So, I set about it....
Step 1: Materials
That's why this Instructable is categorized as mostly nice, but also slightly naughty.
Please don't run out and ransack the paint counter, not that you would of course, but some might feel empowered to do so by the mere fact that they are offered for free and here you are, as I am, presented with a use for them.... at long last...
20 or so paint chip samples
a drill with a fine bit
a small clamp
cutting board or scissors
a length of thread
maybe some long nosed pliers
Step 2: Cut the strips up
Arrange them in the order you want them to appear on the surface...
Step 3: Drill the first set of holes
Drill a small hole (smaller than the diameter of the bamboo skewer).