Paint Chip Quatrefoil Art


Happy 2012 everyone! I was hoping to start the year with something exciting so I'm just going to dive into a project that took me FOREVER to get done, but it's completed and displayed on the wall so it's finally done and I can show you what I made!

By now, you all know how much I LOVE my paint chips. So it probably shouldn't shock you to learn that when I saw this AMAZING quatrefoil wall art that Artsy Fartsy Mama made, I decided to make my own... out of paint chips!

Lucky for me, Lindsay (the Artsy Fartsy Mama), was super-duper-sweet and wonderful and willing to share her quatrefoil template. I just loved her pattern because it was more square than most of the other quatrefoil patterns I've seen... I want to say that it's more "Morrocan", but I don't know if there is any connection between this and Morocco or if I've spent too much time with my computer and dissertation... either way, Lindsay emailed me the template and I got to work to make this awesome wall art!


So here's the first tutorial of the new year - how to make your own awesome paint chip quatrefoil art!


  • Canvas(es)
  • Paint Chips
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge (I used the regular, glossy kind)
  • Gluestick
  • Quatrefoil template
  • Pencil


I got the awesome template from Lindsay and printed it out first.... then I just cut out one of the quatrefoil shapes like this:


Then, I traced it onto the back of one of the big paint chips I had and cut it out with the scissors. I picked a couple of color schemes because I decided to make three canvases.

After I cut out quite a few of them, I laid them out on the canvas and made sure I liked the pattern and layout. I sometimes laid the whole template out on top of the paint chips to make sure the whole pattern looked right.

Then I just glued them all down on the canvas with my gluestick and left the bordering paint chips hanging off the edge of the canvas.

And I covered the whole thing in Glossy Mod Podge and let it dry. I think I did about 2 or 3 coats of Mod Podge because I wanted to make sure they were shiny and very secure.

Then I just trimmed off the extra with an X-acto knife. Basically, flip over your canvas and put your knife up against the canvas side and trim. You might want to put some more Mod Podge on the canvas to sort of secure the edges.

Add some hooks to the back of your art and it's time to admire your work...


I actually made this a million years ago, but then I just couldn't find a place to hang them up together... but then I finally put them all together on this little wall of paint chip fun!


Pretty, inexpensive art for your walls in whatever colors you want!

I'll be sharing this at my favorite parties!

58 comments :

  1. These are amazing! I follow your Pinterest boards and share your love of paint chips. This is such a fun way to use so many great colours in one place. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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  2. I LOVE paint chips and all the fabulous things you can do with them. I am totally doing this, thanks for the great idea!

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  3. i did something similar to this.... i love yours... how fun!

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  4. Awwww! I love this. Thanks for linking to Thrifty Thursday. Check back next week. I will be featuring this project.
    Printable Decor
    Saved By Love Creations

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  5. LOVE THIS!!! You are so awesome with paint chips LOL!

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  6. Love it! Finally bought a circle punch but not quite sure what to do with it. Maybe get more paint chips first =) xo

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  7. How fun! Great for a kids' room or playroom, too! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday.

    Melanie
    www.bearrabbitbear.com

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  8. <3 from you newest follower and fellow {brand new} blogger ! These are amazing! I can't wait to take a crack at my own! You are so inspiring!

    Misty
    www.413sparrowlane.com

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  9. THIS ROCKS!!! We are so going to have to try these at my house for in Princess' room. Thanks for sharing!
    Ann @ Suburban Prairie Homemaker

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  10. What a wonderful idea! They turned out great. Good color combos. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I love finding a new great blog...and that is you! This is such a creative idea...I love it enough to steal it (of course I will link back to you if I do)...I'm a new follower too, cause' I love meeting new blog friends. Lori

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  12. Great idea! Great colors! To bad they are difficult to find around these parts, as soon as I find them I will attempt something like this. Carol

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  13. I looove this!! I have seen so many good paint chip art and education ideas...time to get my booty to a home improvement store and get some paint chips for myself! :)

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  14. Hi! I stumbled upon your blog when I was looking to enter a blog hop that it turns out I didn't really belong in... I write humor and it was a crafty blog hop, and I'm pretty craftily impaired, but when I saw this idea I was totally intrigued! So I popped over and read about it and was like, hey, I could TOTALLY do this!!! I really could! Maybe when my daughter gets a little older and wants to add some funky art to her walls we could jazz up her room with some of these. What a fantastic idea!

    I'm following you now and I stumbled this post for you! Hopefully it will bring some visitors your way!

    I write a humor blog about all things motherhood, and I hope you can drop in sometime! It's usually good for a laugh, and sometimes even a snort or two!

    Wishing you all the best in the new year and looking forward to reading about more crafts that I can actually do!

