Why you need blockout curtains this summer

Why you need blockout curtains this summer

As temperatures begin to climb, we begin to start looking for ways to cool our homes from the relentless Australian summer heat. While everyone loves a bit of air conditioning, you can save money instead by cooling your home with any of Spotlight's…

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Theatre room ideas and setup - plus how to host a movie night at home!

Theatre room ideas and setup - plus how to host a movie night at home!

‘Everyone loves the movies’ is a common phrase you hear during ads at the cinema - and it rings true for almost all of us. But when cinemas had to shut down during the pandemic, many of us had to make do with holding movie night at home. Luckily, this…

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How to wash towels

How to wash towels

We use them every day and they provide a valuable service, but do you really know the best way to wash and care for your towels? Your bath towels need to be properly maintained so they can help keep you clean and healthy, as well as keeping them soft…

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Wall decor ideas - how to hang wall art at home

Wall decor ideas - how to hang wall art at home

Create a beautiful home with the addition of some art to your walls! Wall art is the perfect way to fill that glaring space in your house you’ve often walked by but have not known how to utilise. Any home area can be improved with some clever wall...

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Live inspired by nature with the Urban Paradise home decorating trend

Live inspired by nature with the Urban Paradise home decorating trend

Rejuvenate your living space with the Urban Paradise home decorating trend, a modern style fusion of urban modernity and untamed nature. Create your own indoor paradise that celebrates sustainability, durability and functionality, all while bringing…

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How to create an office setup at home, plus extra home office ideas!

How to create an office setup at home, plus extra home office ideas!

If you work in an office, chances are you now have the handy option of working from home for your job. Working remotely cuts commute time and has given employees more flexibility than ever before, but it does mean you need to create your own office…

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Pantry organisation ideas & how to organise your pantry

Pantry organisation ideas & how to organise your pantry

Pantries serve an essential role in our homes, keeping our food clean, dry and away from animals and pests. But after doing your grocery shopping, making the effort to put away everything neatly can just be a little too much. So we chuck our groceries…

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Refresh your home with the colours of Spring using the In Bloom trend

Refresh your home with the colours of Spring using the In Bloom trend

Transform your home into a refreshing blend of the indoors and outdoors using the In Bloom home decorating trend. In Bloom, as the name suggests, celebrates springtime and all the joys of a fresh new season. Bring the warmth, sweet scents and bright…

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The ultimate guide to home mirrors & mirror wall décor

The ultimate guide to home mirrors & mirror wall décor

Want to use mirror décor to transform your home? Check out Spotlight’s guide to decorative mirrors, including styling inspo and cleaning tips. Read here!

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How to set up the ultimate home bar

How to set up the ultimate home bar

Whether you are in the mood for a quiet drink or are having guests over for a party, a home bar can be a useful area, style centre and talking point all in one! Home bars provide you with a space to both store and display bottles of wine, beer and…

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Living room lighting: everything you need to know

Living room lighting: everything you need to know

When it comes to sprucing up your living room you’ve got a lot to consider. Furniture, rugs, flooring and accessories all come to mind, but how much thought have you put into your lighting? The room lights in your lounge can affect how inviting and cosy…

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How to choose & style a coffee table

How to choose & style a coffee table

Nothing ties a living room together quite like a central coffee table. Coffee tables provide an opportunity for having a lovely piece of furniture in your home that is useful as a surface for displaying things as well. Choosing the right coffee table…

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Create a worldly home with the Global Gatherings home decorating trend

Create a worldly home with the Global Gatherings home decorating trend

Bring warmth, colour and a sense of togetherness to your home this season with the cultural stylings of our latest home decor trend - Global Gatherings. This inviting and colourful home decorating guide will brighten up any room and can be seen in your…

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Styling a room with faux greenery and artificial plants

Styling a room with faux greenery and artificial plants

Indoor plants can add colour and style to your home, plus they have the benefit of purifying the air. But maintaining indoor plant decor can take up a lot of your time, plus each type of plant has its own care needs that you need to adhere to. No time…

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The complete rug guide to style your home

The complete rug guide to style your home

Rugs can add texture, warmth and colour to your home, and among the most popular are bedroom rugs and living room rugs. Rugs are easier to lay down and clean than a full layer of carpet, and can go from the centrepiece of a room to a supporting role…

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6 mistakes to avoid when hanging curtains

6 mistakes to avoid when hanging curtains

Introducing curtains into your home can help with privacy, insulation and light control. The huge variety of heading types available ensures you will be able to style them to suit any room. Hanging curtains yourself is a great way to save money, but…

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Dark Elegance: the home décor trend you'll want to indulge in this year

Dark Elegance: the home décor trend you'll want to indulge in this year

Rejuvenate your living space with the innovative fusion of modern technology and vintage luxury of the Dark Elegance trend. Invoking opulent fabrics, rich colours and warm metallics, this home decorating trend can be applied to your linens, tableware...

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How to make your own DIY curtains with Katie Parrott

How to make your own DIY curtains with Katie Parrott

Katie Parrott is an Australian sewer, crafter and passionate plus-sized fashion advocate. While she is normally seen sewing her own garments, Katie takes us through her process of how to make your own curtains with Spotlight’s Cut, Hem and Hang fabric.

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How to layer your window like a pro

How to layer your window like a pro

Barely-dressed windows can make your home look a little empty, while window furnishings that are over-layered with curtain styling can look messy and distracting. Here at Spotlight we have the largest range of materials and accessories available…

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10 Storage Solutions for Wardrobes

10 Storage Solutions for Wardrobes

Are you at the stage where it takes you ten minutes to find something in your wardrobe, or do you try to pull out one piece of clothing and three more come out with it? In 2021, it was found that out of all our clothes, we are only wearing 55% regularly.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Blockout Blinds & Curtains This Winter

5 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Blockout Blinds & Curtains This Winter

As temperatures swing from extremes and with electricity bills on the rise, many Australian families are looking for cost-effective solutions to control the heat in their homes. An easy and practical way to do this is to install blockout blinds across…

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Frosted Nature - bring the elegance of a winter wonderland into your home

Frosted Nature - bring the elegance of a winter wonderland into your home

Our frosted nature trend helps you introduce crisp serenity into your home, incorporating the tactile and icy themes required to get it just right.

