Monday, April 30, 2012

A Cheap Trick (Monogrammed Paint Chip Artwork) & a Give-Away!

i've been working on some hand-made artwork to hang in mack's room and i'm really excited about it. it's a collage of M's (since his initials are M.M.M. cute, right?) in various brightly-colored frames, each of which i plan to include the DIY instructions to in my cheap tricks series. each one is practically free to make and is super easy.

today, we're going to start with the monogrammed multicolored scallops piece. i know that sounds weird, but you'll get it when you see it.

here's what you need:

  • a piece of poster board (i used bristol board, but posters are much cheaper) cut down to 8x10 (or whichever size you prefer)
  • an assortment of paint chips (aka: paint sample cards), which you can get for free from any home improvement store
  • a circle punch, which you can get at walmart or any craft store
  • a glue stick
  • scissors
here's how to do it:

start out with your paint chips and circle punch. punch as many circles out of the chips as you can. i used a 1.5 inch punch, because it fit better with the paint chips than a larger punch would have.

tip: when choosing your colors, be sure to stay within the same color family, as in colors that have the same undertone. home improvement stores tend to group the colors by family anyway, so it makes it easier if you stick with the same paint brand and in the same area. otherwise, you're going to have to hold the chips next to each other and determine whether they clash or not.

next, apply glue to the backs of the circles and press them to the poster board in a row. (you arrange these in any order you wish, grouping the colors together or in a particular order or completely randomly.) the next line should overlap as shown in the following photo:

tip: start at the top, working your way down, and don't apply them firmly until you're sure of their position, in case you want to scoot one over a tad.

after they've all been applied, you should have overlap on all four sides of the board. with the back facing you, trim the edges with your scissors.

when you're done it should look something like this:

you can either leave it like this to frame or you can monogram it. to monogram it, in a word document, type your chosen letter at a point size that will fill most of the sheet (this varies from font to font). then highlight the letter and, in the font editing section, choose "outline". you can then print it and cut it out. i recommend printing on cardstock, because it won't show glue as much as printer paper does when applied to your artwork.

this is what it looked like when i was finished:

i took this before i attached the M.

it may sound like a lot of steps, but this whole project, from start to finish, was so fast that i was able to do it during one of mack's naps. still think it sounds like too much work? well then you should enter to win one!

that's right, i'm giving away a carlia original! ;) the winner will get a ready-to-frame 8x10 with the monogram of their choice. the winner will be chosen at random and announced on friday, may 4th at noon. as always, to enter all you have to do is follow me (if you aren't already a follower) and leave a comment with your email address and letting me know you would like to be entered (US & canada residents only). easy-peasy!


Stephanie said...

How cute! I love diy projects, especially ones that are pretty easy. Buuuut, if I'm lucky enough to win, I'd take a Carlia original any day! :) My email address is

Court said...

I LOVE it! It seems easy to do, but looks like something you bought in a store! Such a GREAT idea! =)

J o s e y said...

Of course I'd love to be entered! I am SO not good at projects like these.

NV said...

So adorable! I love doing arts and crafts. And I intend to steal this idea. Thank you for all of your creative tips. I just love your blog :)

Kayla and Josh said...

holy moly that is so frekin adorable!! I can't believe you did that so fast! Okay enter me! I badly want one! Oh my goodness it'd be cute in our bathroom! We have one wall that needs something. :) good job lad-ay!

Do I Have to Be a D.I.N.K.? said...

I am totally in! I love it and I am so not crafty! It would look great in Squatter's room!

unaffected said...

Soooo cute! I love it!

I'd like to be entered in the drawing :) My email is: boundbysymmetryblog (at) gmail (dot) com.

David and Kelli said...

Big money! Big money! No whammies!
Love it! Sign me up!

Bridget said...

I so want that!

Maria said...

such a neat idea!! LOVE IT...who knew paint chips could be turned into something so pretty. you rock!!

Deborah said...

I think I am totally going to copy that idea! Awesome!!

Ashley at flats to flip flops said...

I follow you so consider me entered!

Shannon said...

Newest follower!!

I've only read your latest two posts so far, and you already have more creative ability in two posts than I have over 32 years.

I'm certainly interested in your giveaway too.

Now, back to reading your blog.

sunnyside up said...

My 4am stalking at its finest! I have finally found your blog, I couldn't find you the past few times I've tried I have re-followed you - YAY!!!

If I am not too late - Id love to be entered - better late than never!


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