Monday, March 26, 2012

Paint Chip Eggs

I’m back with another paint chip project that makes me giddy!

Paint Chip Eggs Easter Egg Background

Aren’t they adorable?

Paint Chip Eggs No Banner

How about a big, beautiful bowl full of them?

Paint Chip Easter Eggs in Bowl WM

Not only are they, in my opinion, eye candy, they’re super easy to make!

I used my Silhouette to cut mine out, because I could, but you can do the same thing using a template (provided below) and scissors. The template resembles a carrot shape with circles on each end.

For the Silhouette version, I started with this Easter egg shape download and then modified it using the compound path tool to remove the cut-out details. I adjusted the size so that two could fit side-by-side on one paint chip.

If you do not have a Silhouette you can still join in the egg making fun by downloading the template here!

The sizing is slightly smaller than what I used for my eggs, but I figure you can use the shape as a starting point and make a template that is smaller or bigger to suit your needs.

To make each paint chip egg you will need 2 identical paint chips so that you can cut 4 matching pieces. I used CIL/Glidden paint chips and was able make 2 eggs from each pair of paint chips: 2 matching pieces from the top half and 2 matching pieces from the bottom half. 

After you have cut out your pieces, punch a small hole at the top and bottom of each piece.

Paint Chip Egg Steps

Ready to make an egg?  Here’s the how-to:

1. Cut out four matching paint chip pieces. Attach them together at one end with a brad. (My picture shows how I alternate colour name/no colour name so that they are opposite one another when assembled).

2. Attach the paint chips together at the other end with your second brad.

3. Twist two of your paint chips so that they face outwards. It will look like a hollow egg.

4. Spread out the remaining two paint chips and admire your creation . . . then proceed to make twenty more (it’s addictive!).

Paint Chip Eggs zoom

A few tips:

  • It helps to slightly crease the edge where the circle and carrot shape meet. This will give it a defined top and base.
  • When cutting my chips, I made sure to align where the template fell on both cards so that the colours would line up around the egg when assembled.
  • I flipped my paint chip over when cutting so that the colour names were upside-down on the left side. This allowed my eggs to have an ombre look going lightest to darkest.

Egg Bowl WM

Gee, can you tell I had fun photographing these?

Paint Chip Eggs Banner WM

Thank you so much for visiting! I hope I’ve inspired you to add some paint chip eggs to your spring decor!

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P.S. I am a {very} regular customer at all of the stores that provide paint chip samples.

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  1. how cool is that?! looks great and fun and festive!!
    i am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
    I am going to go to the paint store!

  2. Oh wow! How awesome are these! I would be giddy too! I love love love them! :)

  3. These are so cute! I love using paint chips for art :) What a great idea. I would love you to stop by and link it up at my link party Tuesday.

  4. What a super idea! Love the pastel colors!
    They look so cute in that bowl.

  5. These are awesome!! I just love using paint chips for crafting. Great job. I hope you'll stop by and link these up to my Hippity Hop Easter Project Hop.

  6. Claire! I think these are so cute. I love a colorful, easy spring project!! If you'd like another place to share it I'm hosting a link party today with a few fellow bloggers. It's all about the easy peasy, super simple tips and projects. I'd be great to see you linked up. :)

    1. Thank you so much for linking up! I share it on fb today. :)

  7. Okay, so you are the paint chip egg lady! I keep seeing your project all over the parties ...

    Hahaha! I mean that ha ha in the best of ways because you mentioned you keep seeing me at the parties ...

    I think we may be kindred crafting spirits that may have found one another in blog land!



  8. This project is fabulous my friend!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!! I will think of you when I go to the paint shop and have to have the person working there unlock the glass case containing the paint chips and then hands me a paper to sign it out : ) LOL!!!!! tons of hugs!!!

  9. you clever girl! these are just too cute!

  10. Claire,

    I love these! What a fun idea for spring. These would look perfect in my Easter basket.

    I posted about these on my Facebook!


  11. Claire,
    These are the best eye candy!! I want them - no, I need them!

    Of course, I'll be pinning this fabulous idea!

    So glad you joined our Cinch party!

    Do you have another way for me to follow than GFC (Linky?). I'm on Wordpress now, no more GFC for me.

  12. Hi Claire
    I just shared these on my Face book page. They are just so cute! Very clever of you.

  13. very cute, simple, and easy to do. thanks for sharing!

    jess @ tupelocreative

  14. These eggs are so fun! Thanks so much for linking up to my Springtime Holiday Link Party! How great to have you!

  15. Hi Claire! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment on my blog! I love your blog (the colors, the title! it's really lovely). I'm your newest follower and I look forward to seeing more of your cute projects. Thanks again! P.S. I like what you said in your P.S. about being a regular customer at the stores with the paint chips! ;)

  16. I featured your eggs today! Come over and have a look! And thanks for linking up to my Springtime Holiday Link Party!

  17. this is the cutest thing ever! I'm always so amazed at the fabulous ideas people come up with for paint chips. Love it!

  18. What a nifty project! I love that you can make sooo many colours by using paint chips! Cool idea! Angie xo

  19. What a creative idea! I love paint chip projects. Megan

  20. These are so neat!!

    I would love for you to share this at my Flaunt It Friday link party. There are also TWO amazing giveaways this week! It closes Sunday at midnight.

    Looking forward to more posts,

  21. This is such a cute idea! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  22. oh my goodness, these are way too sweet! I love a good paint chip craft so these are right up my alley!

  23. Cute and creative! Thanks for linking up to Jaihart! Smiles, Jill

  24. Adorable! I'd have dozens of gray eggs, I'd better take a trip to the paint store for some more colorful egg-chips!

  25. Saw you on Oopsey Daisy! These are sooo adorable! I've seen a lot of paint chip projects, and this is something entirely new. Love it.

  26. Fabulous eggs - what a great idea!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  27. What a clever idea! They're awesome. Pinning to my DIY Board. Thanks for sharing :)

  28. How cute is that! I love the ombre look too...

    Thanks for sharing at Simply Klassic!

  29. Love these paint chip eggs and love your blog! Thanks for sharing!


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