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Making your home the ideal retreat

Making your home the ideal retreat

As we all continue to adapt to an ever-changing world, the need for our homes to provide peace and harmony - a place where we can retreat – has become more and more important.

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How to prep your kid’s bed for summer, with May Gibbs

How to prep your kid’s bed for summer, with May Gibbs

May Gibbs characters are a treasured part of any Australian childhood. From Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and their gumnut baby friends to the cute native flora and fauna who populate her tales: butterflies, kookaburras, and even the odd cheeky goanna!

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How to create a Christmas table setting in 5 easy steps

How to create a Christmas table setting in 5 easy steps

Preparing the dining table for a fabulous festive lunch or dinner is the perfect excuse for getting creative with your Christmas table settings. With a little bit of imagination, your Christmas table can be a feast for all the senses, and one that is…

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Guest bedroom ideas to create a holiday feeling for your loved ones

Guest bedroom ideas to create a holiday feeling for your loved ones

Now more than ever, we can all really appreciate having friends and family stay with us in our homes, especially if they're visiting from interstate or somewhere overseas for the first time in what may seem like an eternity. You'll no doubt want to…

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How to decorate a Christmas tree like a professional in 6 simple steps

How to decorate a Christmas tree like a professional in 6 simple steps

There are so many different looks for styling Christmas trees these days - ones that go beyond the familiar fir or pine tree with red, green and gold decorations. But, there's nothing quite like having a traditional tree in the living room to really get…

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Geneva Vanderzeil’s guide to making festive front door DIY Christmas decorations

Geneva Vanderzeil’s guide to making festive front door DIY Christmas decorations

Geneva Vanderzeil has teamed up with Spotlight to create an easy guide for decorating your front door with these simple yet fantastic DIY Christmas decoration ideas. You will find everything you need to get started below, including Geneva's helpful…

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Worldly Wonders Trend: Home decor ideas to add flavour to your home

Worldly Wonders Trend: Home decor ideas to add flavour to your home

Beautiful South East Asia has served as a popular holiday destination for Australians for many decades, with culture-rich histories stretching back millennia and opulent design influences offering a true sensory indulgence. To immerse yourself through...

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Beat the heat with these summer bedding ideas

Beat the heat with these summer bedding ideas

When it comes to your bed, what was so warm, comforting and snuggly in winter can turn into a sweatbox over the summer months. That’s why you should change your bedding with the seasons so, no matter what the weather, your bed is a retreat that is…

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Home decor ideas to make your home a peaceful and tranquil space

Home decor ideas to make your home a peaceful and tranquil space

Home is your sanctuary – your place of refuge – where you can turn down the volume of life and detox from the distractions of the world. Now more than ever, we need tranquility in our homes, and we can do that by introducing the appropriate colours…

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Spring is coming! Refresh your home with these simple home decor ideas

Spring is coming! Refresh your home with these simple home decor ideas

Unbelievable as it might seem, spring isn’t too far off. And with it comes the opportunity to freshen up your place with a good old spring clean and some clever home decorating. So if you’re already pining for warmer weather, here are some spring…

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Winter blankets: Create the cosiest bed ever with these layering tips

Winter blankets: Create the cosiest bed ever with these layering tips

Everyone loves snuggling into a cosy bed when it’s cold outside, don’t they? Creating a winter-time nest by layering plenty of winter blankets and throws makes for a bedroom style that’s warm and welcoming – the perfect place to sip on a cuppa or read...

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How to give your interior design a luxe lift

How to give your interior design a luxe lift

You don’t need a passport or a plane ticket for international travel this year. Instead, why not take a first-class trip across the globe without leaving the comfort of your own home by drawing from the many luxurious yet affordable elements of the...

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Creating a Winter Coastal theme for your home

Creating a Winter Coastal theme for your home

The delights of the beach are not just for summer. Walking on the sand beside a wild ocean on a stormy day, the wind in your hair and winter woollies wrapped tightly around you, might be a far more idyllic scenario for some people than battling the...

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Make and decorate a child’s bedroom with May Gibbs

Make and decorate a child’s bedroom with May Gibbs

There is a timeless quality to the bush fantasy worlds of beloved Australian illustrator and storyteller May Gibbs (1877-1969) that has sparked the imaginations of children for generations. Now, her iconic Gumnuts and other Bush Babies have leapt from...

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How to make your bedroom cosy during a change in season

How to make your bedroom cosy during a change in season

A Bedroom makeover is more achievable than you think. Creating a tranquil, cosy, beautiful bedroom as the season’s change is within reach. I promise you don't need to spend thousands of dollars or too much time creating a dreamy new space.

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Real Plants? Faux Plants? Here's How To Mix Them Together

Real Plants? Faux Plants? Here's How To Mix Them Together

Nature has provided us with a lot of options when it comes to modern-day house plants. Apartments now overflow with flax and ferns, and it feels like half of Australia has taken to collecting cacti, succulents or spider plants. It’s a trend we’re…

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15 Lazy (& Incredibly Satisfying) Things To Do Around The House This Afternoon

15 Lazy (& Incredibly Satisfying) Things To Do Around The House This Afternoon

Ahhhh, a weekend afternoon with nowhere to go and nothing you have to do. Is there anything more blissful? We support your right to do absolutely nothing, if that's what you're after. But if you want some low-impact activities to enjoy while lazing…

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You're Never Too Old For Fairy Lights

You're Never Too Old For Fairy Lights

Oh, the humble fairy light: a sharehouse staple and classic feature of any self-respecting holiday display. There’s something a little magical about that glow. Beads of light strung up from the roof are reminders of everything from childhood parties…

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In bloom: 5 ways to decorate with fresh flowers

In bloom: 5 ways to decorate with fresh flowers

Whether you’re lucky enough to have someone give you flowers, or you buy them as a treat for yourself (or maybe you’re a talented person who grows your own in the garden), there’s nothing like having fresh blooms around the place. Here are five ideas…

