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15 Surprisingly Cool Projects Made With Paint Samples

Paint samples not only help you imagine color options in your space, but they can be used to create some art! Here are some cool projects you can make with paint chip samples.

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Paint Sample Owl ArtCourtesy One Room Cabin

Paint Sample Owl Art

Choose a color scheme and gather a bunch of paint samples. Cut them in circles (or use a circle paper punch) and lay them out to create an owl design. It will take a bit of effort, but you’ll have a great piece of art to hang in your child’s bedroom or play area. Have your child try their hand at crafting with these easy projects.

Get instructions for the project at One Room Cabin.

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Paint Sample CalendarCourtesy Chicisms

Paint Sample Calendar

Stay organized with a paint sample calendar. Find a frame at a craft or dollar store and pick your paint sample colors for each day of the week. You’ll need some poster board and glue, along with a marker. Speaking of calendars, here are the best advent calendars you can get at Aldi this year.

Get instructions for the project at Chicisms.

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Paint Sample FlowerCourtesy Margaret Meyer on YouTube

Paint Sample Flower


These paint sample flowers would look great on top of a wrapped gift. If you’re doing this project with your kids, make sure they are able to use scissors safely. Check out these 8 creative Christmas cookie packaging ideas.

Get instructions for the project on YouTube.

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Paint Sample Chandelier or MobileCourtesy Rhiannon Bosse

Paint Sample Chandelier or Mobile


Use a hole punch to cut circles out of paint samples and attach them to a drab light fixture or use them to make a mobile. Here are 11 cute chandelier ideas you’ll want to steal.

Get instructions for the project at Rhiannon Bosse.

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diy wreath paint samples chipCourtesy Style at Home

Paint Sample Art: Ombre Wreath


With 60 paint samples, a wire wreath frame, scissors and a hot-glue gun, you can create an ombre wreath for every season. That’s not all: Check out how to make your very own wreath for the holidays.

Get instructions for the project at Style at Home.

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Paint Sample Sunset ArtCourtesy Simply Real Moms

Sunset Paint Sample Art


This creative DIYer used paint samples to create some sunset artwork that would look great on a gallery wall. You’ll need some canvas, a circle punch, Mod Podge and a utility knife.

Get instructions for the project at Simply Real Moms.

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Paint Sample Birthday Card Courtesy Personally Yours

Birthday Card


Create a birthday card with some paint samples. Just use a hole punch to cut out the balloons from paint samples and attach them to a piece of cardstock, then add a personalized message. Speaking of birthdays, here are some great gift options for bakers.

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Paint Sample Christmas GarlandCourtesy A Girl & A Glue Gun

Paint Sample Art: Christmas Garland


This paint sample garland is an inexpensive way to decorate your home for the holidays. You just need the paint samples, scissors, some string and glue to complete this project. Take a look at these awesome vintage Christmas decorations.

Get instructions for the project at A Girl and A Glue Gun.

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Paint Sample BeadsCourtesy Margaret Meyer on YouTube

Paint Sample Beads


Who knew you could make beads with paint samples? Use a variety of colors to make beads for a decorating project (such as garland for the Christmas tree) or use the paper beads to make jewelry.

Get instructions for the project on YouTube.

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Paint Sample ValentineCourtesy CREATE Whimsy

Paint Sample Art: Valentine


Use shades of red and pink to create this easy DIY gift. Cut the paint samples to size, then glue them to a piece of cardboard or cardstock. Don’t forget to gift some delicious chocolate, too!

Get instructions for the project on Create Whimsy.

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Paint Sample Spring Decorations Eater Garland CarrotsCourtesy A Girl & A Glue Gun

Paint Sample Art: Spring Decorations


Get ready for spring with this fun DIY project. Next time you’re in the paint aisle, pick up some orange and green paint samples. Cut the orange samples into the shape of carrots and use the green samples for the carrot tops. You can then attach them to a string and use it as garland.

Get instructions for the project at A Girl and A Glue Gun.

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Paint Sample Mosaic ArtCourtesy DormStyler

Mosaic Paint Sample Art


Use some paint sample mosaic art to brighten up a dorm room or apartment. Choose some paint samples that will coordinate with the decor in the room or that will provide a pop of color, cut them to the size of your choice and then glue them to poster board in a random or predetermined design. You can then find an inexpensive frame and hang the art on your wall. You should also try to make these crafty DIY centerpieces.

Get instructions for the project at DormStyler.

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Paint Sample BookmarksCourtesy Bella Carta

Paint Sample Bookmarks


Use your favorite colors of paint samples to create some bookmarks. You can even have your child decorate them with stencils or stickers for a one-of-a-kind look.

Get instructions for the project on Bella Carta.

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Paint Sample Vocabulary FlashcardsCourtesy TheRoomMom

Paint Sample Flashcards


Help your kids study their vocabulary words with some paint sample flashcards. The woman behind the blog TheRoomMom has some interesting ideas for using samples in the classroom to help students with their English lessons.

Get instructions for the project on TheRoomMom.

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Paint Sample Stripe ArtCourtesy Reduce, Reuse, Redecorate!

Paint Sample Stripe Art


This DIYer took shades of gray paint samples, cut them into long, thin strips and attached them to a poster board and then placed them in a frame. They would look great in an entryway, bedroom or hallway. Click here to learn how she did it.

Get instructions for the project on the 3 R’s blog.

Originally Published on The Family Handyman

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