DIY Paint Chip Animal Friends

diy paint chip animal friends

If you’ve got a few paint chips lay­ing around, you lit­tle ones will enjoy an after­noon of play with these lit­tle ani­mal ami­gos. When play time is through, just take them apart and store flat in a ziplock bag­gie. You could even keep these in your purse for emer­gency kid melt­down moments–beats always pulling out the smartphone!

diy paint chip animal friends

Mate­ri­als

  • You will need an assort­ment of fun and col­or­ful paint chips. These need to be the larger size paint chips show­cas­ing only one color (I picked mine up at Walmart).
  • Print­able tem­plates (down­load here)
  • Craft scis­sors
  • A pen or pen­cil for trac­ing tem­plate onto paint chips
DIY Paint Chip Animals

Cre­at­ing The Ani­mals
Start by down­load­ing the free ani­mal friends tem­plate pro­vided here. For best results, print the tem­plates on a heavy card stock. Then cut out the ani­mal templates.

diy paint chip animals

Trace the tem­plates onto the var­i­ous col­ored paint chips. Young chil­dren can help with this step–they’ll love get­ting involved. Have fun with the cor­re­spond­ing legs. It could be fun to use a dif­fer­ent color alto­gether or a vari­a­tion of the hue you use for the body.

On most of the ani­mal legs, you’ll need to trace them twice onto the paint chips to be sure you have both sets of legs for your animal.

diy paint chip animals

Once the ani­mals are traced you can cut them out. An older child, ages 5 and up, could help with this step. I like to use smaller craft scis­sors for cut­ting out small items and areas but they are not crucial.

diy paint chip animals

Cut into the des­ig­nated slots shown on the templates.

diy paint chip animals

Now it’s time to assem­ble your ani­mals. Match up the slots of the ani­mal bod­ies and legs. Push them together until they inter­lock to your lik­ing. Your ani­mal friend should now be able to stand on its’ own!

diy paint chip animal friends

Repeat this process with the remain­ing ani­mal friends. Enjoy!

diy paint chip animals