DIY VIDEOS

BUILD

Encouraging kids to put their books away will be a little easier with this doll’s house and bookshelf combo.   Using Forescolor coloured MDF from Porta, the frame of the doll’s house was built first, then the shelves, room dividers and roof were atta...
Set up a special zone where kids can draw and read by building a desk and matching bench seat with built-in storage for toys. We used Forescolor coloured MDF by Porta in blue to skip the hassle of painting. The bench seat slots perfectly inside the d...
The rear of this house had recently been renovated to open it up to the backyard, but it lacked an outdoor entertaining space. To take advantage of the poolside location, a dual-level deck was built to link the indoors with the outside. Constructed a...

Renovate

Oscillating tools are extremely versatile, with countless attachments for a variety of tasks including cutting, sanding and scraping. Also known as multitools, they have dozens of handy uses. Here 5 ways you can use this versatile tool when renovatin...
Installing doors and adjusting the hinges is one of the last stages of a kitchen or laundry renovation, and is completed once the cabinets have been assembled. Attaching a cabinet door is quite simple. The first step is to attach the hinge to the cab...
When renovating a kitchen or laundry, installing a brand new laminate or timber benchtop is an affordable solution that will improve the look of the room. It's also a job that anyone with intermediate DIY skills will be able to handle. In this DIY vi...

Decorate

If you’re hosting a Halloween party this year, or if you’re getting into the spirit of the holiday, why not create your own spooky snacks at home?   These five quick and easy snack ideas are perfect for sharing and you can even get the kids inv...
These stylish painted mugs were finished in an afternoon, and they’re so easy to do that you can get the kids to help. For this project, Melissa used a set of plain white mugs, painter’s tape and newspaper, an easy surface preparation spray, a me...
A keen cook herself, Melissa wanted to create something that she knew would be fun to use in the kitchen, so was inspired to decorate a set of generic wooden utensils with individual hand-drawn designs. She used a pencil to sketch words and patte...

Outdoor

Cooking a steak to perfection is an essential skill that any barbecue enthusiast should know, as it’s one of the most popular barbecue meals and is absolutely delicious when done right.   In this how-to video from Matador, barbecue guru and chef Ben...
Click here to get the full step-by-step instructions for this project. Click here to download the project PDF The frame of the doghouse is made from 70 x 35mm pine, and features a timber floor. The sides are clad with pine boards and a metal roo...
In this DIY video, we show you how to build a barbecue bench to transform an empty patio into a tidy outdoor cooking space. Subscribe to Handyman on Youtube The entrance area of this inner city townhouse was bare and unused. A more private rear cou...

Garden

In this DIY video, we show you how to plant a bowl of herbs with the kids.   Keeping the kids entertained over the school holidays with creative ideas can be daunting.    Simple to make, we created this herb garden as a great way to begin t...
In this video, we’ll show you how to set up a worm farm so you can recycle kitchen scraps to make fertiliser for your garden. We're using the Tumbleweed Worm Cafe, which is easy to set up, simple to use and comes with everything you need to get start...
Click here to subscribe to Handyman Magazine on YouTube  In this DIY video, we show you how to identify and protect seedlings in your garden. Have you ever planted seeds or seedlings in your garden, only to find that they’re hidden by a mass of wee...

Hints & Tips

In this DIY video, we show you how to sharpen scissors using only a piece of steel wool. If your scissors aren't as sharp as they used to be, then try this tip to turn blunt scissors into razor-sharp cutters. All you need to sharpen your scissors is...
Dishwashing sponges see constant use in the kitchen, and after coming into contact with so many surfaces, they can accumulate harmful bacteria over time. The damp conditions provides the ideal breeding ground for bacteria to thrive. It's impractical...
Rosemary is an essential cooking herb for Mediterranean cuisine, and thankfully it's easy to grow at home. In this DIY video, we show you how to grow rosemary at home, and how to make new rosemary plants using cuttings. All you need to create free ro...