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Upcycling for winter

Painting three ways - projects from Womans' Day magazine

Repurpose common items at home with these crafty ideas from Emily Somerville-Ryan

Painted recycled flower pots

Pussycat pots

What you’ll need: Resene testpot paints, 2.25L and 1.5L drink bottles, succulents and indoor plants, paint brushes, scissors.

Bring the outside in, creating a cute menagerie of pot plants by recycling drink bottles with paints from Resene. Collect your old plastic bottles in various sizes. Cut around the ends of the bottles about 10cm from the bottom, leaving two triangles for ears on one side of the pot.

Paint the entire outside of the pot in two coats of Resene Dusted Blue or Resene Half Breathless. Once completely dry, use Resene Coast to paint on the eyes, whiskers and mouth with a fine paintbrush. Finally, paint in the cute noses and ears, using either Resene Paper Doll or Resene Gold Dust. Fill the pots with an assortment of cute succulents and indoor plants.

Painted acorns

Acorn gems

What you’ll need: Resene testpot paints, paint brushes, acorns, glue.

Turn waste into precious treasure by restoring these acorns with glorious Resene colours. Collect acorns from under an old oak tree and remove the hats, keeping them aside for later. Paint your acorns in various blue jewel tones and metallics.

We’ve used Resene Coast, Resene Hammerhead, Resene Spring Rain, Resene Juniper, Resene Blue Moon, Resene London Hue and Resene Gold Dust. Leave to dry, then apply another coat. When totally dry, re-glue each hat back onto the acorns.

Upcycled boxes

What you’ll need: Resene testpot paints, masking tape, paint brushes, discarded boxes.

Update your tired office space with these cheerful upcycled boxes, using Resene paints. Turn some old discarded boxes into smart, useful storage for your desk with a combination of co-cordinating blues and metallics.

We have painted our boxes in Resene Coast, Resene Hammerhead, Resene Juniper, Resene Dusted Blue, Resene Blue Moon, Resene London Hue and Resene Gold Dust. Mask out the triangles on the face of each box using masking tape. Paint each triangle and let dry thoroughly. Gently peel off the tape, then repeat on the next triangle.

Painted upcycled boxes


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