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Easy DIY Paint Chip Sample Arts and Crafts Projects: How to Make Jewelry

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What kinds of jewelry projects can you make with paint chip samples?

Jewelry ProjectsOther Jewelry Elements



Necklaces / Pendants

Business Card Holders


Gift Boxes

Homemade Beads for Jewelry

Paint chip samples are a fun and easy material for creating a wide variety of arts and crafts projects, including jewelry. You can make bracelets, necklaces, pendants, and earrings out of paint chips. Don't forget to consider making displays and packaging out of color samples as well. Happy crafting!

You will need some basic jewelry making supplies for most of these projects.


PAINT CHIP JEWELRY, earrings, pendant, necklace

Paint Chip Jewelry Projects

  • Earrings. Amy of Copper Diem used an eyelet setter to make attractive, sturdy earring components. Check out her earrings tutorial at BlogHer. You can also use these little components to make charm bracelets and more. Aki of Minted Strawberry has a tutorial for ombre paint chip earrings.
  • Necklaces / pendants. Did you know that there are Disney paint colors? Some people like to create simple Disney jewelry out of their paint samples, which feature a little Mickey Mouse in the corner. Check out this Mickey Mouse necklace tutorial from A Creative Princess. Create Craft Love shares a great simple idea for layering different paint chip colors to make an ombre necklace. Sincerely, Kinsey switches up the routine with a unique geometric design. No one will ever know that you made this versatile piece out of paint chips.
  • Bracelets. Surprisingly all of the paint chip jewelry tutorials out there are for earrings and necklaces without any options for bracelets. Many people reading this article will be able to pull inspiration from other jewelry tutorials and create coordinating bracelets. Autumn of BiblioBags seems to dominate the paint chip bracelet market on Etsy. Check them out in her shop and on her blog.
  • Homemade bead components. Again, there are no tutorials out there for paint chip beads, but this concept is pretty self-explanatory. There are tons of tutorials out there for making paper beads. Why not give paint chips a try to create your own jewelry components?

Bunny Pinterest - Paint Chip Box

Paint Chip Display and Packaging Materials

Paint chip displays and packaging materials are the perfect way to complete paint chip jewelry gifts and sale items. However, you don't need to feel limited to this. They complement many other types of bright, fun handmade pieces as well as other small gift items.

  • Displays and packaging. Lindy of Itsy Bitsy Paper created paint chip packaging for some of her button jewelry. If you create any type of bright, fun jewelry that you gift or sell, paint chip packaging is a great option. Lindy has detailed photos of how she puts the whole jewelry package together, too.
  • Business card holders. Are you looking for a business card holder that won't break the bank? You may want to consider making one out of a paint chip sample. Design Verb has a template and detailed instructions.
  • Gift boxes. Paint chip boxes are perfect for packaging up just about any kind of small gift item. The boxes are so pretty that you won't even need to gift wrap them. Jessica of How About Orange has a tutorial for this project.

DIY Ombre Paint Chip Earrings

More Ideas for Paint Chip Jewelry Projects

  • Possibilities for ombre. As there are several ombre tutorials in this article, you may have already considered the idea of making ombre paint ship projects. Many paint samples lend themselves naturally to these designs. As ombre is huge right now, you'll have no problem finding inspiration for your paint chips.
  • Seasonal and holiday projects. There are a handful of awesome seasonal and holiday paint chip jewelry ideas, such as candy corn earrings from Infarrantly Creative. You can also customize virtually any tutorial with colors and themes to fit specific occasions.
  • Using different paper punches. If you've clicked through a number of the tutorials in this article, you've probably already seen people using at least a couple different paper punches for their projects. There is no limit to the number of different punches that you can use. Some are more conducive to jewelry than others. Don't be afraid to experiment and figure out what will work best for your particular designs.

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Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 31, 2014:

oceansnsunsets, many of these ideas would definitely work with scrapbook paper as well! Enjoy!

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Paula from The Midwest, USA on August 31, 2014:

Using paint chips for jewelry is something I have never heard of before! Crafters have some great ideas. I have a lot of paper from the days when I scrapbooked and stamped more, and can use some ideas for those perhaps as well. Glad you shared, it was very interesting!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 16, 2014:

Vicki, thanks! Just head over to Pinterest sometime, and before you know it, you'll have more ideas for paint chip samples than you ever could have imagined. :)

fpherj, it's so great to hear that! You'll have to let me know how your jewelry making goes. Best of luck. :)

Suzie from Carson City on February 16, 2014:

OMG..."How to feel totally Uncreative and UN-crafty in one easy lesson!"

This is fabulous......and I have always wanted to make my own jewelry. Just waiting I guess, for the window of time in my schedule.....your hub will be my guide when I embark on this project!

And to think, the only thing I ever use paint sample strips for is as BOOK MARKS!! Wow...ain't I the talented one?? LOL

This is wonderful!....UP+++

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on February 16, 2014:

Wow, this is interesting. I've had those samples before and didn't know what to do with them. The business cards are a really cool idea! I never would have thought of that. Great hub!!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 14, 2014:

Thanks, Cyndi! You're right that with a little time and patience, it is not hard to learn the skills of paint chip jewelry making. There are so many possibilities for it. I hope that you get a chance to try some of these ideas.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on February 14, 2014:

This is really interesting. I love the ideas here - and it seems like ANYONE can get really good at creating these. When I get more time, I would like to try. Those blog links are awesome - it's fun to see all the different ways you can be creative with paint samples. And paint samples!? Who knew!? Good stuff!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 22, 2013:

Thanks, FlourishAnyway! I'm glad that you enjoyed this article. Paint chips are perfect for gift tags and scrapbooking.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 22, 2013:

These are fun ways to recycle paint chips. I especially like the packaging ideas and the jewelry. I bet it would also be neat to use for punch outs for gift tags and scrapbooking. Voted up, useful and more.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 20, 2013:

Thanks so much, Nicole!

Nicole S Hanson from Minnesota on June 20, 2013:

I love that there are so many fun ideas here! Great hub!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 16, 2013:

Thanks, krystie!

krystieboh on May 16, 2013:

Wow, that's a pretty versatile list of things to do with paint chips! Nice Hub!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 16, 2013:

That's great, alifeofdesign! Paint chip cake bunting is such a fun idea. Have fun with the business card boxes. :)

Graham Gifford from New Hamphire on May 16, 2013:

I love using paint chips for crafts! As a matter of fact, I just made some cake bunting last week-easy, colorful and it can be done in minutes. Thanks for all the sources. I particularly like the business card box...I'll be making a few of those.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 14, 2013:

Suzie, I'm glad that you were able to learn so much from this article! Enjoy checking out some of the options here. :)

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on May 14, 2013:

Hi Rose,

Jeepers, no idea jewelry could be made from these, what a really interesting idea and that you have found so many places doing it!! I am intrigued so will be checking some out, thanks for unique and cheap solution to being different, love it!! votes and shared!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 14, 2013:

Dorsi, they're readily available at any hardware store. :) Thanks!

Thanks, heidithorne!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on May 14, 2013:

Cute, creative and a good way to recycle paint chips and packages!

Dorsi Diaz from The San Francisco Bay Area on May 14, 2013:

Wow! I would have never thought of making jewelry out of paint chips. Now I regret throwing away thousands of samples when we bought a display case from a paint store going out of business! Great hub and voted up and shared.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 14, 2013:

Thanks so much, RTalloni! Glad you enjoyed.

RTalloni on May 13, 2013:

Loads of links here for neat projects. I especially like the packaging ideas. Thanks for putting this together for us!

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