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Video: Watch Lulu's bedroom makeover

Video: Watch Lulu's bedroom makeover

Lulu just turned 13, and needs a fresh "grown-up" bedroom at her dad’s place. Watch her and her dad put together a whole new dream bedroom, taking in greenery and gold accents and photos of all her favourite people. There’s a revamped desk designed for…

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5 ways to (sort of) organise your teen's stuff

5 ways to (sort of) organise your teen's stuff

Most parents know the mix of dread, shame and horror that comes when you force open your teenager’s bedroom door. It’s OK, you’re not alone. Teenagers and messy bedrooms go together like coconut and lamingtons. But there are ways you can help them…

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Get inspired with Lulu's bedroom makeover

Get inspired with Lulu's bedroom makeover

Meet Lulu. She’s 13, and her bedroom at her dad’s new house used to be a bit… meh. Lulu knew she didn’t want a kid’s room anymore, and she had a few ideas of what she liked (including lots of flowers!) But she and her dad didn’t quite know how to…

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Decorating with teens: How to style a bedroom you'll both love

Decorating with teens: How to style a bedroom you'll both love

Your baby’s all grown up - well, semi grown up - and wanting a bedroom with fewer dinosaur, fairy and farm animal designs. Time to sob a tiny bit in the corner and then plan to create a space you can both live with and love. Think of this as a bonding…

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Lara Jean, Claudia Kishi Or Regina George: Which fictional teen's bedroom is your design crush?

Lara Jean, Claudia Kishi Or Regina George: Which fictional teen's bedroom is your design crush?

Even if it’s just a few boy-band posters on the wall, a lockable diary with ‘Keep Out’ on the front and a string or two of fairy lights, every teen bedroom tells a story. For most of us, it’s the first time we really get to have a say in our surroundings.

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7 ways to relax when you don't have a lot of time

7 ways to relax when you don't have a lot of time

If we had our way, there would be a certain number of hours in the day when we're on duty - then plenty of time to recover from the stress of it afterward. Instead, most of us are being pulled in a million different directions, with not much chance to…

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Paula's creative home is kid-friendly & full of crochet

Paula's creative home is kid-friendly & full of crochet

Right now, crocheter Paula Risanto is feeling a bit envious of her one-year-old son, Ren. He gets to wake up in what was - until recently - Paula’s dedicated craft room, complete with wall of yarn, neatly filed craft books and accessories, and a heap…

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Shadow box ideas and how to make one

Shadow box ideas and how to make one

Looking for a more interesting way to display your treasured photos, trinkets and memorabilia? The shadow box is just what you’re looking for! Essentially a photo frame with a larger depth, shadow boxes (also known as keepsake frames)...

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Cosplay ideas, tips and tricks

Cosplay ideas, tips and tricks

Are you thinking of making your first cosplay costume, or are you an experienced cosplayer looking for some tips to make your next costume your best one yet? At Spotlight our range of fabrics, haberdashery, costume accessories and crafts contains…

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How to tie dye & popular tie dye techniques

How to tie dye & popular tie dye techniques

Whether you’re a beginner wondering how to do tie dye or an experienced dyer looking for helpful tips, this article has got you covered. Read on to find out everything you need to know about how to tie dye, including pattern inspiration, colour setting…

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Decorate your Christmas tree with fillable baubles

Decorate your Christmas tree with fillable baubles

Decorating the Christmas tree is one of the best parts of setting up for the silly season, and this year fillable baubles are one of our favourite ways to add a unique and crafty touch to your décor. Read on to find out everything you need to know…

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Four easy Halloween face paint ideas

Four easy Halloween face paint ideas

Face paint can be the cherry on top of an already horrifying Halloween costume - take your scary outfit to the next level with any of these face paint tutorials!

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How Kali juggles a frenetic 9-5 job with her passion for sewing her own clothing

How Kali juggles a frenetic 9-5 job with her passion for sewing her own clothing

Welcome to The Creative Files, where we speak to some of the biggest crafters, makers and designers, gaining insights into their creative processes, inspiration and their advice for newcomers. We were super keen to chat with stylish sewer Kali, who...

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Birthday Party Craft Ideas For Kids

Birthday Party Craft Ideas For Kids

Kids' birthday parties are often loud, busy and exciting events for both the attendees and the supporting parents. At Spotlight we know how to throw a good party, but did you know that when it comes to kids' parties, you have more options for...

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How to choose the right painting easel

How to choose the right painting easel

No matter if you are an experienced painter or just starting out, an art easel is an essential part of the painting experience that will help you take your creations to the next level. There are many benefits to using an artist easel, such as allowing…

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Creating timeless custom pieces with one hand and handy sewing tutorials with the other - how Hannah does it!

Creating timeless custom pieces with one hand and handy sewing tutorials with the other - how Hannah does it!

Welcome to The Creative Files, where we speak to some of the biggest crafters, makers and designers, gaining insights into their creative processes, inspiration and their advice for newcomers. It was an absolute pleasure to chat with Hannah this week…

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Four quilting patchwork techniques to try this Quilt Expo

Four quilting patchwork techniques to try this Quilt Expo

When creating a quilt there are many things you need to decide - colours and patterns you’ll use, how big it will be and what tools and fabrics you'll use to create it. But there's more to quilting than creating a lovely patchwork of coloured squares!

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Three quilting projects to get creative with this Quilt Expo

Three quilting projects to get creative with this Quilt Expo

Get quilting with Spotlight! Check out our three favourite quilting projects right now for beginner, intermediate and experienced quilters. Find them here!

