Check out our videos to help prevent boredom while our regular Brisbane events, programs, and facilities are on hold or recommencing. Enjoy!

If you like these videos, get more inspiration, on our Brisbane: Better together page.

Remember, at the moment, it's more important than ever to support our local small business. Get inspired to shop local with our Buy local in Brisbane video.

Do-it-yourself videos

Watch our do-it-yourself videos below, or watch them on Council's YouTube channel.

DIY: Bath salts

Treat yourself or someone you love to homemade bath salts. This video is 1 minute and 25 seconds long.

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[Background music]

Make homemade bath salts.

Add:
1 cup of epsom salts
1 cup of sea salt
1/2 cup of bicarb soda

Mix together.

Add 10 to 15 drops of essential oil.

Mix together.

Add a few drops of food colouring.

Mix together.

Add a few spoons of the mix into a bottle.

Add a few more drops of colouring and mix.

Add more of the mix to your bottle.

Add a few drops of another colour and mix.

Add another layer to the bottle.

Repeat the process once more.

Add the last layer of salts to the bottle.

DIY: Coffee body scrub

Turn your coffee grounds into a scrub that will leave you feeling fresh and glowing without the price tag. This video is 47 seconds long.

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Easy home made coffee body scrub.

Add:
1 cup of coffee grounds
1 cup of sea salt or sugar
1 tsp of cinnamon (optional)

Mix together.

Add half a cup of melted coconut oil. Mix together.

Put the mix into an airtight bottle. Note - this recipe keeps for a few weeks only as there are no preservatives.

DIY: Homemade dog treats

Use our quick and easy recipe to make some homemade treats that your dog is sure to love! This video is 1 minute and 42 seconds long.

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Learn to make homemade dog treats!

Steam 250 grams of pumpkin until soft. Tip: You can use leftover pumpkin or other vegetables or fruits that are safe for dogs.

Puree the pumpkin. You should have 3/4 of a cup. Set aside to cool.

Line a baking tray. Preheat oven to 280 degrees.

In a bowl add 2 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup of peanut butter, 2 eggs. Mix together. Add pumpkin puree and mix again.

If the dough is still sticky, add a bit more flour.

Knead the dough a few times.

Roll the dough on a floured surface. The dough should be around 5 millimetres think.

Use a biscuit cutter or knife to cut the dough.

Bake for 15 minutes. 

Place the treats on a wire rack and allow to cool.

Store them in the fridge in an airtight container.

Try the treats out with some taste testers!

Family history

Accessing Ancestry

Watch this short video about how to access Ancestry via Brisbane City Council's library catalogue, eLibCat. This video is 3 minutes and 15 seconds long. Read the video transcript.

Searching Ancestry

Watch this video to learn how to search the Ancestry website, available through your digital library membership. This video is approximately 26 minutes long. Read the video transcript.

Gardening

Gardening tips: What to plant in May

Wondering where to start with your garden? Find out what's best to plant in Brisbane during May. This video is 1 minute and 15 seconds long.

Saving dry seeds - Annette McFarlane

Join Annette McFarlane as she talks about saving dry seeds. This video is 13 minutes and 6 seconds long. Read the transcript for this video.

Seed sowing with Annette McFarlane

Watch a video on seed sowing and have great success with germination. This video is 11 minutes and 10 seconds long. Read the transcript.

Love Food Hate Waste recipes

DIY: Quick and easy banana bread

Turn your old bananas into a sweet snack using ingredients you’ll find in your pantry! This video is 1 minute and 40 seconds long.

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Food saving: banana bread.

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees. Grease or line a baking tin.

Mash two overripe bananas.

Add to a bowl - 1 3/4 cups self-raising flour, 1/4 cup plain flour,1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Mix together. [Tip: You can use gluten free flour for this recipe.]

Add 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar. Mix together.

Make a well in the centre. Add 1/2 cup skim milk, 50 grams melted butter and 2 lightly whisked eggs. Mix together.

Add mashed bananas and mix.

Pour into baking tin.

Bake for 45-50 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.

After 5 minutes, turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

Check out the Clean and Green blog for more food saving recipe ideas.

DIY: Quick and easy fried rice

If you've got some extra vegetables or cooked rice in the fridge, use our recipe to make a delicious meal. This video is 1 minute and 53 seconds long.

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Food saving: fried rice

[Background music]

Chop 1 or 2 onions.

Dice 2 cups of vegetables. You can use leftover veggies and veggies you already have in the fridge.

Scramble 3 eggs and set aside.

Add 1 tablespoon of oil to a wok or frypan. Fry onions until tender.

Add 4 cups of leftover cold cooked rice. Break up any clumps.

Add 1 tablespoon fish sauce and 2 tablespoons soy sauce. Tip: Use dar soy for a more intense colour and flavour.

Add 1 tablespoon butter.

Add 250 grams diced cooked protein. Add vegetables. Fry on a high heat, stirring frequently.

Season to taste. Fry until everything is cooked and heated through. Add the scrambled eggs.

Mix together and serve.

Quick and easy Anzac biscuits recipe

Here’s a quick and easy recipe for baking some tasty ANZAC Biscuits at home. This video is nearly 2 minutes long.

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[Background music]

Bake Anzac biscuits.

Line a baking tray and preheat over to 180 degrees.

Add 1 cup raw sugar, 90 grams golden syrup, 150 grams unsalted butter to a saucepan. Stir over medium heat until butter melts. Simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

Add 1 cup plain flour, 1 1/4 cups rolled oats, 1 1/4 cups desiccated coconut and a pinch of salt to a bowl. Mix together.

Add half a teaspoon of bi-carb soda to the butter mix, plus 1 tablespoon of water. Mix together.

Pour the butter mix into the oats. Mix together.

