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. More projects will be added every couple of months to keep budding artists busy.

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Create this bumble bee plant pot
#118 - Striped plant pot
(6 steps)

Transform a tin into a bumble-bee striped pot... view
Create this crazy egg man toy
#117 - Egg man
(4 steps)

Create this crazy egg man toy... view
Gold money box
#116 - Gold money box
(6 steps)

Create this fabulous gold money box with Resene Metallic paint... view
Prickly hedgehog model
#115 - Prickly customer
(4 steps)

Create this fabulous prickly hedgehog model with a little bit of help from Resene... view
Clown face project for kids
#114 - Clown face
(6 steps)

Make this cool clown face from a paper plate and Resene testpots... view
Kitty box project for kids
#113 - Kitty box
(4 steps)

It’s easy to create this cool cat box for all your little treasures using a cardboard box... view
Spooky mask
#112 - Spooky mask
(6 steps)

Scare all your friends by making this spooky monster mask... view
Crackle man
#111 - Crackle man
(4 steps)

Create this funky portrait using Resene Crackle effect and fabulous Resene colours... view
painted Daisy vase
#110 - Daisy vase
(6 steps)

It’s easy to create this fabulous daisy vase from an old teapot... view
make your own glittery Christmas cards
#109 - Season's greetings
(4 steps)

Make your very own glittery Christmas cards... view
painted papier mache puppy
#108 - Woof woof!
(6 steps)

Decorate this precious puppy using a paper maché form and a few Resene testpots... view
Creepy critter
#107 - Creepy critter
(4 steps)

Have your very own creepy critter with a little bit of help from Resene... view
Magnet board
#106 - Magnet board
(6 steps)

Create this fabulous magnetic blackboard from a simple piece of plywood... view
Kids model animals stand
#105 - Stand and deliver!
(4 steps)

Create this fabulous display stand for your favourite model animal... view
Robot pot
#104 - Robot pot
(6 steps)

It’s easy to turn some small terracotta pots into a cool metallic robot... view
Paint brush puppet
#103 - Brush head
(4 steps)

Turn an old paintbrush into a funky puppet toy... view
Spelling bee
#102 - Spelling bee
(6 steps)

It’s easy to create these super cool spelling stones using a few Resene testpots... view
Prize puppet
#101 - Prize puppet
(4 steps)

Create a fabulous glove puppet from felt and wool... view
Easy tiger CD stands#100 - Easy tiger!
(6 steps)

Create these cool tiger CD stands from plain wooden bookends... view
Cool cat mask
#99 - Cool cat mask
(4 steps)

Turn a plain papier-mâché mask into a purr-fect masterpiece... view
Spin the wheel
#98 - Spin the wheel
(6 steps)

Create this fabulous spinning wheel from an old record... view
Go fish
#97 - Go fish
(4 steps)

Make this fabulous goldfish gift tag from a piece of cardboard... view
Brilliant butterfly
#96 - Brilliant butterfly
(6 steps)

Transform a clothes peg and a piece of cardboard into a fabulous butterfly wall decoration... view
Press and print leaf art<br>(4 steps)
#95 - Press and print leaf art
(4 steps)

Turn over a new leaf with this simple print made using Resene Art Action art and poster paints... view
Circus drum
#94 - Circus drum
(6 steps)

Bang a drum and create your very own musical instrument... view
Rockin rocket
#93 - Rockin' rocket
(4 steps)

Make your very own space rocket picture using a Resene stencil Resene KidzColours... view
Superhero project
#92 - Superhero
(6 steps)

Create your very own superhero sculpture from a polystyrene head and Resene testpots... view
Painted gumboots project
#91 - Great gumboots!
(4 steps)

Turn an old gumboot into a cool creature using your favourite Resene testpot colours... view
Flower vase project
#90 - Flower-tastic!
(6 steps)

Make this brilliant flower vase from an old jam jar... view
Painted bracelet project
#89 - Bling it on!
(4 steps)

Create this gorgeous golden bangle using a fabulous hot pink Resene colour and Gold Effects... view
Walk tall
#88 - Walk tall
(6 steps)

