Turn old earrings into tree trimmings

Here's a fun way to put all your old earrings to good use. With a length of wire you can craft your own tree ornaments.



Repurpose old ornaments

Don't throw away your old or broken tree ornaments. Here's a way that you can use old tree ornaments in a new way to make your own festive decorations - and save money too!



Kreg offers 6 handmade gift ideas

This festive season why not give handmade gifts made with love. The Kreg community offers a selection of 6 handmade festive gift ideas.



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Make a Christmas tree with branches

Put trimmed branches to good use by making your own Christmas tree for mounting on a wall. Great idea for a small home that doesn't really have the space for a traditional tree.


Festive crafts with Nespresso capsules

Here's how you can use Nespresso capsules for various fun and unique festive crafts to decorate your home.


Make a sisal bottle brush Christmas tree

These sisal bottle brush Christmas trees are actually quite easy to make and add whimsy to your Christmas decor. Make a selection of bottle brush Christmas trees for decor and to dress up your holiday table.


10 Easy ideas to make your own advent calendar

Stock up on supplies and make your own advent calendar. These easy ideas are fun crafts that the whole family can get involved in.



Easy DIY Christmas gift ideas... Wooden plant holder

I am already constantly reminded that Christmas is just around the corner. In the spirit of this I
thought it might be nice to start adding easy DIY gift ideas that you can make with love and give to family or friends.


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Make herbal soap

What better way to spoil our moms for Mother's Day than with a simple, fun and creative herbal soap that the kids can make with a little help.



Using Dremel Micro to engrave glass Mother's Day gift

Coming up with ideas for Mother's Day is a good excuse to take out my Dremel Micro to engrave on glass and turn a recycled glass food jar into a gift filled with home-baked cookies.


A coffee can becomes a feather wind chime using the Dremel Micro

Dremel asked me to come up with a project idea for Mother's Day using the Dremel Micro Multitool. This wind chime has delicate feathers cut from an old aluminium coffee can using the Dremel Micro Multitool and accessories included as part of the complete kit.


Fingerprint Easter eggs - fun kids craft

I was trying to come up with ideas for Easter craft projects and finger painting came to mind. But then I thought about using fingerprints to paint fun designs onto eggs. This is a fun project that the kids can do in the holidays or on a weekend and it's inexpensive, fun and safe to do if you use hard boiled eggs.


Valentine decor and gift ideas

Valentine on a budget doesn't have to be cheap and cheesy. There are plenty of ideas for cards, decor and gifts that you can easily and affordably whip up for your loved one (or someone you fancy!) without breaking the bank.


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Festive chalkboard menu board

For the festive season we thought it might be nice to grab some Rust-Oleum glitter spray and turn an ordinary chalkboard menu board into a decorative display for the home.


Take out' the advent calendar

This creative advent calendar puts a new spin on 'taking out' the calendar for the festive season. This advent calendar is made using Chinese-style take out boxes that are stacked up to create a seasonal advent calendar.


Decorative votive display

This cute little house provides a wonderful display when filled with a votive candle. They make a wonderful display on top of a fireplace mantle or you can use them as a decorative centrepiece for the festive table.


Christmas tree card display

Everyone needs a place to display or hang their Christmas cards and this masonite or hardboard Christmas tree is easy to make and you can buy half a sheet at your local Builders.



Budget festive decor ideas

If there is one thing to be learned from the Scandinavians, it's how to decorate stylish interiors on a frugal budget.



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Stepladder = Christmas tree

Last year I shopped around for a new Christmas tree, since mine was starting to lose a few of its branches and looking worse for wear. Made me think about alternative ideas for a Christmas tree... like this stepladder Christmas tree.


Elegant engraved lace eggs

You can make this gorgeous detailed eggs for yourself or give them as a gift. Super easy to make if you have a Dremel Multitool, you can add decoupage any image onto the eggs once you are finished to fit any occasion.


Festive projects with Dremel

For the festive season, we have put together a collection of Dremel projects that you can make with your Dremel tools.



Teacher appreciation gift ideas

As we head towards the December school holidays, parents are trying to think up unique ideas for teacher appreciation gifts.



