Ridiculously easy paint chip-inspired wedding crafts #Decor DIY#bunting#decor#diy invitations#invitations#reception cards#wedding favors Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Dec 8 2011) Guest post by Jessica Charlton My husband and I chose our wedding colors the same way we chose the paint for our apartment: by comparing stashes of paint chips we grabbed from the hardware store. When it was done we had tons of paint chips in the house, and I loved every color on the slips of paper. Paint chips helped me choose the palette I used for my wedding decorations… but what if paint chips WERE the palette? The gradation of hues is awfully romantic-looking, and stores let you have them for free. Here are a few ridiculously easy projects using (or at least inspired by) paint chips! Place settings You can cut slits in a long, slim paint chip, write your guests' names on them and use them as a dual place card/napkin ring. Or try folding along the white lines and taping the ends together to form a pentagon-shaped sleeve for candy favors. [Editor's note: if you write the guests name on these candy sleeves they could ALSO double as place settings.] Decor You can continue the gradient hue motif by grabbing some pages in the same color family from the scrapbooking section of the craft store, cutting and fringing strips, and gluing them to string for a new twist on the bunting trend. These also remind me just a bit of papel picado. Invitations Try adding some 1" thick strips of gradient fringe to a 4X6 blank card to use as save-the-dates, invitations or thank you cards. Floral aternatives Take the next step and use paint chips as floral alternatives! First, cut fringe horizontally across most of the width of a long paint chip (there are multi-blade fringe-cutting scissors you can buy if you want to cut down on time and ensure you have uniform cuts). Glue floral wire on one end. Beginning there, roll up the paint chip fringe from one end to the other, with the white back facing out. Secure the end with a bead of glue or piece of tape, and tug on the ends to draw the fringe petals down and outward. A word of caution: hardware stores may give paint chips away for free, but don't just decimate the supply and peace out. Show your appreciation for the free materials by patronizing the business… maybe you need firewood, lightbulbs, or soil? Golden rule, guys. Guest post written by Jessica Charlton Jessica Charlton's weapon of choice has always been an embroidery needle; her work has been featured on mrxstitch.com and feelingstitchy.com. She produces and teaches crafts of many kinds, and notably taught two years in a row at maximumfun.org's delightful comedy podcasting sleepaway camp, MaxFunCon. Never able to focus too long on just one inspiration, Offbeat Bride allows her to work on diverse projects, and for that she is grateful. http://offbeatbride.ning.com/profile/ieatglitter PREVIOUS Wedding vows that include ice cream, sweet promises and… beating people up NEXT Natural Black hairstyles to inspire you to put down the creamy crack Show/Hide comments [ 10 ] those flowers are awesome! Also great, the last bit of advice! Keep the karma clean, folks! But hellz yeah to cool crafts made with free stuff! Reply Ha, we chose our colors the same way! I heart paint chips, thanks for the ideas! Reply So many good ideas! Where was this post a year ago? It would have been easier than my organza flowers… Reply I'm totally making the flowers in red and green for our Christmas table! Reply AWESOME Reply We went to the hardware to get power tools for gifts and I used the opportunity to snag a stack of paint chips for my decorations. I felt bad taking a big stack so I told the lady at the paint counter my plans and now SHE wants to make them too! I gave her the web site so she's going to check out this post!!! 🙂 Reply Thanks for spreading the word, Jess! Reply ooooh yes i am also a paint swatch stealer/hoarder =) great ideas! Reply Aw, man! Just recycled all of ours. They were all such pretty colors too! Oh well – something to remember next time we get a million of them before painting a bedroom or something. 🙂 Reply Very cool ideas…I once decorated our apartment wall with paint chips and it reminds me of those days! Also like the reminder to appreciate your freebies by patronizing the store or asking permission. Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! 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