Turn a couple of empty Resene paint tins into these super groovy stilts using two contrasting Resene colours... view
make Chrstmas decorations
#87 - Festive fun!
(4 steps)

Create a Christmas decoration from a polystyrene ball, tinsel pipe cleaners and fave Resene colour... view
My little pony
#86 - My little pony
(6 steps)

Transform a plain paper maché pony into a fabulous bedroom ornament... view
Glitter-arty art project fo kids
#85 - Glitter-arty
(4 steps)

Use a Resene KidzColour stencil from the Resene website to create this fabulous glittery unicorn picture... view
Mosaic masterpiece
#84 - Sunny side up
(6 steps)

Create your own mosaic masterpiece with this fun project... view
Metallic effect bowl
#83 - Get bowled over
(4 steps)

Create this cool metallic effect bowl from self-hardening clay... view
make a butterfly picture using a butterfly stamp and Resene paints
#82 - Stamp appeal
(6 steps)

Create this brilliant butterfly picture with Resene Crackle Effect... view
Kids art project
#81 - Rockin' good fun
(4 steps)

It’s fun to create this fabulous garden critter from a large rock... view
Resene kids art project
#80 - Pencil madness!
(6 steps)

Create this kooky pencil holder by paining 2 terracotta pots... view
Resene kids art project
#79 - Off the planet!
(4 steps)

Make your very own model planet from a painted polystyrene ball... view
Resene kids art project
#78 - Monster money box
(6 steps)

Turn a cardboard coffee cup into a mega monster money box... view
Resene kids art project
#77 - Snail trails!
(4 steps)

Create this cool ‘snail trail’ artwork using cotton thread and paint... view
Make a secret diary
#76 - Secret diary
(6 steps)

Combine Resene Crackle Effect with a Resene paint to make this fabulous secret diary... view
Take a memo
#75 - Take a memo
(4 steps)

Transform a wooden picture frame into a very cool memo board using Resene Blackboard Paint... view
Glamour puss collage
#74 - Glamour puss!
(6 steps)

A kooky kitty collage made from magazine cut-outs plus... view
Fireworks picture
#73 - Big bang!
(4 steps)

This fabulous fireworks painting is made from coloured glitters... view
3D Dinosaur
#72 - Dino-tastic
(6 steps)

Make this fabulous 3D dinosaur picture using self-hardening clay, Resene Paint Effects and Resene paint... view
Feelin' fruity
#71 - Feelin' fruity
(4 steps)

Create this clever pineapple picture using coloured card.. view
Crackle effect castle
#70 - Crackle castle
(6 steps)

Use Resene Crackle with Resene paint to create this cool crackle effect castle... view
Bullseye target
#69 - Bullseye!
(4 steps)

Make this brilliant bullseye target using
bright Resene colours... view
make a Christmas tree ornament
#68 - Christmas cheer
(6 steps)

Make your very own mini Christmas tree ornament... view
paint a plant pot for a Christmas gift
#67 - Pots of happiness
(4 steps)

Create this cool Christmas or birthday gift pot... view
Kids paint a pet's portrait art project
#66 - Pet project
(6 steps)

It’s easy to create your very own pet
portrait... view
Kids decorated storage folder art project
#65 - Get filing!
(4 steps)

Organise your pictures and school science projects with this cool space-age storage file... view
Resene Kids Art project
#64 - Razzle dazzle
(6 steps)

Turn a MDF mug stand into a sparkly jewellery holder using metallic paint from the Resene KidzColour... view
Resene Kids Art project
#63 - One potato... two potato
(4 steps)

Turn a potato into a smiley face stamp and make this cool poster... view
Resene Kids Art project
#62 - Screen play
(6 steps)

Transform a simple square of cardboard into a funky bedroom screen... view
Resene art project for kids
#61 - What a score!
(4 steps)

Create your very own rugby star from a wooden peg, a pipe cleaner... view
Kids collage art project
#60 - Let it snow!
(6 steps)

Create this cool snowman collage picture with some polystyrene chips and paint... view
Kids decorated pencil box art project
#59 - Pencil me in
(4 steps)