Card or paper decorations

I have been following Lia Griffith for quite some time. Using different types of card and paper she crafts some amazing designs for home decor and holidays.



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Pringles container = gift box

Recycle a pringles container into a decorative gift box that can be embellished for any occasion.



Angry birds key ring with modelling clay

The kids will enjoy making this angry birds key ring using modelling clay and it's a great craft idea for a Father's Day gift. You will find various types of modelling clay at craft and hobby shops. You can also use air-dry clay for this project, and add a few drops of food colouring to tint the clay to the colours you need.


Mother's Day gift idea - cellphone holder

This fabric cellphone holder is a great gift idea for Mother's Day, and the kids can easily get involved in a family project to make an easy and affordable gift for Mother's Day. We made our fabric cellphone holder out of faux suede, but you can use pleather or leather to make if you prefer.


12 Easter crafts and ideas

Whether you do or you don't, we have put together a selection of Valentine's Day crafts that you can make for your loved one. From crafty beer cases to recycled crafts and reclaimed wood signs. Making your own valentine's gift shows how much you care, and you can have lots of fun making your own creation!


Crafty DIY ideas for Valentine's Day gifts

Whether you do or you don't, we have put together a selection of Valentine's Day crafts that you can make for your loved one. From crafty beer cases to recycled crafts and reclaimed wood signs. Making your own valentine's gift shows how much you care, and you can have lots of fun making your own creation!


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Use a Dremel MultiTool to make Pysanka (lace) eggs

I have been having so much fun using my Dremel MultiTool to make Pysanka (lace eggs). Our Christmas tree was decorated with a variety of lace eggs and I included a hole at the back of the eggs, so that they could be placed close to the lights for a colourful effect.


Wire and bead tree ornaments

If you are looking for an inexpensive way to dress the Christmas tree, these wire and bead ornaments won't cost much and you can use mismatched beads to make them bright and colourful.


Salt dough ornaments and gift tags

Decorating the home for the festive season doesn't have to be expensive. These salt dough holiday crafts not only fill up the Christmas tree, they are also a fun way to keep the kids occupied during the school holidays. Salt dough ornaments use items you already have in your home and with a few embellishments can be a wonderful way to dress up a Christmas tree.

Make your own paper holiday decorations

Decorate your home this festive season with affordable alternatives to ready-made and bought decorations that you can make from paper, magazines and old books. These are the perfect projects for using up all your old wrapping paper, and recycling magazines and books that are falling apart.


Old sock - Adorable snowmen

How cute are these little snowmen made from old socks! The make the most adorable holiday decorations and the kids can get involved in making them during the school holidays.



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Scrap fabric ideas for Christmas decorations

So many ideas... so little time! I have decided to go au naturelle this festive season and make as many of my own festive decorations as possible. I already made up a whole batch of nativity scene ornaments and I'm busy using the same method to make Christmassy ones as well, but also decided to take a look at making scrap fabric wreaths and garlands.


Homemade Christmas crackers

No Christmas table should be without the traditional Christmas crackers, and making your own means that you can fill them with fun accessories and thoughtful gifts for family and friends during the festive season. Here's how to make your own inexpensive Christmas crackers.


Advent calendar

Love this idea for an advent calendar, plus you can use the board for other purposes when it's not used as an advent calendar. You will find PAR pine at your local Builders Warehouse for this project, and you can recycle old Christmas ornaments.


Nativity scene egg ornaments

I have come to believe that commercially Christmas has lost its true meaning. Nowadays it's not about celebrating the birth of Jesus, it's about the filling up the tree with the brightest, gaudiest, most colourful ornaments you can find. This year, instead of piling on the tinsel, I decided to make some of my own ornaments with the focus being on the nativity.


Gifts you can bake

I don't know about you, but Christmas this year is going to be tight. So tight in fact, that all my friends and family will be receiving homemade gifts. The thing about homemade gifts is that they need to be made with love and care, and not something you whip together in five minutes!


