10 Ready Made & DIY Book Week Costume Ideas For Teachers

10 Ready Made & DIY Book Week Costume Ideas For Teachers

We have curated some of our favourite Book Week costume ideas for teachers in this blog as well as some group options if teachers want to coordinate. Here are our top 10 Book Week costumes for teachers for Book Week 2024!

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas To Spoil Mum With

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas To Spoil Mum With

Whether you’ve been planning it for a while or just need some last minute Mother’s Day ideas, read on for some of our favourite Mother's Day gift ideas that you can find at Spotlight!

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How To Throw A Dinosaur Party At Home

How To Throw A Dinosaur Party At Home

If you’re looking for a party theme that will impress inquisitive minds of all ages, a dinosaur party is the way to go!

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How To Style Your Bridal Engagement Party With Ginger Ray

How To Style Your Bridal Engagement Party With Ginger Ray

Whether you’re the lucky bride preparing for her wedding or her maid of honour, planning an engagement party means you’ll need a great range of beautiful decorations for your space. At Spotlight we’ve made this process easy…

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Express Your Era With These 5 DIY Concert Costume Ideas

Express Your Era With These 5 DIY Concert Costume Ideas

At Spotlight we’ve created a collection of DIY projects inspired by ‘The Eras Tour’ hitting Australia this February with each piece related to a different era.

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Get Concert Ready With These 6 Costume Accessories

Get Concert Ready With These 6 Costume Accessories

Preparing for an upcoming concert is always exciting, but how do you decide what to wear? Let’s go through our top six costume accessories for concerts!

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Bring Your Cheese Platter Ideas To Life With Spotlight

Bring Your Cheese Platter Ideas To Life With Spotlight

Cured meats, fresh fruits, tasty crackers and velvety cheeses… the right cheese board will tempt even the fussiest eaters! Whether it's a vibrant birthday party, a romantic anniversary or just your average Friday night, a cheese board is a welcome…

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5 Fabulous Outdoor Entertaining Area Ideas Perfect For Summer

5 Fabulous Outdoor Entertaining Area Ideas Perfect For Summer

The sun's out, so it's time to make the most of this gorgeous weather with some extra celebrating and al fresco dining at home. Whether your outdoor entertaining area is a grassy yard, some pavers out the back, or a tiny apartment balcony, you'll want…

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How To Throw A Magical Unicorn Themed Party At Home

How To Throw A Magical Unicorn Themed Party At Home

Looking for a magical birthday party theme that all your kids and their friends will enjoy? Try throwing a unicorn theme birthday - with a little help from Spotlight! Full of colour, sparkles and a little magic, unicorn birthday themes are one of the…

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A Beginners Guide To Trick Or Treating On Halloween

A Beginners Guide To Trick Or Treating On Halloween

Are you new to the trick or treating scene? Spotlight is the home of Halloween, for everything from decorating to costumes - and we’ve put together this handy little guide for new trick or treaters.

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Our Non-Scary Guide To Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

Our Non-Scary Guide To Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

Here's our (non-scary) guide to getting spooky, quickly! Our last-minute Halloween costumes are a bit of a step up from the old 'sheet with some holes cut in it' trick, and we’ve got options for any child or adult wanting to join in…

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How To Throw A Monstrous Movie Night At Home For Halloween

How To Throw A Monstrous Movie Night At Home For Halloween

One of the most fun activities you can do on Halloween is to watch a scary movie with your friends! Whether you’re into suspenseful thrillers, thoughtful murder mysteries or violent slashers, there’s a Halloween movie type for everyone to enjoy.

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3 Halloween Wreath Projects To Try This October

3 Halloween Wreath Projects To Try This October

If love Halloween crafts, learning how to make a Halloween wreath is going to be your next obsession! Wreaths are usually reserved for Christmas, but keen Halloween DIYers have taken this tradition and made it a little spooky…

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Get Into The Spooky Spirit With These 5 Halloween Pumpkin Ideas

Get Into The Spooky Spirit With These 5 Halloween Pumpkin Ideas

The humble pumpkin has become an iconic symbol of Halloween due to the practice of carving jack o’ lanterns, and at Spotlight we have so many ways for you to bring this beautiful squash into your home this October.

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10 Pet Halloween Costumes For Your Paranormal Pooch

10 Pet Halloween Costumes For Your Paranormal Pooch

Dressing up on Halloween is great fun, so why not get your pets in on the action with some of Spotlight’s scary, cute and funny pet costumes? Our pet Halloween costumes come in sizes to suit small, medium and large dogs, with pet costume ideas pulled...

