Painting can be fun and freeing. It’s also a wonderful way for, even novice crafters, to tap into their creativity and spend time expressing themselves. And, for that reason, it’s also a wonderful way to bring the family together on a rainy afternoon and pump out some memorable pieces.
Whenever you paint, you lose yourself to the activity, giving in to your creative streak, which is a wonderful way to spend a few hours.
Easy Painting Projects
Below you’ll find 35 easy painting projects for the entire family to enjoy and experiment with! Some are beginner level, and can be made with your kids, while others are a little bit more advanced; but a challenge is always welcomed! Let’s see which are the coolest projects for you to make!
Painting a few lavender plants is super easy to do if you follow this tutorial from The Inspired Hive. The whole thing is easy to make and it has quite an effect when you look at it, so you can definitely hang it up your wall.
2. Van Gogh Style
Not only will you be making a painting that resembles a Van Gogh, but you’ll be doing this alongside your kids with forks. Well, you’ll be using paintbrushes too, but also forks, which is pretty awesome. Get the instructions from Project With Kids.
3. Pulled String Art
With some strings that are full of paint, you can definitely make some cool-looking art. It’s a technique that requires a bit of practice, but it’s definitely something you can have fun with, whether on your own or with your kids. Get the details from Tinker Lab.
4. Pencil Stamp
Using the erasers of your pencils to create art is something that’s super fun to do. You’re going to need pencils with erasers, some stamp kits (or paint), and some paper. Then, start making dots all over, arranging them in such a way that you’re creating an image. Super fun and easy! Get the details from Momtastic.
When you don’t necessarily have a ton of talent at drawing and you’re just learning how to make cool paintings, you can definitely try your hand at abstract art. Not everything needs to be perfectly defined, and this style certainly shows that. Get some instructions from The Fox & She.
Sometimes, your walls need a little inspirational quote, a message that will speak something to you and your loved ones, and so on. Well, if you make a pretty background and you mind your calligraphy, you can definitely make one for your own walls. Get some info on how to do this from A Side of Sweet.
Once more, this next project can be done with the help of your kids or directly by them as it features paint mixed with water and some straws. You can make ballon art and give your drawn monsters a little bit of color. So cute! Get the details from PickleBums.
Making your own trees with splattered paint, getting inspiration from Pollock can be a cute way to open up a discussion about art with your kids. Also, if you want to know how to make your own, you can definitely check the tutorial from Projects with Kids.
9. Abstract Heart
Hearts are fun to have upon your walls, as they always remind you of your relationships, your friendships, your passions. The Creativity Exchange has a tutorial on how you can make a really cool abstract project, so learn how you can make your own.
How about a watercolor forest? This image is breathtaking and if you follow the instructions you can make your own. It’s such a cool project to make and we’re sure your walls will look that much better for it. Get the details from Inkstruck.
If you love space, then this nebula is the right painting for you. You can make your own if you follow the guide from Art Instruction, which is super awesome and easy to follow. Plus, look how great it came out!
If you want to forever feel like you’re on the beach, then painting yourself a little paradise corner is the right way to go. We loved the tutorial from Artsy Chicks Rule and can’t wait to hang it up the wall.
13. Hot Air Balloons
Over on Step By Step Painting, we found a gorgeous painting idea with hot air balloon silhouettes over a gorgeous sunset. We absolutely love, so let’s get it started!
Poppies are some of the cutest flowers as they are so pretty and delicate, so why not put some on your walls? It’s a really cute project, and we found a great tutorial on Melissa McKinnon’s page that we’ll forever be thankful for.
15. Starry Night
Starry nights are wonderful to look at, inspiring, and full of beauty. If you want to paint one yourself, maybe even include the Milky Way, then this tutorial from Empty Easel is for you, so try it out.
Magnolias are absolutely breathtaking and painting them will bring some of that beauty inside your home. But, if you have no idea where to start on creating this great image, the tutorial from Watercolor Affair should help you along.
Sunsets are a wonderful time of the day and if you can enjoy watching the sun sink into the Ocean, then it’s even better. You can learn how to draw your own, how to blend in the colors, and more from My Drawing Tutorials.