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Cupcake fairy lights

How pretty are these cupcake fairy lights. They are inexpensive to make and you can mix up the colours to suit any special occasion or party. All you need are paper cupcake liners and LED fairy lights. It's important to use LED lights as they generate very little heat.


How to make dainty ribbon bows

Here's a clever tutorial that shows how to make your own dainty ribbon bows, using a single colour or two colours. This method is perfect for ribbons for small gifts, popping onto an envelope, using as an embellishment for scrapbooking, and for gluing onto a hair clip or barrette.


Faux gilded Easter eggs

How gorgeous are the colours of these dyed Easter eggs, and that gilded look adds just the finishing touch. Add quick and easy gilding to eggs with foil wrapping paper.



Charming Easter centrepiece

Don't you just love this Easter centrepiece. If you don't want to use artificial grass for your centrepiece you can substitute with wheat grass, or other lush grass variety that you find at your local garden centre or nursery.


Beautiful Easter egg designs

So many beautiful ways to decorate Easter eggs, or even eggs that you would like to put on display just because they look gorgeous. I have been honing my skills at making lace eggs and show you how in a separate feature, but here are some creative ways to decorate eggs for Easter - or for your home...


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How to make decorative lace eggs for Easter

I have previously featured on lace eggs but this time I want to do Easter eggs with a lace design. Although, having made these I think I will put them on permanent display somewhere !



St Patrick's Day centrepiece

Make up a mini tabletop garden centrepiece for St Patrick's Day. This mini bouquet is set in a chic glass container and features clover and wheatgrass and cut flowers (Shasta and chamomile daisies). What a great way to dress up your St. Patty’s Day table!


Colourful Easter egg garland

Buy some colourful embroidery thread and a pack of small balloons to make an Easter egg garland or colourful table display.



Fold serviettes for a pretty table setting

Unique serviette folds can make a table setting extra entertaining. I'm happy to show you these fantastic fillable pouch serviettes by Matthew Mead. They are a perfect way to deliver Easter treats !


Decorate eggs with paper or fabric

Make these decorative Easter eggs with pretty fabric or patterned wrapping paper and then place them on display on a table or shelf.



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How to blow out or empty eggs

With Easter on the horizon, you will be on the lookout for Easter craft projects. One project that is always fun, is to decorate blown out eggs in different ways. For this project you need to blow out eggs and here's how to...


Valentines for the disheartened

Not everyone looks forward to Valentine's Day, so this year I decided to feature a Valentine's Day craft that would appeal to the disenchanted, disillusioned and disheartened. We'll show you how to make a bouquet of black roses using duct tape.


Crafty projects for Valentine's day

If you're tired of spending a fortune on a Valentine's day card or gifts, you can so easily start crafting your own. There are so many wonderful Valentine's day ideas on the Internet and here are just a few crafty Valentine craft projects that caught my attention...


Ideas for driftwood Christmas trees

If you are lucky enough to live by the coast, take a stroll along the beach to collect pieces of driftwood. You can use driftwood to make a variety of festive or home decor accessories. You will find some amazingly crafty ideas for driftwood Christmas trees...


Crafty DIY ideas for a festive wreath

So many beautiful ideas for a festive wreath and only one door...! There are hundreds of ideas for festive wreaths on the Internet and I decided to select a few to give you ideas and inspiration for dressing up the front door.


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Cute little angels

As an incentive to speed up their Christmas orders, Art Mind created these cute little angles as gifts for clients placing their orders early. Too adorable, these little angels would look wonderful as ornaments on the Christmas tree.


Patchwork star with aluminium cold drink cans

I have been looking for ways to use up my collection of aluminium cold drink cans and decided to make a patchwork star using the cans. I think the patchwork tin start came out great and will definitely be making more.


Christmas gifts you can make

When times are tough - the tough get creative. There are hundreds of creative gift ideas that you can make. And don't think that your gift won't be appreciated. I have always been one that truly appreciates a gift given a lot of thought and made with love.


Gorgeous paper Xmas trees

The trees are made using sheets of music for some trees, book pages for others, and even children's books for a youthful tree. They are adorable grouped together on a mantle or table. Creating templates of the different size squares makes creating the layers really easy. It is a fun craft for children too, because the squares do not need to be perfect. Imperfections only add to the character of each tree.

