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Want a fun project you can do with your kids? Why not DIY your own Hari Raya lantern! 🙂

Hands On!

DIY Lantern for Hari Raya

This Hari Raya, I decided to be more ambitious and tried my hand at crafting decor items for my home. Among the few items I made, the modern Raya lantern was my favourite. I went one step further to design my own template, but the subsequent steps were really straightforward – and easily replicable too!


  • Printed template (A4)
  • Thick paper
  • Penknife
  • Glue
  • Ruler
  • Twine/ ribbon
  • Hole Puncher

Step 1:

Psst…. you can download the template here for free! 🙂 Print it out on an A4 sheet of paper. Paste it on slightly thicker paper, so that the lantern can hold its shape.

Step 2:

Cut along the solid lines, and fold along the dotted lines.

If you did it right (I am sure you did!), you will end up with something like this:

I have marked out the areas to be glued, so just follow the guides, and glue away! Also, remember to punch 2 holes at the top (as indicated by the punch marks) before you start assembling the lantern.

Step 3:

The last step is to insert a ribbon, or twine, through the 2 holes at the top of your lantern. Find a pretty spot in your home, and hang it. To create that festive atmosphere, try making a few more! 🙂

If you try this DIY, do share your creation with us by tagging #MyNiceHome on Instagram. If you have other crafty suggestions, let us know via mynicehome@mailbox.hdb.gov.sg or via our Facebook page.

By Atikah Razak
June 22, 2017

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Seeking some tranquillity? Sembawang Park is the perfect weekend getaway from the city.

Out and About

Sembawang: An Escape to Nature

Mention Sembawang, and the word ‘ulu’ comes to mind immediately. But that association is changing, with better and more accessible transport to take you there – and the fact that Sembawang has a lot to offer in outdoor fun!

If you are looking for a bit of tranquillity, Sembawang Park may be your answer to a weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of city living. Located at the end of Sembawang Road and facing the Johor Straits, the 15-hectare park boasts a natural beach, a maritime themed playground and lots of greenery!

Shape up in the park

For runners, the park promises a scenic jog, and glimpses of Singapore’s naval heritage. For something more to pump up the adrenaline, fitness enthusiasts can choose between the exercise area or bond over the fun, instructor-led group workouts typically held on Sunday mornings.

Reel in the fish

Besides the luscious greenery, one of the distinguishing features in Sembawang Park is the 30m jetty which was partially constructed and then abandoned by the British during the Japanese occupation, during which it was subsequently completed.

Today, it has become a popular fishing ground, and fishing enthusiasts can look forward to a bounty harvest of marine catfish and flower crabs!

Stroll by the beach

If fishing is not your game, head down to the shoreline to enjoy a stroll along one of the only 2 natural sandy beaches in Singapore.

Having fun at the battleship

The maritime-themed playground is also a huge draw for many children. Nestled in the centre of the playground is a life-sized ‘battleship’ made of wooden planks and galvanised steel. Complete with gun turrets, propellers, smoke stacks and a rudder, children can have loads of fun charging up the battleship.

Appreciate heritage

The Beaulieu House is another not to be missed sight at the park. It is one of Singapore’s most well-preserved heritage buildings. Once the residence of a few senior British navy officers, including Vice-Admiral Geoffrey Layton, it is currently a well-known restaurant serving a mix of Chinese and Western fare. It is also one of the few restaurants that overlook the open sea at the park.

Grilling while hanging out

Since it takes a little more effort to travel all the way north to Sembawang Park, make the most of your trip with a picnic. If not, rediscover the simple joys of ‘cooking’ with your friends or your family, over an open flame at the idyllic park.

Go fetch

The Sembawang Park is also a haven for dog owners. With a space of about 2½ basketball courts, you can bring your pooches to get their workouts or ‘play’ lease (leash?)-free at the revamped dog run in the park.

Found another place in the heartlands to chill? Drop us a note at mynicehome@hdb.mailbox.gov.sg and tell us via our MyNiceHome Facebook page.

By Britina Tan
June 21, 2017

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