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Mini makeover: back to school

01 Feb 2017

As the kids head back to school this month, allow them to ease into their new routine with these fun DIY book covers. 

Project 1

This happy watermelon pattern is a piece of summer they can take into the classroom. Simply paint onto an A4 piece of paper and slip into the front of their folders.

You will need

Resene testpots in Resene Poppy, Resene Bingo, Resene Alabaster and Resene Nero, A4 paper, pencil, half circle cut outs (cut from paper), and a flat brush.

  • Pencil around the half circle cut outs onto the A4 paper, creating the shape for the watermelon slices.
  • Paint the shapes in Resene Poppy and leave to dry. 

  • For the rind, line the bottom of the watermelon in Resene Alabaster and Resene Bingo.
  • Create the pips by painting dots in Resene Nero.

Project 2

This brightly-patterned cover proves that geometry can be fun.

You will need

Resene testpots in Resene Half Kumutoto, Resene Freelance, Resene Ruby Tuesday and Resene She'll Be Right, washi tape, cardboard cover notebook, and a paint brush.

  • Paint the cover in Resene Half Kumutoto, and leave to dry.
  • Mask off the geo pattern using the washi tape.

  • Lightly paint and fill in the patterns using Resene Freelance, Resene Ruby Tuesday and Resene She'll be Right.
  • Remove the washi tape before the paint dries. 

Projects by Nikki Astwood of Revised Edition.