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Easy art ideas for kids

Splash some colour and creativeness around your place with these free art ideas. Resene and Mark Rayner have joined forces to provide projects suitable for children of all ages. The four step projects are suitable for young children with adult supervision; the six step projects can be done by older children alone or by younger children with willing adult helpers!  Projects are rated easy to challenging so you can pick a project that suits.

Pebble head

Pebble head
It’s easy to turn a simple flat stone into a cool pebble head...

Monster portrait

Monster portrait
Make a magnificent monster masterpiece using Resene testpots...

Birthday pot

Birthday pot
It’s easy to create this present for a special birthday...

Make fun painted cardboard shoes for your children

Funny feet
Take two small boxes and a selection of Resene testpots...

Make an ideas file for your files and photos

Ideas file
Create your very own ideas file where you can store notes, drawings...

Paint a ceramic animal

Garden animal
It’s fun to turn a plain ceramic animal into a colourful creation...

Make giant dice

Giant dice
Make these giant dice out of two wooden blocks and Resene testpots...

Paint a cool dribble pot

Dribble pot
Create this cool dribble pot using a terracotta plant pot...

Make a storage tin

Craft tin
Transform a humble can into a nifty craft storage tin...

Make a secret tin

Secret tin
Store all your special secret stuff in this cool painted tin...

Make a frog box holder

Crafty frog box
It’s easy to create this funky frog craft box using some cardboard...

Resene Pelorous blue kitty lampshade

Kitty lampshade
Paint this cute cat lampshade with Resene Pelorous...

Create this fabulous golden hand

Golden hand
Create this fabulous golden hand and use it as a funky paintbrush stand...

Dazzling plant pot

Fluoro pot
Use the fabulous Resene FX Fluoro colours on a pot...

Create this cool castle

King of the castle
It’s fun to create this cool castle from a cardboard box...

How to make a desk tidy

Desk tidy
Transform a few toilet roll tubes into this handy desk tidy...

Create this cool name tag

Name tag
It's easy to create this cool name tag with a little bit of help from Resene...

Make greeting cards with Resene stencils and testpots

Stencil a card
Create cool greeting cards with a Resene stencil and testpot...

Create this bumble bee plant pot

Bumble bee pot
Transform a tin can into this cool bumblebee striped plant pot...

Create this crazy egg man toy

Egg man
It’s easy and fun to create this crazy egg man toy...

Gold money box

Gold money box
Create this fabulous gold money box with Resene Metallic paint...

Prickly hedgehog model

Prickly customer
Create this fabulous prickly hedgehog model with a little bit of help...

Clown face project for kids

Clown face
Make this cool clown face from a paper plate and Resene testpots...

Kitty box project for kids

Kitty box
It’s easy to create this cool cat box for all your little treasures...

Spooky mask

Spooky mask
Scare all your friends by making this spooky monster mask...

Crackle man

Crackle man
Create this funky portrait using Resene Crackle effect and Resene colours...

Painted Daisy vase

Daisy vase
It’s easy to create this fabulous daisy vase from an old teapot...

Make your own glittery Christmas cards

Season's greetings
It’s easy to make your very own glittery Christmas cards...

Painted papier mache puppy

Woof woof!
Decorate this precious puppy using a paper maché form...

Creepy critter

Creepy critter
Have your very own creepy critter with a little bit of help from Resene...

Magnet board

Magnet board
Create this fabulous magnetic blackboard from a simple piece...

Kids model animals stand

Stand and deliver!
Create this fabulous display stand for your favourite model animal...

Robot pot

Robot pot
It’s easy to turn some small terracotta pots into a cool metallic robot...

Paint brush puppet

Brush head
Turn an old paintbrush into a funky puppet toy with a little bit of help...

Spelling bee

Spelling bee
It’s easy to create these super cool spelling stones...

Prize puppet

Prize puppet
Create a fabulous glove puppet from felt and wool...