Roll into walnut sized balls. Place on a lined baking tray. Flatten the biscuits slightly. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until golden. Cool on the tray for 5 minutes, then move to a wire rack to fully cool.

More Love Food Hate Waste recipe videos

Our bushland, wildlife and bikeways

Spotted Gum Trail at Mt Coot-tha

The Spotted Gum Trail at Mt Coot-tha is now open. Walk the new 2.4-kilometre trail today. This short video is 38 seconds long.

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There's now more to explore at Mt Coot-tha!

Put on your walking shoes and test out the new Spotted Gum Trail. 

The 2.4-kilometre track links Brisbane Botanic Gardens to the Mt Coot-tha Summit.

Take the road less travelled and explore previously inaccessible parts of Mt Coot-tha Forest.

Discover a new way to enjoy one of our favourite city views!

There's a mountain of things to do at Mt Coot-tha!

 

Brisbane's backyard wildlife

Watch our short videos to find out about the different animals that live in Brisbane backyards. This video is 1 minute and 3 seconds long.

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Squirrel gliders - These cute marsupials can glide up to 60 metres at a time.

Common tree snakes - These harmless snakes can be green, brown, or even blue.

Blue tiger butterflies - These butterflies migrate south in summer and north in autumn.

Eastern bearded dragons - They might look fierce, but their favourite food is actually veggies.

Carpet pythons - Female carpet pythons lay 10-47 eggs and incubate them by shivering.

Meadow argus butterflies - Their eyespots are a defence mechanism to scare predators away.

Easter long neck turtles - Their necks are about half the length of their shells.

Great eggfly butterflies - The 'egg' in their name refers to the white spot on the male's wings.

Walk Ironbark Circuit 

Watch our video for some fit-spiration. Take a virtual walk on Karawatha Forest Park's, Ironbark Circuit and then head out to walk it in real life. This video is 37 seconds long.

Libraries - Children's literacy sessions

Babies Books Rhymes with Jenny, Kirsty and Melissa at Garden City Library

This session is 16 minutes and 24 seconds long. Read the transcript for this session. 

Babies Books and Rhymes with Virginia and Heather at Carindale Library

This video is 13 minutes and 18 seconds long. Read the transcript for this video.

Babies, Books and Rhymes with Nanga at Banyo Library

This video is 8 minutes and 30 seconds long. Read the transcript for this session.

Toddler Time with Gaylene from Fairfield Library

This video is 13 minutes and 7 seconds long. Read the transcript for this session.

AUSLAN Toddler Time with Charlotte from Fairfield Library

This video is 5 minutes and 5 seconds long. Read the transcript for this session.

Children's storytime with Maggie from the Pop-Up Library

This video is 16 minutes and 41 seconds long. Read the transcript for this video.

Toddler Time with Jason and Luke at Indooroopilly Library

This video is 11 minutes and 33 seconds long. Read the transcript for this session.

Toddler Time with Bri and Laura at Wynnum Library

This video is 12 minutes and 37 seconds long. Read the transcript for this session.

Children's Storytime with Meg and Rachel from Toowong Library

This video is 10 minutes and 33 seconds long. Read the transcript for this session.

Babies, Books and Rhymes with Kristy at West End Library

This video is 14 minutes and 21 seconds long. Read the transcript for this video.

 

Children's Storytime with Golda at Annerley Library

This session is 7 minutes and 28 seconds long. Read the transcript for this session.

Babies, Books and Rhymes with Sharron and Meg at Toowong Library

This video is 11 minutes and 25 seconds long. Read the transcript for this video.

AUSLAN storytime with Sharron and Mel at Toowong Library

This video is approximately 8 minutes long. Read the transcript for this session.

Babies, Books and Rhymes with Scott at Mount Ommaney Library

This video is 5 minutes and 49 seconds long. Read the transcript for this video.

Babies, Books and Rhymes with Stephen at Corinda Library

This video is 15 minutes and 56 seconds long. Read the transcript for this session.

Babies, Books and Rhymes with Sharee from Bracken Ridge Library

This video is 9 minutes and 40 seconds long. Read the transcript for this video.

Babies, Books and Rhymes with Scott at Nundah Library

This video is 13 minutes and 19 seconds long. Read the transcript for this session.

Babies, Books and Rhymes with Christianne at West End Library

This video is 9 minutes and 50 seconds long. Read the transcript for this session.

Children's Storytime with Michele at Annerley Library

This session is 11 minutes and 33 seconds long. Read the transcript for this session.

Toddler time with Wendy at Sunnybank Hills Library

This video is 17 minutes and 41 seconds long. Read the transcript for this session.

Children's Storytime with Julie at Ashgrove Library

This video is 13 minutes and 9 seconds long. Read the transcript for this session.

Babies Books and Rhymes with Danielle and Kyra at Brisbane Square Library

This video is 12 minutes and 42 seconds long. Read the transcript for this session.

Babies, Books and Rhymes with Hilary and Rosemary at Chermside Library

This video is 9 minutes and 32 seconds long. Read the transcript for this video.

 

Children's storytime with Daniel at Mount Gravatt Library

This session is 8 minutes and 22 seconds long. Read the transcript for this session.

Library and Information Week 2020

Chicken Diva craft 

This video is 7 minutes and 30 seconds long. Read the transcript for this session.

Create a book

This video is just over 18 minutes long. Read the transcript for this session.

National Simultaneous Storytime 

This video is 11 minutes and 13 seconds long. Read the transcript for this session.

Stop motion animation

This video is 5 minutes long. Read the transcript for this session.

 

Library trivia

This session is nearly 16 minutes long. Read the transcript for this session.

STEM at home 

This video is 8 minutes and 39 seconds long. Read the transcript for this session.

Last updated:5 June 2020