Life Love Larson: Paint Chip Letters


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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  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!

    Jo @ SmileMonsters

  2. What a cute idea! We would love for you to come share this at our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday" link party!

    The Sisters @

  3. wow this is cool!!! i love it:) thanks for sharing

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

  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.)

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

  7. Those letters look fabulous! Great idea!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  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!

  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!

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

  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!

  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 @

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

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