Craft & activities

Enjoy craft and other activities at home, inspired by our exhibitions and museums.

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Photo © Sydney Living Museums

Make a family tree

Be inspired by our upcoming digital installation Walking through a Songline at the Museum of Sydney and make a tree that represents your family and friends. You’ll need pipe cleaners, raffia, beads, crepe paper and feathers or make do with materials you have on hand.

Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums.

Create your own Magic Lantern

This 19th century home image projection technology was first brought to Rouse Hill House from London in the 1860s, together with a collection of hand-painted story-telling and comic slides. Follow our guide below to make your own slides and slide holder.

Photo © Joshua Morris for Sydney Living Museums.

Recycled seeded paper

In a nod to the installation Healing Land, Remembering Country by Kuku Yalanji artist Tony Albert, on display at Elizabeth Farm, kids can learn how to make recycled seeded paper using the seeds of native plants and take part in a ‘memory exchange’ activity. 

The Deep Sea Astronauts. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Make your own wings

Create your own wings inspired by native birds - the rainbow lorrikeet and cheeky cockatoos which featured in our Virtual Family Fair. 

Fairy fortune teller

Marion Mahony Griffin was enchanted by the Australian bush. She believed in hidden beings who helped to shape the natural world – fairies, gnomes, undines and sylphs. Download the instructions and template below to make your very own fortune teller!

Make your own butterfly

Download the activity sheet to make a moving butterfly puppet. You will also need pencils for colouring, scissors, metal fasteners (metal pins) and a bamboo skewer.

Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Paper Plane expert guides

Make your own paper plane, then launch it in a clear space! How far does it fly? Download our guides below and watch your creations take off!

Courtesy Elin Matilda

Paper portraits

Create portraits of people who lived at Rouse Hill House and discover their stories with this collage activity designed by Swedish-Australian illustrator and designer Elin Matilda.

Illustration © James Gulliver Hancock

Mini Museum Models

Make your own mini museum! Choose from six Sydney Living Museums properties. Simply download the plans, colour, cut, fold and glue.

Image from The Illustrated Book of Poultry, Lewis Wright, c1875. Rouse Hill House & Farm Collection, Sydney Living Museums

Chicken Puppet

Cluck, cluck! Download the activity sheet to make a moving chicken puppet. You will also need pencils for colouring, scissors, metal fasteners (metal pins) and a bamboo skewer. 

Festive season activities

How to make Christmas ornaments

Two decorated Christmas ornament shapes - a yellow bell and a red stocking - with ribbon for hanging them.
Christmas ornaments. Photo © Sydney Living Museums

Get crafty this Christmas with some homemade ornaments for your tree.

How to make a Christmas garland

Selection of Christmas shapes in bright colours.
Christmas craft. © Sydney Living Museums

Drape your house in homemade Christmas garlands for a festive feel.

Room in a box activity

How to make a mini bed

Completed matchbox mini-bed craft item with cardboard bedhead and patterned fabric cover.
Mini-bed. © Sydney Living Museums

Make a mini bed to place in your diorama.

How to make a mini table

Mini-table craft activity thumb.
Mini table. Photo © Sydney Living Museums

Make a mini table to place in your diorama.

How to make a mini fruitbowl

Mini fruitbowl made out of paper and a bottle cap.
Mini fruitbowl thumb. Photo © Sydney Living Museums

Make a mini fruitbowl to place in your diorama.

How to make a mini plant in a pot

Completed craft plant in pot activity.
Mini plant. © Sydney Living Museums

Make a mini plant in a pot to place in your diorama.


 

Video: make a room in a box

Watch the video to find out how to make a room in a box. You can find the templates and instructions for furniture and other items to decorate your room right here on our Craft & activities page.