This article first appeared in Habitat which is produced by Resene.
When you’re stuck at home with no place to go, sometimes you need a few distraction tactics.
Unleash your creativity by using leftover Resene paints to create DIY and craft projects that will keep you or your kids busy for hours.
Studies have shown that arts and crafts, including painting, are great for mental health, stress, and anxiety. The repetition and concentration required to paint helps put your mind into a “flow” state and can block negative thoughts or “noise” in your head.
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Do you have a strange collection of paintings at home? Try mixing Resene testpot paints to create your own unique colors. The key to mixing Resene products is to only mix similar products – so be sure to mix the same types of paint together.
We’ve put together some nifty project ideas that can be created with a little paint and a few pieces.
Adult project: Becoming an artist
If you are new to art, immerse yourself in the art world with an easy stenciled piece of art.
Simply print out the shapes from the stencil to create a Mid-Century Modern style piece of art with bold shapes and using vibrant Resene colors. Paint on heavy card, fine art paper, or you can paint on an old framed piece of art at the back of a closet.
DIY here: DIY mid-mod abstract artwork | Habitat by Resene
It can be difficult to be separated from your family.
Why not give them a gift ready to give to them when we can all get together again?
Paint an earthenware pot with a message of love, and you might even plant a seed that will start to bloom if you keep it watered and protected from the cold.
DIY here: Decorate a plant pot to make a unique gift (resene.co.nz)
Adult project: Hang out
All you need is a string, tree stump, block or scrap wood and paint to make a fun hanging shelf.
Want to be really creative? Try painting old books with missing pages to match the colors in your room.
DIY here: Hanging shelf | Habitat by Resene
Children’s project: Domino rocks
Dominoes are a great game for kids, but if you don’t have one, turn the garden stones into a set.
For traditional colors, go for traditional black and white like Resene Black or Resene Despacito or try something more colorful. A complete domino game needs the numbers painted in the combinations below.
DIY here: DIY rock dominoes | Habitat by Resene
Adult project: Stack it up
Give your backyard a neat look before summer by lining up your firewood ready to dry for next season.
All you need are four planks of wood and a cinder block to make this firewood stacker.
DIY here: DIY Firewood Stacker | Habitat by Resene
Project for children: golf ball goodies
Ladybugs are the good guys in the garden – eating many pests such as aphids.
Pay homage to these garden heroes by painting golf balls while teaching children about ecology.
DIY here: Have your kids paint with these golf ball ladybugs | Habitat by Resene
Project for adults or children: Boogie shoes
These shoes are made for painting. Freshen up a tired or dirty pair of shoes with brightly painted designs.
Use masking tape to glue the soles and segments to the upper of the shoe to create geometric shapes or stripes.
DIY here: Renew your shoes with Resene | Habitat by Resene
Project for children: Pour on color
Kids will love dripping paint over terracotta pots to create this piece of art.
Use this project as an opportunity to teach children about primary colors and how blue and yellow make green or even how gravity works – or just have fun and create a colorful masterpiece!
DIY here: Dribbling Pot – Painting a Terracotta Pot | Resene kids art – Project 129
Project for adults (which kids will love): Showcase your walls
Turn leftover wallpaper into a floating piece of art.
Make a butterfly stencil out of cardboard first, before tracing the outline of the stencil on the wallpaper – try lining a few pieces to create double-winged butterflies. Blu Tak the butterflies on the wall.
If you have run out of wallpaper, paint your own designs on recycled paper and cut them out in the shape of a butterfly.
Or let your walls bloom with giant roses.
DIY here: Put your walls in turmoil | Habitat by Resene
And here: How To Make Giant Flowers | Habitat by Resene
Project for children: Paint your vegetables
What’s up doc? Create a garland that Bugs Bunny would love using string, newspaper and Resene paint.
These carrot garlands are an easy project that will help kids celebrate their veggies. You can even make it a shorter and smaller version to make a carrot necklace.
The kids will need a helping hand with glue and string – but let them have the fun part, the painting.
DIY here: DIY Carrot Garland | Habitat by Resene
For more free project ideas you can do around your home to help keep you occupied, visit habitatbyresene.co.nz/tips.