Repurpose gift boxes into gift boxes!

Boxes and cartons are perfect for creating special gift containers, whether or Christmas, birthdays or special occasions. In this project I am using an egg box, and a couple of old gift boxes to show you how easy it is.


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Recycle plastic bottles into Xmas decor

Here I go again... once more using plastic cold drink bottles. This time I'm using plastic bottles for my Christmas fairy lights. I want to hang them around the window frame, so they need to be BIG. I'm also using plastic bottles to make miniature Christmas trees for the table.


Make an Advent calendar with Dremel

If you have some 9mm and 12mm MDF offcuts lying around at home, Dremel will show you how to put these to good use. This project also introduces the new Dremel Moto Saw, due to be launched in South Africa in the new future, but hopefully before Christmas as this is one tool I definitely want to add to my collection...!


Make an Advent Calendar

With just under two weeks to go until the beginning of December I thought I should pop in a feature on how to make an advent calendar. There are plenty of ideas on the web and I put together a few of my favourite - and ones that are easy to make at home.


Sustainable alternatives for xmas tree

There are plenty of alternative and re-purposed options for Christmas trees, and many are truly exceptional. I personally feel that the traditional Christmas tree will remain with us for a long time to come. But for those who are looking at alternative, sustainable or recycled options for their Christmas decor, here are some great ideas to consider...


Recycled beer cans for napkin rings

If your hubby is a beer drinker, or your kids like canned cold drinks, guaranteed you have aluminium cans leftover after a weekend, especially if friends come around for a braai. Repurpose aluminium cans using a Dremel MultiTool and create unique Christmas or table decor and accessories for your home.


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Home made potpourri

Homemade and gifts made with love are my fave gifts to receive. You know that the giver has spent time making a gift to give and has put a lot of thought and effort into the process. With this in mind I thought it might be nice to show a selection of easy gifts to make and nice ones to receive...


DIY wooden Christmas tree

This wooden Christmas tree was designed and created by Crafty Sisters, and the first time I spotted it on Pinterest, I knew this was a fantastic project for our DIY Divas Christmas Craft workshop. Our DIY Divas Karlien and Elizabeth made this project at the DIY Divas Christmas Craft Workshop


Recycled cards for Christmas cards and gift tags

Considering how much you have to spend these days on greeting cards, it makes sense to recycle old greeting cards, repurpose them in other ways, or even make your own greeting cards. With Christmas just around the corner let's look at some great ways to recycle old Christmas cards, or make affordable Christmas cards.


How to make a basic wreath frame

To many gardeners Ivy can be a nuisance. You plant it and let is grow, and before you know it, it takes completely takes over. I have a front wall covered in Ivy that I am forever trimming to keep in shape. But I can't wait for new shoots to grow so that I can use them for home decor crafts.


Crafty idea for Mother's Day gift

If you're stumped for ideas for a Mother's Day gift, here's a really nice project - and everyone appreciates a touch of greenery for their home.



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Easter printables

Easter is just around the corner and I came across this lovely project with free printable templates for making your own gift or goodie bags and even bookmarks. All you need is cardstock and a printer to make your own gift bags.


Make a heart wreath for Valentine's Day

Feeling all soppy and romantic this year? Or perhaps you would like to do something different this year. Crafty Sisters have a wonderful red felt heart wreath that is fairly simple and only requires a few basic crafting tools.


Plan a wedding that is affordable and memorable

Planning a wedding takes a lot of time and effort, and this stressful time can turn out to be a nightmare for both bride- and groom-to-be. You've decided on the venue but how will you design and decorate the venue? Here are some ideas to alleviate some of the stress and make the decision more fun!


Craft ideas for a wedding

If a wedding is on the cards and you're still looking for last minute decorating and favour ideas, here are some that you can make yourself and they won't cost a fortune.



Decorate a home for the holidays

If shopping early makes the holidays less stressful, then planning early for decorating your home brightens the family's mood and makes this time of year more fun.