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How Bridget powered through Covid to create her incredible biscuit and cake business

How Bridget powered through Covid to create her incredible biscuit and cake business

Welcome to The Creative Files, where we speak to some of the biggest crafters, makers and designers, gaining insights into their creative processes, inspiration and their advice for newcomers. It was a pleasure to chat with Bridget this week, the…

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Six spooktacular Halloween crafts & projects to try your hand at this spooky season

Six spooktacular Halloween crafts & projects to try your hand at this spooky season

Whether it's costumes, tableware or crafty ideas, Spotlight has everything you need to throw the ultimate Halloween party. We love everything handmade, so why not try making some of your own Halloween décor this year? We have everything you need to…

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How Bec Arnold keeps herself busy by learning, making and playing with crafts

How Bec Arnold keeps herself busy by learning, making and playing with crafts

Welcome to The Creative Files, where we speak to some of the biggest crafters, makers and designers, gaining insights into their creative processes, inspiration and their advice for newcomers. We had an absolute blast this week chatting with Bec Arnold…

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How Fat Bobbin Girl turned a lack of plus-size clothing into a creative company that fills the gap

How Fat Bobbin Girl turned a lack of plus-size clothing into a creative company that fills the gap

Curious how Jess aka Fat Bobbin Girl create her inspiring plus-size sewing designs? Find out how she started her sewing journey and what inspires her here!

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How to sew - a guide to sewing for beginners

How to sew - a guide to sewing for beginners

Want to learn how to sew? Spotlight’s guide to sewing for beginners will help you learn to use a sewing machine and basic sewing techniques - read how here!

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How her lifelong passion for fashion led Zoe Efstathis to her dream career in clothing design and production

How her lifelong passion for fashion led Zoe Efstathis to her dream career in clothing design and production

Curious how Zoe Efstathis developed her stunning sense of style and grew her career as a fashion designer? Check out her interview with Spotlight here!

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Introducing the Caron Ogo Yarn Range

Introducing the Caron Ogo Yarn Range

The next innovation in yarn has arrived. Caron Colorama Ogo yarn features the gorgeous colours and hue transitions made famous by the Caron Cakes, but in a new format that avid knitters are going to love. Find Caron Ogo yarn online at Spotlight and…

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Our favourite Caron Ogo yarn patterns and projects

Our favourite Caron Ogo yarn patterns and projects

With its anti-tangle design and beautiful transitory colours, Caron Ogo yarn is a dream to use for all your knitting and crochet projects. Got your hands on some of this yarn but are not sure how to proceed? We at Spotlight have collected our three…

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How to draw a koala

How to draw a koala

Learn how to draw a koala with pencil, plus how to protect and frame your koala drawing with Spotlight. Video & images included. Read the full article here!

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Five sewing patterns and projects to try this month

Five sewing patterns and projects to try this month

Celebrate the 12 Days of Sew with these sewing patterns! Our collection of advanced and beginner sewing projects has something for everyone. Read here!

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Candle making at home and what candle supplies you'll need

Candle making at home and what candle supplies you'll need

Candle making is an art that has been around since the times of the ancient Greeks, and while the exact process and candle making materials have been greatly refined over time, it remains popular to this day. Candles provide light, warmth and scent…

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Book Week Costume Projects 2022

Book Week Costume Projects 2022

Develop and nurture your child's love of reading this year during book week, which runs from August 20th to the 26th. This wonderful time of year brings children and books together with fun activities, competitions and stories, with the costume parade…

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How Fallon from Teacup Crochet Designs conquered crochet

How Fallon from Teacup Crochet Designs conquered crochet

Welcome to The Creative Files, where we speak to some of the biggest crafters, makers and designers, gaining insights into their creative processes, inspiration and their advice for newcomers. This week we chatted with Fallon, the talented creator of…

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How growing up in his grandparent's art and craft shop shaped Mr Macramé's creative journey

How growing up in his grandparent's art and craft shop shaped Mr Macramé's creative journey

Welcome to The Creative Files, where we speak to some of the biggest crafters, makers and designers, gaining insights into their creative processes, inspiration and their advice for newcomers. We are thrilled to have been able to chat with Mr Macramé…

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The beginner’s guide to polymer modelling clay

The beginner’s guide to polymer modelling clay

Polymer clay is a versatile modelling medium that is suitable for use by crafters of all experiences. But what is polymer clay exactly? Unlike the natural clays you see being spun on a potter's wheel, polymer clay is a man-made substance based on…

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Your guide to knitting for beginners

Your guide to knitting for beginners

Fluffy scarves, warm beanies and toasty gloves - knitting is the perfect hobby to take up, particularly in the colder months! You can make all sorts of clothing, accessories and toys with nothing more than knitting yarn and a pair of needles, but…

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Celebrating NAIDOC Week and the Warlukurlangu Artists

Celebrating NAIDOC Week and the Warlukurlangu Artists

Celebrate the rich history of NAIDOC Week with us! Spotlight has partnered with the talented Warlukurlangu artists of the Yuendumu community to bring you four stunning Aboriginal art-inspired projects you can make at home. What is Warlukurlangu...

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The ultimate guide to epoxy resin art

The ultimate guide to epoxy resin art

Resin art is taking the creative world by storm, and for good reason! Any art projects created with resin are hard, durable and glossy, with options for coating old paintings, creating artwork with coloured resin and even suspending objects in 3D resin…

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How to choose & paint on canvas

How to choose & paint on canvas

If you are confident in painting on paper, then creating your next work of art on a canvas is a challenging but exciting step. Painting on canvas can be quite different to painting on paper, but don’t worry - this guide will help you learn all about…

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The complete guide to watercolour painting for beginners

The complete guide to watercolour painting for beginners

Watercolour painting is very different from its acrylic and oil painting cousins. Whether you are a new artist looking to learn how to paint or an experienced acrylic painter wanting to switch mediums, this guide will help you learn watercolour…

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Australian designer Jocelyn Proust on how she found her design niche

Australian designer Jocelyn Proust on how she found her design niche

Welcome to The Creative Files, where we speak to some of the biggest crafters, makers and designers, gaining insights into their creative processes, inspiration and their advice for newcomers. This week, we spoke with Australian designer Jocelyn Proust…

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The inspiration behind Australian designer Kirsten Katz' botanical prints

The inspiration behind Australian designer Kirsten Katz' botanical prints

Welcome to The Creative Files, where we speak to some of the biggest crafters, makers and designers, gaining insights into their creative processes, inspiration and their advice for newcomers. Today we sat down with Kirsten Katz, an artist and…

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The Complete Guide to Flow Painting & Pouring Techniques

The Complete Guide to Flow Painting & Pouring Techniques

Looking for a fun, easy and effective way to create beautiful pieces of art? Fluid art, also known as flow art or flow painting, involves pouring prepared colours onto canvas and then letting the paint do the rest of the work for you - resulting in a…

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Everything You Need To Know To Make A Half Square Triangle Quilt

Everything You Need To Know To Make A Half Square Triangle Quilt

Heard of Half Square Triangles and want to make a quilt with them? Read our handy guide here, with images and videos to help you along your way.