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How To Throw A Jungle Theme Party

How To Throw A Jungle Theme Party

Going to the zoo for birthdays is always fun, but why not save the travel time and bring the aesthetic of the zoo, and even the jungle, into your home instead? Kids of all ages love jungle, animal and safari themed birthday parties, and best of all...

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How To Host A High Tea Party At Home

How To Host A High Tea Party At Home

One of the best ways to enjoy time with your friends is during a high tea or afternoon tea party - but who’s going to step up and host high tea at home, and what is high tea exactly? If you are going to be hosting your own high tea, then you’ve come...

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Celebrate Your Favourite Animals During Book Week 2023

Celebrate Your Favourite Animals During Book Week 2023

So many of the best children’s stories feature animals of all kinds, so why not celebrate them during book week 2023? At Spotlight we have an amazing range of animal-themed costumes, decorations and craft activities you can utilise during book week...

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5 Steps To Throwing A Magical Masquerade Party

5 Steps To Throwing A Magical Masquerade Party

When it comes to party themes, there is none grander than the masquerade party. Emphasizing brilliant costumes, beautiful music and enchanting dancing, a masquerade or masked party can be enjoyed by partygoers of all ages.

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How To Throw A Hawaiian Theme Party At Home

How To Throw A Hawaiian Theme Party At Home

Themed parties make choosing your food and decorations easy, and one of our favourite party themes has to be the Hawaiian party! A Hawaiian or tropical theme party is one you can rely on for amazing colours, delicious food and party games everyone…

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Four Fun Ways to Celebrate the New Year

Four Fun Ways to Celebrate the New Year

Looking for some fun themes for a New Year’s Eve party? The party specialists at Spotlight are here to help! We’ve come up with four fun New Year’s Eve party ideas anyone can try at home, to make staying in just as much fun as going out on the most...

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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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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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Celebrate St Patricks Day At Home in 2023

Celebrate St Patricks Day At Home in 2023

St Patrick's Day is always a great excuse for a party, whether you're Irish or not! It’s a fresh new year and we’re leaving our troubles behind, and what better way than to have a colourful St Patrick’s Day party at home...

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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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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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Our Favourite Quilting Projects to Try This Quilt Expo

Our Favourite Quilting Projects to Try This Quilt Expo

It's the most wonderful time of the year... if you're a quilter, of course! Quilt Expo, Spotlight's yearly love letter to everything quilting, is upon us.

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Tips And Tricks For Sewing Fleece And Flannelette

Tips And Tricks For Sewing Fleece And Flannelette

So, what other things should you know about flannelette and fleece before jumping into your own sewing project? Let's look at each one in more detail.

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5 Reasons To Start Needle Felting

5 Reasons To Start Needle Felting

In this blog we’ll aim to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about needle felting, as well as showcasing five reasons we think you’ll love this amazing needle art craft and a few fun ideas for you to try!

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Fleece vs Flannelette - Which Fabric Is The Best For You? (Plus 5 Crafty Ideas)

Fleece vs Flannelette - Which Fabric Is The Best For You? (Plus 5 Crafty Ideas)

This blog will dive into what exactly these two materials are, plus some of our favourite craft projects you can use them in. Read on to discover everything that sets these lovely fabrics apart!

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Your Guide To The Best Fabric Types For Making Clothes

Your Guide To The Best Fabric Types For Making Clothes

This blog will walk you through some of the different fabric types we have available, whether they’re best used for creating clothing for warm or cool weather, plus how suitable they are for beginners.

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Home DIY Furnishings

Home DIY Furnishings

Filling your home with DIY home furnishings is a wonderful way to create a space that is truly unique to you. From decorative elements like wall hangings and lampshades to useful accessories such as aprons and pet beds, Spotlight's range of DIY home…

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Meet The Makers At Spotlight!

Meet The Makers At Spotlight!

