If you are anything like me you’ve got a collection of paint chips lying around. Yes. Admit it.
You know, you were searching for the ultimate duck shell blue and walked off with 10 swatches and several paint samples before finding it. If you’re a horder you’ve got them, if not, you’ve tossed them.
May I suggest reusing them? There was a reason you gravitated towards them to begin with, so why not put them to use?
Today we had a carrot cake for afternoon tea and I thought what better way to reuse those chips than by making a crafty cake topper!
Supplies needed: A needle, twine, several paint chips, scissors, a craft punch and a pair of chopsticks.
Here’s how they describe it in their own words:
The time for subtlety is over. With a number of important events on the cards this year, a strong theme of celebration is making itself known. This comes through in the patriotic, Union Jack inspired red, white and blue to tie in with the London Olympics. White is often the base for this theme, with bold, uncomplicated use of bright colour to make a statement.
I used the following Plascon colours in my own garland from left to right: Baked Earth 04-B1-1, Panorama Lights Y4-A1-2, Lobster Red R5-B1-1, Oceanos B6-C1-1, Forest Found G4-D1-2 and to round it out I use a hue of Baked Earth called Alex 04-B1-2.
Step 1. Start by cutting a length of twine and threading it through your needle.
Step 2. Using a craft punch of your choice punch shapes out of your paint chips.
Step 3. Use your needle and thread to push through the chips before tying the loose ends to your pair of chopsticks and insert into your cake.
You can continue to add to your garland and hang it as a decorative feature if you wish, but may I implore you not to raid your local hardware store paint cabinet to do so! The idea is to REUSE existing chips, not create further demand.