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Like everyone else, it would seem, I noticed these ornaments dangling around in Whole Foods and in  my office lobby.   And I instantly thought:  Aha!  Something I can do with my paint chip collection.

So, I set about it....

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Step 1: Materials

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Every time I visit the hardware store, which is a lot, I try to make a point to pick up a few paint chip samples.  Since I am a frequent customer and always make a purchase, I don't feel excessively guilty about taking advantage of a customary corporate kindness such as these.  I imagine they are somewhat costly to make as they have to reproduce the colors with exacting precision.  So I don't take too many and always make a purchase.

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
bamboo skewers
a length of thread
xacto knife
maybe some long  nosed pliers

Step 2: Cut the strips up

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Cut the strips into 1/2" by 4.5" strips.   I found that it takes about 20 half inch strips to go all the way around the diameter of the ornament with these dimensions.

Arrange them in the order you want them to appear on the surface...

Step 3: Drill the first set of holes

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Align one long end of the strips and clamp them together.  Wrap a little piece of cardboard around it before you clamp it to protect it from getting an impression from the clamp.

Drill a small hole (smaller than the diameter of the bamboo skewer).

ilpug3 years ago
Ive got about 10,000 of these....
foobear (author)  ilpug3 years ago
Cool. What are you going to do with them?
ilpug foobear3 years ago
Well, up until now i never really thought of them, but these are an awesome application!
What a cute idea!
foobear (author)  Penolopy Bulnick3 years ago
Thanks very much!
Perfect ornaments for all the graphic designers I know. :D Very pretty.
foobear (author)  jessyratfink3 years ago
thank you