127 days ago

DIY Wall Christmas Tree

Owner from Curtain Clean BOP Ltd

If you already have all the decorations, but just need a tree, a DIY Wall Christmas tree could be the perfect solution. Great for people with no extra space for a tree, and ideal for homes with pets and small children as you can mount it up and out of the way!

You'll need:
- White Tinsel / Green Tinsel
- String of lights
- Decorations

- Mini command hooks
- Big bow or star for top

Start at the bottom and hang two hooks as wide as you like, placing them at approx. 15cm intervals until you have a triangle.

Starting at the top, wrap the tinsel around each hook, ensuring it is tight but not too tight that it could put a lot of pressure on the hooks. Once at to the bottom wrap the tinsel twice around the last ‘branch’ around the middle and tape it to stay put. Cut off any excess.

Next, wrap the lights in the same way. Ideally you want the plug end at the bottom. Started from the top, and follow the same process as the tinsel. When you get to the bottom, hang another hook upside down so the lights could wrap neatly around and not fall when unplugged.Place the bow or star at the top of the tree and adorn with a few simple decorations.

See the pictures for a couple of other simple but stunning ideas to match your decor.

If you decide to try this out, we would love to see your creation! Get in touch!

More messages from your neighbours
4 days ago

At-Home Fire Safety Checklist

Fire and Emergency from Fire and Emergency New Zealand

With everyone staying home, it’s now more important than ever for everyone to be fire-safe. People can find information on our website - fireandemergency.nz...

We’re heading into winter, and with households self-isolating together, there’ll be more cooking at home, and more use of open fires, heaters, and dryers - all things which can increase fire risk.

New Zealanders can be confident that Fire and Emergency is well-prepared and ready to respond to emergencies as usual during the nationwide self- isolation period.

Please call 111 if you have a fire, we will ask you whether anyone at the address is self-isolating or has a confirmed case of COVID-19. Where this is the case, we already have necessary measures in place to ensure everyone’s safety including protective clothing, gloves, masks, safety glasses and mask.

1 day ago


Graham from Welcome Bay

to anybody interested there is a very interesting article on stuff this morning. titled sledge hammer to squash a flea. well worth reading

1 day ago

Our sweet pea seeds send out, April issue and Get Growing

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Dear neighbours and NZ Gardener family,

Our April issue should be with our subscribers now and available in supermarkets and service stations (having been distributed prior to the lockdown restrictions). Whether or not it's on the stands yet is a bit patchy ... but then the incredibly brave and hard-working supermarket staff have quite a bit on their plate right now so I understand if there is a delay! Please, please, please everyone ... don't go out to buy it! Normally of course we love you buying NZ Gardener but right now it's far more important that you stay home and stay safe. (You can buy a copy with your online shopping though! That's safe and I think we are all in the market for something uplifting to read right now).

In this issue we offered to send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who sent us a SSAE. Just to reassure you, we will still send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who is keen to participate. We are just not quite sure when! Ignore the dates in the magazine of when you needed to send the envelope in by - that has been indefinitely extended. But we cannot wait to send you the seed and for those flowers to bloom as by then we will be well through this or even have it behind us. And keep letting us know what you are sowing and growing, send in pictures of your harvest, your flowers or what you are sharing.

We always love hearing from NZ Gardener readers but now when we are all staying apart that connection means more than you can imagine. Stay home, stay safe and stay in touch everyone. For the most updated gardening advice, subscribe to our digital e-zine Get Growing, which will be delivered to your inbox completely free.