DIY Paint Swatch Box

DIY Paint Swatch Box

Good Morning Gorgeous! Let’s kick off this glorious week with a DIY project, shall we?  This is not only an adorable DIY idea but it’s fah-reeeeee!  Which makes it a favorite in my book!


I can’t walk by the paint sample wall in Home Depot without eyeing up all the lovely shades of swatches, secretly wishing I had something to paint so I had a reason to go and spend some time with them.  Okay, you think I’m a crazy don’t you?   A sample loving psycho?   I can’t help it.  The colors.  All the pretty colors!

When I actually was painting every room in my home I somehow became a color swatch hoard.  I had my secret stash of samples and I just couldn’t seem to get enough.  I swear they would jump into my purse if I came within 2 feet of them inside the store.  Once my home was painted, I kept my samples.  Every single one of ’em.  Not knowing exactly what I’d make with them, but knowing I couldn’t bear to throw them out.  I’m a hoarder crafter like that.  Infact, I have used my sweet color samples for several DIY projects.  This happens to be my favorite, but in the past I have also used paint samples for party décor. ( Click here to peep out my paint swatch party décor.)

Okay, let’s get to today’s little DIY…. Paint Swatch Boxes!  You’re ready, right??


The only materials you’ll need are:

  •  paint swatches (2 for each box)
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • tape

AppletiniPhotography1_0288 Gather your samples.



AppletiniPhotography1_0291 Choose your box color and cut 0.5″ from each end.


AppletiniPhotography1_0290You should be left with a pretty square.


AppletiniPhotography1_0293 Measure 1 9/16″ from each side and draw a line.

AppletiniPhotography1_0294 Using scissors, score each line. (This is where you’ll fold.)

AppletiniPhotography1_0295 Cut on the blue lines.


AppletiniPhotography1_0297 Fold on all the lines.  Make your box and tape it up.




AppletiniPhotography1_0299Pick your lid color and cut out a 3″x 3″ square.


AppletiniPhotography1_0301 Measure 0.5″ from each side and draw line.

AppletiniPhotography1_0315 Score each line.

AppletiniPhotography1_0303 Cut on the blue lines.


AppletiniPhotography1_0311 Fold up and tape.

and VIOLA…

a beautiful little paint swatch box



Now the fun part… what to do with your paint sample box.  I made mine into little gift boxes. (Click here to see what DIY gift I made to put in them)

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I even used the leftover swatch pieces for gift tags…


Soooooo what do ya think?  Are some paint sample boxes in your DIY future?  What will you do with yours??  Comment below and let us know!

Happy Crafting!!



By | 2018-01-10T11:36:25-05:00 February 24th, 2014|Blog, Momma Likes to DIY, Momma's Corner|Comments Off on DIY Paint Swatch Box

About the Author:

Hey gang! I'm Heather, the Editor in chief here at Appletini Photography. I am a self proclaimed SuperMOM of 2 who enjoys blogging, party planning, and DIYing! I am married to SuperDAD and have a slight coffee addiction! When I'm not wearing my SuperMOM cape, you can find me on the blog connecting with other Moms. Over at Momma's Corner you can read about the good, the bad, and the funny of my adventures in party planning, DIY, and Mommyhood.