At Spotlight we love showcasing creative talent, and during Make It March we’ve been able to highlight the talents of so many amazingly crafty people! To inspire you along on your own craft journey here’s a quick look into four of our crafters whose…

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Discover Valentine’s Day DIY Projects To Try This Year (Even If You're Not In A Relationship)

Discover Valentine’s Day DIY Projects To Try This Year (Even If You're Not In A Relationship)

We've got big-hearted ideas for all your loved ones. Whether it's Galentine's Day with your best friends, some self-love pampering for solo folk or meaningful date night ideas with your significant other, it's worth celebrating everyone

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Seven Baking Essentials You Need To Know About

Seven Baking Essentials You Need To Know About

This blog aims to demystify some of the most confusing ingredients in baking - we’ll go through what each is and how they are used, plus a quick summary of what essential baking equipment you should have in your kitchen if you love baking…

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How To Paint On Glass

How To Paint On Glass

Because of its smooth texture and transparency, glass is a fabulous surface to paint on! You can paint on all sorts of glass surfaces including windows, tumblers, vases and jars, making it a great way to customise all sorts of homewares to your liking.

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Get School Ready With These 5 Fun School Supplies

Get School Ready With These 5 Fun School Supplies

We’re going to take you through five of the best, brightest and most fun school supplies you can find at Spotlight, and don’t forget to check out our other creative blogs for more fun ideas!

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6 Things You Need In Your School Art Supply Kit

6 Things You Need In Your School Art Supply Kit

At Spotlight you can find a huge variety of art supplies online and in-store, but we’ve chosen six you definitely need to have eyes on for the new school year!

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Claymation Techniques And Stop Motion Tips

Claymation Techniques And Stop Motion Tips

Are you interested in claymation? We’ll go through everything you need to know about this stop motion art, identifying what you need, handy techniques and how to make a simple claymation video.

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5 Common Sewing Machine Problems & How To Fix Them At Home

5 Common Sewing Machine Problems & How To Fix Them At Home

Using a sewing machine makes sewing a lot quicker and easier, but with this comes a whole new range of problems we never had to deal with when we sewed using only our hands. Whether you’re new to using a sewing machine or you've been using one...

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Manual Vs Computerised Sewing Machines - Which Is Best For You?

Manual Vs Computerised Sewing Machines - Which Is Best For You?

If you ever want to do more than sew a button or fix a small tear, you’ll need to use a sewing machine. Sewing machines have revolutionised the world of sewing, making the process faster, easier and more accessible for beginners to learn. When it comes…

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6 Acrylic Paint Mediums You Need To Know About

6 Acrylic Paint Mediums You Need To Know About

To help you make sense of it all, this blog will go through some of the most popular types of acrylic paint mediums, including how they work and what kinds of things you can do with them. Let’s dive into the types of mediums in art...

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Everything You Need To Know About Leather Craft For Beginners

Everything You Need To Know About Leather Craft For Beginners

This leather crafting guide will go through everything a beginner needs to know about working with leather, from how leather is made to how you can sew, dye, paint and fix leather at home - plus we’ll touch on how faux leather differs from natural…

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How To Make Slime And Playdough For Your Kids

How To Make Slime And Playdough For Your Kids

Kids of all ages love to play with slime and playdough, but rather than spending your money on the premade stuff, why not make your own?

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5 Types Of Sewing Machine Foot Explained

5 Types Of Sewing Machine Foot Explained

There are a lot of types of sewing machine foots out there, but how many of them do you actually need? At Spotlight we’re delighted to offer you a huge range of sewing machine foot types, (as well as other sewing machine accessories)...

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How To Make Friendship Bracelets With Beads + Ideas!

How To Make Friendship Bracelets With Beads + Ideas!

Whether you’re making DIY friendship bracelets for your buddies or creating your own unique beaded jewellery, learning how to do beading is a great skill for anyone to have.

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How To Mix Paint Colours

How To Mix Paint Colours

If you love to paint, you’ll know the pain of wishing you had the perfect shade or colour when you don’t have it on hand, or you can’t find it at your local art store. While the range of paint supplies at Spotlight is vast, having the ability to make...

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5 DIY Father’s Day Gifts For Dad

5 DIY Father’s Day Gifts For Dad

It’s never a bad time to be thinking about gifts for dad, but Father’s Day is an extra-special occasion! Father’s Day is a great opportunity to show dad how much you love him, and making your own Father’s Day crafted gifts is a fantastic way to show...

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Five DIY Sewing Patterns And Projects To Try

Five DIY Sewing Patterns And Projects To Try

Whether you are looking for beginner sewing projects to learn from or are an advanced sewer looking for your next challenge, Spotlight’s 12 Days of Sewing event is bound to have a sewing project (or two) for you to try out. No matter if you want…

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The Guide To Painting Shadows For Beginners

The Guide To Painting Shadows For Beginners

Adding shadows and highlights to your artwork may seem like an afterthought, but it’s crucial to get them right if you want your artwork to have realistic depth and layers… know how to paint shadows, you can take your painting game to the next level!

