How to Make a Busy Board: How to Paint a Busy Board

Do you need to paint a busy board? Of course. Who would miss such fun?

How to make a busyboard that will surely be a hit? Should you paint it at all? We say, yes, and anyone can do it.

The functionality of this developmental toy will stay there, whether you paint it or not, but the aesthetic side should not be left aside. Besides, a painted board is more eye-catching and gets babies’ attention at once.

You will need:
  • Painters tape
  • X-acto knife
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Foam roller and a brush
  • Old newspapers
  • A pencil
  • Compass or some small bowls

Pick the color pattern to your liking. For me, the best combo is two main colors and one accent.


Apply the prime coat of white color for the brightest result. Without it, wood will absorb a lot of paint and your color will end up looking translucent.


Lay out your design with painters tape. Depending on the complexity of the pattern, you might need several rounds of Steps 3 – 7.


If you want to have some round accents like circles, waves or rainbows, you can make them with bowls. Trace the shape onto painters tape and cut out with the knife.

How to paint a busy board with shaped elements, like these clouds, for example? Make a stencil. You got it. Draw or print, trace on cardboard and cut out your desired pattern. Same goes for names or initials.


Leave the tape on the areas you DON’T want to be painted.


Apply one or two coats of paint. Use different rollers for different colors. Let dry.


Peel off the painters tape. Depending on the brand you used, you might face a little challenge here.


Using your brushes, fix the imperfections.


Add the accent color. If there’s just a touch of it, no need to hassle with paint and rollers – use brushes.


Let dry thoroughly before the assembly. Woot woot! Now you know how to paint a busy board.

Drive inspiration from whatever comes to your mind. Cars, planes, ships, fire engines, names, favorite movies, books, anime (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ or literally whatever.

Use anything your baby loves most, making a super bright positive spot in the playroom.

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