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"Summer Social" Guest Project — Make {FREE} Scalloped Paint Chip Art!

Hello! I am so excited to be posting at Tatertots and Jello! I’m Chris from 

Jen is one of those bloggers whose workload just boggles my mind. I want to bottle up some of her energy! Alas, I have no idea how to do that—yet. Until then, I’ll remain in awe of Jen and all the wonderful things she does at her blog!
For those of you who don’t know me, you should know that I don’t like to spend money. That doesn’t mean I don’t spend money. I just don’t like to. So…when I was looking for some artwork for my bedroom, I decided to look for something free.

I grabbed some paint swatches at Home Depot (props to HD for offering free swatches!) and used a hole punch to make a bunch of circles.

Punch, punch, and then punch some more. It only took a few minutes, but my frame was pretty small. If you want something large scale, (get it? scale?) it may take you a minute.

Because I’m cheap (didn’t want to buy anything to put it on) and because I’m lazy (didn’t want to find something to cut to size, I adhered the circles straight to the glass that came in the frame. Plus, this allowed me to use the lines of my cutting mat to make sure everything stayed straight. 

I had to look on the internet to make sure I knew what fish scales look like, and I just started gluing away. A little dab of craft glue at the top of each circle is all it took. Using the craft glue (as opposed to hot glue) gave me some time to move things around if they weren’t lining up well.


This is what it will look like when you’re done.

I let the glue dry for a little bit, and I turned the glass over. 

Then I ran a blade down the edge of the glass to give a clean line. This way it would fit nicely into the frame.

Ta Da! I am so happy with the simplicity of it. It’s a fresh and free way to decorate, and I love that it offers some texture to the space.

When my husband was checking it out, I said, “Did you notice that I used a frame that has circles on it to match the circle design in the art?” He responded, “Circles?” Nice.
I’m not too worried, though. I’m sure you notice it. :) 

Thanks to Jen and all her readers for letting me stop by today! I hope you enjoyed it!

Chris!! That is just awesome – I love the circles and the scallops that they make.
First of all, I just want to say how THRILLED I am to have Chris here. Just a Girl is one of the first blogs that I ever started reading. I remember the day that Chris featured me – it was one of the happiest in my blogging life. Here are some of the reasons I love Chris’s blog—
How genius is Chris’s Art Tray? Love this!!
Her Halloween Mantel last year was fabulous!!
Another amazing Halloween project — her DIY Spider Clock.
And of course there’s the amazing decorating ideas — like this Dining Room Transformation with Board and Batten.
You will love the daily DIY inspiration at Just A Girl — be sure to go over and say hi!!
PS — I am sharing some of my favorite Washi Tape projects over at Babble’s Home Ec today. I am loving all of the creative ideas that are being shared over there. Such a great community!!


  1. There is definately a lot to knpw about this topic.
    I like all the points you made.
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  2. Love this project and everything on this site! I suggest you check one out, it is similar. http://theextraordinarynotebook.weebly.com

  3. home depot offers free paint chips so that you take one and pick a wall color and buy paint.

    not so you steal them all.


    • Wow, I was thinking the same thing. Paint chips aren’t take-all-you-want, free craft materials. We’re even on a tight budget and I wouldn’t do that.

      • (My whole comment didn’t go through…)

        It is a cool project idea and does look great. Maybe readers would consider doing it with a single sheet of 12×12 scrapbook paper? Plenty of circles from one sheet, great colors, and only costs a dollar!

  4. maria luisa says:

    adorei o seu trabalho muito lindo, que DEUS CONTINUE TE DANDO VITORIAS O SENHOR ABENÇOE VCS

  5. I love the idea, super chouette, I’m going to try and show it on my french Blog
    a bientôt

  6. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial! Here’s what I made with it: http://coveredinmodpodge.blogspot.com/2011/10/scalloped-paint-chip-framed-art-or.html

  7. Carmie of the Single Nester says:

    Love the art! I was thinking of doing this in shades of turquoise but didn't know how. Now I do :)

  8. LOVE that Paint Swatch art!!! So simple but dramatically beautiful in the end!

  9. You shared so many fun ideas for inspiration. It is gradient effect, which looks awesome. I cerated very unique and frame, it is very beautiful and awesome work.
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  10. Amanda @ Ninth Street Notions says:

    Cute – and cheap! Double bonus. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Dana from Our Life's Legacy says:

    Very cute! I did the same kind of thing over at my blog, ourlifeslegacy.blogspot.com

    I love cheap art! :)

  12. Jessica Curry says:

    Love that yellow color! That's what I want to paint my kitchen in! That would look great on my kitchen counter!

  13. Myra @ My Blessed Life says:

    I'm a Chris adore-er too. :) Love the project…it's cute and you are so stinkin' clever. I wanna be just like you when I grow up. :)

  14. BellaVida says:

    Nice post with so many fun ideas for inspiration.

  15. dana @ wonder forest says:

    i love it!
    this would also look cool if you did a gradient effect!! darker dots to lighter dots or something :)
    xox dana

  16. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    This is great! I love the one color but I bet it would be really cute with lots of colors too…maybe for a kids room:) The project I posted on my blog today used paint samples from Home Depot too!

  17. Christina says:

    Love this!

  18. Kari at A Grace Full Life says:

    I am a little worried that Home Depot is gonna get wind of this little trend and start charging for paint swatches…..:)

    Love your blog Jen!!!!

  19. Alexis @ persia lou says:

    This may be my favorite paint chip project so far!

  20. I love Chris too, she's so talented!
    I am so making one of these scalloped art pieces. I may use a few different colors…this would be a fun project to do with my boys.


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