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Make 20 Epic DIY Paper Projects Out Of This Absolutely Free Craft Supply

JANUARY 12, 2015  —  By Emily Geraghty  
Emily Geraghty

Emily Geraghty

Emily Geraghty is a DIY writer and video specialist for ViralNova. Previous to ViralNova, she worked in digital content and video production for MTV, Allure, Glamour and LogoTV, as well as reality television development. In her free time she runs the fashion blog That Cheap Bitch.com, a blog about thrift store shopping and inexpensive beauty trends.

DIY projects are fun, but buying craft supplies can be expensive. Did you know there's one craft supply that's colorful, versatile, and absolutely free? Head to your local paint store and pick up free color swatches to create rainbow and ombre paper crafts. Match your swatches to a particular room, or add a pop of color all around your home. Repurpose them into useful items like notebooks, magnets, and coasters. Check out 20 ideas below, and get crafting!

1. Make a paint chip chandelier.

This ombre chandelier is an easy to make, eye-catching piece.

2. Wallpaper your staircase.

See how it's done here.

3. Make colorful gift tags.

These gift tags are simple but elegant.

4. These color sample magnets are adorable.

All you need is a little paper glaze.

5. Make a rainbow, ombre art arrangement.

See how it's done here.

6. Makeover a plain clock with paint samples.

This clock was originally a boring white clock from Ikea.

7. Make an elegant lampshade.

Get the instructions here.

8. Make a colorful dry erase calendar.

See how it's done here.

9. Jazz up a boring coffee table.

All you need is Mod Podge and paint samples.

10. Make a fun garland.

These samples are sewn together with black thread.

11. Weave together strips of samples to make a credit card holder.

Get the tutorial here.

12. Make color sample coasters.

These are sure to add a bit of color to your coffee table.

13. Make unique business cards.

See how they're made here.

14. This fringe curtain made of paint samples looks awesome.

See more paint chip work by this artist here.

15. Make tiny notebooks.

Get the instructions here.

16. Cut your samples and make a mobile.

Choose your favorite colors to customize it.

17. Create gorgeous animal art.

Use shape punchers and glue the pieces to a canvas for 3-D art.

18. Make tiny boxes to hold trinkets or small gifts.

Learn how to make them here.

19. Express yourself with framed art and custom text.

Learn how to make this here.

20. Use paint chips as gift wrapping.

I'm thinking I'll make some DIY coasters and magnets first. What will you try?

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