Holiday Projects & Craft

Celebrate the holidays and special occasions with DIY decorations. Deck out your home for Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Australia Day, birthdays and parties with our simple step-by-step decorating and craft projects. And make special gifts for Mother's Day and Father's Day.

40 Incredible Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas
Check out these 40 ideas for Christmas tree decorations and get in the holiday spirit.
Make A Rustic Christmas Decoration
This year say goodbye to tradition and create your own Christmas. All you need to give your home a festive feel are basic items from the hardware store. With little more than a hot glue gun and balls of twine you can turn a tree branch into a rustic...
Create A Timber Christmas Tree
This year, instead of buying a live Christmas tree that will end up on the back of a council truck by January, make your own. Use odds and ends from other DIY projects to create an individual, eye-catching festive decoration. For the branches we used...
8 Homemade Christmas Food Gifts
These gifts work perfectly as party favours, add-ons to other presents and as additions to gift hampers. One idea is to make all the items of this list and add them all to a festive food-filled gift hamper.
Make A Christmas Cookie Tree Centrepiece
Prepare the Iced Ornament Cookies as directed below. Ice and decorate one side of the cookies and let dry. Turn dry cookies over, carefully ice and decorate the other side, then let dry. Thread a narrow ribbon through the hole in the cookie and ha...
DIY Rum Ball Christmas Crackers
Nothing tastes more like Christmas than a handful of rich and dense rum balls. This year, why not make your Christmas crackers delicious and fun with these easy and quick Christmas staples.
How To Decoupage Christmas Ornaments
Use simple decoupage techniques to make your own, customised Christmas ornaments. This is a great project to tackle with the kids and a great way to add unique elements to your festive set up. The finished size of this ornament is about 7.5 cm (3 in...
8 Novelty DIY Christmas Trees
We searched the vast terrain of the world wide web to bring you eight of the best novelty DIY Christmas trees. Everything on this list is affordable and can be made using items found around the house. Happy DIYing!
8 Storage Hacks For Christmas Decorations
The way you store your decorations will make a huge difference to how easy the reinstallation process will be. If you stack Christmas lights and ornaments into a box without a second thought, then taking them out and detangling will be a nightmare....
5 Easy and Fun Halloween Food Ideas
These five quick and easy snack ideas are perfect for sharing and you can even get the kids involved to help you make them.
DIY Charm Bracelet

Charm bracelets are easy to make and can be used to dress up pillar candles and drinking glasses

A DIY charm bracelet for children is a great way to use up an accumulation of leftover small beads. One DIY bracelet takes 20–30 minutes to make.  Make each one unique and use them traditionally as a girl's bracelet or place them on straight-side...
Make Candle Holders Made Of Ice

Ice candle holders make an eye-catching table decoration 

Make these festive ice candle holders and put them on display for all to admire. The finished size of this candle holder is about 10 cm (4 inches) in diameter and 20 cm (8 inches) high.  Materials List (for one)  Distilled water (freezes the cl...
How To Wrap Gifts Using The Furoshiki Technique

Forget disposable paper, present gifts wrapped using the furoshiki technique

If you’re looking for an attractive alternative to paper for your Christmas gifts, which won’t be torn up and thrown away, try wrapping them in colourful cloths called furoshiki. These traditional Japanese wrapping cloths have been used to carry gi...
Make Lemony Potpourri

Make your own lemony potpourri to use around the home or as a gift 

Perfume rooms around your home with this delightful lemony potpourri.  As well as adding beautiful scents to your own home, potpourri makes for a great gift. Pour it into a jar, tie a ribbon around it and hand it out to guests as party favour. It a...
Use Santa Hats As Christmas Stockings

These glittery santa hats make cute Christmas stockings 

Add a touch of whimsical fun to a fireplace with non-traditional ‘stockings’. We found these glittery sequined Santa’s hats, but any pointed hat should work. We used curtain rings with clips and shop-bought stocking holders to hang the hats to the...
Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas
Think outside the box when wrapping Christmas gifts this holiday season. Here are some unique gift wrapping ideas that will give your gifts an added edge.  Beyond gift wrap  On some of our packages we used butcher’s paper, faux suede and tulle....
How To Make A Fluffy Sheep Ornament

Make this fluffy sheep ornament in five simple steps 

How cute is this fluffy sheep ornament? This ornament is relatively easy to make and great project to make with the kids.  The instructions call for a bulky-weight yarn to shape the sheep’s body. If you want to use a lighter weight, you’ll need e...
Use Christmas Ornaments As Napkin Rings

Ornaments need not be reserved solely for the Christmas tree, use them as festive napkin rings 

Ornaments can serve triple duty at Christmas. Not only do they adorn your tree, they can also be used as festive serviette (napkin) rings and party favours. Thread a small Christmas ornament onto a length of double-sided satin ribbon, then tie the...
How To Make A Christmas Tree Made Of Ribbon

