So soon the kids will be going back to school. When Spotlight Australia asked me to work with them on a “back to school” themed DIY for kids returning to school for their Get Creative Magazine I wanted to do something that was fashionable and that women could also use for their make up brushes.

You will need: Kaiser Kraft Table Tidys from Spotlight, pencil, leather-look fabric, cord of varying thicknesses, raffia and glue gun  and sticks.

Trace around the wooden cubes with a pencil.

Cut around the squares.

Glue the squares down on opposing sides of the Table Tidy.

Start gluing the cord onto one side of the cube and continue in a an inward spiral.

Cover the entire face of the cube and repeat with a different cord:

When the front faces of the blocks are covered you can then use raffia on the top of the blocks to finish them off nicely.

Once you’ve done all the blocks, leave to dry and then remove and remaining glue threads.

Happy back to school or work! These look amazing in your home office or to organise those pesky make up brushes!

So most of you know I have spent the last 10 years living away from my home country of Australia. Christmas this year was my first at home since 2006. It was also my first Christmas in a non-Muslim country (they don’t really go as all-out in Dubai with Christmas as the majority of people aren’t Christian) in 6 years and my first Christmas in a house instead of an apartment in 10 years, naturally my DIY brain went into crafting overdrive.

I wanted to share with you some images of my home made Christmas. Most decorations were hand made and I definitely shy away from red and green which I feel is a stressful colour combination and can often make a stressful Christmas Day more of a headache. It also doesn’t look very chic.

This year was my first cooking and decorating and hosting Christmas. It was very special for me to be back with my mother who has suffered a stroke.

I tried to work with colours my Mum’s house already had in the decor. Colours like gold, grey, beige, light brown and white.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. To my fans and followers from all over the world, thankyou for staying with me for all of these years.

You can check out my Christmas craft tutorials here, here, here and here. 

I hope 2015 rocks your socks off and the glue gun from your hands!

These chic ornaments are nice and large to cover lots of space on the tree (hence having to make less of them) but if you want to make loads of them that’s cool too as they only a few minutes to make.

You will need: embroidery hoops (I chose the small ones), gems or embellishments, scissors, wool, glue gun and sticks. I got all of my supplies from Spotlight.

Start by tying a knot onto one side of the hoop.

Make a star with the wool and then continue to wrap more wool around the configuration.

Glue on your embellishments at random areas on the star.

Create a loop with the wool to hang your ornament.

They look great on table settings as well as on the tree!

Let me know how you go making these and if you do them in different colours.

Americans call this project “Paper Lollies,” I really don’t even know what we’d call these in Australia. They look more like pinwheels to me? Regardless, I think you’ll agree they look great.

These formed another part of my DIY Christmas where I made almost every ornament by hand in my week off from my radio show. They are fast, easy and have a large surface area (which means you can make less of them but still have a fabulous effect).

For this, you will need: A ruler, pen, glue gun and sticks, rhinestones or gems, scissors, a piece of square card (mine is glittery card stock used for scrapbooking from Spotlight).

Cut the card into 4 strips of equal width. I do this by folding the card and using the ruler to make the crease sharp and then cut along the mark with your scissors.

Take 3 of the 4 strips and concertina fold them.

Glue these 3 pieces top to tail using the glue gun.

Glue the strips to form a ring.

Cut the fourth strip in half.

Concertina fold the 2 thinner strips and glue together, now you have 2 rings of differing sizes.

Hold the larger ring flat with an object and glue between the folds, press together until the glue dries. Repeat this with the smaller ring.

Glue the smaller top ring on top of the bottom ring.

Place some glue into the centre of the two wheels and fasten together with your gems for a neat finish.

I turned these into ornaments for my Christmas tree by fastening some looped twine to the back with a square of scrap paper to hold it in place. They look great on the white tree I got for just $34 from Spotlight. You can also add sticks to the back and place them grouped in soil for a garden party. They are not just for Christmas!