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Crafty Ideas To Help You Celebrate Book Week

Crafty Ideas To Help You Celebrate Book Week

For many teachers and students Book Week is one of the most exciting times of the year, where everyone’s favourite books and characters are celebrated in style. Decorating the classroom, playing games and dressing up as popular characters are all...

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The Benefits Of Finger Painting - For All Ages!

The Benefits Of Finger Painting - For All Ages!

With its range of benefits and simple execution, finger painting is the perfect way to fill time and have fun while you’re at it! Traditionally the domain of very young children, finger painting can actually benefit adults as well - so let Spotlight…

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What Is Gouache Paint, And How To Paint With It

What Is Gouache Paint, And How To Paint With It

While we all know the main three types of paint, acrylic, oil and watercolour, there is a fourth that both beginner painters and professional artists love to use… gouache paint! Gouache paint is easy to use, comes in all your favourite colours…

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5 Essential Skills To Make You An Icing Pro

5 Essential Skills To Make You An Icing Pro

You’ve done the hard part - you’ve baked a delicious cake, a tray of cupcakes or a pan of brownies. But now you need to dress them up - after all, we eat with our eyes before our mouths, and a decorated dessert will set mouths watering!

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How to Master Drawing With Markers - The Ultimate Guide

How to Master Drawing With Markers - The Ultimate Guide

Markers are the artistic choice for many of us children, due to their bright colours and mess-free use. But no longer are markers confined to the pencil cases of school kids! Professional artists embrace drawing with markers for a number of reasons…

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Meet Retro Textile Designer Ellie Whittaker

Meet Retro Textile Designer Ellie Whittaker

I design bright and bold, Aussie fabrics that I like to think of as ‘new nostalgia’. Each of my designs is imbued with the colour and whimsy of my 80s childhood. I also like to weave stories through each design: unexpected elements and truly Aussie…

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How To Use Watercolour Pencils

How To Use Watercolour Pencils

What do you get when you combine the ease of use and level of detail available using a pencil with the glowing colours and blendability of watercolour paints? The answer is the watercolour pencil, an amazing art tool that is much loved by both…

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Acrylic Painting Techniques

Acrylic Painting Techniques

Acrylic paint is beloved for its quick dry time, bright colours and flexibility, plus it cleans up easily from clothes and most surfaces. Out of all common paint types it has the most kinds of mediums, meaning you can modify your acrylic paint in…

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Get To Know Jaharn, An Inspiring DIY Upcycler

Get To Know Jaharn, An Inspiring DIY Upcycler

My name is Jaharn and I have a website called Smor Home, where I’m all about sharing affordable and sustainable DIY and upcycling projects for your home. My purpose is to reduce the impact of fast furniture by showing you how you can transform…

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DIY Wedding Ideas

DIY Wedding Ideas

Your wedding day is one of the most important and special days of your life, but with all that importance often comes a hefty price tag. One of the best ways to keep costs low but still have an amazing day is to try your hand at making some of your own…

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Get To Know Cheerful Pottery Artist Shelby Sherritt

Get To Know Cheerful Pottery Artist Shelby Sherritt

My name is Shelby Sherritt and I am an Australian Pottery artist. I create colourful, bright, and fun pottery that pays homage to Australian landscapes, flora and fauna. Using vibrant colours I create whimsical characters that bring joy with clay.

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Discover Cosplay Fabrics At Spotlight

Discover Cosplay Fabrics At Spotlight

When making your own cosplay costume, finding the right cosplay fabrics and materials can be one of the hardest parts of putting your costume together. Finding fabric for cosplay that has the texture and colour you need can have you…

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Types Of Paint Brushes & How To Choose One

Types Of Paint Brushes & How To Choose One

Finding the right paintbrush can sometimes feel like searching for a needle in a haystack - there are so many sizes, materials and shapes to choose from, the choice can quickly become overwhelming! We have many paint brush types for you to choose…

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Five Sewing Projects For Beginners To Improve Your Sewing Skills

Five Sewing Projects For Beginners To Improve Your Sewing Skills

Are you new to sewing and need to better your basic sewing skills? Being able to sew straight, attach zippers and create darts are just some of the basic skills that will turn your rough projects into wearable pieces, and once you've got the basics…

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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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Your Guide to Soft Pastels

Your Guide to Soft Pastels

Looking for a medium that is colourful, fun and easy to use? Pastels may bring to mind a child drawing at school, but soft, hard and oil pastels are the tools of the trade for many professional artists, and can be used to create absolutely stunning...

