December 5th, 2016

Doorway Curtain Made Using Paint Chips


When the folks at Glidden updated the colors in their paint line, they had a bunch of old paint chips leftover that were no longer needed. Instead of throwing them in the trash, they asked me if I would like to come up with a creative way to use them. Hmm… I always love a creative challenge.

After some thought, I came up with making a doorway curtain using them, you know… the kind that kids and teenagers like to have hanging in their rooms? I have a room in my house that does not have a door, now in a hip, modern way, it does…a very colorful one at that.


how to make a doorway curtain using paint chips
If you like to decorate and paint, then you probably have a stash of paint chips stuffed in a drawer or shoe box somewhere in your house. Instead of keeping them hidden or throwing them away, use them in a decorative way. With so many colors to choose from, creating a doorway curtain using paint chips to match a room’s color scheme will be easy.

If you don’t have any paint chips lying around your house, you can also make the doorway curtain using card stock. It comes in many colors and even patterns. It is sold in the scrapbooking aisle at the craft store.

How to Make a Paint Chip Doorway Curtain

Supplies needed to make a paint chip curtain

supplies needed for a 32-inch wide doorway with 13 hanging strands of paint chips:

  • 450 paint chips or card stock in various colors (If using card stock, you will only need 225 pieces cut to size since they will not have to be glued back-to-back) Glidden paint chips measure: 3-1/2″ x 5″
  • 1 skein of Issac Mizrahi “Lexington” multicolored thick yarn – sold at Michaels
  • Tension rod to fit doorway width
  • Paper hole punch
  • Extra-hold glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Optional – paper cutter

How to make a paint chip curtain
1. You can use the entire 3-1/2″ x 5″paint chip as is or cut them to various sizes using a paper cutter. To add some variety to my doorway curtain, I used the full size paint chip and also cut some paint chips to make them 3-1/2″squares.

decorating with paint chip ideas
2. Using a glue stick, glue two of the same paint color chips together back-to-back. Repeat the process with all the paint chips.

how to punch a hole in paint chips to make a curtain
3. Once the chips are glued back-to-back, punch a hole at the center of the top and bottom of each chip.

using paint chips to decorate a home
4. Place the chips in stacks of how you want the colors to fall in the curtain. I created my curtain using a random pattern of colors, but you can create an ombre effect, use all one color, or run the one color down each strand.

gluing paint chips

When gluing paint chips together production-line style, place the chips on a stack of scrap paper. As you glue, glue will get on the paper, not on the table surface. When the glue build-up makes the paper sticky, flip the paper over for a new clean surface to continue gluing. If you don’t do this, the glue build up will eventually get on the paint chips when you place a new one down to glue.

paint chip crafts
5. Cut 13 strands of thick yarn each to the height of your doorway, plus 4 inches. Place a piece of tape around each strand’s end and twist it into a point. This will become your needle to thread the yarn through the paint chips. Threading the paint chips onto the yarn brought back fond childhood memories of playing with sewing cards. Did you ever play with them?

Making a doorway curtain using paint chips
6. Run the yarn through the top hole in a paint chip and then out the bottom hole, repeat until you have enough chips on the strand. Each of my strands had 17 paint chips.

Paint Chip curtain tutorial
You can hang the tension rod in the doorway to add the chips or…

Laying out paint chips to make doorway curtain
… lay them out on the floor to arrange by color and then thread the cards onto the strands of yarn. Assembling the curtain is a good project to do when you are watching TV. :-)

how to hang a doorway curtain
7. Each strand is simply knotted around the tension rod…

What to make with paint chips
…and then again at the bottom of the last paint chip on each strand.

DIY doorway curtain
Don’t tie the knots of each strand of paint chips along the tension rod too tight. Looser knots will allow you to easily move the strands out of the way when needed.

Have you ever decorated with paint chips in your home?

This post is sponsored by Glidden® paint, a PPG brand. All thoughts, opinions and paintbrushes are my own.