Color: DIY Color Box

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I’ve been trying not to buy Color Box 3 for ages.  I think the layout is SO PRETTY.  But since I couldn’t justify it, I made a DIY version with paint samples from Walmart.  I’m not into taking big piles of free stuff from stores, but this time I made an exception, as I will likely laminate and maintain this collection, using it to choose paint over the next hundred years.
I found that the biggest time investment is FINDING the shades in order.  It was a workout for my eyes!  I don’t like the one that I can’t cut off the name of the shade without making my card tiny, so I had to hand pick the colors individually.  (I think these are Better Homes and Gardens)  Then I went home and lopped off the name.

I think I have EIGHT of each color blue, red, yellow, green, orange, purple.  I have the browns and black but they don’t have a place on my color wheel, so we put them to the side.

Since my kids are older, we mix all the cards.  They sort by color and then shade.

First we lay out the primary colors.
Then we add the secondary colors.
Full disclosure, my kids don’t LOVE this activity like I do.  But after performing it a few times, I found them lining up all their markers, pencils, and crayons by color and shade and sorting them into containers.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lindsi B February 19, 2012

Um hello, creative idea??? Awesomeness! I'd love to have you share this with our readers for our Fun Stuff Fridays link up.


2 crittersandcrayons February 15, 2012

That is a fab idea!!!! At first glance, I thought it was origami paper! I've been saving a pad of pottery barn kids color cards forever now. Now, I know what to do with it!


3 Deanna Caswell February 13, 2012

Thank you, Kylie!

And Carine, they do have the brand on the back and the name in tiny writing on the edge, but after I cut that off, they were still fairly substantial, as you can see.


4 Kylie February 13, 2012

Good work!


5 Carine February 13, 2012

So nice that the samples have no brand written on it! It's not the case over here, so no way, I would have been able to do the color box 3 myself!


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