You can make this Christmas tree made of ribbon in three easy steps 

If you find colourful Christmas ribbons enchanting, or just have a stash you’d like to use up, you’ll love this quick and easy holiday ribbon tree.  Materials List  Craft glue Felt circle, 9.5 cm (33/4 inch) diameter 10 x 23 cm (4 x 9 inch) s...
Make A Frosted Christmas Candle Light

Infuse the home with Christmas spirit with these frosted candles 

'Tis the season to be jolly and what is more jolly than frosted Christmas candle lights? These lights are very easy to make and will instantly inject some Christmas spirit into your home. Use them as centrepieces or scatter them around the home in...
Make A Thrifty Centrepiece Using Christmas Ornaments

This centrepiece is low-key and can be put together in minutes 

This centrepiece can be easily assembled using simple holiday ornaments you may already have in your home.  Start with a shallow glass dish with a low lip. Arrange ornaments of various sizes in the dish. For an elegant, mono-chromatic look, use a...
How To Make A Recycled Glass Chandelier

Don't throw away used baby food containers, turn them into a shabby-chic chandelier 

This shabby-chic chandelier was made using recycled baby food containers and odds and ends from the kitchen and workshop.  Materials list  Metal cooling rack with square grid Twine Thin-gauge wire Scissors Wire cutters Assorted small glass...
Festive Vase Fillers

Decorate vases with baubles and pine cones this festive season 

Decorating for the festive season doesn’t have to be expensive. Although there’s no denying the beauty of flowers at Christmas, the pretty plants only last so long. These decorations can come out year after year.  It is worth investing in several...
Make An Ornament Wreath
With their vibrant colours and eye-catching shimmer, simple ball ornaments can create a stunning Christmas wreath. Choose a variety of wine and champagne hues as shown, or try experimenting with different colour combinations, such as turquoise, gre...
Make Mosaic Christmas Trees

Decorate the house with these mosaic Christmas trees 

Instead of traditional table toppings, add a pinch of pizzazz by making these mirror mosaic trees! You can select tiles that work with your colour scheme. The finished sizes of these trees are about 26, 33 and 38 cm (10, 13, and 15 inches) tall. ...
Create A Christmas Centrepiece Using Mini Terracotta Pots

Create a little touch of indoor garden magic with just a few pots and plant sprigs 

Create a beautiful Christmas centrepiece for less using everyday garden items like mini terracotta pots and and a wire potting rack.  This DIY centrepiece looks beautiful on the table and if you use fresh garden cuttings, you will have the added bonu...
Unique Christmas Place Card Idea

As part of your Christmas table setting this season use pinecones to hold placecards 

Try something new this Christmas by presenting your guests’ place cards in a new way.  First, place a pretty pinecone on the plate at each setting, then tuck a computer-printed or hand-written place card between the scales. If pinecones are una...
How To Make A Fruit-Filled Ice Ring

Add pizzazz to your punchbowl with this fruit-filled ice ring 

Don't keep punch cold with regular old ice cubes, take things up a notch by making a fruit-filled ice ring!  Fruit-filled ice rings are super easy to make and always impress guests.  All you need is a decorative cake pan or jelly mould, water, fruit...
How To Personalise A Serving Tray

Serve up snapshots of holiday fun 

Why leave your favourite photos of holiday fun stashed away in albums ? Display them in your home for all to enjoy. A white wood tray provides the perfect backdrop for snapshots of loved ones. In this project, pictures of snowy holiday fun were place...
Festive Photo Display

Liven up your wall space with this festive display

Is there an empty wall space in your home that is crying out to be filled?  For the holidays, use the space to hang small picture frames in the shape of a Christmas tree. You'll create a heart warming family tree of memories to enjoy all season long....
Christmas Card Holder

Display Christmas greetings with this DIY card holder 

This card holder is very easy to make with wire coat hangers. Twist and bend two hangers together to form a tree, creating a short trunk and a heart-shaped loop at the top for hanging. Paint about 60 wooden pegs green and about 4 more brown. When the...
Turn Terracotta Pots Into Christmas Trees

Create a mini Christmas tree using terracotta pots 

Put your extra terracotta pots to good use by turning them into a Christmas tree. Paint three pots of descending sizes with red spray paint and let them dry. Then use round sponges of various sizes to add dots of green acrylic craft paint. When the p...
Advent Calendar Treasure Hunt

Create new memories this Christmas with this fun Advent calendar treasure hunt

Children will love this treasure hunt idea for Advent. For each day, write a clue to the location of a treat, roll the paper into a scroll and tie it with a ribbon, leaving one end long.  Put a scroll into a clear shatterproof ball ornament and glue...
How To Make Christmas-Themed Window Stickers

Turn your favourite photographs into window stickers 

With your computer and an inkjet printer, you can turn your favourite holiday snapshots into fun window clings. Just print each photo on clear window decal paper, following the paper manufacturer's instructions.  Remove the backing from the printed p...
Turn A Colander Into A Centrepiece

With a little imagination and creativity, everyday items can be turned into unique decorations 