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Making Pottery For Beginners

Making Pottery For Beginners

For a hobby that is relaxing, hands-on and ends with the creation of useful homewares and decor, look no further than the age-old art of pottery making! You can make bowls, cups, plates, jewellery and more out of clay, and when fired correctly…

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How to make textured canvas art and the impasto technique

How to make textured canvas art and the impasto technique

Practiced by the masters and still incredibly popular today, impasto painting involves creating a textured painting with paint that rises off the page in peaks and waves. It allows the artist to create an incredibly detailed painting that is also...

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Discover how Chloe creates her adorable amigurumi toys and patterns!

Discover how Chloe creates her adorable amigurumi toys and patterns!

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 were able to catch up with Chloe, the…

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Celebrating Australian and New Zealand Designer Fabrics at Spotlight

Celebrating Australian and New Zealand Designer Fabrics at Spotlight

At Spotlight, we are proud to have partnered with talented artists from all across Australia and New Zealand to create a series of stunning fabrics you can use in all your home projects. Each of these creators brings their own unique vision and style…

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Back To School DIY Ideas & Essentials

Back To School DIY Ideas & Essentials

At Spotlight we have heaps of great school supplies you can choose from, as well as many amazing art and craft supplies you can use to customise things like pencil cases and bookmarks.

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Get Your Classroom Ready For The School Year

Get Your Classroom Ready For The School Year

Are you in need of some classroom decoration ideas? Check out Spotlight’s guide on classroom decorating, including popular classroom themes & budget tips!

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How to paint on fabric

How to paint on fabric

Cotton canvas and art paper are the two most popular materials for painting on, but have you ever considered painting on fabric? Mastering fabric painting gives you the ability to paint straight onto canvas bags, shoes and your clothing, allowing you...

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How to create a holiday scrapbook

How to create a holiday scrapbook

Have you just returned from an amazing holiday? Many people like to post their snaps on social media, or maybe even create a special photo album filled with printed pictures from their holiday. If you love to craft, or are just looking for a more...

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How to make a pom pom in 4 different ways

How to make a pom pom in 4 different ways

What’s not to love about pom poms? They’re soft, fluffy, light and can be made in any colour of the rainbow… plus they’re easy to create at home in a matter of minutes! Making pom poms is an activity crafters of all ages and experiences can enjoy…

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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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Three Quilting Projects To Get Creative With This Quilt Expo

Three Quilting Projects To Get Creative With This Quilt Expo

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… if you’re a quilter, of course! Quilt Expo, Spotlight’s yearly love letter to everything quilting, is upon us, which means it’s time to grab your rulers, rotary cutters and sewing needles and start quilting!

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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?

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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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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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Everything A Beginner Needs To Know On How To Make Candles At Home

Everything A Beginner Needs To Know On How To Make Candles At Home

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 a popular creative hobby to this day! Candles provide light…

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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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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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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 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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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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Getting Started With Art: A Beginner’s Guide To Creating Your First Art Toolkit

Getting Started With Art: A Beginner’s Guide To Creating Your First Art Toolkit

Having a well-stocked art toolkit ensures you’ve got everything you need on hand so you can act when your artistic inspiration strikes. At Spotlight our wide range of art supplies means you can find everything you need for your toolkit under one roof…

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How To Make A Pinata In Two Ways

How To Make A Pinata In Two Ways

One of the best birthday activities for kids is the breaking of a pinata and the release of the treats within! You can buy birthday pinatas and accessories from Spotlight, but did you know that making your own pinata isn’t as hard as it looks?

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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

At Spotlight we’re big believers in rediscovering your artistic passions, no matter how much time has passed since you last lifted a coloured pencil or paintbrush!

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How To Season and Care For Cast Iron Cookware

How To Season and Care For Cast Iron Cookware

Cast iron cookware is a must have for all passionate home cooks. But it can be intimidating to use cast iron if you haven't before and are not sure how to season and care for it properly. Not to worry! We have a simple guide on how to make the most of…

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7 Ways To Style Lamps In Your Home

7 Ways To Style Lamps In Your Home

Whether you want to bring more lighting to your space or looking for stylish lamp decor, this blog will go through everything you need to know about how to style lamps in your home.

