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Paint Chip Gift Box

By: Johnathan Fong

You gotta love paint chip crafts! Use these free gift box templates from Johnathan Fong to learn how to make a personalized gift box and bow out of colorful paint chips. Your gifts will look even better inside a DIY box.

Paint Chip Gift Box


  • Box
  • Paint chips
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot Glue Gun Helpers


  1. For this project, I started with an old box that I had. Then I had to cover the sides with large paint chips from Home Depot. These large paint chips are great, but you can’t buy them in bulk on eBay, so I’ll admit I took 5 of them. Then I trimmed them to fit the four sides and the top of the box. (I didn’t cover the bottom of the box.)

    Paint Chip Gift Box
  2. Spray adhesive on the back and cover each of the sides and the top.
  3. To make the bow, I took 3 of the paint chips from a fan deck (this I did buy on eBay) and cut each in half lengthwise so I would have 6 long, skinny strips.

    Paint Chip Gift Box
  4. Turn each strip into a loop by hot gluing the ends together. Then turn that loop into a figure “8″ by gluing the middle, as shown in the photo. So that I don’t burn my fingers with the hot glue gun, I’m using silicone fingertips from my Hot Glue Gun Helpers Kit, developed by Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza, that I bought on etsy.

    Paint Chip Gift Box
  5. Then hot glue each of the figure 8′s onto the top of the box, spacing them out in a spiral pattern to form a bow.

    Paint Chip Gift Box
  6. The top of the bow still needs a little volume. There were some scraps of paint chips from when I trimmed them to fit the box, so I made 3 little loops out of these and glued them to the top of the bow with the hot glue gun.

    Paint Chip Gift Box
  7. If you have a box that’s bigger, another way to wrap a gift using paint chips is to first wrap the box in a plain colored paper, and then use the long, skinny paint chips as faux ribbon. I used spray mount to adhere the paint chips to the side of the box. It’s a great way to get that paint chip “look” without covering the whole package in them.

    Paint Chip Gift Box

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Johnathan: You don't have to just take the samples from Home Depot. I have found that if I go into the store and ask them for discontinued samples they will give me boxes of them. That goes for the fan decks. They are happy to give them to someone who will use them so that they don't have to throw them away. I think that you admiting that you took 5 of them to do something without asking is teaching children that it is ok to do something like that.


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