18. Kitty Cat
How about a cat or two with the moon on the background? It’s a wonderful image that’s fully mystery and a witchy vibe, so let’s see how you can make your own by following the tutorial from Step by Step Painting.
Flowers are awesome and if you want to learn how to paint loads of them, then this is the tutorial for you. You can learn a lot about shadows and lighting and more from here, so dive right into the tutorial from Smiling Collors.
We’re loving this paint scraping trend that’s been fluttering around the blogosphere. The Craft Patch will walk you through the process and show you how to whip up a framed quote that you can enjoy in various nooks and crannies of the house. The foyer, the home office, or everyone’s respective bedrooms, it’s a fun craft and fun to personalize!
Abstract art is really enjoyable to create but also great to actually utilize afterward. You can easily create something fresh and modern to display in your home. Check out the details behind this beauty by visiting our friends at Fall For DIY.
Sweet Red Poppy hopped on another really hot painting trend: pouring. Pour paint can create gorgeous marbled pieces to display as well. We love this trio of canvases and how it has a geode quality (also quite trendy). Whip up something for your kitchen nook or hallways throughout the house.
Smushed art is really fun for the kiddos. We love this spread from Oh Joy! and how it’s become a type of contemporary art for the play room or craft area. Grab the details after the jump.
Acrylic paints are wonderful to work with. You can visit K.becca and grab a lot of beginners tips. And then, grab the family around the table and share your newfound wealth of knowledge while allowing everyone to create their very own masterpieces.
25. Water Gun
Somewhat Simple grabbed the water guns, filled them up with paint, and had a little fun! You can easily personalize the canvas by taping off designs or using stickers as stencils. Just make sure you go outside to enjoy this project to the fullest.
momdot went with a similar project to “pour” paint with this fluid piece. We love the glistening beauty behind this one and, yes, it’s a kid-friendly way to go too. We think adding some bouts of glitters to these designs would really bring them to an entirely new level.
Yes, you can paint with bubbles too – and then turn the finished products into greeting cards for the rest of the fam. This is a really great activity for our youngest of arts and crafters. Just catch the project by visiting Early Learning Ideas.
Sawdust 2 Stitches will teach you how to “chippy paint.” This is a fun skill to try when you’re working with wood pieces. Whether it’s furniture you want to have a distressed style or farmhouse wall accents – take the leap and learn how to make that “weathered and worn” look.
A little splatter can go a long way. This is one of the most fun ways to “paint” a new piece for the house. Again, you may want to go outside for this one – especially with the kiddos. Grab a brush, dip it in the paint, and go for it! Grab the official instructions at wikiHow.
One Crazy Mom will teach you now only how to use puffy paint but how to make it too! This starts out as a sort of science experiment with the little ones of the house and then turns into an afternoon of art making. Grab your food coloring and grab your shaving cream to get started!
Then again, sometimes the kiddos may want to go with a more classic route. Finger painting is so much fun and freeing as well. And thankfully, you can learn how to whip up some homemade finger paints before you get started in on the art part of it all. Visit Create. Play. Travel. for more info.
32. Shaving Cream
The Simple Parent went with a shaving cream paint project. This particular project is perfect in celebration of Earth Day but can be modified to fit whatever holiday or event or idea you may already have a vision for. What do you need to start the project? A package of paper plates!
Who knew that cars could be the next best thing to a paint brush. The kiddos will go bonkers for this project and clean up becomes fun too – because it’s time to “play” car wash! The Keeper of the Cheerios will walk you through the main ideas.
34. Spray Bottles
The Crafting Chicks did some painting with spray bottles.They have the ingredients behind the mixture – but it’s basically the same main idea as the water gun paint job. Use tape or stencils to create your design and then have fun aiming and shooting!
35. Sharpies & Alcohol
Lifestyle for real life knows that sharpies and alcohol come together to make some gorgeous art pieces. Have you ever seen those “magic” paint pamphlets for kiddos? The ones where you just grab a q-tip, wet it and then rub it on the colors on the paper – voila! You have paint! It’s kind of like that – but for adults!
There we go! You now have a ton of new ideas on what to paint next and how to make a wonderfully creative thing for your walls. We just love how these came out and can’t wait to try them out! Which ones did you like best?