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From habitat magazine - issue 35, bright ideas for kids

Fire up your kids' imaginations and get creative with Resene paints and these colourful, out-of-this-world projects.

A fairy tale

Fairy doors are portals to a fantasy world. Attach yours to trees, fences and raised garden beds and head off into the garden on a discovery mission.

A painted fairy door project

A painted fairy door project
Fairy doors: Take your children on an adventure, exploring the outdoors and looking for access to a make-believe fairy world. This fairy door is painted in Resene Pohutukawa, Resene Bright Spark and Resene Alabaster, decorated with painted details in Resene Clover and bead in Resene Half Resolution Blue. The rocks are in Resene Sports Star, Resene Frozen and Resene Half Resolution Blue with Resene Alabaster dots and the mushroom buttons and ‘toadstools’ are Resene Poppy and Resene Alabaster.  Money box: A household jar, twigs from the garden and ice block sticks are all that’s needed to make a fairy friendly money box. The twigs are painted in Resene Tutti Frutti, the door is in Resene Get Reddy and the toadstool ‘staircase’ made from cardboard is in Resene Rocket with spots in Resene Soft Whisper. Bedside table in Resene Triple Blanc and wall in Resene Nirvana.

You will need:


Select three Resene testpots for your main door colours. Paint eight ice block sticks in one colour, one in another colour and your remaining two smaller ice block sticks/ matchsticks in the final shade. To make the door, line up the eight ice block sticks face up on a flat surface, with the ninth different coloured stick at the end. Create a curved door by moving each ice block stick up slightly more than the previous ice block stick. Or use a mug or cup to shift the ice block sticks into an arch.

Apply glue to the two smaller ice block sticks and attach them horizontally as a brace to hold the sticks together. Paint your fairy door in your favourite Resene paint colours. Add decorative rocks and buttons, painting them in your favourite Resene colours before gluing them on.

Star drawers

Save the universe – and space in your child’s bedroom – with these intergalactic drawers, worthy of Baby Yoda or Luke Skywalker.

Star drawers - kids project

These rocket drawers are out-of-this-world with a blue base in Resene Splish Splash and Resene Cotton Wool over-painted in Resene FX Nightlight to create a glow-in-the-dark design. Wall in Resene Hermitage and floor in Resene Colorwood Whitewash.

You will need:


Lightly sand the drawers and wipe away any dust with a wet cloth. Remove the knobs and paint the drawers and knobs in your favourite colour. We used Resene Splish Splash.

Once dry, use a pencil to trace an image onto the drawers. You can find plenty of templates at Using artist brushes, paint the design in one coat of Resene Cotton Wool. Once dry, paint Resene FX Nightlight over the top, which will create a glow-in-the-dark effect when the lights are dimmed. Re-fix the knobs and your ‘out-of-space’ drawers are ready to use.

Resene Colorwood Whitewash

Sunbeams and dreams

Decorate your garden or your child’s bedroom with easy-to-make sun-catchers.

Sun-catchers kids project

These sun-catchers look stunning hung from trees or on windowsills. The yellow sun-catcher is painted in Resene Bright Spark and Resene Kaitoke Green. The pink sun-catcher is Resene Hopskotch, Resene Bright Spark, Resene Ballerina, Resene Malibu, Resene Kaitoke Green and Resene Top Secret. The purple sun-catcher is Resene Unicorn (ring and flower), Resene Wax Flower, Resene Princess and Resene Top Secret.

You will need:


Lay a preserving ring on a piece of paper and trace the outline of the inner rim. Cut out the circle. With a pencil, lightly draw a design onto the paper. When happy with your drawing, using an artist’s brush, paint it in Resene testpot colours. Allow to dry.

Dip a cotton wool ball into the olive oil and apply the oil to the unpainted side of the paper until it turns translucent. Set aside.

Prepare the preserving jar rings using Resene StainLock and when dry, paint using Resene testpots. Using glue, fix the painted paper circle in the preserving ring once the paint has dried. Tie ribbon or cord around the ring to hang your sun-catcher.

Small prints

Whether it’s astronauts and rockets, unicorns or woodland animals – there’s a pattern in the Resene Wallpaper Collection to light up the imagination of your child.

Worried about little hands making fingerprints on walls? Never fear; many children’s wallpapers are easy to clean – look for the code on the roll to see how cleanable the design is. Wavy lines indicate the wallpaper is washable and designs range from spongeable to scrubbable.

Kids WallpaperResene Wallpaper Collection 34345-2

Best of all, as your child gets older or moves on to other interests, it’s easy to update the room with a new wallpaper.

For more wallpaper ideas, see the full collection at your local Resene ColorShop or view a taste online at

Resene Wallpaper Collection 93554-8
Resene Wallpaper Collection 93554-8

Resene Wallpaper Collection 35980-1
Resene Wallpaper Collection 35980-1

Resene Wallpaper Collection 36755-1
Resene Wallpaper Collection 36755-1

Resene WallpaperCollection 36100-1
Resene Wallpaper Collection 36100-1

Resene WallpaperCollection 30489-1
Resene Wallpaper Collection 30489-1

Resene WallpaperCollection 8563-26
Resene Wallpaper Collection 8563-26

Projects: Sarah Kolver, Leigh Stockton
Images: Bryce Carleton


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