Do It Yourself Tuesday: Paint Chip Art


We all know that painting the walls in your dorm room is a giant no-no. Hell, you can’t even hammer a nail into those things! But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for some BS Animal House poster for your wall decor; there is another way to show off your creativity and create a space that is both cool and easy to remove at the end of the year so you can get your security deposit back. Because that is a lot of money.

Enter: Paint Chip Art.

Paint chips – or paint samples, rather – are those little cards you can pick up from your neighborhood hardware/paint store. They’re out there for the taking so people can test out colors at home. But they’re good for more than just sampling colors; these free color palettes are perfect for decorating on a college budget.

I stumbled upon this eco-friendly decorating idea during class on and was immediately inspired. I have big plans for the weekend (starting with a very important trip to Home Depot) and thought I’d share some of this inspiration with you. Decorating has never been easier!

What You Need:

– Paint chips/color cards
– Glue stick or other adhesive (like that blue sticky goo that is approved in dorms)

How You Do:

1) Be super creative! All you have to do is come up with a design, and just layer the paint chips on to create that image. And the possibilities are endless! You could do a single wall in a single color, stripes of solid colors, or get totally into it and create a mural.

Here is some inspiration:

2) If you’re not gifted in the creativity area, then simply pick a few colors that work well together and glue them onto a sheet of paper in a square fashion. Stick that piece of paper into a wooden frame, and you’ve got yourself a cute homemade picture to hang up.

The weather is getting cold, which means we’ll all be spending more time indoors. Why not take a day to express your creative side while also creating a space that you won’t mind hibernating in for the next 4 months.

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