Easy tiger CD stands

Easy tiger!
Create these cool tiger CD stands from plain wooden bookends...

Cool cat mask

Cool cat mask
Turn a plain papier-mâché mask into a purr-fect masterpiece...

Spin the wheel

Spin the wheel
Create this fabulous spinning wheel from an old record...

Go fish

Go fish
Make this fabulous goldfish gift tag from a piece of cardboard...

Brilliant butterfly

Brilliant butterfly
Transform a clothes peg and a piece of cardboard into a fabulous butterfly...

Press and print leaf art

Press and print leaf art
Turn over a new leaf with this simple print made using Resene Art Action...

Circus drum

Circus drum
Bang a drum and create your very own musical instrument...

Rockin rocket

Rockin' rocket
Make your very own space rocket picture using a Resene stencil...

Superhero project

Superhero
Create your very own superhero sculpture from a polystyrene head...

Painted gumboots project

Great gumboots!
Turn an old gumboot into a cool creature with the help of Resene...

Flower vase project

Flower-tastic!
Make this brilliant flower vase from an old jam jar...

Painted bracelet project

Bling it on!
Create this gorgeous golden bangle using a fabulous hot pink...

Walk tall

Walk tall
Turn a couple of empty Resene paint tins into these super groovy stilts...

Make Chrstmas decorations

Festive fun!
Create a Christmas decoration from a polystyrene ball, tinsel pipe cleaners...

My little pony

My little pony
Transform a plain paper maché pony into a fabulous bedroom ornament...

Glitter-arty art project fo kids

Glitter-arty
Create this fabulous glittery unicorn picture with some help from Resene...

Mosaic masterpiece

Sunny side up
Create your own mosaic masterpiece with this fun project...

Metallic effect bowl

Get bowled over
Create this cool metallic effect bowl from self-hardening clay...

Make a butterfly stamp

Stamp appeal
Create this brilliant butterfly picture with Resene Crackle Effect...

Painted rock craft project

Rockin' good fun
It’s fun to create this fabulous garden critter from a large rock...

Pencil madness!

Pencil madness!
Create this kooky pencil holder by paining 2 terracotta pots...

Off the planet!

Off the planet!
Make your very own model planet from a painted polystyrene ball...

Monster money box

Monster money box
Turn a cardboard coffee cup into a mega monster money box...

Snail trails!

Snail trails!
Create this cool ‘snail trail’ artwork using cotton thread and paint...

Make a secret diary

Secret diary
Combine Resene Crackle Effect with a Resene paint to make this secret diary...

How to make a memo board

Take a memo
Transform a wooden picture frame into a very cool memo board...

Glamour puss collage

Glamour puss!
A kooky kitty collage made from magazine cut-outs plus...

Fireworks picture

Big bang!
This fabulous fireworks painting is made from coloured glitters...

3D Dinosaur

Dino-tastic
Make this fabulous 3D dinosaur picture using self-hardening clay...

Feelin' fruity

Feelin' fruity
Create this clever pineapple picture using coloured card...

Crackle castle

Crackle castle
Use Resene Crackle with Resene paint to create this cool crackle effect castle...

Bullseye target

Bullseye!
Make this brilliant bullseye target using bright Resene colours...

Make a Christmas tree ornament

Christmas cheer
Make your very own mini Christmas tree ornament...

Pots of happiness

Pots of happiness
Create this cool Christmas or birthday gift pot using a few Resene testpots...

Kids paint a pet's portrait art project

Pet project
It’s easy to create your very own pet portrait. using a few Resene testpots..

Kids decorated storage folder art project

Get filing!
Organise your pictures and school science projects with this storage file...

Sparkly jewellery holder

Razzle dazzle
Turn a MDF mug stand into a sparkly jewellery holder...

Potato stamp kids art project

One potato... two potato
Turn a potato into a smiley face stamp and make this cool poster...

