If you love colors, you know there's something incredibly fascinating about the ombre stacks of color found on paint chips. Pink, blue, purple, green, yellow ... some of the colors might not look great on your walls, but that doesn't mean you can't use them for crafting.
If you don't already have some paint chips lying around the house, it's time to head to the paint store. With scissors, glue and enough time, you can turn simple paint chips into cheerful, functional home decor.
1. Festive Easter egg garland (h/t Modern Parents Messy Kids)
How pretty and colorful is this colorful Easter egg garland! The egg shape suits the paint chips perfectly, but if you're feeling creative, you could try cutting out another shape of your choice.
2. Cheerful wall art (h/t I Heart Organizing)
Who says hearts are only for Valentine's Day? This vivid wall art would be a pleasure to look at year round. The ombre pattern is especially delightful, but there are many other fun color combinations you could try with this project.
3. Thank you cards
Here's a clever idea for using cute paper punches. There's no need to invest in expensive card paper when you can make such lovely color-coordinated paper shapes for free.
4. Coasters (h/t 645 Workshop)
You can never have too many coasters, but they make excetional gifts for others as well. These were made with tiles, paint chips, Mod Podge and spray acrylic. Best of all, they can be made to match any decor.
5. Chevron ombre necklace (h/t By Wilma)
Ombre and chevron are awesome in their own right, but look what happens when they're combined to create an adorable necklace! These are inexpensive and easy to make, so you might want to make extras for your friends.
6. Colorful wreath (h/t Style At Home)
This wreath might remind you of Christmas, but you could easily make one in a different color scheme to suit almost any season. The ombre look is beautiful, but why not try playing around with other colors, too, for eye-catching effects?
7. Hanging mobile (h/t Kirtsy)
You might have just found the perfect DIY project to bring to your next baby shower. This hanging mobile would look darling in a kid's room, but you could also hang it in your living room or on your porch for a charming accent.
8. Weekly menu planner (h/t Bombshell Bling)
Planning out a weekly menu is always helpful, and having an attractive, colorful meal planner will be a motivator for sure. Hang it inside a glass picture frame so you can easily list the meals with a dry erase marker and reuse the planner week after week.
9. IKEA clock makeover
IKEA is a favorite shopping destination of many, partially because some of the plain pieces are fun and easy to dress up. Who would have guessed that this cheerful little clock was decorated with paint chips?
10. Jewelry display
Finally, a good reason to organize your jewelry and show it off. This colorful display is easy to make, and the colors would be simple to change out whenever you're feeling inspired.
11. Chandelier (h/t Rhiannon Bosse)
If you're always on the hunt for the ideal light fixture, this DIY chandelier fits the bill. They're fairly inexpensive to make and would be gorgeous for a wedding or other special event. The scalloped circles below are fantastic, but you could also try making a chandelier with a different-shaped paper punch as well.
12. Fridge magnets (h/t How About Orange)
Whimsical fridge magnets usually cost a pretty penny, but these cost next to nothing to make. If you're feeling especially motivated, you could even cut the magnets up into hearts, stars or other playful shapes.
13. Faux hydrangeas (h/t HGTV)
These faux hydrangeas are so much nicer than fake flowers from the dollar store, and they're fun to make. They're also a lot easier to make than they look -- all you need are push pins with pearls on the end to attach flower-shaped punch-outs to Styrofoam balls.
14. Paint chip lampshade
You'll probably agree this is one of the most unique DIY lampshades you've ever seen. It might take a bit of effort to select paint chips to match your decor, but you should be able to find the chips in almost every shade imaginable.
15. Paint chip calendar (h/t Lisa Loves John)
Most big dry-erase calendars are a bit of an eyesore, but this one is especially appealing. Make it with your favorite colors so you stay motivated to use it all year long.
It's probably time for you to head out and pick up some paint chips in your favorite color scheme, but don't forget to share this article with your friends and family on Facebook before you go!