DIY Easy Paint Chip Beach Art

INSIDE: How to create FREE and easy DIY paint chip beach art in small vintage picture frames.

DIY Easy Paint Chip Beach Art | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comI’m a beach lover. Period. So even though I’ve spent the past dozen years living among all things cactus, year round sunscreen use and lots of fast-moving desert creatures, the sand and sea is my happy place.

If you walked into my family room right now, you’d see that I’m in the process of putting together a beach-inspired gallery wall. It’s only taken me about two years to tackle this home project but here I am. Deep in the throws of finalizing this statement wall.

Lucky for me, my husband went “picking” one day and brought me home a box of random goodies. At the bottom of this box were two small gold, vintage frames. They were perfect for this currently empty wall.

Here’s how I created beach art for these thrift store frames. Using paint chips. For FREE…
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DIY Easy Paint Chip Beach Art

On a recent run through the hardware store, I stopped the race car shopping cart my boys insist on to snag a few paint chip strips. Here’s how I put together some small beach art in about 10 minutes.

– Paint chips
– Glue stick
– Sturdy cardstock paper
– Craft scissors
– Small picture frames

how to make 10 minute diy beach art

Step #1:
Cut out a piece of cardstock to fit the inside of the picture frame.

This beach art was going to be a simple sand and sea view. I started by ripping a strip of tan paint chip. My objective was that the art reflect that I was using paint chips so I kept the white dividers between the colors AND the color names.

Step #2:
I repeated the same steps but with different shades of blue.

Step #3:
Determine the layout you like best. Use the kids glue stick to secure them to the cardstock.

Cut off any excess paint chip. Insert the finished art into the photo frame.

3 steps paint chip artwork

Have you ever created and crafted with paint chips?
DIY Easy Paint Chip Beach Art |

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50 thoughts on “DIY Easy Paint Chip Beach Art

  1. Michelle says:

    I love the beach too. I live in the Midwest right now. At least you are in a warm place. LOL! Paint chips made into beach scenes? Who’d thunk? I love them. They are just right in the frames and totally free. Tearing them created the perfect “horizon” too.

    • DazzleWhileFrazzled says:

      Thanks Michelle! I was pleasantly surprised that the idea in my mind actually worked in reality! LOL

  2. Julie says:

    These are lovely, i’ve seen then evolve on instagram this week. What a sweet idea. I’m pinning as a card making idea as I think they would make sweet greeting cards too.

  3. Sue Purdy says:

    I love what you’ve created and there are so many possibilities with using paint chip samples. I can’t wait to see your beach inspired gallery wall too. Great job. Pinning.

  4. Toni | says:

    My sister lives in Tucson and I’ve visited a few times so I know of these things, it’s hot and there’s sand but no beachy breeze to cool you off. I love how you used the paint swatches to create cute little art for those frames. The beachy scenes are beautiful and I bet you can’t help but stare at them.

    • DazzleWhileFrazzled says:

      Thanks Toni! These little prints just happen to be in my line of vision from my computer so I do probably stare at them instead of focusing on the (blog) work at hand.

    • DazzleWhileFrazzled says:

      Thanks Linda! I love these old detailed frames so it’s fun to pair them with something more contemporary.

  5. debbie says:

    These are lovely. I too am a beach girl living in the Mid-West and have rooms dedicated to my love of the sand and sea. I love your free art! Very creative use of the paint chips and love the colors. Thank you for joining TADA! Thursdays.

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