverb.com/2006/11/12/paint-chip-card-holder/4. Gift tags  5. Paint chip notebooks: http://whimsy-girl.blogspot.com/2008/10/paint-sample-notebook-tutorial.html 6. Heart garland 7. Paint chip orbs: http://www.readymade.com/projects/i_made_this_paint_chip_orbs  8. Rolodex Dividers: http://inmyownstyle.com/2010/06/in-artful-order.html 9. Paint chip mobile.

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  • where can I get that oblong heart punch. ive been looking everywhere. Cant find one.ReplyCancel

  • Martha, You can looking at Michael’s Art http://www.michaels.com or Stamp Store.. kind of craft store. You can looking up in your hometown. I do not know where you lives. I lives in Seattle,WA. I have seen in JoAnne’s Fabric store, too.

    I hope you find one!

    MargaretReplyCancel

  • Hannah Grace

    OMG! I <3 paint swatches!!!!! thanks for the ideas!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Paint Girl

    I don’t mean to sound like a crab, but being in the paint industry I get somewhat frusterated when I see paint samples as craft projects. They are made of real paint, and are quite expensive to make. Although a lot of paint retailers get them as a “perk” from their suppliers, their price is ultimately figured into the cost of paint, which will eventually be passed all the way to the consumer. You wouldn’t go into McDonald’s to stock up on straws or napkins beyond what you needed for that visit. Please don’t go into paint/hardware stores and take paint swatches when you are planning on getting paint.ReplyCancel

  • deluxemodern

    I appreciate what you’re saying, and agree.

    I have purchased enough paint in my lifetime to literally support the industry, and for this project I took very few. I have a gift bag full of swatches from past painting projects, and use them as needed. In fact, I recycle them for future paint projects.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    I love the ideas, but none of the links work.ReplyCancel

  • deluxemodern

    huh. They used to, I wonder what happened.
    I will try to fix 😉ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    Really cute ideas.
    Oh and paint girl thank you for the info I would never have thought of it that way before.ReplyCancel

  • Love all your ideas!ReplyCancel

  • diana

    I too was unable to open any of the links. Could you please direct me as to another way to open them. Thanks. Love your ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Diana Symonds

    Love the typewriter/guest book idea.

    I want a vintage type writer, have for a long time now. This is a nice design site.
    DReplyCancel

  • Cheri

    I can’t seem to get into any of the sites that you posted for the paint samples.. I was wondering if you could repost them or please send me a email with the ingo..You have some great ideas..Thank you…ReplyCancel

  • Would love the instructions for the paint chip notebook but like the others I can not open the links.ReplyCancel

  • so sorry everyone!
    The links are now fixed. ReplyCancel

  • Judy Cochran

    I loved your paint chip ideas…..what an interesting way to get free color into your life, room and your purse in some cases..I make use out of wallpaper books the same way…so much free stuff that is beautiful with lots of texture. Thank you for sharingReplyCancel

  • Kathie Meli

    Hi
    I cannot believe I found this site! I think home depot fears my visiting them. I walk out of the store with a stack of paint cards! I love all the bright colors they are amazing. I never know what to do with them except use them for the backs of my ATC’s cards and I also hung a bunch of colors up in my room. Now I have alot of great ideas!
    Thank you much
    KathieReplyCancel

  • laura

    I too am a paint chip collector…
    always using them in my crafts/cardmaking/scrapbooking….ReplyCancel

  • Misty

    I’m confused. How do you get so many paint samples. I couldn’t imagine Going into a store and taking paint chips without planning on painting something. I would feel like I was stealing. I agree with Paint Girl.ReplyCancel

  • This is SUCH a great idea!! I have so many of these lying about at home. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • krystal c

    any idea of where you found pic #2?ReplyCancel

  • ewood120

    paintgirl,i was renovating the whole of my upstairs area with a feature wall in every room.i used the paint swatches from my renovation to make these crafts so i think in my case it was alrightReplyCancel

  • these are all so cute!!ReplyCancel

  • […] stamp). Another super cute one. Wall art idea. Another cute one. More ideas for paint chips. And even more here. Super cute garland ideas here by Elsie (she’s the grand master of DIY) over at A Beautiful […]ReplyCancel

  • Marit

    I love this! I have started collecting paint swatches again to do something with them. I used to collect them because I love color and wanted to be an interior designer when I was little but my mom made me throw them away. Now, I will collect again!ReplyCancel

  • I love the ideas you have!ReplyCancel

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