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Free & Easy Paint Chip Artwork

I’ve abandoned the whole “pet artwork” idea for above the pet station.  After seeing the custom pet watercolor portraits by Rachelle Levingston, my little computer “artwork” just wasn’t cutting it.  And since there’s no way I can spend $900 on pet portraits, I needed to come up with something else.

My grand idea?  Paint chip artwork.  It was easy, it was free, and best of all, it’s done.

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Even though it was something that a kindergartener could do, I quite like how they turned out.  They’re colorful (which I obviously love), and graphic against the white background.

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I used a total of 16 paint chip cards from the original Behr paint (at Home Depot).  These are the cards that have three or four colors per card.  I also picked up one the cute little leaf-shaped paint chips from the new(ish) line of paint—the Behr Premium Plus Ultra.  (I’m calling it a leaf shape, but I really have no idea what it’s supposed to be.  Obviously I used it as a flower petal.)

The leaf-shaped paint chip was too big for my project, so I trimmed off about 1/2” on each side, doing my best to maintain the shape, and then used that as a template to cut out the rest of the leaves (which I used as petals).

After cutting out 12 petals for each flower, I glued them to a piece of cardstock with a glue stick, and popped them into four frames that I’ve had for years, and that was it!  Free, easy, and done.

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I love being able to cross things off my “to do” list.  One down, 9274 to go.



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21 Comments

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    Felicia
    August 3, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    What a cute idea!!!! I just might have to steal this! 🙂

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    Deevaughn10
    August 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm

     Cute, simple and done!

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    Jaholton
    August 3, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Really cute..and my cat is jealous!!

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    Kate Ramseur
    August 3, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Totally adorable. This is my kind of decorating: Minimal effort with fantastic results. :o)

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    Somethingniceandpretty
    August 3, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Such a neat idea, I'm going to do this and also make one for my daughter. I so need something for my walls and just can't find anything I like…..I love these!
    Thanks for sharing!

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    michelle.rachels
    August 3, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Love this, but really liked the other pet artwork you came up with too!

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    Vivienne @ The V Spot
    August 3, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Love these! And also?  I love that your cat is up on a dresser, eating like a king.

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    Rachel
    August 3, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    I found this shop for super cute and pretty cheap pet paintings: http://www.etsy.com/people/yellowbrickhome?ref=ls_profile

    Just thought I'd pass it along!

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    A Creative Spirit
    August 3, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    I LOVE THIS… I have been collecting the little square  paint chips from Lowe's to make a paint chip piece of art but it will be just basic squares… liking your better. :o)

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    Michael at Blue Velvet Chair
    August 4, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    I can certainly empathize with the 'to do' list. Does it ever get smaller??? Pinned your cute little paint chip art pieces to Pinterest for an upcoming roundup of inspiration with paint chip cards. Thanks!
    Michaelbluevelvetchair.blogspot.com

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    Marc Azada
    August 29, 2011 at 1:55 am

    This decorating style is really amazing! It is simple but elegant. The passion always make things perfect. Just like what it shows here! Nice post!

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    Michell Kaul
    October 30, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Oh how fabulous! I made paint sample flowers once…but I LOVE these so much better:-) On my to-do list now…..

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    Leaannthompson
    October 31, 2011 at 1:13 am

    Love this project!!!! I've been looking for something to do with paint cards. Awesome job!!!!

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    Chelsea
    November 21, 2011 at 5:07 am

    What size frames did you end up using? 

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    LauraC
    December 28, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Love these! I would like to *ahem* copy your idea (for my kids’ room) if that’s ok, but could you give me a rough idea of the size? How big are the frames? Thanks so much, just popping in from YHL!

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    Beth
    February 22, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    This is fantabulous! I have paint chips sitting in mounds because I participated in many consumer projects hosted by major supply companies of paint. I never wanted to just toss them. So this is a wonderful Idea. Now I know who is getting what for gifts this year. Thanks

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    Priscilla
    April 9, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Hi! I love what you’ve done with the paint chips. The flowers are so pretty. Could you please tell me the finished size of the flower and the frame size you used. Also, do the paint colors show on the flowers or did you use other paint swatches to trace and cut? Thanks in advance for your help.

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    Lisa
    November 30, 2013 at 9:09 am

    What size of frame did you use for this project? Love this!

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