Paint Chips are Mini Chalkboards!!

Paint chips are MINI CHALKBOARDS!!

Paint chips reused for tags

I discovered this one day when I was painting an old ironing board (reveal at some point) with the black chalkboard paint from Home Depot. I had just rubbed the ironing board down with some sandpaper to make sure it was smooth before a second coat and then wiped it down with a rag so I had a fair idea of how the chalkboard felt to the touch.

paint samples from Home Depot

Incidentally, I had some paint chips on the kitchen counter for some other project and I happened to move them. As I moved the paint chips I thought, 'Hmm.. this feels like the chalk board'. I reached into the drawer, pulled out a piece of chalk, and, yes, wrote on the little paint chips... perfectly. Smoothly. It was a little dream of a chalk board.

So then my mind starting working on how to use these "little chalkboards". One thing I came up with is tags for the Christmas presents. I cut them up into little Christmas shapes and decorated them with ribbon. 

A Christmas Tree tag.

green paint chip Christmas tree tag

Some round ones...

Red paint chip Christmas tag

Blue Christmas tree...

blue Christmas tree paint chip

A bell shaped tag..

Christmas shapes paint chip tags

These little chalkboard tags can be embellished to the max if you like. I can only imagine how some of you would put your fabulous creative spin onto these little paint chips.

ribbon and paint chips

I bought this Bistro Chalk Marker from Amazon. It works beautifully and if you make a mistake it can be rubbed right off with a damp cloth.

Bistro chalk marker

See how neat the writing is with this cool chalkboard pen?

Tags for presents made with paint chips

So paint chips are mini chalkboards!

I have some more ideas for these. 

What can you think to do with them? 

Best Christmas Wishes,


Do you like to wrap presents in brown paper? Or burlap? Check out this post for some CUTE ideas for wrapping presents in brown paper and burlap!


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  1. Hi Linda, that's a pretty cool marker.It's late and I can't think right now but I look forward to seeing what you have in mind. :)

  2. Oh my goodness, those are fabulous. And FREE..... and FABULOUS..... Thank you for sharing this great idea. I am pinning this one. Hugs, Beverly

  3. SO cute! Love this idea!

    Again, thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  4. Hi Linda what a great and creative idea. I love it and I'm pinning.

  5. That's a great idea, and you can get almost any color imaginable!

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