DIY Paint Chip Art - The Surznick Common Room

Monday, April 25, 2016

DIY Paint Chip Art


Paint chips are the ultimate craft supply - they're versatile, come in tons of colors, and they're free! A couple years ago paint chip crafts were all the rage, but it's been awhile since I've seen them on blogs. I myself haven't made anything with paint chips in awhile either, but this past weekend I wanted to crank out some quick wall art and colorful paint chips were just what I needed!


I picked up these fruit and veggie paintings from a Craigslist "Free Curb Alert" up the street last year. They were the perfect candidate for a makeover. You could use canvas, thrifted art, shoebox lids, you name it!


Here's what you need!
- Frames or canvas of your choice
- Spray paint (optional)
- Paint chips
- Scissors
- Mod Podge (we prefer matte finish)
- Paint brush
- Xacto knife


Here's what you do!
- If desired, spray paint your frames/canvas. We spray painted both the frames and the inserts so we could have a white background to work with. We did two coats, allowing the paint to fully dry in between.
- Meanwhile, cut your paint chips into small squares. I wanted mine to be slightly different in size and imperfect. My inspiration was this image I've had pinned for years (p.s. follow me!)
- Arrange your squares in a pattern you like and then glue them down with your Mod Podge. The edges may curl a bit, so once all your pieces are glued, flip your art over onto a sheet of wax paper and weigh it down with heavy books. Let it press for an hour.
- Use an Xacto knife to trim the paint chips that hang over the edge of the canvas.
- Add a coat of Mod Podge onto the top of your art. Allow to fully dry and again flip your art over onto a sheet of wax paper and weigh it down with heavy books. Let it press for an hour.
- Insert your finished art into your frame and display it!


Have you created any paint chip crafts? What are your favorites?

Sarah & Nick

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