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Paint sample waves: Stow the wool coats, open the shades, and add some bright spring hues to your life. This week's Make it by Monday projects will have your walls covered in colors, textures, and lines to get your home feeling as fresh as the season's newest blooms.
My project this week was to take over my wall with a wavy arrangement of paint samples. I just cut various color swatches to alternating sizes and created the design as I went. This project can easily be modified on the fly in both design and color—try different arrangements as your monthly, weekly, or daily spirit determines.
Marimekko-inspired wallpaper transfer: This project from Curbly is so brilliantly simple that the main supply you'll need in your toolbox is a Sharpie. If drawing straight on your walls feels too binding, get a large roll of canvas and replicate the technique on a wall-size cut. You could even line up a wall of smaller wooden canvas frames and draw this technique across your collage of canvases.
Coffee stirrer wall art: If your daily coffee intake has you dizzy with disposed coffee stirrers, convert them into this coffee stirrer collage from Make and Do Girl. This is definitely going to be my new project—a pretty and eco-friendly solution for all the used stirrers I amass in the office. The tutorial includes purchasing the small wooden pieces, but it could be a great project to construct over time, adding to it with each visit to the coffee shop.
Intersecting circles statement piece: Another cool use for paint samples is this intersecting circle design from two girls being crafty. I want to try this, but focus on a darker color in one corner that fades diagonally into a lighter shade at the other end of the wall. This technique would also look great replicated with newspaper clippings, colorful magazine pages, or even old wrapping paper.
CD case wall art: If you're on the lookout for something to do with the evidence of all your outdated audio, look no further than this CD case project from Apartment Therapy. Those clear squares are a great way to display that big poster you've been meaning to get framed—or that collection of little prints you've collected from museum visits—on your walls. Paint the edges of each case with different colors to mix things up a bit.
Custom color chalkboard calendar: This custom project from Martha Stewart can be customized further by blending a red-tinted acrylic paint with the chalkboard paint, or adding or subtracting the number of weeks on display. The calendar can also double as a giant space for housing all of your DIY to-do lists.