Jazz up a plain wooden pencil box with your favourite Resene colours... view
Kids decorated tissue box holder art project
#58 - Clowning around
(6 steps)

Create a cool clown tissue holder with some self-hardening modelling clay and Resene paint... view
Kids door notice art project
#57 - Get a handle on it
(4 steps)

Get some well deserved peace and quiet with this cool bedroom door handle sign... view
Kids scrapbook art project
#56 - Get scrapping
(6 steps)

Create this brilliant scrapbook for all your cat photos... view
Kids easter card art project
#55 - Egg-cellent greetings!
(4 steps)

Create a cool Easter card with a little bit of help from some Resene Art Action paints... view
Resene art project for kids
#54 - Sock it to 'em
(6 steps)

Create this cute sock monkey wall hanging from an MDF placemat... view
Kids art project
#53 - Sparkle time
(4 steps)

Make a groovy sparkly box with
glitter, sequins and your fave Resene colour... view
Resene monster mask art project for kids
#52 - Monster mash
(6 steps)

Create this spooky monster mask from a painted a paper bag... view
Decorated clipboard project for children
#51 - Pink puppies
(4 steps)

It’s fun to jazz up an old clipboard with some cute puppy stickers... view
Numbers game art project
#50 - Numbers game
(6 steps)

Make this really cool numbers game from a piece of cardboard... view
Scoring blackboard
#49 - High score
(4 steps)

Make your very own game scorer blackboard from MDF... view
Spoon puppet
#48 - Spoon puppet
(6 steps)

It’s easy to make this kooky puppet from a wooden spoon... view
Resene Kids Art Project
#47 - Feathered friend
(4 steps)

Have fun creating this feathery bird picture in your own fave Resene colours... view
Make a spaghetti man
#46 - Spaghetti man
(6 steps)

Make this fun spaghetti man from an old shoe box... view
Resene Kids Art Project
#45 - Off the peg
(4 steps)

Create a cool peg memo board using a few craft supplies and Resene Art Action paints... view
Beetlemania Kids art project
#44 - Beetle-mania
(6 steps)

Transform a plain ceramic money box into something colourful and cool... view
Bird wall hanging
#43 - One for the birds
(4 steps)

Create your own funky bird wall decoration using a polystyrene egg... view
Kids art projects
#42 - Smart as a button
(6 steps)

Create a multi-coloured mirror frame with buttons and paint... view
Kids art project
#41 - You star!
(4 steps)

Create your own fabulous star box
using Resene paints and a cool Resene KidzColour sticker... view
Resene Art project For Kids
#40 - Keep it clean
(6 steps)

Turn a plain cardboard box into a groovy wastepaper bin... view
Resene Art project For Kids
#39 - Lucky winner
(4 steps)

Create your very own lucky black cat
painting using Resene paint... view
Resene Paints Project For Kids
#38 - Snap happy!
(6 steps)

Make your very own Snap game board from painted MDF... view
Resene Paints Project For Kids
#37 - Desk job
(4 steps)

Create your own groovy desk tidy using a few cardboard containers... view
Create a space themed blackboard
#36 - Out of this world
(6 steps)

Create this groovy space-themed blackboard with Resene Blackboard Paint, metallic stars and stickers... view
Create a sunny stepping stone
#35 - Step right up
(4 steps)

Create a sunny stepping stone... view
Resene Paints art projects for kids
#34 - TV time
(6 steps)

Transform an old cardboard box into your very own TV... view
Resene Paints art projects for kids
#33 - That's magic
(4 steps)

Use a stencil from the Resene stencil
library to create your very own
magic star wand... view
 Resene Kids Art Project
#32 - Drive time
(6 steps)

It’s really fun to create your very own driving track... view
 Resene Kids Art Project
#31 - Make a date
(4 steps)

Turn a calendar into a real work of art with the help of Resene paints... view
Resene Paints art projects for kids
#30 - Checkerboard challenge
(6 steps)

Turn a simple cardboard box into a fun checkerboard game table... view
Resene Paints art projects for kids
#29 - Frisbee fun!
(4 steps)

Have some summer fun with this cool
painted butterfly frisbee... view

#28 - Something fishy
(6 steps)

