Introduction: Paint Chip Valentine's Day Wreath

About: I'm one of the original members of Handmade Detroit, that crafty group that brings you the Detroit Urban Craft Fair and Sunday Crafternoon.

Don't let paint samples for your bathroom go to waste! Use them to create a fun, but cheap, indoor wreath that tells a special someone, "You look good in any color!"

Step 1: Create Your Wreath Form

For this project, you'll need the following items: 1 12 by 12-inch piece of cardboard (I used a piece I found inside a new calendar), paint samples (The number of strips depends on what size your wreath is), double-sided tape, hole puncher, ribbon, decorative wire, hearts, magic.

Start by tracing a circle onto your cardboard. I wanted mine to be as big as the piece of board, so I used the top of a trash can. An old record would fill the space nicely, too. For the center hole, I used a small Pyrex mixing bowl. Again, the size of middle will vary on how big or small you want it to be.

Step 2: Get the Base Going

I used Dutch Boy paint samples from my local grocery store. These worked great because they were perforated, and popped apart easily. If you can’t find perforated strips, simply cut them apart at each different color. Because I had one big sample on each, I used this as the beginning layer of the wreath. I went around and fanned them out, not paying attention to color. (Feel free to be more coordinated.) I used one piece of double-sided tape on this wreath because I was working with paper products, and was afraid hot glue might be too hot. (This also worked well because the wreath isn’t going outside.)

Step 3: Continue the Layering

Once your base layer is down, continue making smaller layers, trying to cover any gaps in the cardboard or between samples. I kept going with layers (three) until I reached the center of the wreath.

Step 4: Ready for Hanging

Use your hole punch to make a small hole for ribbon, wire, etc., for hanging. I used some leftover heart wire to make both a hanger and a bow. Feel free to add any “extras” at this point in the game.

Step 5: The Finished Product

Hang it up, stand back and admire your work! While I made mine to go inside my apartment, a varnish might make this wreath more weather-friendly, but I’d suggest using a different base other than cardboard. Depending on the colors you pick, this wreath works great for all sorts of holidays, or when you need a more Technicolor approach to your home decorating.