Inspire us! Have you been baking, repairing, learning a new craft, embarked on a DIY project or getting busy in the garden?

Spending more time at home offers us all a chance to slow down, develop our creative side or explore a new hobby.

We would love to hear about your creativity. Send in pictures of your #homehacks for a chance to win our weekly prize package.

  • Been cooking up a storm? We’d love to hear how you’re stretching the budget, preserving, baking or developing new recipes. Have the kids been busy in the kitchen?
  • It’s wonderful that so many people are becoming more self-reliant, growing their own food and even keeping chickens. How is your garden growing? We’re seeing rainbow-painted rocks and fun garden sculptures. Show us your newest garden creation.
  • Creative play and movement are great ways to generate hope and positivity. Have you been singing, dancing, painting, crocheting, upcycling? We’d love to see photos of your creative projects or new skills.
  • How is home schooling going at your place? What’s working for your family? Send us your tips, tricks and fun activities to keep the kids learning in lockdown.
  • What DIY projects have you embarked on? Are there some inspiring Repair or Upcycling hacks you feel proud of/want to share?

Participant giveaways: A Strucket, Sunbeam Pie Maker, various books and a range of Go for Zero products to help keep your home plastic free in style

Submit your #HomeHacks here
 
 

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To be eligible for a prize you need to be a resident or property owner within the Sunshine Coast Council local government area. However we welcome all contributors. Prize drawers are weekly and all eligible entries will be included in the draw.
We encourage responsible sharing and will not post any content that is not in keeping with the program values. Any images that include people, must only be included with the appropriate permissions.

#homehacks videos just for fun

 

From-the-Fridge Pizza

How To Crochet: Granny Square Blanket with Katie Jones

How to Grow Microgreens in a Punnet – The Micro Gardener

How to Make a No-Dig Garden: Morag Gamble's Method for Simple Abundance

How to use Bokashi Bins

Kids Art Attack Volcano

More #homehacks from Living Smart

 
Caloundra Gallery: Creative activities for kids

Caloundra Gallery: Creative activities for kids

The gallery produces a wide variety of creative art programs suitable for a wide audience. The activity instruction sheets are for use at home or in the classroom and have been developed by gallery staff as part of the Education and Public Programs. These programs cannot be reproduced for commercial purposes or distributed outside classrooms.   Activity   Instructions ...

 
DIY at Home

DIY at Home

  Repairs and repurposing Whether you are staring down a long list of home repairs or twiddling your thumbs itching to start a new project, here have some DIY tips and tricks to help you along the way. Identify what needs to be done and determine if you can do it yourself (or if it is a job for the professionals – like electrical or plumbing work). Firstly, ask yourself a few important questions to see if it is worth your while: Do I have the time and motivation? ...

 
How to manage food waste at home

How to manage food waste at home

Great article from our friends at Live for Less According to Foodwise, up to 40% of the rubbish in the average household bin is food. Live for Less looks at some ways to dispose of your food waste more sustainably, and we ask the waste experts at Cleanaway and Nu Grow about how households might be doing it in the future. ...

 
Keeping backyard chickens

Keeping backyard chickens

With self-sufficiency becoming the new norm, it’s no surprise that chickens are popping up in backyards everywhere. Keeping chickens has many benefits and done properly will reward you and your garden for years to come. Taking the time to do your research and providing appropriate care gives your girls the best chance of living long, happy and healthy lives. Be sure to check local regulations about keeping chickens before you get started, especially if you live in an urban area.   Why keep chickens? Access to fresh eggs Reduce food waste ...

 
Small Space Gardening

Small Space Gardening

  Potter about your patio   Anne Gibson, the Micro Gardener – introduction to growing microgreens It’s the perfect time to get dirty. Dirty hands that is, by digging deep into some micro gardening on your patio, veranda, landing, balcony, courtyard or deck. Let’s dip a toe (and a hand) into the wonderful world of small space gardening. If you’re a beginner or just want to get better at growing an edible garden, imagine growing healthy, healing foods you can enjoy every day, while reducing ...

 

Download your FREE 'Love your Leftovers' Recipe eBook

The ebook contains fabulous recipes and tips submitted by from our Living Smart community and campaign partners 4 Ingredients

When used with imagination, leftover ingredients are like a mini-supermarket right in your fridge. It is our hope that through these quick, easy and ever-popular recipes you not only learn to love your leftovers, but ways to ensure they are used and NEVER go to waste.