Paint Chip Rubik's Cube

This awesome little project is actually a brainchild from favorite boyfriend... basically, I was looking for a container to hold some craft supplies and I ended up with a papier mache, plain box from Hobby Lobby for a couple of bucks (maybe $3?) and since I was thinking about keeping paint chips in it, fave boyfriend suggested turning it into a Rubik's Cube... with paint chips! And the challenge was on...

Here's how you can make your own!

  • Lots of paint chips... (I used reds, blues, greens, yellows, and purples)
  • Gluestick
  • Mod Podge and brush (I used the glossy kind)
  • 1-inch square paper punch
  • Scissors
  • Papier mache box

First, pick your colors for the sides and top of the box. Then grab your square punch and start punching. You might want to try to measure a side so you have an idea of how many squares you'll need for each side, but I kind of winged it because I'm impatient. Also, it helps if your box is whole number of inches - as in, 12 inches or 5 inches and NOT 5.25 inches - but I didn't think about this and my box was uneven so I ended up just cutting off the extra bits of squares on each side that sort of "overhung" the edges of the box.

Then, pick and side and use your gluestick to start securing the paint chip squares. I wanted mine to look like a Rubik's cube that was almost solved so one row on every side was the color of the side before it (to the left of it). That is, the blue side had a yellow stripe (see it in the picture above and a bit of the yellow side with purple stripe... it's there, I promise!), the yellow side had a purple stripe, the purple side had a green stripe, and the green side had a blue stripe. All of those stripes were about the third row up from the bottom.

Once I glued all the paint chips down, I covered it all in glossy Mod Podge... about two coats and let it dry! (The red top of the box is still drying in the picture... I got a little impatient!)

When I took this bad boy outside to take some pictures, it was pretty humid and my lens fogged up... this is the picture AFTER some Picnik auto-fix action!
Jealous? It is pretty awesome when you don't need a sauna to sweat out everything you've ingested since 1997...

But here are some pics from a little later on in the evening when it wasn't quite so yucky!

This project was very cheap - just the cost of the pretty inexpensive box that I was buying anyways (maybe $3 - $4) and then supplies I had on hand and the time consuming part was just punching out the squares... but you can easily do it while watching TV or a movie! Super-easy and I love the result!

I'm linking up to some of my favorite conferences!


  1. How cute is that??!!! Love it! Stop over for a visit sometime....

  2. Love it! So graphic and bold! Great project!

  3. I really like that. It kind of looks pixelated..does that make sense? Anyway, I pinned it:)
    Saw you on Madigan Made and thought I would check you out. You have a cute blog.

  4. Very fun! I have some paint chips that would be perfect for such a box. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. thanks for linking to Take-A-look Tuesday - I just featured you on my Facebook Page...

  6. I love it! Your blog is adorable. I would love it if you would stop by and share at the link party going on right now at Lines Across My Face.
    I hope to see you soon,

  7. That is gorgeous! What a great idea! That guy is a keeper. How big is the box?

  8. I love this! Perfect for a play room! - Ashley @

  9. Super cute! Love this! Thanks for linking up to Things I've Done Thursday!!


  10. That is super amazing! Holy cow, you must have mad patience! Color me impresses all around.

  11. Wow! This is one of the most creative paint chip projects yet!

  12. so pretty! I love it.


  13. I love a guy that gets on board with the creativity. :) Love the rubiks cube box. It just made me smile. Thanks for linking it up to Motivated Monday at BeColorful

  14. Wonderful!! Wow that is a lot of paint chips! Thanks for this sharing this at last Monday's "What In The Gunny Sack?" link party!

  15. What a fun idea! :) Gotta love bright, fun storage space! Thanks for partying at Fancy This Fridays again this week!

  16. Absolutely love it! The colors are phenomenal! Thank you so much for being a part of "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17!


  17. you never fail to disappoint! thank so much for linking this up to my tip-toe thru tuesday party! i'll be featuring it tomorrow!

  18. Boyfriends come in handy every once in awhile, huh? Very clever!! And very fun!!
    Thanks for partying with us at Show & Share!!

  19. How cute! It looks like it takes a crafty scientist to make one!

    Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday. I appreciated your participation. Sorry I'm so tardy in commenting, but I've been away for the past four days. Hope to see you again next week!

  20. Oh that is very fun! Thank you for linking it up with Home Sweet Home!

  21. Fun, my son would love this. Thanks for sharing at Bacon Time.

  22. this came out AWESOME! Love what you can do with little supplies and some patience! great project! Thanks for linking up to WWWW! Hope to see you again this week!

  23. What an original and great idea. Love it! Thanks so much for linking up with us. We are featuring it on our blog tomorrow :) Stop by and check it out, and grab your featured button.

  24. This is a really clever idea! I like that it's colorful, like the rainbow! thanks for sharing this with us, Mel. Have a lovely weekend!



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