I feel a little bad calling this project art since it didn’t really take any kind of skill or expertise to make, but $1 Contemporary Thing in a Frame You Can Hang on the Wall doesn’t roll off the tongue the same way.
I think that I have mentioned before that all the walls in our home are painted white-white (and FLAT white at that, grrr), and that we are not allowed to paint over it. Even the doors are painted white! I try to bring color into our rooms whenever I can, since the walls are such blank canvasses.
We have a big, blank white space in our bathroom that has bugged me since we moved in. Although I have a bunch of wall decor in the basement, none of it worked for that particular space. However, I felt bad going out and buying something new for the wall too. I needed to find something nearly free to fill that space, and with a little ingenuity, I did!
To make a $1 Comtemporary Art Piece, you will need:
dollar store frame (I used a 3-opening frame)
paper cutter or scissors and a straight edge
lots of paint chips
This is our bathroom shower curtain. I wanted the colors in the art piece to mimic the colors in the curtain, so when I grabbed the paint chips from the store, I picked samples in blues and greys.
Do you feel as guilty taking paint chips as I do? I know they are free for the taking, but I always feel like I am shoplifting when I take any. It was especially bad this time because I needed a lot of them! I picked them out, glanced around a few times and then shoved them in my purse. Who, me, suspicious?
Using acryllic paints, I mixed up a color to paint the raw wood frame. I don’t know if you can tell in the picture, but it is more of a midnight blue than black. I only needed one coat since I didn’t want the frame to be glossy.
While the frame is drying, cut any printed words off of the paint chips. Then cut the chips into smaller squares and rectangles.
Since my shower curtain has a metallic sheen, I threw some sparkly silver cardstock into the mix.
Using the paper that comes behind the mat as a guide, lay down strips of double-sided tape and stick the pieces of paint chips down. There is no right or wrong way to lay out the colors and shapes. If your eye likes it, then it’s right.
Put the frame back together, and you are done! I actually put the mat in wrong side out, because the right side was off-white and the wrong side is gray and looked a lot better.
I haven’t gotten around to hanging the piece in our bathroom yet, but I was too anxious to show you guys to wait to post. Here is the finished project set up in the living room. Not too bad for a dollar, I’d say!
Linked to A Soft Place to Land, Making the World Cuter, My Frugal Family, The Girl Creative, Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, Today’s Creative Blog, Domestically Speaking, and Between Naps on the Porch.
What a clever idea!
Eva Girl says
wow! I’m really impressed. That looks like art to me! and I think it will look great with your bathroom -Nice!
Tiff @ Making The World Cuter says
I’ll say! That is a great art project for a buck! And hee hee, I am the same way about paint chips, I make my kids pick them out and then I act all annoyed-then I take them when we get out to the car. 🙂
Thanks for linking up!
I like it! I know what you mean about feeling guilty taking the paint chips. It’s especially bad when I have my kids with me, because they always want the ones shaped like Mickey Mouse. It turned out really cute though!
Treasia Stepp says
It looks really nice. I would never have thought about doing this but it works great.
Julie Bagamary says
Very clever and yes it’s art.
Heather@ theherberfa says
I think it turned out great!And I hear you on the paint chips. I always think they're going to stop me at the door because they saw me slip -something- in my purse. 😉
Thrifty and original…I like this. And if they don't want us to take the paint chips, they shouldn't put them out there to tempt us. I always collect a bunch of them when I go to the store, then walk over to the whoops bin and buy my paint from it.Cindy at Lakewood
What a great idea! Truly creative and looks fantastic! Great job!
Maryann @ Domestical says
Jill you are the crafting queen! I always come home with a handful of sample chips… way to put them to good use.
I really like it! How about posting a close-up so we can see how they overlap? 🙂 (fellow CSI poster)
Wow!! That’ gorgeous!! For a larger frame, I wonder how scrapbook paper would work instead of the paint chips…