Paint Chip Crafting

This week I am in that mad rush to get so many things done and too little time to do it in.  Yes, that includes taking care of the holiday presents for the majority of my family (that is what this weekend’s project will end up being).  With that in mind, I began to think of ways how I can knock out a few more things on my list while I did a project for this week’s post.   And one thing that came to mind as I played with ideas as I looked online, was how my friend who offered some supplies she has stashed in her spare room.   And in the photos she sent, there were many color books from the paint supplier she and her husband used to work for.  Here are many projects you can use them for- holiday cards, ornaments, garland, holiday banners, and decorations.

So I snagged what I could at the local hardware store in order to get me started and when I babysit her daughter this weekend, I will have her help me make some cards for her parents before I take the rest home to add more checkmarks on my to do list.   For most of these projects I am suggesting you use these cards for, the supplies are very similar so I am going to create one list and you can work your magic from there.   These are also fun and easy projects for kids to help with and get created with.
Supplies:
Paint color chips in the same color families
Glue (glue sticks, double-sided tape, or stapler/staples depending on project and age group)
Hole punch
string/twine/yarn
Scissors
Optional supplies:
glitter/glitter glue
Sequins
Buttons
Markers
Stencils/Cookie cutters

For ornaments and holiday cards, you can free hand some shapes and use the color variations bring a new dimension to it.  I am not that hot at it so I tend to print out a stencil on cardstock paper to use or use a cookie cutter.  You can do whatever shapes you’d like on your tree.   I’d theme it with the colors you use on your tree.  For instance, if you are doing whites, blues, and silvers, then you’d pick paint chips in those color families.


If you are doing all trees and stars, then you’d do those shapes.  In my case, I actually made a few for my desk at work in the shapes of menorahs with the menorahs being orange, the candles being blue, and the flames yellow. If you are using the shapes to hang on the tree, then use the hole punch to punch a hole to string the ornament.  If you are making holiday cards, you can paste or tape them onto the cardstock.  The only variation for garland- you put it on one long string.  I thought the idea of a garland shaped like lights would be great for places that don’t have easy access for real lights to be plugged in or if you are trying to be more energy efficient for the holiday season.


The last part of the projects that would be holiday themed and paint chip cards are trees for centerpieces or accent pieces or even a wreath.   Now how can you do that?  You will need poster board or cardboard.   So if you child’s science project has passed it’s prime or you have some boxes not already being used for wrapping holiday presents, I’d recommend those.  If you have a gift box that is missing one half, this would be a good way to reuse it without tossing it to the recycling bin or throwing it out.   It won’t even matter if there’s a pattern or a store logo.
So if you are creating a standing tree, I’d make a cone shape.  You’ll likely just want to use primarily green paint chips for this but other colors will come in handy.   What you want to do is create little loops and layer them to create the body of a tree.   Here is where I add to the other colors.   You can make a tree topper out of yellows.   Another use for the hole punch especially if you have one that cuts shapes, you can hole punch different color paint cards to create the ornaments.  The wreath will mostly use greens but it you want holly berries, be sure to use some reds.  For this you will just cut a large donut shape and tape or glue loops of paint cards to resemble the greenery.  Then you can cut berries or use hole punch for whatever size you have the materials.


 

Have fun and just create!


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