make something monday :: 4th of july paint chip banner

I wanted a quick and easy project for today and one that would be festive for the fourth of July holiday that is fast approaching (how is it almost July again?). And I mean, they are giving these paint chips away for free folks so it was kind of a no brainer while running errands to swing into our local home improvement store and select a few. Even though they are there for the taking it felt kind of funny grabbing such a huge stack and leaving the store without purchasing anything else. I was so tempted to grab some in yellow hues too and make one that says "sunshine" but I decided to play it safe and escape without someone asking me if I was painting a room in patriotic colors.
As far as a tutorial it was pretty straight forward. I printed off letters in Oklahoma size 400 and cut them out as a template (hint you only need an S, T, A, R, I, E and P and the ampersand)
Make sure you flip the letters over face down when you trace them onto the back of the paint  chips so that they aren't reversed, cut them out and then punch a few tiny holes in the tops and string them up. I used red and white bakers twine. I have some orange and white bakers twine so I know I will be doing another one come Halloween - or maybe just for Fall? Sheesh who knows there are just so many things you could do! After seeing the egg bunting that went viral around Easter I have been biding my time trying to think of another way to incorporate the cute paint chip trend into my decor.
Simple and festive and not stressful. No stressful crafting guys it's not good for the complexion :). Hope your having a wonderful Monday - any fun festive fourth of July projects you've made lately? 



 linking up with Heather today!

54 comments:

  1. Oh I love it! Simple and stunning! I am totally going to do this too.

    Your blog is so visually relaxing, a very pleasant place to hang out.

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  2. Crtafty crafty!! Plus quick and easy always gets my attention! Yours came out so cute!

    XO Lindsay

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  3. this is my favorite paint chip art....so wonderful.
    xoxo

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  4. oh wow, this is SO fun- my favorite chip art too. awesome idea!

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  5. So fun!! This would be great for just about any holiday/party.

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  6. So cute. I love the idea of doing a sunshine banner.

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  7. Super cute, I love the sentiment, rather than "happy 4th."

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  8. i love it. so simple yet completely beautiful! LOVE

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  9. your blog is precious! very cool idea for the banner.

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  10. Fun, now my gears are spinning on how I can incorporate this into that rainbow party I've been thinking of!!

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  11. whoa whoa whoa! hehee.... so i'm not the only one that uses those paint cards! i use them for my store to put my keychains in!

    i love your ways of creativity!

    -robots in trouble

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  12. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!! I'm going to use it to do "create" in my play/craft/creative space! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  13. this is just perfect! can't wait to try it for an upcoming bday party!!
    I just found your blog, and thank God I did, its absolutely lovely! Your newest follower, Grace Louise.

    hope you stop by and say hello!
    gracelouisephotography.blogspot.com

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  14. How creative!! I really love this idea! I'm gonna remember this when it gets closer to the kids birthdays, I think it would be a neat way to make a birthday banner. :)

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  15. So cute. I think I am going to try this (with different words) in my classroom. Yah for free!

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  16. Hi Rebekah - I see that I'm not the only one that loves this banner of yours! Fabulous! I've featured it on my website today with a few other projects if you would like to have a look. I'm also 'following' so that I can see what's next!

    http://bluevelvetchair.blogspot.com/2011/06/diy-creative-genius.html

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  17. I love this so much!! I am a horrible holiday decorator. This is perfect... must remember to get paint samples next time I'm at the store. :)

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  18. Wow! Great presentation of your themes. Good presentation. Thanks.Beautiful bangladesh

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  19. When I saw this I instantly thought 'I have to try this!' until I saw the paint chips you used. The ones in England are long and thin, and wouldn't be wide enough for anything really: I've never seen the squarish ones you've used. What a shame :( Still, love the project and the blog

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  20. Absolutely inspired cleverness! This would be perfect for any type of party saying!

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  21. This is so great! Just pinned it! Thanks!

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  22. Saw this on Pinterest (thanks to Kami). :) Best paint chip banner yet! The font is perfect. Off to check out the rest of your blog. . .

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  23. This is so clever!! I will be making this for our little family get together.Thanks for sharing =)
    Rebecca

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  24. Brilliant. And cheap ... even more brilliant.

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  25. I am totally going to do this too!...stunning idea!
    xoxo
    lila

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  26. This is so great. I love that can do it without a silhouette. I'm bitter about all the crafts that require one ;P

    Ali
    www.Foundintheali.blogspot.com

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  27. Where can I download the letters?

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  28. @eloise - I didn't create a download but just suggest printing the letters out as a template using the font Oaklahoma in size 400...hope that helps!

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  29. LOVE this - what a great idea!!! I knew I didn't grab 20 grey paint chips from Home Depot for no reason... ;)

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  30. Oh I love how you took my Easter paint chip garland and ran with it! I just shared it with my facebook fans and twitter followers.

    You have a lovely site here and we seem to have so much in common; both moms who blog in Seattle and I think our dogs may be long lost brothers (although mine was rescued in L.A. so probably not) ;)

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  31. What a great recycle/reuse idea as well! I always felt bad about picking these up and then throwing them away afterwards! Thanks for your inspiration.

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  32. What an adorable project! I can't wait to try this. Have a happy 4th!

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  33. Aren't you clever! What a fun project. This is my first visit to your blog, and I think it's fantastic!

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  34. speechless. being a colour addict, I loove it. Excellent choice of typo as well!

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  35. This is SO CUTE! I am loving your craft ideas!

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  36. oh man, oh man! this makes my heart happy. i'm going to try my hand at this. thanks for the great idea! i just found your blog, and i am in true love. :-)

    humming-right-along.blogspot.com

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  37. Did you see the shout out you got on design sponge!

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  38. Hi--Just clicked through from Design Sponge. Cute idea. Love the look & feel of your blog. Happy 4th!

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  39. Love, love, love this! Where do you get baker's twine? Thanks!

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  40. i love this idea, inspiration for all sorts of other messages too; thank you. but didn't you need an E as well?

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  41. oh yes your right and an E thanks I added it!

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  42. I'm always so INSPIRED by your ideas! Soaking up ideas from Design Sponge. I'm going to use that font for my putting a quote in my daughter's room.
    @msenthusiast

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  43. Genius! Paint samples finally have a purpose! Re-blogged it here:

    http://me-machine.blogspot.com/2011/07/fireworks.html

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  44. This is one of the CUTEST things I have *EVER* seen! Seriously, you are a genious!

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  45. my goodness, you are clever!

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  46. I ADORE this project. So clever. :)

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  49. LOVE this! So cute & such a creative idea! Thanks for sharing! Your blog is darling :)

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  50. Would love to feature this at Happy Home Fairy in the next couple of days - what do you say???? IT is such CUTENESS!!!!!!!!!!

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