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TV time

Transform an old cardboard box into your very own TV using a few Resene Testpots.

TV time - instruction sheet

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Resene kids art with Mark Rayner - Project 34

Difficulty level: Moderate

You will need: Cardboard box, Glue stick, Large colour photo (we used a picture cutout from an old calendar), Masking tape Paintbrushes, Resene testpots in the following colours: Resene Havoc, Resene Nero and Resene Resolution Blue, Resene Quick Dry Waterborne Primer Undercoat, Scissors

Top tip: You can also find large colour photographs in most newspapers.

Here's another idea: Use another flat box to make a keyboard and hey presto - your very own cardboard box computer! How cool is that?

Make a cardboard tv
TV time

Add a cardboard keyboard to make a computer Another idea: Add a keyboard

Step 1
Step one
Neaten up the box by placing masking tape along all the joins as shown. Use the scissors to cut the tape to size.
Step 2
Step two
Paint the box with one coat of Resene Quick Dry Waterborne Primer Undercoat, allowing at least an hour to dry.
Step 3
Step three
Use the gluestick to glue the colour photo to the centre of the box, as shown. Leave to dry.
Step 4
Step four
Paint around the photo and all other sides of the box with two coats of Resene Nero, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 5
Step five
Paint dials along the front of the TV with Resene Havoc and allow to dry.
Step 6
Step six
Paint a screen frame around the colour photo with Resene Resolution Blue. Once it’s dry, start watching your very own TV.

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