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DIY: Paint-Swatch Weaving

In part inspired, part stingy, and part needing fresh air, I decided to take a walk to the hardware store this past weekend and pick up some (free) paint swatches to use for an art project. Aside from being gratuit, a benefit of using paint swatches for an art project is that you can choose the exact colors you're looking for to bring your room together or just to add a touch of color. How you use the swatches is up to you, but I figured I'd let you in on how I executed this little masterpiece (ha).


  • Paint swatches
  • Scissors
  • Rubber cement
  • Frame

To learn the steps, and see this DIY hung on the wall,

Here's how:

  1. Choose your colors. I wanted to use pink, light green, and gray to pick up the colors in the room. So, I chose an array of swatches in each color, and brought them home. I wound up using three swatches of each color, and each swatch was just one notch away from the next, numerically (i.e. Green 12345, 12346, 12347). This gave it a subtle ombré look beyond the gradient of four or five colors on each individual swatch.
  2. Cut your swatches. Cut each swatch into strips, a couple centimeters each. They don't have to be exact; I think it adds interest if they're slightly different widths and not completely straight (that's up to you). Make sure to cut off any of the numbers or text on the swatch before you cut your strips. Keep the strips from each swatch separated so when you line them up you won't lose the gradient effect.
  3. Line them up. For the base of my weaving, I decided to have greens running across, and grays and pinks running up and down. I arranged the gray and pink strips side by side but opposite in saturation, so the lightest grays and pinks met, creating (sort of) the appearance of a gradient that runs from gray to pink. Arrange your strips visually so you'll know how it will work, but begin your weaving with only 2 sets of strips at a time (1 horizontal swatch, 1 vertical swatch).
  4. Weave your base. Weave one horizontal strip across all of your vertical strips at a time. Continue until you've woven all of your horizontal strips across. It helps to tape the woven pieces to your table because they tend to want to unwind themselves. Make the weave as tight as possible; it's bound to loosen a bit. Be patient, it can be frustrating at times.
  5. Create a focal point. I decided to weave a few strips in brighter pink and green, and darker gray together to lay on top of the base, creating a focal point. You could also thread some colorful twine through, or hook some sort of paper shape onto the weaving to achieve this, or leave the weaving as is.
  6. Glue. Brush some rubber cement onto the back of your weaving and adhere it to some spare paper the size of your frame.
  7. Trim and frame. Trim the edges so it fits the frame opening. Frame and hang!

Here's a peek at my little project in its place:

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