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Create that sunshine vibe with these happy craft ideas from Emily Somerville-Ryan

Homemade ring toss game

Painted shell animals

Up-cycled spoons

1. Homemade ring toss

What you’ll need:

  • Resene testpots
  • Pine slab
  • Garden rope
  • Sandpaper
  • Paintbrush
  • Chisel
  • Masking tape
  • Beads
  • Dowel
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Drill
  • Saw

How to mak a homemade ring toss game


Cut off two lengths of 58cm from a W32xD65xL1800mm piece of pine. Mark out 5 points down the centre of each piece at 7cm, 18cm, 29cm, 40cm and 51cm. With a 22mm drill piece, drill a hole roughly 16mm deep at each point on both pieces. Mark out a 65mm square at the centre of each piece of pine, on the hole side of one piece and on the bottom side of the other. Cut down 16mm into either side of the square with a saw and chisel out to create a slot in the wood.

Repeat on the second piece but on the opposite side. These will now slot together in a cross. Cut a W22xL1800mm piece of dowel into 8 x 16cm lengths and 1 x 20cm length and sand all rough edges. Mask off a 6.5cm square around each 22mm hole on both pieces of wood, 5cm in on the 16cm dowels and 7cm on the 20cm dowel. Paint each with two coats of your favourite Resene colours. Push the dowels into each hole with the 20cm piece in the centre hole. To make the quoits, paint two coats of the same Resene colours onto six large beads, one in each colour and leave to dry. Cut six, 45cm lengths of 10mm thick garden rope and tightly form each end into a point with tape. Glue either ends of the rope into opposite holes in the painted beads to form a loop and leave to dry.

2. Shell animals

What you'll need:

  • Resene testpots
  • Resene sealer
  • Shells
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Glue gun
  • Ribbon

How to make painted shell animals


Collect up shells from the beach and wash. Seal all the shells with two coats of Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer. Once dry, draw eyes, nose and markings with a pencil. Paint in the features. I've used Resene Cupid, Resene Wax Flower, Resene Sweet Corn, Resene Time Out, Resene Half Kumutoto, Resene Quarter Rice Cake and Resene Zephyr. Glue the ears and nose into place with a glue gun. Finally glue a bow to the base of each animal.

3. Up-cycled spoons

What you'll need:

  • Resene testpots
  • Resene Aquaclear
  • Washi masking tape
  • Wooden spoons
  • Paintbrushes

How to upcycle spoons with happy paint colours


Mask around the handle of each wooden spoon 9cm in from the end with washi masking tape. Paint the end of each spoon in two coats of your favourite Resene colours. I’ve used Resene Cupid, Resene Wax Flower, Resene Sweet Corn, Resene Time Out and Resene Half Kumutoto. Once dry, mask out another 3cm on the end of the painted section of each spoon with two pieces of masking tape and paint with two coats of Resene Quarter Rice Cake. When thoroughly dry, seal with two coats of Resene Aquaclear waterborne urethane varnish.

Words and pictures by Emily Somerville-Ryan. March 2022.

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