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5 Curtain Trends To Transform Your Home

5 Curtain Trends To Transform Your Home

In this blog, we aim to highlight the best curtain trends and ideas to transform your home and complement your interior styling for years to come.

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Discover the Sophisticated Warwick Home Range at Spotlight

Discover the Sophisticated Warwick Home Range at Spotlight

Offering a premium range of home decorating essentials, the Warwick Home collection boasts a refreshing colour palette of neutral hues and soft pops of colour to breathe new life into any living area in your home.

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How To Make A Small Room Look Bigger

How To Make A Small Room Look Bigger

For those wanting to learn how to make a small room look bigger, in this blog we have compiled a range of options to help you understand how to make a room look bigger.

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5 Easy Ways to Style Candles In Your Home

5 Easy Ways to Style Candles In Your Home

Let's go through five of the most distinct ways to style these candles, and what kinds of home decor styles they suit!

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How To Do Your Own Art Framing

How To Do Your Own Art Framing

Whether you need to do some art framing on a budget or just love everything DIY, this blog will go through everything you need to know about how to frame a picture at home!

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How To Layer Rugs + Other Rug Laying Ideas

How To Layer Rugs + Other Rug Laying Ideas

If you’re new to rug layering then this is the blog for you - we’ll go through where in your home you should layer rugs, a few different rug combination ideas and some helpful tips on how to layer rugs in interesting ways.

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8 Nature Inspired Bedroom & Home Decor Ideas to Try

8 Nature Inspired Bedroom & Home Decor Ideas to Try

At Spotlight we offer an extensive range of decorative pieces to transform any room in your home into an environment that exudes a natural charm. Discover our extensive home décor range to elevate your home styling here!

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6 Mistakes To Avoid When Hanging Curtains

6 Mistakes To Avoid When Hanging Curtains

Hanging curtains yourself is a great way to save money, but it’s not as easy as the professionals make it look - check out the six most common mistakes made when hanging curtains, and how you can avoid making these curtain mistakes at home.

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How to Wash & Clean Cushions at Home

How to Wash & Clean Cushions at Home

In this blog we’re going to discuss all the different ways you can clean your cushions, from a quick spot clean to a deep clean in your washing machine - read on and make sure you know everything you need to keep all your cushions pristine!

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The Best Ways to Set up Curtains and Blinds on a Budget

The Best Ways to Set up Curtains and Blinds on a Budget

We’ve got some handy tips and tricks that will make installing professional-looking curtains and blinds on a budget easy - read on to discover our favourite hints for installing blinds and curtains on a budget.

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Your Guide To Common Curtain Fabric Types

Your Guide To Common Curtain Fabric Types

Let’s go through the most popular curtain fabric types you can find and which curtain material is best for your home.

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5 Stylish Curtain Holdback & Tie Back Ideas

5 Stylish Curtain Holdback & Tie Back Ideas

Let’s go through five of the most distinct variations you’ll find here, and what kinds of home decor styles they suit!

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5 Luxe Autumn Bedding Styling Ideas & Tips

5 Luxe Autumn Bedding Styling Ideas & Tips

Autumn is a great time for a complete bedroom makeover, and creating a tranquil, cosy and beautiful bedroom as the seasons change doesn’t have to break the bank. Let us inspire you here with these gorgeous Autumn bedroom ideas!

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Refreshing Coastal Bedroom & Home Decor Ideas

Refreshing Coastal Bedroom & Home Decor Ideas

Transform your home into an oceanic paradise using any of our dreamy coastal bedroom and home decor ideas!

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How To Choose And Style Bedroom Curtains

How To Choose And Style Bedroom Curtains

This blog will delve deep into what kinds of curtains are best depending on a variety of factors, such as bedroom size and outdoor factors that can affect your sleep - plus a few style tips to ensure your bedroom curtains are always looking amazing!

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How To Layer Curtains And Blinds On Your Window Like A Pro

How To Layer Curtains And Blinds On Your Window Like A Pro

We know a thing or two about how to layer curtains with blinds, other curtains and accessories like pelmets and valences. Read on to discover our favourite tips and tricks for window styling with curtains, blinds and everything in between!

