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!
There is definately a lot to knpw about this topic.
I like all the points you made.
Love this project and everything on this site! I suggest you check one out, it is similar. http://theextraordinarynotebook.weebly.com
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!
maria luisa says
adorei o seu trabalho muito lindo, que DEUS CONTINUE TE DANDO VITORIAS O SENHOR ABENÇOE VCS
I love the idea, super chouette, I’m going to try and show it on my french Blog
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
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 🙂
LOVE that Paint Swatch art!!! So simple but dramatically beautiful in the end!
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.
affordable medical insurance
Amanda @ Ninth Street Notions says
Cute – and cheap! Double bonus. Thanks for sharing.
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! 🙂
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!
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. 🙂
Nice post with so many fun ideas for inspiration.
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 🙂
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!
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!!!!
Alexis @ persia lou says
This may be my favorite paint chip project so far!
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.