Before moving to Costa Rica I was warned about the terrible “rainy season.” How it can rain all day for several days in a row and I would be stuck in my house. Well, this is my first rainy season and it is now September and it i have yet to be stuck in my house for days. So I suppose this is a mild rainy season or the worse is yet to come. Anyway, I decided I would be prepared with fun things to do in my house while stuck inside. I love arts and crafts so what better thing to do than be Picaso with a cup of coffee while its raining. Though since it has really only been raining in the evenings I have obliged myself to doing arts during the sunny days as well.. Couldn’t help myself. Buying art supplies in Costa Rica can be tricky. The main stores that carry art supplies are called Librerias. The Libreria in Samara, where I live is small and only carries a few items. I tend to go to Nicoya about 45min away. Across from the main park in town is a larger Libreria where you can buy paint, brushes, glue, etc.
The Hardware stores (ferretarias) in Costa Rica do carry spray paint, which I have used for some fun projects.
Some of the fun things I have done include:
Collecting drift wood from the beach to use a canvas. Just find a flat piece of wood and you have yourself a perfect canvas. Drift wood can be used in so many ways. Check Pinterest for great ideas. Such as shelving, towel rack, etc
With one project I collected mason jars wrapped them in yarn in different designs around the jars and spray painted them. Once dried I removed the yarn, they made great candle holders with the light shining thru the unspraypainted areas.
Another project I used mason jars to make utensil holders and piggy banks. I painted half of the jars with chalk paint (A friend brought from the states) and the other I spray painted.
Furniture is expensive in Costa Rica because much of it is imported. You can hire someone to make furniture out of the local woods. But we went the cheapest route. We went to a local saw mill picked out 2 pieces of long pochote, sanded and finished them with a marine varnish. For the legs of the desk we went to the local recycle place picked out (soda/beer) crates. We cut the face off two of them to make shelving and we spray painted them. This desk cost us about $15.
I made tissue pom pons for a party and then used them as decorative pieces in my house- another inexpensive addition. You can find tutorials for Pom pons on Pinterest.