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Painting three ways - projects from Womans' Day magazine

Add a burst of joy to Mum’s special day with these playful ideas from Emily Somerville-Ryan

Paint pretty pots for mothers day presents

Make a happy mothers day message

Paint family faces on wooden spoons

1. Playful pots

What you’ll need:

  • Resene testpots
  • Resene masking tape
  • Resene sealer
  • Recycled pots
  • Paintbrush

How to paint plant pots for mothers day gifts


Up-cycle and gather together an assortment of pots in different shapes and sizes. Paint each pot with two coats of Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer. For terracotta pots use Resene Aquapel & Terracotta Sealer instead. Once dry, decide on a slightly different pattern for each pot and use Resene washi masking tape to help create any straight lines and patterns you wish to make on your pots. We have used sunny, happy, Resene colours for Mother’s Day, like Resene Glorious, Resene Paper Doll, Resene Bay Leaf, Resene Switched On, Resene Cut Glass and Resene Hippie Blue. Peel back washi tape and re-tape once dry between colours. Once thoroughly dry, plant each pot with your mother’s favourite plants and succulents and display on the kitchen table.

2. Loving letters

What you'll need:

  • Recycled paper rolls
  • Resene testpots
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

Make a Happy Mother's Day message


Collect together and recycle at least 15 small paper rolls. With a pencil, draw one letter of your Mother’s Day message on each roll and cut out with some small, sharp scissors. Carefully paint two coats of Resene paint on the outside of each letter, leaving the inside unpainted. We have used Resene Glorious, Resene Paper Doll, Resene Bay Leaf, Resene Switched On, Resene Cut Glass and Resene Hippie Blue. Once dry, display with balloons and confetti to celebrate Mum’s special day!

3. Family spoons

What you'll need:

  • Resene testpots
  • Wooden spoons
  • Fine paintbrushes
  • Pencil

How to paint family faces on wooden spoons


Lightly sketch your family’s faces onto each wooden spoon with a sharp pencil. Paint the face of each spoon in Resene Paper Doll and the rest of the family’s features in roughly 6 other co-ordinating colours. We have used Resene Glorious, Resene Bay Leaf, Resene Switched On, Resene Cut Glass and Resene Hippie Blue and Resene Half Black White. Finally using a very fine paintbrush, paint on the eyes, eyebrows and moustache using Resene Double Foundry. Once dry, display in a favourite jug on Mum’s bench on Mother’s Day morning.

Emily Somerville-Ryan. April 2021.

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