I like this project for two reasons. One, it was pretty much free art (I just had to purchase the frame). Two, it was a project from my favorite DIY blog, YoungHouseLove.
Here is the inspiration for my project from YoungHouseLove:
So the first thing I did was grab my big purse and head to Wal-Mart. I felt like I was stealing, but the paint chip samples are totally free, so I stuffed as many as I could in my purse.
After I got home I laid them out. I chose yellows, greens, blues, and purples to match our bathroom, where I decided to hang it.
The chips got a little messed up in my purse, so I separated them out by color.
As you can see in the picture above, the paint chips I picked up needed to be trimmed a little on the top because it had the paint name and a lot going on the bottom because it had the Better Homes and Garden logo and a punch out circle. So, I cut the bottom part off on all the paint chips first with a paper-cutter.
Then, I went through and cut the top part off of all the paint chips with the paper-cutter. I just eye balled the cuts, but made sure it was still bigger than I actually needed it to be, so I had wiggle room when taping them on the paper later.
Next, I had to get my paper ready that I was going to tape the paint chips too. My frame was 17×11. I had a hard time picking out my frame because an 8×10 frame was too small for the art and a 16×20 frame was too big for the wall I wanted it on, so we ended up picking 17×11 frame. So since the frame was 17″ tall, I taped 3 pieces of printer paper together.
Afterwards, I took the color piles and put each color in the order I wanted them in for my paint chip art. I started by taping the darkest yellow chip in the bottom, left corner of the piece of paper with a loop of scotch tape on the back of the paint chip. Then, I continued taping all the yellow paint chips down. Then I repeated that for all the green, blue, and purple paint chips.
After I finished the purple paint chips, I ran into a problem. The piece of art was not 11″ wide, so there would be a sliver of white showing once it was framed.
That is where those scraps I cut off each paint chip came into play. I took all my purple scraps and cut a little sliver from the bottom part and taped it to my art to extend its width.
And here is the final result:
And the budget breakdown of my almost free project:
- Paint chips–free
- 11×17″ frame–$13.50, originally $30 with a 40% off sale and a 25% off coupon
What do you all think? Have you made any free art recently? Or any other free projects? I love free!!