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Creating bold, punchy quilts and inspired designs - How Jemima Flendt does it all from her studio

Creating bold, punchy quilts and inspired designs - How Jemima Flendt does it all from her studio

Welcome to The Creative Files, where we speak to some of the biggest crafters, makers and designers, gaining insights into their creative processes, inspiration and their advice for newcomers. Today we spoke to Jemima Flendt, a passionate quilter who…

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How to make a quilt with Jemima Flendt from Tied with a Ribbon

How to make a quilt with Jemima Flendt from Tied with a Ribbon

As part of this years' Quilting Expo, Spotlight has partnered with Jemima Flendt from Tied with a Ribbon to create this beautiful free quilt pattern. This Folk Floral quilt is the perfect quilt project for any quilters out there looking for a fun...

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"Making things should be a joy, not a chore" - Katie Parrott on what inspires her incredible crafts

Welcome to The Creative Files, where we speak to some of the biggest crafters, makers and designers, gaining insights into their creative processes, inspiration and their advice for newcomers. This week we had the pleasure of chatting with Katie…

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Mother’s Day craft ideas to make mum feel extra special this year

Mother’s Day craft ideas to make mum feel extra special this year

When it comes down to it, the only thing your mum wants for Mother’s Day is your love. So, imagine how wonderful she’ll feel if you take the time to create a unique Mother’s Day gift especially for her?

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Developmental Hearts - Keeping families with premature babies together even when apart

Developmental Hearts - Keeping families with premature babies together even when apart

Having a premature baby can be a scary and isolating experience for parents, especially when the baby is too sick to stay with mum and dad. Watching your newborn in an isolette can be heartbreaking…

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Tips and tricks for sewing fleece and flannelette

Tips and tricks for sewing fleece and flannelette

When the mercury drops, our desire to wear warm, soft and snuggly clothing rises, so that’s also when fabrics such as flannelette and fleece really come into their own. The main difference between these two materials is that one is a largely natural…

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Getting started with art: a beginners guide to creating your first art toolkit

Getting started with art: a beginners guide to creating your first art toolkit

Need a reason to spend time making art? Research shows that artistic hobbies have a positive impact on our mental health and wellbeing. Art therapy, in particular, has been shown to lower stress – for beginners as well as professional types.

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“Creativity is for everyone” - Designer Evie Kemp on pursuing a creative career regardless of skill level

“Creativity is for everyone” - Designer Evie Kemp on pursuing a creative career regardless of skill level

Welcome to The Creative Files, this week we spoke with New Zealand designer Evie Kemp, who rebels against traditional interior design with her own unique take on eclectic and maximalist styles.

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How to make a pinata with Tonia Todman

How to make a pinata with Tonia Todman

During Make It March at Spotlight, you'll learn how to create your very own arts and crafts projects from some of the biggest creative talent in Australia. As this week is all about parties, Tonia Todman has returned to show us how to make a DIY pinata.

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Get inspired with fun craft ideas for Make it March

Get inspired with fun craft ideas for Make it March

It’s Make It March – our annual festival of all things crafty and arty and stitch-y. That means celebrating all kinds of makers, from skilled-up champions to enthusiastic newbies.

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Brooke Styles on how crafting with her grandma led her to a career in DIY

Brooke Styles on how crafting with her grandma led her to a career in DIY

For this instalment of the Creative Files, we spoke to Brooke Styles, one of Australia’s most renowned crafters and DIYers.

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How to make a clay vase with Tonia Todman

How to make a clay vase with Tonia Todman

During Make It March at Spotlight, Tonia Todman has returned once again to show us how to make a clay vase and paint it with Liquitex paints.

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From the shop floor to entrepreneur, how Janelle Duff of Rosery Apparel made sewing her full-time job

From the shop floor to entrepreneur, how Janelle Duff of Rosery Apparel made sewing her full-time job

This week we caught up with Janelle Duff from Rosery Apparel who tells us how she turned her passion into a business whilst working at Spotlight and what inspires her to sew each day.

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How to Upcycle a Lampshade

How to Upcycle a Lampshade

Tonia Todman has returned once again to show us how to upcycle old lampshades and turn them into something new and unique.

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Our favourite Easter crafts and ideas to make this year special

Our favourite Easter crafts and ideas to make this year special

Celebrating Easter is all about spending time with your favourite people – plus bunnies and chocolate galore! This year Easter Sunday is April 17, so there’s plenty of time to make it meaningful and delicious.

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Inside the colourful mind of craft-based designer Kitiya Palaskas

Inside the colourful mind of craft-based designer Kitiya Palaskas

Welcome to The Creative Files. A new series where we speak to some of the biggest crafters, makers and designers, gaining insights into their creative processes, inspiration and their advice for newcomers.

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How to make paper poppies with Tonia Todman and Jimmy Rees

How to make paper poppies with Tonia Todman and Jimmy Rees

Throughout Make It March, we’ll be celebrating everything arts and crafts and sharing fun art projects to inspire your creative side! In this instalment, learn how to make these paper poppies with our special guests Tonia Todman and Jimmy Rees.

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Create Your Own Stunning DIY Shirred Dress With Katie Parrott

Create Your Own Stunning DIY Shirred Dress With Katie Parrott

Learn how to make your own shirred dress with Katie Parrott. Find out how, here…

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4 great sewing projects for every skill level

4 great sewing projects for every skill level

To sew or not to sew? It's not so much a question at Spotlight but a given - we just can't get enough of sewing! That's why we're constantly coming up with useful and remarkable sewing ideas to keep crafty hands and minds busy. Whether you're a…

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5 Valentine’s Day ideas to try (even if you’re not in a relationship)

5 Valentine’s Day ideas to try (even if you’re not in a relationship)

Looking for some fun and creative Valentines Day ideas? Check out our top 5 Valentine's Day ideas you can easily share with your loved ones this year!

