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Paint Chip Wall Art

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Say you have an empty wall and an empty wallet. Luckily, there is a very simple solution to your problem: free paint chips!

These little cards can be found in the paint section of any decent hardware store. Just walk in and grab a variety of colors. The only other things you need are a pair of scissors, painters tape, and some creativity.

I got the idea stopping by a house where people had taped a bunch of chips to the wall in a much more abstract pattern, so credit goes to them, whoever they are. Also, after writing this up, I realized there is a similar instructable here, but I figure that this is different enough to get its own.

This is a great way to make a space your own, especially if you are in an apartment or dormitory where they get grumpy about thumbtacks and screws. I know when I lived in a dorm, blue painters tape was the only thing allowed. Also, the irony of decorating with paint samples is enjoyable in its own right.

 
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Step 1: Prepare the Chips

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Usually the chips come with three similar colors on each one, separated by little white strips.

I decided to separate the colors, and trim off the white strips.

You might decide to leave them on the same card, since they do look kind of cool that way. Or maybe you want to cut them into different shapes. Triangles, circles, amoebas, whatever!

Step 2: Layout on Floor

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To make sure your design fits on the wall, measure the space you are trying to fill with a tape measure. Then, tape out that rectangle on the floor. This is your canvas.

Spread your chips out on the ground, and figure out a pattern you like. Its much easier to do it this way, since you don't have to mess around with tape while you are moving things around.

Once you get a design you like, take a picture. That way you can keep moving things around to experiment with different ideas, but can still go back and recreate older ones.

malibini1 year ago
That is SO COOL! I am so doing that to my room. What if you coppied a photo or painting with those chips, and made the illusion it was a photo! OMG im so gonna do an instructible on that! THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS INSTRUCTUBLE!
- crazy me
matthew53843 years ago
Make a photo out of it!
House.jpg
Thts awesome :)
intwesting
Way cool!
 double sided tape also works well. it keeps the chips closer to the wall
rcaceres4 years ago
This is GREAT!!!!  I'm going to be moving into an apartment soon, and this is going to be a PERFECT solution, since I'll have no money after paying all the initial costs.  THANKS A BUNCH!
daedalus12 (author)  rcaceres4 years ago
Glad you like it! Come on back and post a picture when you do yours, I'd love to see other peoples versions.
l8nite4 years ago
this is one of those "WHY didnt I think of that?" type of things. I immediately thought of the plain walls in my granddaughters room.... 2 COOL !
foobear4 years ago
I've always loved the paint color display at the hardware store. I always wished I could take about two of every color and just play with them. Great idea.
foobear foobear4 years ago
I've also wished I could have one of those paint color mixing machines like they have behind the counter. It would be cool to mix up your own colors of house paint and use them. Seems like house paint is an underexplored art material.
ChrysN4 years ago
Nice, and you can get so many different colours too!
I like this, a lot.