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How to Wash & Care For Flannelette Sheets

How to Wash & Care For Flannelette Sheets

In this blog we’ll aim to address the best ways to care for your flannelette sheets so you can keep them soft and cosy for as long as possible, and enjoy being toasty warm in winter every night!

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Have A Hoppy Easter With These Easter Table Setting Ideas & Easter Decorations

Have A Hoppy Easter With These Easter Table Setting Ideas & Easter Decorations

Make Easter this year extra special by decorating your home with some of the beautiful Easter decorations from Spotlight.

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Baby, It's Cold Outside: 13 Ways For Keeping Warm At Home In Winter

Baby, It's Cold Outside: 13 Ways For Keeping Warm At Home In Winter

When winter rolls in, you can either shake your fist at the sky and curse the cold, or take action to keep the weather outside. At Spotlight you can find everything you need to stay warm in winter - let these thirteen reasons show you how!

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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

Here's how to layer blankets for maximum warmth (and style) on the bed this winter. Sweet dreams!

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How To Clean A Chopping Board

How To Clean A Chopping Board

In this guide we’ll detail the most common (and some of the rarer) types of chopping boards you can find, how to clean a chopping board properly depending on its material, and other care tips that will extend the life of your board…

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Everything You Need For An Easter Egg Hunt

Everything You Need For An Easter Egg Hunt

Discover heaps of fun Easter egg hunt ideas, including hiding places and decorating ideas, for both outside and inside your home!

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Our Favourite Easter Craft Ideas And Activities To Make This Year Special

Our Favourite Easter Craft Ideas And Activities To Make This Year Special

Do Easter your way, whether that's bonnets and bunnies or chocolate and glitter. To help out, we've gathered together some of our favourite Easter craft ideas and decor themes to suit just about every type of celebration.

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How To Choose The Best Bathroom Blinds

How To Choose The Best Bathroom Blinds

When it comes to covering your bathroom windows, specialised bathroom blinds are always your best option. The type of blinds and the materials you should use can vary, but this guide will walk you through all of it…

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How To Create A Simple Valentine’s Day Table Setting At Home

How To Create A Simple Valentine’s Day Table Setting At Home

Setting the table doesn’t need to be overly complicated or tricky - follow these simple steps to create your own beautiful Valentine’s table setting.

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How To Prep Your Kid’s Bed For Summer

How To Prep Your Kid’s Bed For Summer

Spotlight’s range of kids’ summer bedding comes in many styles, sizes and colours, so there’s an option that every child will love - plus plenty of helpful extras that will make their bed super comfy!

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Refresh Your Space With These 5 Easy Living Room Decor Ideas

Refresh Your Space With These 5 Easy Living Room Decor Ideas

At Spotlight we love helping our customers create stylish homes on a budget, and when it comes to living room decor ideas we’ve got plenty you can implement without breaking the bank.

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5 Creative Ways To Style Vases in Your Home

5 Creative Ways To Style Vases in Your Home

Whether you’re using them to hold flowers or just want to add some decor to an empty spot on your shelf, we’ve got five great vase decor and vase styling ideas you can try in your home today!

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8 Food Storage Essentials For A Tasty School Lunch

8 Food Storage Essentials For A Tasty School Lunch

Let’s go through eight of our food storage essentials we think you’ve got to check out this school year - each idea is great for both primary and high school lunch boxes!

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Ceramic Dinnerware Explained

Ceramic Dinnerware Explained

To help you choose which kind of ceramic dinnerware is right for you, this guide will detail all the qualities of each, as well as how to best care for and maintain them. If you’ve ever asked ‘What is ceramic?’, then this is the guide for you!

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15 Beautiful Pool Area Decorating Ideas To Try This Summer

15 Beautiful Pool Area Decorating Ideas To Try This Summer

At Spotlight we love a bit of home decorating, and this includes the outdoors too! If you’re lucky enough to have your own pool, then deciding how you will decorate your pool area is something we can help with.

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Home Storage Hacks For Every Room

Home Storage Hacks For Every Room

Keeping your home tidy is never easy - whether your home has two or twelve people living in it, maintaining an organised home can be a challenge. Keeping every room clean can be tricky, but here at Spotlight we're pleased to offer you home storage…

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How To Create A Stunning Christmas Table Setting In 5 Easy Steps

How To Create A Stunning 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 and a hint of Christmas magic, your Christmas table can be a feast for…

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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…

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5 Linen Cupboard Storage Hacks

5 Linen Cupboard Storage Hacks

At Spotlight not only do we offer you a great range of quality bed linen and towels, but we know a thing or two about linen cupboard organisation as well! Let us share with you some of our best linen cupboard storage hacks…

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The Washing Alternative: Keep Your Clothes Fresh With A Steamer!

