Paint chip crafts: make a colorful bracelet

Paint chip crafts: make a colorful braceletSo I was organizing my drawers not-so-very long ago when I found some old paint chips. And I mean – these are old. From my last house painting project, which was ages ago! But of course, I had to save them for a craft project, right? In the purge I decided it was either time to use them or lose them, so I used them. I dug through my scrapbook paper and paint and pulled together this decoupage paint chip bracelet project. It’s pretty to make them, and the great thing is that they have the “feel” of whatever color paint chips and style punches you use.

And hey, if you don’t have paint chips, you can get them from the hardware store. If you don’t feel comfortable taking the new chips, they nearly always have a surplus in the back of the old colors that are no longer available – so save those from the landfill! Here’s how to make these fun bracelets.

Gather These Supplies

  • Wood bracelet blanks
  • Mod Podge Matte
  • FolkArt paint in coordinating colors
  • Paint chips in your choice of colors
  • Scrapbook paper – coordinating
  • Paper punch – Fiskars scalloped oval
  • Paper punch – Martha Stewart medallion
  • Craft glue
  • Buttons
  • Rhinestones
  • Craft knife and mat
  • Paintbrush
  • Ruler
  • Candle and sandpaper – for the distressed bracelet

IMG_7165Begin by measuring the width of each bracelet. Cut a long strip of paper (over 8 inches) to the width of your bracelet using the ruler, craft knife and mat. You can also cut about ¼” smaller than the width if you like the paint to show on either side. Trim to fit your bracelets and set aside.

IMG_7173Paint your bracelets! I painted the inside of the bracelets and the outside edges with contrasting colors.

IMG_7177If you don’t want to distress, you can stop at the step above. If you would like to distress your bracelet, paint the first color on and let dry. THEN rub a wax candle on various parts of the bracelet. Paint a top coat in a different color and let dry.

IMG_7181Use sandpaper to rub away the top coat and let the bottom layer of paint show through in some areas. Sand more for more distressing.

IMG_7182Attach the strips of paper to the outside of each bracelet using Mod Podge Matte. Smooth thoroughly and let dry for 15 – 20 minutes. Add a top coat and let dry.

IMG_7185Use your punches to create shapes from the paint chips. Punch enough shapes to go around the perimeter of each bracelet. I think it’s kind of fun to show the lines and the paint names. I don’t know why!

IMG_7187Mod Podge these shapes to the outside of the bracelet. Tip: It may help to bend your paint chips to curve around the bracelet before Mod Podging. Hold into place until secure and then let dry completely.

IMG_7188Give your bracelets two final coats of Mod Podge over the top.

IMG_7189Add buttons and rhinestones to the centers of the punched out shapes with craft glue and let dry.

Paint chip craft - make colorful braceletsDon’t these go so nicely with my tan? Haha – I don’t actually have a tan; I’m not sure why it looks like I do. Either way, I love my bracelets. They are fun and making me excited for spring!