Funky bedroom screen

Screen play
Transform a simple square of cardboard into a funky bedroom screen...

Make a rugby star with a wooden peg

What a score!
Create your very own rugby star from a wooden peg, a pipe cleaner...

Snowman collage picture

Let it snow!
Create this cool snowman collage picture with some polystyrene chips and paint...

Kids decorated pencil box art project

Pencil me in
Jazz up a plain wooden pencil box with your favourite Resene colours...

Kids decorated tissue box holder art project

Clowning around
Create a cool clown tissue holder with some self-hardening modelling clay...

Kids door notice art project

Get a handle on it
Get some well deserved peace and quiet with this cool door handle...

Kids scrapbook art project

Get scrapping
Create this brilliant scrapbook for all your cat photos...

Kids easter card art project

Egg-cellent greetings!
Create a cool Easter card with a little bit of help from some...

A cute sock monkey wall hanging

Sock it to 'em
Create this cute sock monkey wall hanging from an MDF placemat...

Groovy sparkly box

Sparkle time
Make a groovy sparkly box with glitter, sequins and your fave Resene colour...

Monster mask art project for kids

Monster mash
Create this spooky monster mask from a painted a paper bag...

Decorated clipboard project for children

Pink puppies
It’s fun to jazz up an old clipboard with some cute puppy stickers...

Numbers game art project

Numbers game
Make this really cool numbers game from a piece of cardboard...

Scoring blackboard

High score
Make your very own game scorer blackboard from MDF...

Spoon puppet

Spoon puppet
It’s easy to make this kooky puppet from a wooden spoon...

A feathery bird picture

Feathered friend
Have fun creating this feathery bird picture in your own fave Resene colours...

Make a spaghetti man

Spaghetti man
Make this fun spaghetti man from an old shoe box...

A cool peg memo board

Off the peg
Create a cool peg memo board using a few craft supplies...

Beetlemania Kids art project

Beetle-mania
Transform a plain ceramic money box into something colourful and cool...

Funky bird wall decoration

One for the birds
Create your own funky bird wall decoration using a polystyrene egg...

A multi-coloured mirror frame

Smart as a button
Create a multi-coloured mirror frame with buttons and paint...

Create your own fabulous star box

You star!
Create your own fabulous star box
using Resene paints...

A groovy wastepaper bin

Keep it clean
Turn a plain cardboard box into a groovy wastepaper bin...

A lucky black cat painting

Lucky winner
Create your very own lucky black cat painting using Resene paint...

Snap game board

Snap happy!
Make your very own Snap game board from painted MDF...

Create your own groovy desk tidy

Desk job
Create your own groovy desk tidy using a few cardboard containers...

Create a space themed blackboard

Out of this world
Create a groovy space-themed blackboard with the help of Resene...

Create a sunny stepping stone

Step right up
It’s easy to create a sunny stepping stone with a few Resene testpots...

Cardboard box TV project

TV time
Transform an old cardboard box into your very own TV...

Magic star wand project

That's magic
Use a stencil from the Resene stencil library to create your own magic wand...

Create your very own driving track

Drive time
It’s really fun to create your very own driving track...

Turn a calendar into a real work of art

Make a date
Turn a calendar into a real work of art with the help of Resene paints...

Checkerboard game table

Checkerboard challenge
Turn a simple cardboard box into a fun checkerboard game table...

Paint a frisbee

Frisbee fun!
Have some summer fun with this cool painted butterfly frisbee...

Make a fish picture

Something fishy
Create your very own magnetic undersea scene using Resene Magnetic Magic...

Leap frog stencil

Leap frog
Use a stencil from the Resene stencil library to create your own frog art...

A groovy toy house

House rules
It’s fun to create a groovy toy house from an old cardboard box...

A wall mask

Tickled pink
Transform a couple of paper plates into a cool wall mask...

Paint a clock

Clocking on
You’ll never be lost for time with this cool clock...

