DIY Gift Idea: Herringbone Paint Chip Art

Hey friends! The holidays are in full swing around here, and I couldn't be more thrilled. Other than the fact that every member of my household, sans myself, adores egg nog. Me, I prefer to not drink heart-attack-in-a-mug, thanks.
Anyway. If you're like me, you're always on the lookout for a great, fairly fast and easy but still personable, DIY gift idea. It's a bonus if it's inexpensive. This little number checks all those boxes and leaves you the rest of the afternoon to guzzle all the egg nog your soon-to-be-clogged heart desires.
(p.s. I totally have to give credit for this project's inspiration here.)

This is a great DIY art project that you can make for your own enjoyment or to give to someone else who has great taste. You'll need a frame, some paper or cardstock, some paint chips in an ombre gradient, scissors (puppy chew marks on said scissors are optional), and glue. I'd recommend grabbing several sticks of glue, because if you have kids the chances are high that half of them are dried out. But, again. Optional.
I began the project by cutting out the paint chips into herringbone-type parallelograms. I freehanded them, because I'm lazy like that. You could create a template if you prefer more exacting art. Also, be sure as you're cutting them out that you have about half the diagonals "going" each way - mirror images of each other shapewise, I mean. I just cut out a bunch because I wasn't sure what I'd want my ombre to look like.
Laid them out on the paper (cut to frame size) to get a basic idea of what I wanted, then I started gluing them on piece by piece. I didn't mark anything here. You definitely could, and your herringbone pattern would look like perfection. Depends on how you like your DIY art, I guess!
Framed it. Loved it. Wanted some more of it... I made a second one, this time with the herringbone in the landscape orientation.
Here's one of them, hanging at low height in the living room corner.
Nothing like mixing the Logan LDS temple, Georgia O'Keefe, and some herringbone paint chip art next to a faux bois table lamp, eh?
This was such a fun project for me. Therapeutic, with Christmas radio on in the background and my two youngest girls napping. Now go and do one (or four) yourself, either to keep or give away.
As always, thanks for stopping by!
(Feel free to check out my other ideas for paint chips: an ombre nursery mobile, a bit of art, or other great ideas for decorating on a tight budget.)
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  1. Super cute! Thanks for linking up to check me out saturday!

  2. Love this idea!! I have some paint chips in my stash too!

  3. What a great idea!! I love free & easy artwork around the house. Beautiful job. I'd love if you'd link up to The DIY'ers!

  4. Great idea! I love using paint chips. Come over and link up at A Handmade Holdiay Link Party going on right now at Hope to see you there!

  5. What a great little diy project. Id be thrilled to get that for Xmas from a crafty friend :)

  6. Super adorable! Paint chip art is my jam!! Glad to have found your blog! :D

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  8. It turned out awesome!

  9. Very cute. Thank you so much for sharing with Adorned From Above’s Link Party. We love having your join the fun.
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