So Saturday I finished work and was waiting for my ride and headed into a shoe store to see if I could find new work shoes (spoiler: didn’t.). The girl working there looks up to greet me and pauses and asks, “Are those called milkmaid braids?”. I kinda shrug and say “I guess so.” To which she replies, I’ve never actually seen someone wear their hair like that, I mean off of Pintrest.”
I have leveled up: I am now A Pintrest Girl.
Now the day before, Friday, I was at Rona with my parents getting bored while they tried to choose a new light fixture for the kitchen so I went to look at paintchips for the heck of it. Paintchips are free and I remembered seeing on Pintrest once, a cool thing you could do with them for wedding decorating but I coulnd’t remember exactly what is was… possibly name place cards. So I chose my favourite six shade cards: a red, an orange, a yellow, a green, a blue, and a purple. When I showed them to my mum she just said, “Yup, those look like you.” So I suppose I chose well!
I was googling trying to find the thing I’d seen on pintrest and came across this picture
At the time I just scrolled past it, it wasn’t what I was looking for, but Saturerday I decided I wanted to try and make a version of it.
I didn’t look up instructions, I didn’t even look up the picture again until now, I just free styled it (not normal for me, I’m usually very meticulous about following ALL and ONLY directions), but now, here goes, how I made my own version of a paintchip mobile over Saturday and Sunday:
First of all, the supplies I used!
For this I used a ruler, pen, three wooden dowels (or one for every two paintchip colours), six paintchip cards (or as many as you like, just keep the number even), a circular object to trace (needs to fit between the white strips on the paintchips), glue stick, needle and thread, scissors, and (discovered later, thus not pictured) twine.
I started by drawing in the white lines between each shade on the back. I like to always draw on the back of whatever I’m using because then if I don’t cut “in the lines” quite right its not as noticeable!
Next I traced two circles per colour. I wanted to keep the whole colour name on one of the circles so I made sure to fit that in by keeping my first circle as tightly in the corner with the name as possible.
And then just start cutting… (this does get a little tedious, maybe find some good music, a podcast, or a show/movie that you can have on without needing to watch too closely)
“Pro”-tip: It might be useful to initial the non-named colours because once they’re cut out some shade start to look veeeeeeerry similar…
Aaaaaaand yeah now you just kinda keep tracing and cutting…
All done? Yay! Now it’s time to choose your colour pattern! (They’re in twos for a front and a back side)
Maybe do a round or two to the right for the second circles?
Perhaps a little more random…?
I chose to simply reverse each colour shade for the back: front – dark-light, back – light-dark.
Now, all your paired up little fronts and backs, glue them together!
Line them up as best as you can while gluing…
…but obviously they won’t be perfect. If you want you can trim the white off later.
All glued, hurrah! Almost time for the most dangerous part, needles!
Alright, time for those dowels and the twine. (You need one dowel for every two paintchip colours so you have one colour on each end)
I expect a gluegun would do this just as well, if not better, but I don’t own one sooooooo…
First, tie two of the dowels together.
Start figure-eight wrapping (but go a little thicker on one side, one wrap, two wraps, one, two)
Add in the third dowel and keep figure-eight wrapping
Once you feel it’s securly wrapped knot it at the top, leaving enough string to hang it with.
And now, the dangerous part begins…
Thread your needle.
Shazzam, first try!
“Fun Fact” prior to this I would get very paranoid when using sewing needles because I was worried somehow I’d bump something or my hand would go wacko and I’d stab myself in the eye with the needle. Soooooo yup. Didn’t feel worried this time though so I guess I’m maturing!
And now the dangerous part begins, start sewing! (be sure to leave extra at the top to attach to the dowel later!)
I went through the top of each chip twice to loop and secure it
And then through the bottom to keep the chips from flying everywhere!
When you’ve got all of them on, go twice through the bottom one and then knot it. Cut off any leftover thread.
Through a series of knots and wraps and knots attach your thread of chips to one of the dowel ends.
And do it again.
LOOK AT IT!
HANG YOUR CREATION WITH PRIDE AND JOY!
So yeah, now you’re done and you have a paintchip mobile. Congrats, that’s pretty cool.