When looking to give your home a fresh coat of paint, most of us head to our local hardware store and pick up a few paint chips. Those thin slits of paper that have multiple shades of a particular color can come in handy at home, but once you decide on what tone you are going with, what do you do with the leftover chips? It seems incredibly wasteful to just throw them out, but there really isn't much use for it ... or is there? Recycling is always a great option, but why not use them to help bring a bit of color into your house without the use of paint? In the words of French poet Guillaume Apollinaire, "Color is the fruit of life." So, the next time you have leftover paint chips, give these easy color-chip DIYs a try.
1. A colorful chandelier.
You can use paint chips to make this stunning chandelier. In the example, the same shades were used throughout the project and it resulted in a really cool gradient effect. Learn how to make your own by following this link.
2. A rainbow-themed wall.
Have a boring wall that could use some sprucing up? Try aligning color gradients to create an amazing rainbow effect. Don't feel like you have to use all the colors in the world, however. Use your creativity to come up with your own unique pattern.
Are you one of those people who keeps forgetting to check their calendar? Trying using paint chips to create one that's a real attention grabber. With a glass covering and a dry-erase marker, you can keep using this one over and over again.
Coasters are a great way to add a bit of flair to any table, desk or countertop. Use some paint chips to create your own colorful coasters by following these steps.
5. Wall art.
Cut out geometric shapes from paint chips, then glue them to a backboard to create abstract wall art. Again, don't feel constrained by the pattern displayed below. Try your own patterns to create something that is completely unique to you!
6. Wall mobile.
If you or someone you know has a toddler, a hanging wall mobile is an easy DIY that any baby would love to look at. Simply cut out some shapes from a few paint chips, string them together, then mount them to the wall.
7. 3-D art.
If you love to express your creativity through art, why not try incorporating paint chips to create a unique 3-D effect?
Don't waste any of your money on buying tags for items again. Simply cut out a strip of paint chip, punch a hole in it, and tie a string through it. These can come in handy when you need tags for gifts. They also work well at being easy-to-notice tags for luggage.
9. Napkin holder.
If you are planning on having a few guests over for dinner, colorful paint chips can be used as attention-grabbing napkin holders. All you have to do is cut a couple of slits down the middle and thread a napkin through them.
Paint chips can be incorporated into any DIY jewelry project to give them a very unique look. To learn more about making the necklace shown below, check out the project's link here.