    Smiles, Jenn @Misadventures in Motherhood

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  15. Awesome job, lady! I just love this and may be copying you:)

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  16. I really love these...inexpensive & cute...perfect!

    I featured this on my blog today:
    http://christinasadventures.com/2012/01/sunday-features-54.html

    And I pinned it too:
    http://pinterest.com/christinasadven/20-below-features/

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  17. This is soooo cute! You were featured as the top link from the Creative Genius link party! Hop over and check it out!

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  18. I love this! This is such a great take on the paint chip art trend.

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  19. This is TOO cool! Totally pinning it! :)

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  20. oh my gosh!! You've done such a fabulous job!! I totally love love the idea.. Super cool!!

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  21. Hey girl!! Featuring these in tomorrow's party! :)

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  22. You are awesome so I featured you at my Hookin Up with HoH Party!

    Feel free to stop by for a button if you'd like. :)

    xoxo

    Allison @ House of Hepworths

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  23. This is too cute! I'm totally putting this on my to- do list (aka my pinterest board!) Thanks for sharing! :)

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  24. These are adorable! I have been trying to get a project done all day on my silhouette with quaterfoil, I would have loved this instead and it was so much easier!

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  25. Superb! I love the simple how to
    thanks for sharing !!

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  26. Adorable. Don't know what else to say!
    Melody
    ChattyChics.com!
    PS Please come post this next Wednesday at my place!

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  27. So pretty! Hoping you can link this up at my turquoise lovin' party!http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2012/01/turquoise-lovin-20.html

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  28. Looks so cute! Thank you for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday. We would love to have you come back next Saturday and share more of your incredible ideas. -The Sisters

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  29. These are fabulous! Love the quatrafoil in the bright colors! Featuring this for DIY under $5!

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  30. I just love how colorful and pretty these turned out! We are featuring it at the party and totally pnning it! ^^)

    hugs,
    Lelanie

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  31. love them framed but think they could be cool decoupaged to a tray or something too. Thanks for sharing this great idea. My mind is still working with this one. :0
    Pam

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  32. Your color combinations are exquisite!

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  33. Adore .... Not sure what else to write that hasn't already been written.....xo

    Lucy

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  34. These are so cute! I saw you featured over at C.R.A.F.T. Great job! Love the color scheme!

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  35. You have been featured!

    http://www.thesasselife.com/2012/01/crafty-sasse-wednesday-link-party-21.html

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  36. I have always wanted to find something to do with paint swatches!!!!! Love it!

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  37. I came across your blog today, thanks to Pinterest, and I am in love! I am a paint chip craft freak and it is so fun to find someone else who loves it too!

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  38. That looks too cool (some of your photos weren't showing up though...)and I've got this linked to my quatrefoil post too today, well done!

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  39. I just tried to leave a comment but I dont think it went through, however if it did I apologize for this second one! Anyway, I was wondering if you wouldn't mind sharing the template for the stencil...I can't find any I like as much as yours :) let me know! Thanks!

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  40. And I just fixed my "no comment reply" issue. Whoops!

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  41. Oh I love this! I'm a Phi Mu so the quatrefoils are perfect. Would you be willing to send me the template?

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  42. Hi there,
    I just tried to glue my paint chips to the canvas with a glue stick and they wouldn't stick. Any alternative ideas?
    Thanks!

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    1. I would try Mod Podge to stick on the paint chips. If the regular stuff isn't strong enough, I might play with the Outdoors or Fabric versions which are thicker (so I don't think they'd mess anything up, especially if you just used them to try to glue the paint chips to the canvas and not as a gloss/topcoat). I would also maybe try spray on glue, Mod Podge spray, superglue (just little dots and then maybe put some wax paper and a phone book on top to hold it all in place) or Gorilla Glue. Hope that helps and good luck! : )

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  43. OMG I LOVE THIS!! I was looking for a good paint chip project. I think I found it!

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  44. I am so happy I came across this project. I was looking for something for my sister's sorority symbol and this is it!

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  45. Awesome! Looks beautiful! Love your color selection.

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  46. Hi, I've been making stuff with paint cards too and am wondering if you know if or where they can be purchased as the local hardware shop is a bit tight with them. Ta

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    1. I don't know where you can actually purchase them, but you can check out local hardware stores and larger chains like Lowe's and Home Depot. Plus, Walmart has them and I would think you can find them at paint places like Sherwin Williams, Behr, etc. Good luck! : )

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  47. These are so gorgeous! I love them!

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  48. Just gave you a shout out..Happy National Craft Month!

    http://4you-withlove.blogspot.com/2013/03/march-is-national-craft-month.html

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  49. Hi! Any way we can have the pattern for the shapes?

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