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5 simple yet creative ways to personalise kids’ school stationery

5 simple yet creative ways to personalise kids’ school stationery

Getting your kids school ready can be a stressful time for parents. Kids can be fussy when it comes to the look and style of their school stationery, which is all a part of their self-expression. However, off-the-shelf back to school supplies can have…

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Get school ready with these fun school supplies

Get school ready with these fun school supplies

With two adorable children of her own, Stephanie Martinez understands just how stressful it can be when it comes to getting the kids school ready. Having demonstrated her creative prowess on Making It Australia on Network 10, Steph has teamed up with…

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How to make these 3 festive Christmas cookies from one quick recipe

How to make these 3 festive Christmas cookies from one quick recipe

Add a personal touch to your festivities these holidays with these three quick and easy Christmas cookie ideas! Using only one recipe, you can quickly whip up these cute and delicious Christmas tree cookies so you can spend more quality time with your…

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How to make an engagement party dress with Katie Parrott

How to make an engagement party dress with Katie Parrott

Katie Parrott has partnered with Spotlight to create her own stunning engagement party dress using our great range of quality fabrics. Discover her tips for 'pattern hacking' and how she was able to design and make this absolutely beautiful dress!

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Make Christmas extra special this year with this personalised Christmas ornament

Make Christmas extra special this year with this personalised Christmas ornament

There's nothing more heart-warming than a personalised Christmas ornament that means something special to you! This year we are lucky enough to have Rachel Bourke from @imakestagram share with us her favourite Christmas tradition - handmade resin…

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3 Simple DIY Christmas Decorations to make at home

3 Simple DIY Christmas Decorations to make at home

If you're already hanging out for Christmas, you're not alone. We all need some joy this year, so it makes sense to get in early on the holiday spirit. One way to do that is with DIY Christmas decorations. (It's easier than you think!) Channel your...

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How to make a quilt from start to finish: Part 3

How to make a quilt from start to finish: Part 3

This is the third episode of Making a Quilt From Start to Finish with Monica Poole. In the last episode Monica showed how to join your blocks together using the quilt as you go method, how to join the blocks together to form rows and how to join the...

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How to make a quilt from start to finish: Part 2

How to make a quilt from start to finish: Part 2

This is the second episode of Making a Quilt From Start to Finish with Monica Poole. In the last episode, Monica covered the basic tools for beginner quilters and how to cut out and make a basic stitch and flip block. If you haven't done so already...

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How to make a quilt from start to finish: Part 1

How to make a quilt from start to finish: Part 1

Have you ever wondered how to make a quilt from scratch? Quilt designer and sewing tutor Monica Poole from Pattern Poole shows us everything you need to know about making a quilt from start to finish in this three-part series. About this quilt. This is…

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DO try this at home: 10 fun indoor activities for kids

DO try this at home: 10 fun indoor activities for kids

We're all spending more time than usual at home right now. So if you need some new inspiration to come up with fun activities for the kids, you're not alone. Especially if you're looking for the kind of projects with minimal running and shrieking, and...

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How to sew: Katie Parrott's beginner sewing tips

How to sew: Katie Parrott's beginner sewing tips

If you want to learn how to sew, then you might be wondering where to start. We spoke with seasoned sewer and body positive fashion advocate Katie Parrott to give you her six tips and tricks to help you on your way. Kit & Storage - While there’s a huge...

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6 simple (and simple-ish) sew projects to try

6 simple (and simple-ish) sew projects to try

It's our biannual 12 Days of Sew - a mini festival celebrating all things fabric, needles and thread. So we've pulled together six of our all-time favourite simple (and simple-ish) sew projects for everyone to get involved. Whether you’re at the...

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DIY Book Week Costume: How to make a kids' Gumnut Baby costume

DIY Book Week Costume: How to make a kids' Gumnut Baby costume

It’s nearly time for CBCA Book Week. If you’ve got kids in primary school, you'll know what that means: time for some literary-themed kids' Book Week costumes. (And plenty of reading, of course!) One book that never goes out of style is Snugglepot and...

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National Science Week: 3 easy science experiments for kids

National Science Week: 3 easy science experiments for kids

Who says science experiments for kids can’t be fun? And messy? And cute? And a bit gross? Just in time for National Science Week, we’ve concocted three easy hands-on projects that little ones will love. Because sometimes the best science experiments...

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Gold! Gold! Gold! Get ready to support your team

Gold! Gold! Gold! Get ready to support your team

Time to brush up on the national anthem and get into the green and gold! We’re cheering on Team Australia as they take on the world’s best in Tokyo, and we can’t wait to see how everything plays out. Watching our athletes swim, run and cycle their way…

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How to make a number cake

How to make a number cake

How to make a number cake? Or should we say how '2' make a number cake? In this simple step-by-step video, you'll be taken through the basics for creating kids birthday cakes using their age as the theme. We start with a number '2' cake but you'll see...

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Maker Special: All things DIY and creating with Geneva Vanderzeil

Maker Special: All things DIY and creating with Geneva Vanderzeil

Geneva Vanderzeil is a DIY and craft lover from Brisbane, Australia. She is also an author, stylist, maker and photographer. Spotlight has teamed up with Geneva to celebrate Make It Month and she has shared some of her thoughts on all things DIY and...

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One Square at a Time: The Wrap with Love Story

One Square at a Time: The Wrap with Love Story

In late 1992 Sonia Gidley-King was recovering from breast cancer when she saw a documentary about the civil war in Mozambique which showed malnourished people who had to contend with extreme cold. Sonia’s response was immediate and practical. She had…

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Spotlight partners with World Vision & Wrap with Love: One Square at a Time

Spotlight partners with World Vision & Wrap with Love: One Square at a Time

Spotlight is partnering with World Vision and Wrap with Love for the "One Square at a Time" campaign to help provide the warmth and shelter of a hand-knitted blanket to those most in need, all around the world. Spotlight stores will serve...

