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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Paint Chip Letters

I have been seeing some cute uses for paint chips recently.  I decided to try some paint chip art for my daughter's new "big girl" room.  Instead of framing the art, I used paint chips to make the letters in her name more interesting.

 


I purchased white letters for her nursery 2 years ago from Hobby Lobby for $1.99 each.  I kept them white for a while, then I painted them chocolate brown and added ribbon to the back.  I wanted to ditch the ribbon and make the plain letters cuter!

These are the letters before...


Lucky for me, she has a short name!  I used lots of paint chips!  I started by stocking up on several different paint chips in similar shades.  I used a vitamin bottle cap to trace circles on each of the colors.  I began cutting, and cutting...and cutting!



Once I had enough circles to cover four letters, I started laying out my pattern (lighter shades on top working my way down towards the most saturated color).  Once layed out, I used a glue stick to adhere them to the letter.  A glue stick worked well because I was still able to move them a little if needed.


I left them to sit overnight, and then added a layer of modge podge to seal it and give it a glossy look.


I ripped off the ribbon and decided to rest the letters on top of her bookshelf.  The dark brown underneath gives them a bit of depth.


I think the paint chips create and bit of fun and whimsy for my 2 year old!  Boring to interesting!


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16 comments :

  1. I'd love for you to share this at Fun For Kids Friday. It's a different spin on all the paint chip art. I would totally recommend a circle punch for next time though!! Turned out very cute!

    http://smilemonsters.blogspot.com/2011/07/fun-for-kids-friday_14.html

    Jo @ SmileMonsters

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  2. What a cute idea! We would love for you to come share this at our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday" link party! http://sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com/2011/07/strut-your-stuff-saturday-week-2.html

    Love,
    The Sisters @ sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com

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  3. wow this is cool!!! i love it:) thanks for sharing
    http://jaysonandashley.blogspot.com/

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  4. Love these! Added to my 'must try' list for an upcoming baby shower.
    Michael
    bluevelvetchair.blogspot.com

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  5. Very cute idea. Cutting out all those circles must have taken forever. (If you do it again, I'll let you borrow my circle punch.)

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  6. I love the hot new trend of crafting with paint chips. Thanks for sharing this great and fun idea!

    http://totalclasscreativeblog.com/

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  7. Those letters look fabulous! Great idea!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  8. Beautiful paint chip colors you chose for this! The letters are definitely fun and cheery and whimsy now - love them :)
    But hey - you cut all those circles out by hand? Good for you! Those punches are so expensive but I buy one every several months or so with a 40 or 50% coupon. But then again, I think it is really cool to be totally hands on. I mean, that's what our Moms and Grandmothers did! Beautiful job - I know your daughter loves it!

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  9. This is such a fantastic idea, it looks amazing!

    Bless you, cutting all those circles out by hand, your daughter is lucky to have such a crafty mum!

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  10. Very cute. Did you get a blister on your finger from all that cutting? :)

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  11. Everyone keeps commenting on how I cut all the circles myself! I don't scrapbook or do many paper crafts so I don't have any fancy cutting tools! It really didn't take me that long-I just do it while watching bad reality TV! Thanks for your comments!

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  12. This is one of the cutest things I have ever seen! I pinned it to my Pinterest so that I can try it later! I LOVE IT! Thanks for linking this up to our link party last week . . . we would love to have you stop by today and link up more of your great projects at Strut Your Stuff Saturday!
    Camille @
    SixSistersStuff.blogspot.com

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  13. Very cute.......where can I find a book" shelf" like that??

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  14. This is really cute and a creative use of paint chips! :) I've featured this post on Craft Gossip here:
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