Colorful Paint-Based DIY Projects
With just a little bit of paint you can add a splash of color to just about anything. Whether you want to spruce up your house or make a fun piece of art you can share with your friends, there’s a lot that can be done with paint. Try one of these paint-based DIY projects and add some color to your life.
Give Wooden Utensils Some Neon Flair
Tired of using drab tools to prepare your meals? Follow these steps to add a splash of color to your cooking routine.
- Masking or painters tape
- Wood kitchen utensils
- Acrylic paint in neon colors plus white
- Paint brush
- Place a piece of tape around the handle of the utensil or wherever you want the colored section to end.
- Use the white paint and paint a base coat on the wooden utensil. Allow this to dry completely, then paint the white area with the neon paint.
- You will need to apply 2 to 5 coats of the neon paint, depending on the color.
Transform Milk Bottles into Containers
With some color, old glass milk bottles can be transformed into colorful flower pots and pencil containers. Here’s what to do:
- Spray primer (for glass)
- Spray paint (colors of your choice)
- Glass milk bottles
- Wash the bottles, then cover them with spray primer (designed for use with glass).
- Once dry, spray the bottles with the colors of your choice. Spray around the bottle, and just inside at the top.
- Let the bottles dry before using them. They can be used to hold flowers and other objects around the house.
Seaside Painting in 15 Minutes
Want to make a nice painting for your house in less than half an hour? Here’s what to do:
- Primed 16 x 20 canvas
- Acrylic paint (good colors to choose include cerulean blue, marine blue, white, aqua blue, brown, and cream)
- Fan brush
- Paper plates
- Mix the cerulean blue with a little white paint on a paper plate and paint the top portion of the canvas to start on the sky. The fan brush is ideal because it lets you create gradation without using a ton of paint.
- To create the next few layers of the sky, mix more cerulean blue into the paint you mixed. Continue working down.
- For the ocean, use marine blue and paint a band of color just below where the sky ends.
- As you paint down, mix the marine blue with the bright aqua green to create a lighter color. This will create the effect of the ocean receding as you come closer to land. Use brown and cream with the white at the bottom for sand.
- Lastly, use the white to create the effect of waves across the seascape.
Paint Chip Geometric Art
Not all of these projects directly involve paint. You know those paint chips you typically use on home projects? If you have some left over, try using them to make some art!
- Paint chips or swatches of varying colors
- Picture frame & mat
- Pair of scissors
- Spray adhesive
- Sheet of paper
- Take your chips or swatches and cut them up into triangle shapes with your scissors. Trim them into strips first to simplify the process.
- Lay out the shapes into an eye-catching arrangement. Take a sheet of paper and cut it down to accommodate the design.
- Transfer the shapes to the paper, and use spray adhesive to combine everything.
- Trim off excess areas, and place your design into a frame with a mat.
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