Create your very own magnetic undersea scene using Resene Magnetic Magic... view
Resene Kids Art Project
#27 - Leap frog
(4 steps)

Use a stencil from the Resene stencil library to create your very own piece of frog art... view
Resene Paints art projects for kids
#26 - House rules
(6 steps)

It’s fun to create a groovy toy house from an old cardboard box and Resene testpots... view
Resene Paints art projects for kids
#25 -Tickled pink
(4 steps)

Transform a couple of paper plates into a cool wall mask... view
Resene Paints art projects for kids
#24 - Clocking on
(6 steps)

You’ll never be lost for time with this
cool clock... view
Resene Paints art projects for kids
#23 - Door opener
(4 steps)

It’s easy to make your very own door plaque... view
Ceate a groovy
bedside lamp with
some metallic confetti
shapes, a Resene
testpot and some Resene Multishield+
gloss
#22 - See the light
(6 steps)

Ceate a groovy bedside lamp with some metallic confetti shapes and Resene Multishield+ gloss... view
Resene Paints art projects for kids
#21 - Monkey business
(4 steps)

Create your very own outdoor funky monkey... view
Resene Paints art projects for kids
#20 - On safari
(6 steps)

Transform an old wooden chair into a safari-inspired zebra masterpiece... view
Resene Paints art projects for kids
#19 - Puzzle it out
(4 steps)

It’s easy to create your very own jigsaw with the help of Resene Art Action paints... view
Resene Paints art projects for kids
#18 - Sock it to 'em
(6 steps)

Create this cool windsock using clear polythene and a rainbow selection of Resene paint... view
Resene Paints art projects for kids
#17 - On the box
(4 steps)

A few Resene testpots are all it takes to transform a simple wooden box... view
Kids art projects
#16 - Curtain raiser
(6 steps)

Fancy an evening at the theatre? Create your own from a cardboard box and Resene paints... view
Kids art projects
#15 - Chalk it up
(4 steps)

Use Resene Blackboard Paint and Resene paint to create a cool framed blackboard... view
Kids art projects
#14 - Plane brilliant!
(6 steps)

Transform a balsa wood model plane
into something special... view
Resene Paints art projects for kids
#13 - Flower power
(4 steps)

Create a fabulous collage with flower pictures from old gardening magazines and Resene testpots... view
Kids art projects
#12 - Puppy love
(6 steps)

Make your very own pet puppy with self hardening clay and Resene paint... view
Kids art projects
#11- Get crackling
(4 steps)

Turn a simple terracotta plant pot into a fabulous container using Resene Crackle Effect... view
Make this cool magnetic noughts and crosses game
#10 - Game on!
(6 steps)

It’s easy to create this cool magnetic noughts and crosses game with Resene Magnetic Magic... view
Make book ends
#9 - By the book
(4 steps)

Create these fun bookends using a few squares of timber, some wooden animals and a Resene testpot... view
Make a piggy bank
#8 - This little piggy
(6 steps)

Create a cool piggy bank from an old juice bottle... view
Kids art projects
#7 - Art attack
(4 steps)

Turn an old shoebox into a groovy art kit with Resene Art Action paints... view
Make a card
#6 - Card crazy
(4 steps)

Make this crazy card for family or friends and watch their reaction!... view
Decorate a ringbinder
#5 - Space age
(6 steps)

This groovy space themed ringbinder would be great for science class... view
Wrapping presents
#4 - It's a wrap
(6 steps)

No two presents will ever look the same again with our fun wrapping paper designs... view
Make a picture with pipe cleaners
#3 - Furry fun
(4 steps)

Use furry coloured pipe cleaners to create this fun picture... view
Kids art projects
#2 - My pet rocks
(4 steps)

Get creative and make your very own ladybug pet rock... view
Cat picture
#1 - Picture purr-fect
(6 steps)

Transform a picture of your pet cat into a real masterpiece... view
  More children’s art ideas are featured in Habitat magazine.
More children’s art ideas are featured in Habitat magazine

  ideas for girl's bedrooms
Room decorating and art ideas from Parenting magazine

 
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