Sunday, October 26, 2014

Paint Chip Scavenger Hunt

When Silkworm and I came back from Walmart with a bunch of paint chip samples, we didn't initially intend to write the paint chip poetry we posted about last month. Actually, we planned to go on a scavenger hunt, so this time when we picked up more paint chips, we turned our scavenger hunt idea into a spooktacular Halloween event.

There is nothing inherently creepy about the other colors of Halloween, to me. Purple doesn't speak "evil", nor does orange speak "ghosts and ghouls". Black, on the other hand, speaks ominous whispery volumes of macabre. So Silkworm and I agreed to collect "Cracked Pepper" black things for our day-long Halloween paint chip scavenger hunt.

Visit a Home Depot, or a Walmart, or anywhere that sells paint and lets you take free paint chip samples. Choose one and take it home. Spend the rest of your day searching for objects that match that color. You don't have to collect whatever you find, just find it. Take pictures if you'd like, but it's not necessary. It's your own personal scavenger hunt; you don't need to prove to anybody that you really found 22 "Cracked Pepper" black objects.

"Cracked Pepper" Things We Found
- An inflatable spider
- A crow
- A baby black squirrel
- Lots of mailboxes
- The flag at the fire department
- Too many cars to count

Silkworm and I also took this project to our favorite park, where most of our Missions of Magic go down these days (like our Snap and Scurry project and the time we hung origami dragons in the trees). We left a ring of paint chips hooked onto the sign at the front of the main path, inviting people to take them with them on their hike and write down anything that matched the color they chose. We'll write about that tomorrow morning after we pick up the chips from the park later today!

If you go on a paint chip scavenger hunt and you wanna share your findings, use the hashtag #paintchiphunt on social media. We wanna see! And of course, let us know if you're going on a paint chip scavenger hunt in the comments!


  1. What an absolutely darling and entirely magical idea, Carly. I cannot get over how beautifully full of life your dear blog is - you always know how to put a smile on my face.

    I can't wait to hear what others found from using your paint chips!

  2. What a lovely idea! :)

  3. That seems like a wonderful idea, I think I might end up doing this!

  4. It was so much fun! We're definitely gonna do it again.

  5. It was fun, especially doing it on a bike! If you get to go on a paint chip scavenger hunt yourself and you wanna share, feel free to send us an email!

  6. definitely a cute idea!

  7. You make the world such a glorious place :)
    The people who live near you are such lucky ones!


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