We all have a little stash of paint chips around, right? I know I do, dreaming about future decorating/painting plans . . . but that’s not happening for a while (uhm, like years . . .). So in the meantime, turn that rainbow of pretty paint chips into your next craft project. Patty Schaffer’s Paint Chip Egg has been a favorite on Crafts ‘n Coffee, and I’m thrilled that she’s sharing her Paint Chip Topiary, too. The sherbet color combo on Patty’s Paint Chip Topiary is one of my favorites, and how about those sparkling, glittered butterflies. This Paint Chip Topiary says spring, for sure.
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 9” cone
- Paint chips:
- Two shades of pink, two shades of yellow, and two shades of orange, about ten of each or 60 total
- One each of light green, lavender and salmon
- Beading pins
- Seed beads in pink, yellow, orange, light green, lavender and salmon
- Glitter glue
- Fine crystal glitter
- Tools needed: Scissors; optional: Small butterfly punch
To make a Paint Chip Topiary:
1. Cut pink, yellow and orange paint chips into strips about 3-¾” long by ¾” wide.
2. Starting at the bottom of the cone, pin on a row of the pink paint chip strips. Slightly overlap each strip, and alternate between the two shades of pink. Once the bottom row is pinned on, thread pink beads onto the beading pins and insert in the center of each strip.
3. Repeat, adding a row of orange paint chip strips, and then a row of yellow. Pin the yellow beads onto the yellow strips, and orange beads on the orange strips.
4. Turn the cone upside down and trace around the top on the reverse side of a yellow paint chip. Add tiny little tabs all the way around the circle, and then cut out the circle with the tabs attached.
5. Place the circle on top of the cone, bend down the tabs, and pin the tabs in place on the side of the cone.
6. Wrap a yellow paint chip strip around the top layer of the cone, hiding the tabs and pins. Anchor the strip in place with a pin.
7. Punch butterflies from the light green, lavender and salmon paint chips. Or, if you don’t have a punch, cut them out with scissors. Spread glitter glue on the butterflies and sprinkle with fine crystal glitter. Let dry.
8. Use pins with coordinating beads to attach the butterflies to the cone. Stagger the butterflies and pin them on randomly.
Do you have a stash of paint chips around the house? Have you made any paint chip crafts?