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One Square at a Time: Afghanistan Impact Story

One Square at a Time: Afghanistan Impact Story

Ibrahim*, aged 10, could hardly contain his excitement when he received a warm, woolen wrap made by caring Australian volunteers. "That is for me? It is so beautiful!" he exclaimed, hugging the wrap tightly to his chest and then asking uncertainly…

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One Square at a Time: Burundi Impact Story

One Square at a Time: Burundi Impact Story

Who could ever imagine that a simple woollen wrap could mean so much in the life of a child? For Alice, 10, who lives in an orphanage in the central African country of Burundi, a wrap made with love by strangers who live thousands of miles away feels…

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One Square at a Time: Malawi Impact Story

One Square at a Time: Malawi Impact Story

When disaster strikes, having warmth and comfort can help give survivors the strength they need to keep going. The road to recovery continues for those who lost homes and loved ones in a devastating cyclone that struck Southern Africa in March 2019.

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How to make a DIY Backdrop for Parties

How to make a DIY Backdrop for Parties

Parties are simply easier to organize when there’s a theme attached. It makes the table settings, decorations and even the food much more seamless to manage when there’s a theme or colour scheme to follow. One great way of communicating the theme to…

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Fine Motor Clothesline - Make Learning Fun!

Fine Motor Clothesline - Make Learning Fun!

This activity is perfect for developing a number of early learning skills including number recognition, 1:1 correspondence, subitising and of course fine motor skills. These fine motor clotheslines are super easy to put together and are lots of fun to…

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Fine Motor Fridays - Creating STEM Learning Resources in the classroom

Fine Motor Fridays - Creating STEM Learning Resources in the classroom

In Australian education, our school curricula can feel overcrowded, over-planned and overwhelming. The first things to be dropped off the end of the week of Reading, Writing and Mathematics activities are hands on craft and Art-based tasks that build…

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3 ways with…a white t-shirt

3 ways with…a white t-shirt

We’ve all got a white t-shirt or two tucked away in the wardrobe or at the back of a drawer. If they’re not getting quite enough love as-is, it might be time to customise them into something more special. Here are three super-easy ideas for snazzing…

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3 craft projects to do in front of the telly while bingeing on Netflix

3 craft projects to do in front of the telly while bingeing on Netflix

It might not be mid-winter yet - we know because we can still feel our toes – but there is definitely a chill in the air. This means you’re officially allowed to sit in front of the telly and craft. Whether you’re curled up in front of your favourite…

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Learn at home: Ally's tips & tricks to make it feel more like a classroom

Learn at home: Ally's tips & tricks to make it feel more like a classroom

How can other teachers set up their workspace to make it feel like the classroom? For many of us teachers, our classroom is our second home and hold a lot of inspiration for what we do each and everyday. Transfer whatever draws inspiration for you in…

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Where I craft: Kate's home studio is pink & sparkly & super-organised

Where I craft: Kate's home studio is pink & sparkly & super-organised

Former teacher and professional creative Kate Fisher is the artist behind KatFish Collection, a range of acrylic jewellery and bespoke pieces that's cute, colourful and sparkly - just like her craft room. Here, Kate shows off her wares, and her…

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These DIY flower dangles are super pretty & easy to make

These DIY flower dangles are super pretty & easy to make

Flowers will never go out of fashion - and with fake flowers, you don’t even have to worry about them losing their bloom! This quirky and creative floral project will bring colour and cheer to a teen bedroom, lounge room or home office, or really...

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3 fun projects to make with your kids (even if you're not super crafty)

3 fun projects to make with your kids (even if you're not super crafty)

We get it. Not everyone thinks of themselves as a crafty person. We could tell you that we believe everyone is capable of making cool stuff with their hands. But it's easy to forget that when the only things you have time to stitch are loose buttons…

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How to get (back) into art as an adult

How to get (back) into art as an adult

You'd be hard pushed to find a kid who doesn't love mucking around with paints and coloured pencils. But for some reason, many of us lose touch with our inner artist, sometimes even before we reach double digits. Perhaps it's when the teacher tells us…

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How to throw a 1920s themed party

How to throw a 1920s themed party

Underground parties, prohibited booze and gorgeous clothing made the 1920s one of the most glamorous time periods in recent history, and its hallmark style makes it the perfect theme for your next party. A roaring 1920s party theme (also known as ...

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Trending Halloween Costumes for 2022

Trending Halloween Costumes for 2022

Keen to dress up for Halloween but stuck on what kind of costume you want? At Spotlight we love to stay on top of what's trending in the dress-up and costume world, and Halloween 2022 is no exception! We've sourced adult and child Halloween costumes...

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How to throw the ultimate 70s theme party

How to throw the ultimate 70s theme party

Looking for a party theme that will have your guests jumping, jiving and having an all-around good time? Look no further than a 70s themed party for all your groovy party needs! This iconic decade was the time of disco outfits, glam rock and rock…

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How to throw the ultimate Halloween party

How to throw the ultimate Halloween party

Need some Halloween party ideas? Check out our guide that covers Halloween costumes, Halloween party foods and horrifying Halloween party decorations here!

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Create a Christmas in July dinner party table setting

Create a Christmas in July dinner party table setting

Everyone loves a dinner party, and why not spruce your next one up with some Christmas decorations? Celebrating Christmas in July gives you the opportunity to experience all the festivities of a cold Christmas that, in Australia, we don't normally get…

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Costumes, Music, Decorations and More: How to Host the Perfect 90s Party

Costumes, Music, Decorations and More: How to Host the Perfect 90s Party

Whether you were born in it, grew up in it or just lived through it, the 90s decade is a memorable one for so many reasons. The fashion, the music, the TV and the world itself were all so iconic in the 90s that there's no shortage of ideas when it…

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Create the ultimate party cake with baking queen Katherine Sabbath

Create the ultimate party cake with baking queen Katherine Sabbath

Known for her colourful and quirky cake designs, Katherine Sabbath is one of Australia's most talented bakers. From starting out as a high school teacher to becoming a MasterChef Australia judge in 2018, Kat has taken the baking scene by storm with...

