I like super-easy and quick projects like this collage heart made from paint chips. It’s a fun way to recycle some of the paint samples I’ve collected for various painting projects and have a fun making a Valentine’s Decoration: Paint Chip Heart. Creative reuse is a fun challenge!
First, I gathered all my pinks and reds and cut the paint samples into 1/4 inch (give or take) strips. Then I printed a pink heart at about 8 by 8 inches. I used a drawing program on my computer, but even Word will let you draw a nice heart, resize it and color it. Or, you could use colored paper. I wanted pink because my cutting isn’t that precise and I thought that pink gaps would be less glaring than bright white ones, so I colored and printed a pink heart shape.
Then, I traced the outline of the heart on the BACK of the printed heart. That will be my cutting line later.
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On the pink side, I used a glue stick to attach the pink and red strips to the front of the heart at an angle, overlapping the edge of the heart shape. My advice: Don’t set your chap stick down next to your glue stick while you are working! Chap stick doesn’t hold well at all!
When the glue is dry, cut out the heart, using the drawn outline on the back (because you covered the line on the front with paint chips). I glued my heart to a 12 by 12 inch piece of mat board. (More recycling!) I thought the design needed more, so I added the border strips.
I gave it a coat of Mod Podge to decoupage the piece and make sure all the little bits stay put. Now I have a creative reuse Valentine’s Decoration: Paint Chip Heart!
For another option on paint chip collage, follow along with How to Make a Paint Chip Heart Collage.
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