5 Back To School DIY Projects

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With the kids settling back into school for a new academic year, keep them organised and engaged with these DIY projects from Resene.

Each project has illustrated step-by-step instructions to follow, provided on the Resene website.

#1 Paint your own DIY book covers

How to paint your own DIY book covers

Create with paint! Projects from habitat by Resene.

Take a slice of summer into the school year with this fun idea for personalising clear files. The simple watermelon pattern is a breeze to create. Simply paint onto an A4 piece of paper and slip into the front of their folders.

TIP! Choose a different, simple fruit to paint for each subject or topic.

Create your own

#2 Transform an old school desk

Recycle a school desk

Resene upcycling for good with Sarah Herring – Project 40

Those old school desks were made to last! Pick up one at a second-hand furniture store or school clearance and give it an update for a fun yet practical homework spot with storage. There’s an added surprise inside!

TIP! Keep an eye out on your local social media market pages to grab a bargain for upcycling.

Step by step instructions

#3 Make a kids’ chalkboard

Painted chalkboard

Create with paint! Projects from habitat by Resene.

Create a space for those important school reminders with this simple project that transforms a plain photo frame.

TIP! To customise your design even further, you can choose from a range of chalkboard paint colours.

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#4 Make a cool noticeboard and pen pots!

Make a cool noticeboard and pen pots!

From Habitat magazine – issue 16.

With a Resene testpot in the colour of choice, a plain noticeboard, some funky wallpaper, ribbon, and coffee tins or cans, you can create a noticeboard and complimentary pen pots to keep the study area tidy.

TIP! Resene have a huge array of patterns, colours, and designs in their range of wallpaper.

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#5 Make your own rainbow-inspired pen holder

Coloured pen pots

Create with paint! Projects from habitat by Resene.

With this colourful pen holder you will never have to hunt for that perfect shade again. Perfect for school projects as well as colouring-in.

TIP! If you prefer to not use toilet rolls, wrapping paper cardboard rolls cut to size are an option.

Make your own

More ideas from Resene for creative kids

  • Choose from Resene’s fun range of DIY projects for kids’ decor and bring in a world of colour.
  • Keep little hands busy with Resene arts and crafts activities. Try out handy Resene testpots, available in a huge range of colours. Made using waterborne paint, they are ideal for arts and crafts projects.
  • Resene testpots are available from your local Resene ColorShop or you can order online from the Resene website.

Written by Julie Scanlon

Julie is Editor for Kidspot NZ and our MVP. Her hobbies include laughing uncontrollably at her own jokes, annoying her family by asking questions about movie plots, and never taking anything too seriously. She speaks a little Spanish and a lot of Yorkshire. 

Favourite motto to live by: “It ain’t nothing but a thing”

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