The Washing Alternative: Keep Your Clothes Fresh With A Steamer!

At Spotlight we have a great range of garment steamers for you to choose from, but is this handy appliance the one for you, and is steaming really worth it in the end? We’ll answer these questions for you right here…

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The Best Bedding For Your Style Of Sleeping

The Best Bedding For Your Style Of Sleeping

At Spotlight, you can find a huge range of soft and firm pillows made out of many amazing natural and synthetic materials. One of the most important factors you need to take into account when choosing a pillow is how you like to sleep at night…

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Simple Guest Bedroom Ideas For Your Spare Room

Simple Guest Bedroom Ideas For Your Spare Room

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.

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How To Clean Inside Of A Kettle In 3 Different Ways

How To Clean Inside Of A Kettle In 3 Different Ways

Cleaning your kettle doesn't have to be hard, and you can do it with simple kitchen staples you'll probably have at home. At Spotlight we have a kettle to suit every home, but it's important to keep them in good condition so they perform at peak...

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5 Stunning Ways To Use Fairy Lights At Home

5 Stunning Ways To Use Fairy Lights At Home

Your fairy lights don’t need to be stuffed away for eleven out of the twelve months of the year anymore - these whimsical decorations can be admired all year round with the right styling. Fairy lights decor can be enjoyed outdoors or inside every room…

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Help Your Child Study Better With The Best Homework Station

Help Your Child Study Better With The Best Homework Station

Getting kids to study is never easy, but if they don’t have a good area to do their homework in it becomes downright impossible. It is easy for kids to become distracted when they’re in the wrong area or don’t have what they need at their desk…

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Best Ways To Dry Clothes Without A Dryer

Best Ways To Dry Clothes Without A Dryer

Washing and drying clothes is one of the constant chores that comes with life, and it's one you can't put off if you want to have clean clothes to wear. Washing clothes is easy enough, but getting them to dry can be hard depending on your living...

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Easy Everyday Tablescaping Ideas That Will Blow You Away

Easy Everyday Tablescaping Ideas That Will Blow You Away

Your choice of dining table decor can go a long way into how enjoyable the meal served on it turns out! Tablescaping is the art of decorating your dining table and the space around it, and while the term ‘tablescape’ is fairly new, people have been…

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Relax In Your Own Coastal Oasis With Serene Haven

Relax In Your Own Coastal Oasis With Serene Haven

Transform your home into an oceanic paradise using the features of our Serene Haven home decorating trend. Permeate every room of your home with the airy, calming influence of this deep-sea style that mixes the modern stylings of technology with…

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How to decorate your home this Christmas

How to decorate your home this Christmas

The most magical time of the year has come around again, which means it’s time to start thinking about how you want to decorate your home for Christmas. At Spotlight we have a huge and beautiful range of quality Christmas decorations…

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Why You Need Blockout Curtains This Summer

Why You Need Blockout Curtains This Summer

As temperatures start to climb in the latter half of the year, we begin to start looking for ways to cool our homes from the relentless Australian summer heat. And while everyone loves a bit of air conditioning, it’s not the most cost-effective...

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Every day is a holiday with Sun-Drenched Summer

Every day is a holiday with Sun-Drenched Summer

Dreaming of a sunny holiday at home? Let Spotlight’s Sun-Drenched Summer home decorating trend inspire your kitchen, living and bed styling! Read how here.

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How to create a summer look with sheer curtains

How to create a summer look with sheer curtains

Craving those summer style vibes in your home? Let Spotlight help you create the look with breezy sheer curtains. Discover how to style sheer curtains here!

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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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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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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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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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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

Through rain, hail or even snow, you can rely on Spotlight’s range of blackout curtains and blinds to help you maintain a comfortable temperature in your home! Here are our top five reasons to invest in blockout blinds and curtains this winter.

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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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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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Beat The Heat With These Summer Bedding Ideas

Beat The Heat With These Summer Bedding Ideas

Summer bedding is designed to help you sleep in hot and humid weather, and at Spotlight we’ve got a great range of summer quilts, bed sheets and mattress toppers to ensure you’re sleeping comfortably no matter how hot it gets overnight.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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