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9.14.2020

paper 'paint chip' pumpkins

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these happy pumpkins sprang into my head one night,
and i couldn't wait to get into my studio the next day to try them out!

last spring, i shared a few projects that are based on paint chips.
although the first project - hearts - was made from real paint chips (from a client's decor project)
i then came up with a way to make my OWN paint 'chips': paint them on paper!

not only is it a perfect way to get the right colors for a specific use,
it also assures that i always have as many as i need if a project expands
(frequently!) or needs a do-over (sometimes!).

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continue reading for details on making your own painted paint chip paper
AND the things i've made with them this year!

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i paint my own color combinations using plain old craft paints, mixed as i wish...
for these pumpkins, varied shades and tones of orange/coral/peach suffice.

i mark the lines (i made two sizes, shown above) and apply paint to heavy paper -
these are white kraft paper shopping bags,
left over from when i was selling my Sweet Sweater Pumpkins at shows.

my quick and easy tutorial for these is linked below this post.


my first project was large flat pumpkins, as wall art...
to give the paint chip paper more 'body', i glued it to a piece of poster board.
then i drew pumpkin shapes on the BACK side of the poster board, and cut them out.
they didn't actually look like pumpkins at that point, so i drew white lines to designate the 'ridges'. 
still no good. so i grabbed the scissors and cut the pumpkins apart ON those 'ridge' lines,
and then re-assembled them on white paper:
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okay, THIS i liked!

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the details:
i simply re-assembled the cut-up pumpkin shapes,
leaving some space between each cut piece.
this gives them a more modern, artful look than the plain white painted lines did.
i glued each piece to the white background paper,
then glued on a strip of green paint chip paper as stems - they stick up off the paper a bit,
for dimension.

once dry, i clipped the paper to two of my gift-wrap covered clipboards,
and hung them up. easy-peasy!

i also created two more for a larger piece of wall art, on an old bulletin board - 
you can see that behind the clipboard in the top photo on this post.
i just covered the bulletin board with white gift wrap paper,
then glued on the cut-up pumpkins, and added the lettering.

then i cut the paper into a few strips - just like the 'real' paint chips - 
and formed them into small pumpkins: 

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wanna' know a trick? wrap the paint strips around cookie cutters!
this makes it easy to create the right proportion in your shape.

simply apply a dot of glue or a staple to hold the strip in place 
(after you slide it away from the cookie cutter)
i added green paint chip stems to these, too, so they would coordinate with the others.

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with not much effort, i have a group of happy, colorful, fun pumpkins!

any one of these would be an easy project for kids...
 you could do this using regular construction paper or gift wrap paper, too.
and i'd bet they'd love THIS idea:
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add a happy little face to the pumpkins!

i've just completed another pumpkin project inspired by paint chips -
watch for that one in an upcoming post!


links to previous posts mentioned above:

painted paint chip paper tutorial 

more paint chip paper projects

gift wrapped clipboards 


shared online:


funky junk interiors  | diy salvaged junk projects #544

thank you for featuring my project, Donna!


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10 comments:

  1. Love your creative mind - awesome creations - love them!

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    1. thank you so much, LindaSonia! my mind is questionable sometimes but it keeps me entertained! LOL

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  2. Once again, you do it! I adore how the paint chip theme brings in so many beautiful hues at once! So pretty! The pumpkin on the clipboard has my heart...

    I've featured you on DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 545 this weekend. Thanks for linking up!

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    1. i'm so glad you like them, Donna! it's such an easy 'theme' to work with, with unlimited possibilities for interpretation. (and would you believe i already have a SLEW of things planned for holiday decor?!) thank you so much for including them in your feature - i'll pop over tonight when it's posted and grab the image!

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  3. These are awesome! What a creative idea!

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    1. thank you so much, Lisa! i appreciate you taking time to visit and leave such a kind comment <3

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  4. Brilliant idea Deb!! I'd love for you to share over at our weekly Wednesday Creative Crafts Linky Party https://creativelybeth.com/creative-crafts-linky-party-7-join-in-the-fun/
    Have a great week!
    Creatively, Beth

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    1. thank you so much for the kind invitation, Beth! i promise i will do my very best to remember to come over and link up LOL!!!!

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  5. I love the way you think, Deb! Your paint chip pumpkins are so ADORABLE and I especially love how you've displayed them on pretty painted clipboards!

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    1. thank you, Marie! btw, those clipboards are actually covered with gift wrapping paper from the Dollar Tree - a totally easy and cheap way to revive old thrifted clipboards! ;)

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