Paint Chip Teacher Gift – {Back to School}

Paint chip crafts are my newest craze (next to sugar scrubs) and I’m not alone.  Using paint chip samples in crafty ways instead of just throwing them away or recycling them are a great way to make use of the beautiful array of colors that paint companies put together on swatches of paper to help us choose just the right shade of color for our projects!

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Here’s why I love using paint chip samples:

  • you don’t have to worry about mixing the wrong shades-paint companies have thoughtfully paired complimenting shades!
  • the card stock they print their colors on is always nice and hefty
  • the colors are always, always nice
  • they are free!  {I’m not advocating you go out and steal them though!  I do a lot of painting so I come by them naturally}

Paint Chip teacher gift

How to Make a Paint Chip Teacher Gift

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Making a paint chip teacher gift is unbelievably easy.   Once you have the supplies on hand, it literally takes about 1 minute, and costs about $1!  Score.  You simply bundle pencils together, put a strip of double sided tape on the inside edge of one side of the solid paint chip, and wrap tightly around pencils.  Then, cut a 1.5 inch lengthwise strip from the striped paint chip and repeat the process (put a strip of double sided tape on the inside edge of one side of the strip) and then wrap around the solid strip of paint chip that is already wrapped around the pencils and secure firmly.  Add a piece of knotted twine and your teacher craft is done!  OPTIONAL:  I ran the striped piece of paint chip sample through a crimper to give it extra texture, but that’s definitely optional.

Paint chip craft


  • Paint Chips in desired colors.  You need one solid strip, and one striped strip.
  • Twine
  • Double sided tape
  • Scissors and a paper cutter
  • Pencils

Paint Chip Teacher Craft

This Paint Chip craft makes the cutest teacher craft, it’s highly utilitarian, it’s super inexpensive {$1 for the pencils}, and quick.  Definitely one of my all time favorite crafts!

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    Twitter: Camilleta

    This is too cute. I hoard paint samples because they’re too pretty to get rid of but I can never think of anything to do with them lol.

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    Ooh, I like this!!! Thank you!

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    I love this idea and as a teacher, I love that you are sending in pencils! I wish more parents would do that!


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