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).
Step 4: Drill the Second Set of Holes So They Stagger Slightly
To accomplish this, bend the strips around as shown before reclamping the other end.
Once clamped, drill a small hole through as illustrated in the photos.
Step 5: Thread the Strips on the Skewer in Order
Load up all the strips onto the skewer through the first hole. Then, starting with the innermost strip, poke the skewer into remaining hole. Take the next closest strip and repeat until complete. With half inch strips, it took about 20 strips to go all the way around with minimum gaps exposed between them..
The video explains it best.
Step 6: Cut Off the Pointy Bit
Lay the skewer along the edge of some wood, then roll the blade of the xacto along it perpendicularly, as illustrated in the video.
After a few turns, you can just break the pointy part off
Step 7: Glue the End
Step 8: Attach Some Thread
Then tie some string to the skewer so it falls into the groove, then tighten it to hold it.