Let's face it, helpful little hands are fun when fixing snacks or cleaning, but not so much where (permanent) paint is concerned. Often, I find the only time to get projects done around the house is during nap (forget bedtime — by then I'm beat). So, I thought I'd break down a few favorite colorful home projects for parents who, like me, want to get their color on during nap time (whether that's a single-sleepcycle-snooze or a 3-hour-doozie).
Whatever length your child's nap, there's time to squeeze in some color. Here are some projects for adding color to your home that can be completed in that precious window:
My toddler's taking marathon 3-hour naps.
- Print DIY Patterned Fabric
- Paint a Door Threshold or two.
- Paint a Windowsill or Window Trim in a bright, unexpected color.
- Go graphic with DIY roller blinds.
- Paint an accent wall.
I have an hour and a half to get a project done.
- Try painting a carpet.
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- Create a stretched canvas tryptich.
Quick! Forty-five minutes 'til baby's awake!
- Sew pillow covers in brave new colors.
- Use a porcelain paint pen to add your signature color to thrift store dishware.
- Make your own non-toxic watercolors, then make abstract art with it when baby wakes up.
- Paint-Dipped Tools (This can be done with wooden kitchen utensils, too.)
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As always, when painting, provide good ventilation and take the proper precautions against lead paint exposure. Happy crafting!
(Images: as linked above)