Make a door plaque

Door opener
It’s easy to make your very own door plaque.. with some help from Resene...

Ceate a groovy
          bedside lamp

See the light
Create a groovy bedside lamp with some metallic confetti shapes...

Outdoor funky monkey

Monkey business
Create your very own outdoor funky monkey with the help of Resene...

Paint a zebra chair

On safari
Transform an old wooden chair into a safari-inspired zebra masterpiece...

Paint a jigsaw

Puzzle it out
It’s easy to create your very own jigsaw with the help of Resene..

Create this cool windsock

Sock it to 'em
Create this cool windsock using clear polythene and a rainbow...

Painted wooden box

On the box
A few Resene testpots are all it takes to transform a simple wooden box...

Kids art projects

Curtain raiser
Fancy an evening at the theatre? Create your own from a cardboard box...

Framed blackboard project

Chalk it up
Use Resene Blackboard Paint and Resene paint to create...

Painted model plane

Plane brilliant!
Transform a balsa wood model plane into something special...

Resene Paints art projects for kids

Flower power
Create a fabulous collage with flower pictures from old gardening magazines...

Kids art projects

Puppy love
Make your very own pet puppy with self hardening clay and Resene paint...

Crackling effect on terracotta plant pot

Get crackling
Turn a simple terracotta plant pot into a fabulous container...

Make this cool magnetic noughts and crosses game

Game on!
It’s easy to create this cool magnetic noughts and crosses game...

Make fun book ends

By the book
Create these fun bookends using a few squares of timber...

Create a piggy bank

This little piggy
Create a cool piggy bank from an old juice bottle...

A groovy art kit

Art attack
Turn an old shoebox into a groovy art kit with Resene Art Action paints...

Make a crazy card

Card crazy
Make this crazy card for family or friends and watch their reaction!...

Decorate a ringbinder - space themed

Space age
This groovy space themed ringbinder would be great for science class...

Wrapping presents

It's a wrap
No two presents will ever look the same again with our fun wrapping paper...

Make a picture with pipe cleaners

Furry fun
Use furry coloured pipe cleaners to create this fun picture...

Create a pet rock

My pet rocks
Get creative and make your very own ladybug pet rock...

Cat picture

Picture purr-fect
Transform a picture of your pet cat into a real masterpiece...

 

Four ways with Anzac poppies

Four ways with Anzac poppies
View a collection of four poppy projects for ANZAC Day...

Make these fun things

4 ways with numbers
Make these fun projects with clocks, math and saving...

Make these fun things from LEGO

4 ways with LEGO
Learn how to make these funky projects with LEGO...

Make these fun things from old T-shirts

Old T-shirt projects
Bags, headbands or pom poms from old T-shirts...

Make these funky Easter projects

Easter bunnies
Learn how to make these fun and easy Easter projects...

Use recycled bottles to make these funky projects

4 ways with recycling
Make these funky projects with recycled bottles...

4 ways to make your own gift wrapping paper

4 ways with gift wrapping
Create your own Chrstmas gift wrapping paper...

4 ways with animal crafts

4 ways with animal crafts
See four imaginative ways for doing animal craft work…

4 ways with Anzac poppies

4 ways with Anzac poppies
Get your children involved in Anzac Day with these poppy projects…

4 ways with rocks

4 ways with rocks
Grab some rocks and Resene testpots and let your children’s imagination...

4 ways with garlands

4 ways with garlands
Get in the Christmas spirit with these garland ideas...

Father's day gifts to make

4 ways for Father's day
See four gift ideas to make Dad for Father's Day...

4 creative things to do with plastic animals

4 ways with plastic animals
Learn how to make a themed print, dinosaur bookends...

Kids projects using wooden spoons

4 ways with wooden spoons
See how to make these gifts and windmills from wooden spoons...

4 ways with kids’ artwork

4 ways with kids’ artwork
Create a display board, scrapbook, wall of fame and colourful gift packs...