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Unique Christmas tree ideas

What would Christmas be without a Christmas tree. Today Christmas trees needn’t be as traditional as they once were



Make your own greeting cards

Here's a fun and affordable way to make your own greeting cards. The whole family can get involved and be creative.



Get crafty this Christmas

A few simple crafts ideas for extra special Christmas wrapping, decor and table dressing - for an affordable Christmas at home.



Recycled tree decor

A few blown light bulbs, a few tools and accessories and you can easily make your own gorgeous tree ornaments.



Happy Hanukkah

To celebrate Hanukkah with our Jewish readers, here are a selection of craft projects that you can easily do to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for family and friends.



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Tree of memories

Don't settle for store bought ornaments when you can create a tradition by using clear baubles each year and filling them with lasting memories.



Christmas ornaments

A few curtain hoops, some colourful, jewel-toned embroidery thread and a few sewing accessories are all that you need to make these gorgeous Dorset Button tree decorations.



Sentimental Christmas

As the holidays begin to descend upon us, we’re also working hard at keeping with the whole idea of creating more and consuming less.



Christmas crackers

Celebrate a clash of different cultures, epochs and art movements by creating your own Christmas Fusion Crackers.



Christmas baubles

Christmas decorations can work out expensive! Why not make your own this year, saving money whilst adding a personal touch to the festive celebrations?



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A surprise for Santa

Decorate brightly coloured rubber boots to create fabulous Christmas stockings with a difference - customising them for a fun and contemporary way to deliver gifts from Santa.



Budget decorating ideas

You don't need to spend a fortune on dressing up a home for the holidays.




Elfish skittles

Now who doesn’t want to bowl over those cheery little elves?  You could vary this project to create gnomes, fairies, farm animals, monsters, your family…whatever !



Recycled craft bows

Magazines, books, newspaper - use paper scraps to make these crafty bows for gifts !




Greeting cards

Here's a project that uses blank note cards from the craft store and fabric scraps from your stash to create one-of-a-kind embellished greetings that are sure to perk up anyone's day.



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Pack away decorations

Simple planning and packing tricks to wisely store lights, ornaments, and more, so that the next time you need them you don't need to spend hours untangling.



Make Christmas cards

With Christmas around the corner, we decided to look at some of the absolutely gorgeous home made Christmas cards - to inspire you to make your own this year!



Engrave on glass

Always perfect as a gift, engraved wine or champagne glasses are easy to do if you own a Dremel Engraver.



Braai apron for dad

A braai apron is something that every dad will appreciate, especially when you add your own unique message!



Make your own gift boxes

We've all seen it at one time or another: a child opens a beautifully wrapped gift and ends up playing with the box and the wrapping much more than the toy it contained. In this project find out how to make the perfect gift box.



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Valentine gift boxes

Don't just wrap your Valentine's Day presents, box them with love!



Crafty Valentine Ideas

Spoil your special valentine with something sweet to say I love you!



Last minute gift wrapping ideas

Did you leave it too late to stock up on wrapping paper? These fun ideas will help you out of a tight spot and they're pretty and fun to boot. You'll find everything you need at your local stationary shop.


Scented Christmas ornaments

These scented fabric ornaments are a gorgeous way to introduce a hint of festive fragrance to any corner of the home.



Recycled Christmas decor

Give this Christmas a whole new spin by recycling for your gifts and gift wrapping!



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Crafts for Christmas

Here's a silver lining to the dark economic clouds still on the horizon this holiday season: handmade holiday decorations are not only less costly, they're perceived as more meaningful as well.


Recycle paper for Christmas decor

Recycle your old wrapping paper into a decorative paper wreath and dress up your home for the festive season.



Easy crafts for Christmas

Don't spend a fortune on Christmas decorations when you can easily make your own - for very little cost.



Gift wrapping ideas

Not sure how to wrap gifts? Be inspired by a few ideas to get your creative juiced flowing.



Raffia Christmas decor

Recycle appetizer or grapetiser bottles for these decorative xmas trees that would make the perfect centrepiece for your Christmas table.



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