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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

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


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


  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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Keeping the paint chips in a row is one way of arranging this art, and you could even overlap or cut off the paint names. But is could also see arranging these sample chips in a spiral design for some different effects or even just a random pattern with some of them overlapping to give it more dimension and eye interest. I always wondered what I could do with discontinued samples.... A really fun project!

I do ceramics sometimes and I have used a walnut stain on them which I am quite happy with the results. I brush it on and wipe off as much as I want to take off with a clean rag. The ceramic stain comes in many shades of brown. I think that is what I will use on this project.

Hello, Seems like a lot of people have had questions about what type of stain to use for this project. I checked in with the designer and she does not mention a particular type on her original project. We've reached out to her for clarification and will let you know as soon as we hear more! Thank you! --FaveCrafts Editors

Ok i have read all the one is mentioning what kind of stain??? I'm guessing your talking about just a light wood stain??? This really does seem like something that would be fun to do, my daughter and i could both make one in different shades of colours. Thank you for the idea, and if someone has the answer about the stain....please post it!

I love this idea for some fresh colour on a wall....tho no one has yet mentioned what stain!! Is it just regular wood stain and if so do we just pick what colour we want? I will watch for the answer :)

I like this a lot. Can you read the paint names through the stain ?

What a great idea.

What kind of stain did you use?

I have a ton of paint chips so I will be giving this a try, but what kind of stain should I get?? I am assuming a light color? Any suggestions??

What kind of stain did you use?

@Karalee, Paint chips similar to the ones shown in this user-submitted project are usually are approx. 2 inches by 2 inches. To be sure, we suggest you contact the original designer of this project. The designer is specified in the byline. --Editor of FaveCrafts

What size are your paint chips?

Very pretty...thanks for sharing. It looks so nice on your Mantle!

Hi there, A while ago I found a tip on the web of how to remove the print from paint chips. It was simple and it worked well. Unfortunately, I cannot remember what product I used. Anyone out there have any tips or ideas?

oh this IS an awesome idea. my daughter collects paint chips every time we go to a hardware store just for fun... but now i know what to do with them LOL. thanks for sharing!!

If you look closely you can still see the names of the colors on the chips. One of my friends got about 6 inches away from it to really inspect it and suddenly said "Oh look, you can still read the colors!" When viewed normally, you don't even notice them.

it would be cute to use the big paper punches making a variety of shapes too. Great idea! My son had just picked out paint chips a few weeks ago and said he was going to make this exact project, which is why it caught my eye. (he is 8)

This is a great idea! I personally will cut them down a little to take out the printed part & just have the color. Thank you for this cute idea!

I would prefer to elminate the print on the chips. Does this disappear when you use the stain?

I like this idea, and will make one for my daughters apartment! VERY NICE.


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