Dotted with holes for draining, this everyday cooking tool makes a perfectly charming luminary for your kitchen or dining table. Turn a silver or coloured metal colander upside down and place a small battery-operated candle underneath to create pinpo...
Create A Centrepiece Using Christmas Baubles

Hanging your centrepiece saves space on the table for an extra platter of holiday goodies 

Skip the usual tabletop centrepiece and display this lovely cluster instead. Simply thread a piece of wireless ribbon through the top of a ball ornament and knot the ribbon ends.   Make more hanging balls in the same way, then slip the knotted end of...
Ornament Christmas Tree

Make this DIY ornament tree and add a personal touch to your festive decor this season 

Ball ornaments don't have to be tree trims. They can be the tree! This one hangs in a frame with a 10- x 13 inch opening. For each row of the tree, lay a piece of wire horizontally across the back of the opening. Use a staple gun to tack one wire end...
Yarn Christmas Trees

Decorate the house with these cute and thrifty yarn trees 

If you have leftover yarn from knit, crochet or other projects, wrap it around a foam cone to create a cozy Christmas tree. Use tacky glue or a low-temperature glue gun to secure the yarn. For added fun, repeat the process with coordinating metallic...
How To Carve A Halloween Pumpkin, Handyman magazine
There is some contention as to when and where the practice of making Jack-o’-lanterns originated, but there is evidence that humans have been carving vegetables for thousands of years.  And today, pumpkin carving has evolved into something of an...
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Adding a big, comfy cushion is a fast way soften up a timber garden bench.  To make a simple cushion, all you need is a length of calico, a fibrefill insert and basic sewing skills.  Sew the cushion cover, including a zipper, then paint an orig...
Decorate With Rulers

Cut wooden rulers to size and use them to transform vases and lampshades

Add a few designer touches to your home with nothing more than a glue gun and a selection of old and new wooden rulers.  Look for vintage measuring and craft or trade rulers online or buy them new in 15cm, 30cm and 1m lengths, ranging in price fr...
Paint A Canvas
Transform an outdoor room with a canvas artwork created using screen printing techniques.  If you already have a screen printing kit, you simply need to buy a blank canvas to create original wall art on a DIY budget. To make the stencil for a l...
Make Decorative Cushions
Screen printing is an affordable way to personalise cushions and furniture, or create an original wall canvas. The process involves using specialised ink, stencils and a mesh screen to apply a design to a surface. Buy a screen printing kit from a...
These stylish painted mugs were finished in an afternoon, and they’re so easy to do that you can get the kids to help. For this project, Melissa used a set of plain white mugs, painter’s tape and newspaper, an easy surface preparation spray, a me...
A keen cook herself, Melissa wanted to create something that she knew would be fun to use in the kitchen, so was inspired to decorate a set of generic wooden utensils with individual hand-drawn designs. She used a pencil to sketch words and patte...
Decorate With Homemade Eggs This Easter

Make a simple egg basket filled with cat grass and cut flowers as a table centrepiece for Easter lunch. Image: Sue Ferris

Bunnies, baby chicks, egg hunts and parades are all hallmarks of a traditional Easter. With more outdoor activities than most holidays, this is the time of year for garden-inspired decorations. To give your home an Easter theme all you need is a cart...
DIY Toy Robot
Introduce junior DIYers to the joys of woodworking with a colourful robot they can build themselves.  Gun Arvidssen bought his handy son Atreiiu a Colorifc Wood Worx Robot kit from Bunnings.  ‘There are lots of  cool ways to give kids a taste f...
5 Tips For Taking Down Christmas Lights

Take down and store Christmas lights correctly to keep them in good condition year round 

Anyone who enjoys decorating the house and tree will love these great solutions for storing and managing decorations.  Use these techniques pack away string lights to keep them damage-free, so you can hang them up next season without spending hou...
  Put conifers in white jugs and buckets and attach Christmas decorations
Put conifers in white jugs and buckets and attach Christmas decorations
Instead of buying a tree that has been cut down and won’t survive past the new near, decorate with a living specimen that can be kept potted or planted out after Christmas.  Many small conifers can live in pots and can be brought indoors and deco...
Create Succulent Centrepieces

Burgundy Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’ makes a structural statement

Succulents are resilient and tough. You can take them from a pot, use them for a special purpose and then return them to their original pot.  Just about any container can be used to create a centrepiece, from a glass bowl to a novelty planter. ...
Make A Succulent Christmas Wreath
Forget tinsel and plastic, make a stunning living door wreath this Christmas. At this time of year, succulents can be put to work as living festive decorations, as they have a wonderful diversity of leaf shapes and colours, and are water-wise....
Do something a little different with your décor this Christmas and make decorations out of twine. It’s a cheap, easy and super cool way to get your house looking festive this season.     Make a floating Christmas tree out of balls of twine atta...
Spend Father’s Day in the workshop this year and pass on your DIY woodworking skills to the next generation. Here’s a simple project that gives your child the chance to spend the day with Dad and get hands-on DIY experience.   The parts for this book...