Take on a DIY project these school holidays

Five-year-old Spencer Nall. Photo: Peter Stoop

Like five-year-old Spencer Nall, why not take on a project this DIY July during the school holidays?

You could give your house a fresh coat of paint, build yourself a cubby house or even take on some arts and craft – the options you have to ‘do-it-yourself’ are almost endless.

When it comes to taking on a project in the home, like revamping your study, it’s important to consider a number of things.

These styling tips courtesy of Julia Green from Dulux Australia will help you get started.

Consider mood: Choose colours to suit the mood you want to create – warm tones create a cosy nurturing feel, while brighter colours are energising and inspiring.

Personalise: Add family photographs or other mementos to make your home feel more welcoming.

Greenery: Add plants or fresh flowers to purify the air and provide a connection to nature.

D.I.Y activities don’t have to be limited to your home though, you could make yourself a new item of clothing, put together a piece of art or even make your own jewellery.

With the use of face masks now mandatory across the state until Friday 9 July, we thought it would be a good time to share this handy guide from Spotlight to make your own fabric mask.

Tools and materials

0.5m of 3mm-6mm wide elastic

2 pieces of tightly-woven cotton fabric 19.5cm x 19cm

Tutorial: youtube.com/watch?v=F5Vb20fLX-Y


Cut two pieces of elastic each measuring 18cm long.

On outside, pin ends of elastic to one face cover section, centering at large circles. Baste.

Pin face cover sections together. Stitch outer edges in a 6mm seam, leaving an opening.

Turn cover right side out, sew opening. Stitch close to finished edges.

To make pleats, on outside, fold along solid lines through all thicknesses. Bring folds to broken lines. Baste 1.3cm from finished edges.

On outside, stitch along basting. Stitch again 3mm away from first stitching.

Pro tipSpotlight’s dedicated ​Crafts for a Cause​ hub provides an online space for like-minded sewers to share tips and advice.

Make your own face masks using Spotlight’s free downloadable pattern and an easy-to-follow tutorial on YouTube.