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Cozy Creations: 5 Smart DIY Projects to Tackle This Winter

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As the southern hemisphere embraces winter, it’s the perfect time for Aussies to embark on some cozy, creative, and intelligent DIY projects. Not only can these projects enhance your living space, but they also provide a great opportunity to add personal touches that can impress friends and family. So, put on your warmest jumper, grab a cuppa, and let’s dive into five ingenious DIY projects to brighten your home this winter.


  1. Indoor Herb Garden: A Fresh Touch in Every Dish

Winter may not scream “garden time,” but an indoor herb garden is the perfect way to keep your green thumb busy while adding fresh flavors to your winter dishes. Plus, who doesn’t love the idea of plucking fresh basil right from their windowsill?

What You Need:

– Small pots or a tiered herb planter

– Quality potting mix

– A variety of herb seeds or starter plants (think basil, rosemary, thyme, mint)

– A sunny spot in your home


  1. Choose your containers—anything from sleek modern pots to quirky mason jars will do.
  2. Fill your containers with potting mix, leaving a bit of space at the top.
  3. Plant your seeds or starter plants, following the depth instructions on the seed packets.
  4. Place your herb garden in a sunny spot, ideally where it can get at least six hours of sunlight a day.
  5. Water regularly, but be careful not to overdo it—herbs prefer slightly dry soil between waterings.

Resources: Gardening Australia for more detailed gardening tips and tricks.


  1. DIY Insulated Window Panels: Keep the Chill Out

Winter in Australia can bring some surprisingly chilly nights, and heating bills can skyrocket if your home isn’t properly insulated. DIY insulated window panels are a clever, cost-effective solution to keep the cold out and the warmth in.

What You Need:

– Rigid foam insulation panels

– Fabric of your choice

– Spray adhesive

– Utility knife

– Measuring tape


  1. Measure your windows to determine the size of the insulation panels needed.
  2. Cut the foam panels to fit snugly inside your window frames.
  3. Cut the fabric slightly larger than the panels, ensuring you have enough to wrap around the edges.
  4. Use spray adhesive to attach the fabric to the foam panels, smoothing out any wrinkles.
  5. Insert the panels into your window frames, fabric side facing inwards.

Resources: Your Home for tips on improving home energy efficiency.


  1. Floating Shelves: A Stylish Storage Solution

Maximize your space and add a touch of sophistication with floating shelves. These versatile shelves are perfect for displaying books, plants, or your latest vintage find, making them a must-have for any modern home.

What You Need:

– Wooden boards (cut to your desired length)

– Shelf brackets (hidden or decorative)

– Screws and wall plugs

– Drill and screwdriver

– Level


  1. Decide where you want to install your shelves and mark the wall for the brackets.
  2. Use a level to ensure your markings are straight.
  3. Drill holes for the wall plugs, then screw the brackets into place.
  4. Place the wooden boards onto the brackets and secure them with screws if necessary.
  5. Style your new shelves with your favorite items.

Resources: Bunnings for materials and more DIY ideas.


  1. Homemade Draft Stoppers: Simple and Effective

Draft stoppers, also known as draft snakes, are a charming and functional addition to your home. These fabric tubes filled with insulating materials can significantly reduce drafts under doors and windows, keeping your home warmer and your energy bills lower.

What You Need:

– Fabric (old socks, towels, or even pant legs work great)

– Filling material (rice, sand, or old clothes)

– Needle and thread or a sewing machine


  1. Cut your fabric to a length slightly longer than your door or window.
  2. Sew the fabric into a tube, leaving one end open.
  3. Fill the tube with your chosen material, then sew the open end closed.
  4. Place the draft stopper at the base of your door or window to block out the cold air.

Resources: Better Homes and Gardens for more cozy home projects.


  1. DIY Art Display: Showcase Your Creativity

Transform your walls into a personal gallery with a DIY art display. Whether you’re showcasing your kids’ masterpieces, your own photography, or a collection of quirky prints, a well-arranged display can add character and charm to any room.

What You Need:

– A variety of frames

– Art, photos, or prints

– Picture hanging kit

– Measuring tape

– Level


  1. Select the art pieces you want to display and choose frames that complement them.
  2. Lay out your frames on the floor to determine the arrangement before hanging.
  3. Measure and mark the wall where each frame will go.
  4. Use a level to ensure each frame is straight, then hang them using your picture hanging kit.
  5. Step back and admire your new gallery wall.

Resources: The Design Files for inspiration on art and interior design.


With these five DIY projects, you can turn your winter hibernation into a season of creativity and productivity. Not only will these projects make your home more comfortable and stylish, but they will be the talking point of family and friends that pop in to visit. So, gather your materials, put on your creative hat, and get ready to transform your home this winter! Need help finding the right home for you? Drop us a line at and the friendly team of Property Buyers Agents will respond in a jiffy!

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