Playing Up With Plywood – Bright Ideas For Kids

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Grab a sheet of plywood and a paintbrush and let your creativity flow with these great kids room decorating ideas from Resene. Choose from fun bookends, a mobile, or a motorway, and paint to match your existing decor, or start afresh, to create a special space for your child.

To make things a bit easier, you will need a pencil, a jigsaw or a similar tool to cut out your basic shapes from the ply sheet, sandpaper, and paint.

Let the fun begin!

Rain or shine

No matter what the weather, this children’s nursery looks soft and serene thanks to its muted Resene colour palette.

Grab your plywood and use weather colours as your inspiration to decorate the room and create an adorable ‘Rain or Shine’ bookends and a raindrop mobile.

Get full instructions here.

Rain or Shine with Resene

Mountains of reading

The mountain-shaped bookends used four different coloured test pots to give them depth – Resene Japonica and Resene Sebedee for the orange ones and Resene Paradise and Resene Gulf Stream for the blue ones – but the sky is the limit when it comes to the colours you can use to paint your mountains. Find templates for mountains here.

Once you’ve painted on two basecoats and allowed them to dry, mask off the tips of the triangles and paint on the snow caps to finish the effect. We used two coats of Resene Alabaster. From there, simply glue your smaller mountains on top of your larger mountains, aligning the corners, and then use quick bond glue that’s suitable for both metal and wood to attach the straight side of your mountains to the backs of basic metal bookends. 

A motorway for boundless play

painted road

When you love playing with cars, the world is your motorway. Help pave the way for creative play by using paint and masking to turn your child’s bedroom or playroom into a whole world for them to explore. The lower walls and floor in this room are painted in Resene Highland while the road is in Resene Shark with dashed lines in Resene Broom and the mountains are in Resene Trojan with snowy caps in Resene Bubble White.

To add another dimension of play, the grassy section of the wall has been coated in Resene FX Magnetic Magic then topcoated. Attach strong magnets to the back of plywood shapes or small wooden toys – cars, trees, buildings, letters and numbers – and your kids can enjoy countless hours playing out stories on their walls.

To make things even better, choose Resene FX Chalkboard Paint or Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen for your tinted topcoat and the surface will also work as a chalkboard. Simply wipe it clean with a damp cloth.

Reading roadways bookends

Get full instructions on creating the fast lane bookends here.

Paint two coats of Resene Shark, allowing time to dry in between coats. Use high quality masking tape to create the dashed centre line by creating the dashes inside the tape then paint with Resene Broom.

Paint cars of your choice then once everything has dried, use quick bond glue to attach your road sections to the back of some metal bookends and each other so your shapes create an ‘L’ shape. Then, glue the wheels of your vehicles onto your roadways so that they appear to be driving up and down your bookends.

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Article provided by Resene. Projects and styling: Laura Lynn Johnston. Images: Bryce Carleton

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