St. Patrick’s Day Mantel + Paint Chip Canvas TUTORIAL

DIY St. Patrick's Day mantel and decor || Paint chip art

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Mantel & Decor

Happy Thursday! If you’re not in the St. Patty’s Day mood, you will be after this most! First, I’m going to show off my mantel decor for St. Patrick’s Day and then show you how to make a canvas look like a paint chip sample with a fun twist. Oh, and because it is Giveaway Thursday, I got a giveaway for you…..and each of you get one!

green holiday decorGreen, anyone?

Paint chip crafts are still so popular and hey, who doesn’t love a little ombre in their life, right? So I made a larger than life “Paint Chip” canvas and played up the paint names with a Irish theme. Festive? for sure!

holiday mantel decorI added in a little yellow and orange to break up the multiple hues of green for a fresh, modern look. {i think the lemons and apples help with the fresh look. ha!} I used layers green, fun textures, and funky prints. I found that adorable frame on clearance for a few dollars. so stinkin cute, right?

And you may recognize the fabric from my Dining Room Chairs. Great way to use those scraps!

How to Make a Paint Chip Canvas


  • canvas {mine is 24″x30″}
  • 4 different colors of paint {i used spray paint for a nice even coat, plus easy application}
  • 1″ painters or masking tape
  • white craft paint {optional}
  • butcher’s paper
  • 1.5″ white vinyl lettering {i cut mine with my CAMEO}
  1. paint chip craftDetermine which order you’d like your paints.
  2. Apply 3 strips of tape across your canvas. If you’re using a 24×30 canvas like mine, the first tape will be 6.75″ from the top, the second will be 14.5″ from the top, and the third will be 22.25″ from the top.
  3. make sure you wrap the tape all the way around the sides to the back.paint chip art
  4. Cut a long piece of butcher paper and put tape on the 2 short edges and tape over the tape you applied in Step 2 so that only one section is showing. Spray paint the section in the chosen color. I did 2-3 coats of paint for even color. Move the tape to the next section as needed so that again, the only canvas exposed is the one you are painting.
  5. My tape leaked a little, so I used white craft paint to touch it up with a small brush.
  6. Cut out names for the paint colors in white vinyl. I used Arial font and cut the vinyl with my Silhouette CAMEO.
  7. Apply your vinyl letters to your canvas. NOTE: normally vinyl does not stick well to canvas. canvas material is slick and its hard to get the vinyl to grab it. BUT after a couple coats of spray paint, my vinyl letters transferred like a charm to my canvas!

st. patty's day mantel decorSo there you have my St. Patty’s Day mantel with a Paint Chip Canvas. I think it looks rather swell, if I do say so myself!

Now, I know some of you don’t have as much time to craft as you’d like. And many of you like printables….especially FREE ones! So I whipped up a cute St. Patrick’s Day Paint Chip printable just for you!free printable

Print this off, slap it into a frame and its sure to bring you good luck! Scroll down to print off your copy! It will print up to an 8×10 size.

>>>Click here for the St. Patrick’s Day Paint Chip printable

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happy crafting,


*This printable may not be resold or redistributed. It prints 4×6 size, but may be resized up to 8×10  downloaded.

Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    That is a great idea! Love your mantel and your larger than life paint chip! How creative!

  2. 2

    So cute!! I don’t have a mantal, but this would be great for my front door! Time to take down the pink heart and get some green going! :) Thanks!!

  3. 3

    This is super cute Linda! And thanks for the free printable.

  4. 4

    I love it! Paint chips make my little OCD heart go pitter-patter.

  5. 5

    How fun! Great idea :)

  6. 6

    Uh, I seriously LOVE this! I’m pinning it right now! Great tutorial, btw, very simple and easy to follow.
    I’d love for you to come link your craftiness up at my *Get Creative* party
    Hope to see you there!

  7. 8

    I love that idea! So cute!

  8. 10

    CUUUTE!!! I love the names of the colors too! You always have the best ideas!

  9. 12

    Ah so cute! You are right this did just put me in the mood to actually decorate :) LOVE the paint chip canvas…so awesome!
    x0 Jess

  10. 13

    What a fresh, bright, fun idea! I love it. Time to hunt up some green :-) Thanks for such a wonderful site.

  11. 14
    Lara Izant

    Hey, I tried to print off the St Patty’s Day Printable & It won’t print right….you can’t see all the names of the paint colors. It’s like it’s cut in half. :( I hope this can be fixed because it’s super cute! Thanks for always having such an awesome blog! I follow it religiously!

    1. 14.1

      That’s what happened to me, too! Only half of the paint chip printed.

    2. 14.2

      I’m so glad I wasn’t the only one having issues. Perhaps if the file was in a different format? (Like jpg, png, or pdf?) Thanks so much for sharing your talents!

      1. I’m sorry, Aurelia! I fixed it now and you should be able to download it without a problem. But if you do, please let me know!

    3. 14.3

      Hi Lara,
      Thanks for letting me know! I tried to embed the file in the post, but apparently it didn’t work as smoothly as planned. darn!! So it looks like you’ll have to print it directly from where its hosted: Let me know if you have any other problems printing it off!
      thanks for reading CA! I really appreciate it.
      happy crafting,

  12. 15

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! I’m going to have to go and make one myself. Thanks for the great tutorial!


  13. 16

    What a clever idea :) Thanks for sharing :)

  14. 17

    I love your huge paint chip! That is such a creative idea.

  15. 18

    I absolutely LOVE this idea! Paint chips have to be one of my favourite things to craft with (I just started a blog in February and have already shared 3 paint chip projects . . . did you know you can cut them with your Silhouette?!) and this lets you have all the fun on a much larger scale. I’m already trying to think of a way to use this AMAZING tutorial for something after St. Patrick’s Day. Thanks for sharing the fun printable, too!

    Pinning right now :)

    – Claire @

  16. 19

    Happy St Patricks Day from N Ireland.

    You put us to shame here – we don’t do much for St Patricks Day at all!!!

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  19. 20

    I love this idea, of the large paint chip canvas! My mind is spinning with possibilities and I’m already to make one for Valentine’s Day {next year} too. Thanks for sharing. Love all your ideas.

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