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Mosaic of Paint Chips

By: Jennifer Neill of Hope Studios

Don't throw those old paint chips out! Arrange them artfully into a mosaic of paint chips to hang in your living room and you'll be decorating on the cheap with this paint chip craft from Jennifer Neill.
 

Mosaic of Paint Chips
 

Materials:

  • Plywood or a pine panel (my board is 20x20 inches)
  • Paint chips
  • Spray adhesive
  • Acrylic paint
  • Mod Podge Matte-Mat
  • Stain

Instructions:

  1. I began by painting the sides and edges of my board black. I used a pine panel, because I had it cut out to use for a frame already, but plywood or MDF would also work. (For some reason, I began this project at nightfall, so the photos are on the dark side.)

    Mosaic of Paint Chips 2
     
  2. Here is my paint chip collection, but you could easily cut squares of scrapbook paper for a similar effect. To get the randomness right, I simply shuffled the chips several times like a deck of cards:

    Mosaic of Paint Chips 3
     
  3. I laid out the cards to get an idea of spacing:

    Mosaic of Paint Chips 4
     
  4. The next step is to simply spray a line of adhesive and stick on the paint chip squares. Now repeat, again, and again:

    Mosaic of Paint Chips 5
     
  5. See? All finished! Now, let this dry well. Go over it once in awhile to smooth any edges that might begin to come unstuck.

    Mosaic of Paint Chips 6
     
  6. Once the adhesive was dry, I touched up any sticky spots on the painted edges with more paint to even out the color.
     
  7. Now, apply 3 coats of Matte Mod Podge to get a nice smooth surface.

    Mosaic of Paint Chips 7
     
  8. Let dry overnight, then rub stain over the whole piece with a rag. Make sure to really get it into all the cracks and seams so they look darker and defined.
     
  9. Layered behind the photograph on my mantle, it gave the punch of color and textural interest I was looking for. And, for $10 total, the price was right, too!

    Mosaic of Paint Chips 8  Mosaic of Paint Chips 9
     
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