Happy DIYing and do let me know if you make these!


I have to admit that this DIY was one of those fantastic “seat-of-your-pants” projects where I didn’t know if it’d turn out or not. I love that the final project has a very “Australian bush” feel despite it being made completely out of paper ornaments.

I will be posting back here soon on how to make the paper lollies so do check back here soon.

For this project you will need: glue gun and sticks, embroidery hoop, white rope and various baubles and ornaments. (All supplies from Spotlight Australia). These are some of the ornaments I made:

Begin by grabbing your embroidery hoop and glue on the first part of the length of rope:

Continue gluing with the glue gun and winding the rope around:

Once your embroidery hoop is covered, add your embellishments.

I would love to know what you think about my modern take on the Christmas wreath! I love hearing from you in the comments below! Happy DIY’ing.


 It’s giveaway time and I know you have been waiting soooo patiently. There are more on the way too! One thing I love about being back in Perth is how big the DIY scene is and how much people are willing to pay to attend workshops. Very exciting!
studiOH! create design workshops in pop-up locations around Perth. Their workshops are a chance for participants to have fun exploring their creative side while learning a new skill, to catch up with friends and make some new ones, and to bring home something new and beautiful.
They run several rounds of seasonal workshops each year, each time in a different location and offering a different range of classes. Details for their new Spring season are up now at
To win this gorgeous studiOH! kit just do the following:
When you’ve done that, comment in the comments section below with your name and email.
Contest closes Friday 17th October and open to Perth residents only.

I recently visited the Perth Upmarket and noticed a vendor called Zozo Handmade selling beautifully knitted cacti. It got me wondering if I could create something similar yet with an easy tutorial that even a child could follow. A quick google revealed heaps of knitted cacti done lots of different ways but none of them using a knitting loom or french knitting nancy.

This cute little beauty is currently keeping my mother company in her nursing home. The cacti look best grouped so I created 3 and have included as much information as possible in my tutorial. They are great for a housewarming gift.

To create this project, you will need: circular knitting looms in various sizes, green wool, a wool needle, crochet-type hook for looms, potting mix, small jars, stuffing, terracotta pots, permanent marker, rubber band and small rocks.

I started by creating the “fingers” of the plant.

Wrap the wool around the loom as shown above and then sweep the outlying strand across and lift the loop below over the top:

Continue until a long tube is created. When you are happy with the length, grab your wool needle and thread the outlying strand. Loop this in and out of the wool on the loom as if doing a running stitch:

Once all the loops have been threaded, unhook them:

Pull the outlying strand tight and it will turn your tube into a finger:

Stuff it with stuffing and continue to create the “fingers” in varying lengths.

If you want to create fatter cacti, simply use wider looms. I also created the pots by re-purposing some old mini terracotta pots:

This is how I filled the jar with rocks and stones:

Here is the final product:

I think they look very cute! Tell me what you think!

This is a long overdue home decor project that I have been dying to DIY. Since moving back to Australia, I have found vase after vase in the garage and around the house which are just going to waste. I started thinking about ways to upcycle these. What I came up with was fiddly at first but so useful, I have so much tissue paper and glue left from this project, I plan on doing quite a few more vases to give as gifts.

If you want to create something more visually fascinating, apply the same technique to glasswear:

For this affordable DIY you will need: Tissue paper in 3 shades of the same colour (dark, medium and light), PVA glue or modge podge, white spray primer, brush, scissors and an old cardboard box.

Begin by spray priming the vases white in the cardboard box. They don’t have to be perfectly primed as they will be covered:

While the vases are drying, cut up the different shades of tissue paper into small squares:

Using some PVA glue at the base of the vase layer the darkest shade first:

Layer the next 2 shades:

Finish off by varnishing all over with thick coats of PVA glue and leave to dry overnight:

To turn old glasswear into ombre lanterns simply apply the steps above onto glasswear and place a candle in the centre. They look amazing at BBQs:

Happy DIYing!

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