4 easy summer holiday diy projects4 easy summer holiday DIYs using spray paints – for the whole family!

School’s out for summer! You’ve been to the beach, baked cakes, organised play dates, made dens in the garden and spent a fortune on day trips and the cinema (and that’s just the first fortnight, ha ha!)…so now what?!

It can be difficult to fill the time in a way that keeps your kids happy and occupied without spending a fortune, plus sometimes isn’t it wonderful to have some quiet time as a family where the kids are engaged rather than climbing the walls? 

If you want some tricks up your sleeve to keep the kids entertained this summer i’ve got you covered with 4 easy summer holiday DIYs using spray paints that will beat the boredom – including ideas that even the teens and you adults will love. Using spray paints means no paint brushes, less mess, a quicker job and no brushstroke marks, plus it dries incredibly quickly and can be applied to most surfaces. Ideally spray paints should be used outdoors so it’s a perfect summer choice too.

Everyone will be really proud of their efforts and you won’t mind their crafty creations being in the house so it’s a win win all round!

Since upcycling is cost effective and aids sustainability I’ve pulled together some inspiration using items that you’re likely to already have lying around the house, plus you don’t need many products to create different effects and transform your household products into something beautiful. These 4 easy summer holiday DIYs using spray paint projects were made using just two Craig and Rose Artisan spray paints and a couple of tester paint pots. 

Recycle jam jars to make a desk tidy

Save up your empty jam and mason jars including the lids to make a practical yet pretty desk tidy or collection of votive candle vases. Isla and I added star stickers to one jar before spray painting it in Gold Metallic Artisan Spray Paint and peeled off once dry – a great way to use up behaviour chart stickers if you’re past that phase (they never worked with Emmie anyway!!). For the second I created a metallic ombre effect by spraying the entire jar in Gold Metallic followed by Rose Gold Metallic (my absolute fav colour! See my Upcycled Cart and Sprayed Bottles posts for inspo) on the bottom section.

Leopard print ribbon is wrapped around the tops for added interest to the design and the sprayed lid is perfect for paper clips, hair clips or a votive candle. Doesn’t our little desk tidy collection look cute on Isla’s new desk?!

For younger members of the family they might like to add sequins, stickers, pom poms or little silk flowers.

The larger jars can store stationary, hairbands and jewellery or small toys like Lego bricks and figures, plus imagine them in your garden or on a dining table at night with a candle flickering through the stars!

Spray painted jam jars desk tidy

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Give plastic toys a metallic makeover

Give old plastic toys a metallic makeover by spray painting them to create chic ornaments. They’ll go from unused pieces of plastic at the bottom of a playbox to beautiful pieces of art for the shelf in less than a minute. The biggest challenge will be deciding whether they go in your child’s bedroom or pride of place downstairs! The giraffe now belongs in Emmie’s bedroom but I quite fancied it on some books in our Guest Room I won’t lie!

The Midas-touch toys can also be glued to the lids of jam jars filled with treats for party favours like I did at our Animal Party or filled with stationary, small toys or hairclips for cute storage. 

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Spray painted plastic toys

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Chic faux fur stool upcycle

Pretty much everyone has an old stool, wire basket or something similar at the back of the garage don’t they?! How about spray painting the legs of the stool then adding a faux fur cushion to the top for a chic dressing table stool that any teen would be happy to have in their room.

I sprayed the legs of a white one in Rose Gold then fixed a white faux mongolian fur cushion to the top and it went from drab to fab in a matter of minutes (This one may have worked it’s way to our bedroom!). Likewise, if you have an old wire waste paper bin lying around consider spraying it, turning it upside down and fixing a thin piece of wood to the top for a trendy bedside table.

DIY faux fur stool

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Make your own vase letters

Lastly, get creative with hollow cardboard letters from your local craft store by cutting out the top part of each to make vases worthy of any shelf. Make the name of a family member, create their initials or be on trend like us by spelling a funky word like ‘HEY’ or ‘YAY’ as seen in lots of stores at the moment. This was inspired by my blog crush – Kailo Chic – who made a really vibrant version which I just love.

Isla and I spray painted the letters in Metallic Gold then she added dabs of paint from tester pots. Once dry a permanent marker pen was used to add little navy dots. The possibilities with this are literally endless; think sequins, ribbons, fabric, lace, pom poms or glitter – if you’re brave enough! Bear in mind that as the vases are cardboard they’ll go soggy with water in the bottom so faux flowers are best and if they need more weight, simply fill them with some sand or small gravel.

View the full DIY post here

DIY Hey vase letters DIY Hey vase letters

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We hope these summer crafts spark some creativity, cure the summer holidays boredom and provide fun for the entire family!

Until next time,


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