Fun Finds For Mom

Make a mini garland from paint chips

The last time I was in Pottery Barn Kids, I picked up a little paint swatch book. It was in a big basket and it was free. I wasn’t looking for a paint color, but I thought I could find a use for a book full of pretty little papers.


After making garlands for the birthday party, I’m suddenly very into cutting paper into triangles and stringing them up. So this afternoon while I was resting and trying not to cough, I made a mini-garland. I used the blues and greens, and since I didn’t have any coordinating ribbon, I tore the handles out of a smashed up shopping bag and taped them together to make a long enough string to hang the triangles. I didn’t measure the triangles or anything – just eyeballing it worked pretty well since the paper is so small. I used  a regular size hole-puncher to punch the holes.


I realize this photo doesn’t do a very good job at showing the scale, but the triangles are about 2 inches by 3 inches. If you can’t get your hands on a PBK paint book, you could always pick up some paint chips from Home Depot and do the same thing.

(And if you’re not into garland-making, angry chicken has a great post about using paint samples to make a color book with the kids and finding matching items in nature to paste in the book. So cool.)

Posted Thursday, August 20, 2009 in Decorating