{go make me} illuminated metal Christmas wreath diy


Have you ever had an idea that lurks in the back of your mind, never seeing the light of day? It rears its head occasionally but quickly gets pushed into the 'too hard basket' and there it stays until the next thought bubble. Do you do this too?

One of my 'lurking' ideas is to make a wreath incorporating lights. I've always been put off by the sight of the electrical lead that strings bulb to bulb. On a recent trip to Bunnings Hardware, I recognised aluminium flashing that the builders have used on our house. Light-bulb moment (sorry for the pun)!! Perhaps I could hammer holes into the flashing and stick the lights behind. Hmmm, it might work....


The best part of the design is that the materials are so inexpensive. All you need is a styro foam ring, aluminium flashing, ribbon and battery operated lights. Of course you will need to set aside an afternoon to create your wreath but I think you'll be happy with the result. Would you like to give it a try?


Illuminated Metal Christmas Wreath

You will need
• One roll of aluminium flashing 150 mm wide x 10 metre length x .3 mm thickness (available from Bunnings or any hardware)
• Styro foam ring 10" or 25 cm total width with 6 cm wide ring (available from Koch)
• Silver ribbon
• Glue gun
• Scissors
• Battery or USB White LED lights 
• Hammer
• Nail
• Eye protection
Template Cutting Guide

* Please note: our front door is extremely wide and I made an extra large wreath to fit it's proportions (shown above). These specifications and instructions are for a smaller wreath (pictured below) to suit the average door width


1 & 2} Glue a length of ribbon to ring and wrap to cover ring entirely

3} Cut another small length of ribbon and tie a knot. Glue knot to ring and then glue ends down. Trim

4} Download template cutting guide. Using strong scissors, cut out 16 leaves, approximately 10 large scales, 10 medium scales and 12 small scales. Remember to use eye wear for protection!

5} Hammer pinholes into metal. Note a larger hole will allow more light to seep through. Try to avoid hammering metal that overlaps ring

6} Glue onto ring with hot glue gun. Leaves should butt to each other

7} Mark each leaf as a guide to placing the inner 'scales'

8} Starting with the outer large scales, glue slightly overlapping each other. Repeat with other rows ending with the smallest size

9} Wrap lights around ring at back. Use glue or bluetack to keep in place. The more lights will give a better glow!

10} Round points of leaves. Hang wreath using a hook or fishing line


i'm loving right now: a white Christmas


Like most countries, Christmas in Australia is all about family, food, giving and sharing. But we also have the heat, eating outdoors and brilliant colour that signifies Christmas. I love the thought of having a white Christmas as it's something that's so foreign to me. One day in my life I'll have one (or more!). In the meantime, I can dream....

Unfortunately I don't have all the links to site the original posts. Here's the few that are available:
Sage Wreath, Twig Tree, Reindeer Skin, White Decor, Tin Houses, Lit Star, Simple Wrapping

start the week right : fresh figs with ricotta cheese and honey syrup recipe


It's so exciting to see fresh figs at the market. There's something about their pretty pink flesh and purple green exterior that's so appealing. Let's not forget to mention how delicious they are! I love them with prosciutto and goat's cheese but we'll save that recipe for later. In the meantime, how about making this simple dessert that celebrate the beauty, simplicity and taste of a humble fig? x Cate

Fresh Figs with Ricotta Cheese and Honey Syrup

2 tablespoons honey
1 cinnamon stick
Toasted flaked almonds
4 fresh figs
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup icing (confectioners) sugar
finely grated orange zest

Place honey, cinnamon stick and 4 tablespoons of water in a small saucepan. Simmer until liquid has reduced by half. Discard cinnamon stick. Slice figs into quarters keeping base attached, fan out and arrange on dish. Combine ricotta, vanilla and sugar in a bowl. Divide among figs. Spoon syrup over figs and top with flaked almonds and orange zest


how to make seashell candles diy for under $5


Summer's nearly here, yay!

One thing I love about living in Sydney is the weather. The Winter's are mild but the Summer's are hot. We live close to the shore with the harbour on one side and the beach on the other. How lucky are we? It's not such a big thing to take Sunny, our puppy, down to Balmoral beach for a walk and quick dip. It's a place of activity for everyone as families picnic, kids paddleboard and ladies do lunch. The local cafe gives lollipops to enterprising kids for collecting seashells along the shore. Then there's yummy fish and chips that come with a side-order of annoying, chip-stealing seagull. It's a fabulous place that I love


One of my favourite things to do is collect seashells at the beach. My collection is growing and thought I could put them to good use. I decided to turn them into easy to make candles. And when I mean easy, I mean E-A-S-Y. Simply melt your standard tealight candle and use the included wick and base. That way you can admire them everyday


How to Make Seashell Candles

You will need
Open, flat bottom seashells
Tealight Candles
Glue Gun

Step 1: Sort out your shells and decide which ones have the flattest bottom so the wax won't ooze over the edge

Step 2: Seperate the wick from the tealight candle. Mine easily came out

Step 3: With a hot glue gun, glue any holes to stop wax from leaking. Glue wick onto shell base

Step 4. Melt wax in a saucepan over a low heat. Spoon into shells and leave to cool

Don't forget to keep an eye on them when lit!!


I used chunky salt to keep them stable and add a little atmosphere. Even unlit, they look pretty


I hope you give it a try! x Cate

i'm loving right now: chunky knitting


To say I'm obsessed by chunky knitting is an understatement. It appeals to me on so many levels because I love things on a big scale and the thought of being dwarfed by a throw that totally encases the body with warmth, bulk and texture is enticing. The knitting needles are huge to knit these works of art, so big they could potentially give RSI by the end of the first row. I'm in the process of making a throw made from strips of fabric instead of wool that I'll show you soon. I have also just ordered some wool from Loopy Mango (in Limonata) and I can't wait to make a floor cushion. Can you smell a knitting diy coming soon? I'm so excited!

Photo credits: Little Dandelion and Loopy Mango