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These quick DIY projects can add a touch of fun to any room and you can even get the kids to help!

Painted cross-stitch tree

Cross-stitch tree

If you’re not a confident artist, you can still create large natural shapes with a cross-stitch or pixelated effect. First draw your image on grid paper with coloured pencils. Then lightly pencil a grid pattern on the wall and recreate your drawing in your chosen paint colours. This subtle cross-stitch tree is perfect for an older child’s bedroom. Recreate it using tonal greens and light browns with a creamy highlight for the swing.

Start by painting the tree in Resene Sisal, Resene Caper, Resene Pale Leaf, Resene Soft Apple and Resene Parchment, then the swing in Resene Moon Glow. The wall is Resene Half Opal, the floor is Resene Colorwood Greywash and the bedside table ties everything together in Resene Soft Apple.

Top tip: If you’re uncomfortable drawing freehand, you can download lots of fun stencil shapes from

Fire engine inspired set of drawers

Fire engine drawers

A wooden set of drawers can make the perfect canvas to add a special detail to a themed room. To create an eye-catching fire truck like this one, paint a basecoat of Resene Cotton Wool then add in the details with Resene Rocket, Resene Blue Jeans, Resene Hi Jinx and Resene Bright Spark. The outlines and ladder are in Resene Ragamuffin (for a current alternative try Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta).

Draw your design on paper first and decide which colours will go where then pencil it lightly on to the drawers. This look can be easily adapted to other types of vehicles – how about a police car, a monster truck or a Volkswagon beetle? Drawers like these make a great statement against neutral walls and flooring such as these ones in Resene Gull Grey and Resene Colorwood Mid Greywash.

Top tip: Paint furniture in Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss so it is easy to dust and wipe clean.

Painted tic tac toe board on wall

Tic tac toe

This simple design and colour scheme are an easy way to go bold with a primary palette that’s perfect for a playroom. Resene Sea World on the wall grid, Resene Havoc on the table, crosses and hanging pot, and Resene Shooting Star on the chairs and noughts provide a colour pop against the neutral wall and floor painted in Resene Pearl Lusta.

Paint the square grid in Resene Chalkboard Paint or Resene Blackboard Paint over basecoats of Resene Magnetic Magic or even paint square cork tiles to bring a whole new dimension to the way your kids play.

Cactus inspired craft projects

Cactus cuties

For a fun craft project, find some smooth stones and paint them in two coats of Resene Deep Sea. Once thesy're dry, use a fine brush to add cactus prickles in Resene Alabaster. Stick on googly eyes and plant them in mini terracotta pots. Create one yourself and encourage your child to make their own.

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Colours for tic tac toe / cactus cuties projects...

Colours for cross-stitch tree project...

Colours for fire engine drawers project...

Resene Mid Greywash

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