4 fun ideas for decorating tin cans

4 fun ideas for decorating cans
Make stilts, a game of toss, desk organiser and colourful drums...

4 fun ideas for balloon pinatas

4 fun ideas for balloon piñatas
Cute cupcake pinatas, as well as Alan the alien, Barbara the babushka...

4  ways with fairy lights

4 fun ideas for fairy lights
See four fun projects you can do with fairy lights...

27 great ideas for fabulous rooms for kids

Great ideas for fabulous rooms
A child's bedroom is about far more than a place for them to sleep...

Get creative with your present wrapping

4 ways with wrapping presents
Have fun with potato stamps, decorated family photos and cardboard tubes...

4 ways with beanies

4 ways with beanies
Get creative with beanies and keep your children's heads warm and colourful...

4 ways with DIY Christmas cards

4 ways with DIY Christmas cards
Encourage your children to get into the Christmas spirit with these cards...

4 ways with an egg carton

4 ways with an egg carton
Get creative with your children and help them upcycle an egg carton...

4 ways with a shoebox

4 ways with a shoebox
Here’s a great excuse for some shoe shopping...

Painting lampshades

4 ways with lampshades
The budget might not stretch to a new lounge suite but...

Backyard Bliss

Backyard bliss
With a little bit of DIY style a back garden becomes an outdoor room...

Craft ideas with eggshells

4 ways with eggshells
Empty eggshells are an ideal craft activity for Easter...

Home a haven

A room for Bob’s girls
All little girls need a special place they can call their own...

10 ideas - cheap and cheerful

10 ideas - cheap and cheerful
You don’t have to look too far afield to find an instant pick me up...

Interior Decorating Ideas

20 ways to decorate your home
Everyone wants to live in a home that feels both comfortable and welcoming...

Tee shirts

6 things to do with a plain t-shirt
Six clever ideas for creating clever designs for kids’ everyday wear...

Teen Space

Teen space
A garage turned into a teenage retreat for the holidays gives teenagers...

Childrens' parties

Partytime
Simple can be best! Simple and fun ideas for kids parties...

Childrens bedroom

Room for 2
A large bedroom transformed into a great space to live and sleep in...

Small living area into a child-friendly space

Heart of the home
Many people with children find themselves in small flats...

Creative Christmas

Creative Christmas
Get creative this Christmas with a range of Christmas items...

Changing rooms

Designing with heart
The baby is moving into the study and the boys are taking over...

Baby's nursery

Beautiful budget nursery
Budget restrictions don't need to restrict creating a beautiful nursery...

 

Let's pretend

Let's pretend
Get creative with Resene paints and these colourful projects...

Lace up for summer fun

Lace up for summer fun
Grab the kids and some Resene testpots then let your imagination run wild...

For the kids

For the kids
Check out these cool ideas for the smaller family members...

Taking notice

Taking notice
Learm how to make a cool noticeboard and pen pots!...

Recycle robot

Recycle robot
Make a cool robot out of your old cardboard rolls and boxes!...

How to make a beaded lampshade

How to make a beaded lampshade
Make the pretty lampshade from our winning room...

Flags of fun

Flags of fun
Paint a mini mural and make your own colourful bunting...

Bedside magic

Bedside magic
Give a plain bedside cabinet a makeover using your favourite images!...

Framed

Framed
Jazz up a plain picture or mirrorframe with painted cut-outs...

Paper chase

Paper chase
Learn how to make personalised wrapping paper...

Stick'em up!

Stick'em up!
Learn how to make a children's magnetic photo board...

Your very own window decorations

Your very own window decorations
How to make your very own window decorations...

Name plates

Name plates
Paint name plate and letters with two coats of colour...

How to paint rocks

Hidden surprises
There’s a painted-rock revival roaring through communities...

Rocking on

Rocking on
Simple, effective and fun – meet the painted rock treasure hunt phenomenon

 
 
 
 

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