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11 Easy Steps to Create the Ultimate Kids’ Birthday Party

11 Easy Steps to Create the Ultimate Kids’ Birthday Party

Planning a birthday party for a child can be a stressful and time-consuming task, especially if it's your first time. Kids need to be constantly entertained, fed and monitored during a party, which is a lot for busy parents to do as well as hosting!

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11 Mother’s Day gift and celebration ideas to spoil mum with

11 Mother’s Day gift and celebration ideas to spoil mum with

Know a mum who deserves to be spoiled? Mother’s Day is the perfect occasion to show your mum, a friend or even yourself some extra TLC, and here at Spotlight we have some unique Mother’s Day gift ideas that are sure to make a mum feel loved.

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Fun Decoration & Activity Ideas To Celebrate St Patrick’s Day 2022

Fun Decoration & Activity Ideas To Celebrate St Patrick’s Day 2022

St Patrick’s Day is always a great excuse for a party – whether you’re Irish or not. Even more so for St Patrick’s Day 2022, when we could all do with an extra reason to get jolly with our nearest and dearest, raise a glass or two…

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5 fabulous outdoor entertaining area ideas perfect for summer

5 fabulous outdoor entertaining area ideas perfect for summer

Make the most of your backyard this summer with these easy outdoor entertaining ideas. Read more here…

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Celebrate Chinese New Year with these fantastic DIY decoration projects

Celebrate Chinese New Year with these fantastic DIY decoration projects

The start of the Lunar New Year - otherwise known as 'Chinese New Year' - is a time of incredible vibrancy and joy. Many of us will associate this annual celebration with hanging and floating Chinese lanterns, the colours red and gold, and an abundance...

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Celebrate the New Year in style with these New Years Eve party ideas

Celebrate the New Year in style with these New Years Eve party ideas

Staying in for NYE this year? Maybe you're thinking early fireworks for the kids and a few celebratory drinks before midnight. Or maybe you're looking to greet 2022 with a bang and a big New Year's Party for young and old. No matter what your New…

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How to do summer better with our Summer Collection

How to do summer better with our Summer Collection

There's so much to love about the Australian summer. Whether you and your family are heading to one of our many beautiful beaches, picnicking under the shade of a tree or just making the most of your very own backyard, adding the right items to your...

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Christmas Eve Box: The new family tradition you’ll want to try this year

Christmas Eve Box: The new family tradition you’ll want to try this year

What does the night of December 24th look like at your house? Maybe it's all about Christmas traditions like prepping cookies for Santa (plus some carrots for the reindeer). Maybe you'll take a tour of neighbourhood Christmas lights, or hang up a...

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Our non-scary guide to a last-minute Halloween (with costumes and spooky fun)

Our non-scary guide to a last-minute Halloween (with costumes and spooky fun)

Are you scared yet? Halloween is nearly here: your once-a-year opportunity to celebrate everything spooky, silly and just plain weird. If you’ve left your Halloween prep to the last minute, never fear. You can still pull off a killer holiday…

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Easy Halloween makeup tutorials to try this spooky season

Easy Halloween makeup tutorials to try this spooky season

The spooky season is upon us and there’s no better way to accessorise your costume than with some impressive Halloween makeup to match! So bring out your inner wicked witch or transform yourself into a teen zombie with these simple video tutorials from…

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Share the scares: Easy Halloween costume ideas for couples, families and furry friends

Share the scares: Easy Halloween costume ideas for couples, families and furry friends

Whether Halloween this year is a party, some socially distanced trick-or-treating or a spooky Zoom hangout, dressing up is a big part of the fun. So why not share the fun with your nearest and dearest? Couples costumes let you get playful with your…

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DIY Father's Day cards for crafty kids

DIY Father's Day cards for crafty kids

What do dads love more than terrible jokes and bear hugs? Handmade gifts from their kids, of course. Father’s Day craft ideas are great for keeping kids entertained and helping them make all the special stuff that ends up going ‘straight to the pool…

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Tis the season: Our best Christmas in July ideas and projects

Tis the season: Our best Christmas in July ideas and projects

Here in the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas usually means prawns and watermelon and Santa in boardshorts. Maybe sweating over a Christmas pudding if you’re really dedicated. It’s not the ideal season for a lot of traditional Christmas-sy things like egg...

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Alisha Henderson's 10 Tips To Elevate Your Cake Making Skills

Alisha Henderson's 10 Tips To Elevate Your Cake Making Skills

Looking to step up your cake making game? Then look no further. Baking queen Alisha Henderson from Sweet Bakes has shared her must-know tips to help you create your next show stopper party cake. Use a cake-table. If you want to create perfectly smooth...

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Some of Australia's top cosplayers share their costume tips

Some of Australia's top cosplayers share their costume tips

Cosplay is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the world. And no wonder – there’s something pretty appealing about dressing up as your favourite movie, game or comic book character. Everyone wants to be a hero sometimes, right? Or an alien, witch…

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9 weird holidays to pop on your calendar

9 weird holidays to pop on your calendar

We all know how to celebrate the big stuff. Kid’s birthday party? Bust out the chocolate crackles. Christmas time? Fire up the fairy lights and keep the cat out of the tree. But what about those smaller, quirkier holidays? It turns out the calendar is…

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Adulting: do you need an emergency gift stash?

Adulting: do you need an emergency gift stash?

Who among us hasn’t forgotten Auntie Sue’s birthday brunch till the very last minute? Or blanked on the number of parties your kids seem to be attending every Saturday afternoon?Who among us hasn’t forgotten Auntie Sue’s birthday brunch till the very…

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Happy birthday parties at home: celebrating in isolation

Happy birthday parties at home: celebrating in isolation

We are living through some odd and anxious times right now. Most of us are shut inside. Even if we’re lucky enough to be working from home, days can blend into one another – a bit like that weird week between Christmas and New Year’s. We’re seeing…

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