5 Materials
2 Hours
Creating pieces by myself to decorate my home is one of the things which I am most passionate about. Many people think that things have to be expensive to look good, but that is totally false. You can create economical accessories which look as good or better than an expensive ones. Therefore, today I will be showing you a very interesting and easy DIY project.
Step 1. Choose the color samples you want to use for your piece, and cut them into squares of approximately  2″ x 2″ or 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
Step 2. You will need 24"x36" decorative metal sheet.
Step 3. Then cut the 1/8" Hardboard Tempered Panel to match the metal sheet.
step 4. Organize; decide the order in which your pieces are to be shown and then glue them to your 1/8″ panel. It is recommended to utilize an acid free spray glue (I used 3M super 77 spray adhesive) for it will conserve the color samples as they are and will not alter their color in time. 
Step 5. Cut the 4 pieces of wood and cut them into 45 degree angles thus forming what will become the frame for this simple, yet fabulous piece of art
Step 6. With a router, make a rabbet to all four wood pieces, like you see on the picture, to accommodate the metal sheet, paint chips and backing.
Step 5. Place the four pieces forming a rectangle. (the form depends of what metal sheet you are going to use) and then paint with Rust-oLeum spray paint.
Step 6. Place your decorative metal sheet inside the rabbet of the frame.
Step 7. Place the panel with the color samples on top of the metal sheet colors facing down towards the metal sheet, so you can see the colors through the holes of the metal sheet.
Step 8. Use framing nails or regular nails to secure the pieces inside the frame, then cover with framers tape to give your piece a finished look. 
And this is how it ended up
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  • Lisa Lisa on Jun 30, 2018

    How are the rustoleum paint chips shown in the suggested materials section utilized?? It appears to be square paint samples used instead. TIA

  • Kristen Ojeda Kristen Ojeda on Jul 02, 2018

    What kind of staple gun did you use to join the corners of the frame that you made? It looks like the staples are in the shape of a "V." The project turned out beautifully.

  • Grace Grace on Jul 28, 2019

    Hello can anyone tell me what colours go with a 90's house as my hall way could do with updating be with a classic look. to go with the house.


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  • Ida9464 Ida9464 on Jun 16, 2021

    it’s inexpensive and lovely, but the paint store has to pay for those paint chips and pass the cost to the customer. Not sure it’s right to take them

    for a purpose they’re not meant for. I would ask first.

  • Bgray Bgray on Jun 18, 2021

    Very Creative! Thanks for sharing.