If like us, you’re based in Melbourne, you’ll be all too familiar with the concept of masking up for your daily walk or trip to the shops. With Sydney now in the mix, with strong face mask recommendations in place, we thought it would be a good time to share with you some of the resources that helped us make our very own Face Masks at home.

If you have a sewing machine, you’re halfway towards making your very own face mask. Here at Sugar Republic, we like to encourage creativity and individuality, so why not think outside the box and create a face mask that is completely unique to you.

Here are some examples of the face masks that we’ve created over the last few weeks.

This is one of our favourites because it looks like a Neenish Tart!

We tried and tested a few different patterns but found the Burda to be the most comfortable and the most practical. Check out the link below for instructions and pattern pieces.

Top Tips:

  1. Add extra space for a filter like paper towel by adding a 1cm piece at the sideof the front and a 4.5cm piece at the side of the back. Instead of sewing the sides together, sew a hem on each side of the back before you join the two pieces. Once joined and turned inside out, fold down the 4.5cm to make the elastic casing. This will leave a little pocket for the filter. Check out the image below to see the extra measurements added to the pattern pieces.             
  2. Don’t like the elastic pulling your ears? Why not use ribbon instead of elastic and tie it around your head.               Alternatively, keep the elastic and secure it with clips to your hair or to a hat.
  3. Be creative, make it fun and unique to you.

Our talented Creative Director Allison made the masks pictured out of fabric she had been collecting for decades. All other required tools were either purchased from Spotlight or were items that were owned prior to the commencement of this project. This post is in no way affiliated or sponsored by Burda or Spotlight, we just love a good Spotlight trip whether online or in-store.

Please note that this post is intended to help people make their own DIY face masks and share our experience of making them. These are not medical grade masks and while these will stop you from getting a fine if you’re in Victoria, they won’t stop you from getting sick. They will aid in the prevention of spreading the virus if you’re sick and don’t realise it and they will help you to remember to not touch your face whilst out and about.

We hope that this helps you if you choose to create your own DIY Face Mask. Allison can make one in just 20 minutes! How long will it take you?

Share your experiences in the comments below and share a photo of your creation tagging to be featured in our stories.

Sugar Republic’s Rainbow Walk

In case you didn’t know, we have been busy taking over Creative Spaces Dirty Dozen at Campbell Arcade in the heart of Melbourne City. Step down the subway stairs at Flinders street or the Graffiti stairs at Degraves street and enter the vintage 1950’s pink tiled arcade, featuring our free exhibit that touches on the COVID-19 Pandemic experience.



Rainbow Walk is a colourful exhibition, that explores the challenges we’ve faced and builds hope for the future.

Come and visit!

Where: Campbell Arcade in Melbourne’s CBD

When: Open Monday – Saturday 7am – 7pm, until July 31.

Free Admission!

Supported by the City of Melbourne, Creative Spaces, Haymes Paint and Electric Confetti.

Mrs Claus’ Lolly Milkshake Recipes!

It’s Christmas in July and Mrs Claus has a surprise for you! She has given us her secret Lolly Milkshake recipes from Christmasland, so you can enjoy some sweet Christmas magic at home.

Our absolute favourites are the So Soft Mashmallow shake and the Sour Straps Shake. You can choose any milk and ice cream and whip these up in a flash at home. Each flavour is great on its own but mixing them is even more fun! We recommend Sour Straps and Jelly Beans for a super sweet treat.


Milk (Dairy, Almond, Coconut or Soy is recommended)

Ice Cream (Vanilla Dairy, Almond, Coconut or Soy is recommended)

Chosen lollies and/or biscuits

A blender

*HOT TIP: Try using chocolate or strawberry ice cream instead of Vanilla!



Measure out ingredients and add them to a Milkshake Jug.

Blitz for 45-60 seconds.

Pour into cup.

Children’s Size: 

230ml Milk

1 scoop of Ice Cream

1/2 serve Lolly/Biscuit

Jelly Bean

3 Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream

500mls Milk

1 scoop (a handful) of Jelly Beans

Sour Straps

3 Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream

500mls Milk

2 Sour Straps


3 Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream

500mls Milk

2 Caramello Koalas


3 Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream

500mls Milk

3/4 Scoop (handful) of Jaffas

So Soft Marshmallow

3 Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream

500mls Milk

1 Scoop (handful) of So Soft Marshmallows

Tim Tam

3 Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream

500mls Milk

2 Tim Tams

Iced Vovo

3 Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream

500mls Milk

2 Iced Vovos

Musk Stick

3 Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream

500mls Milk

1 Scoop (handful) of Musk Sticks

Chocolate Oreo (Vegan)

3 Scoops of Chocolate Coconut, Almond or Soy Ice Cream

500mls Coconut, Almond or Soy Milk

3 Oreo Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Topping


Try it at home and tag us so we can see your magical Lolly Milkshakes!


Birthdays may be a little different these days, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t celebrate! Here’s a FREE printable Party Hat. We hope this helps make your birthday a little brighter.

Click HERE to download your very own party hat. Print and follow the instructions on the printout.

Tag us in your photos so we can celebrate with you.

This is Jim, he’s a 12-year-old Golden Retriever. That’s 89 in dog years! Happy Birthday Jim!



Sugar Republic Playlist

Are you missing us as much as we are missing you? Why not shake your caboose to our iconic sugar playlist? If you close your eyes it will feel like you’re actually there!

Click HERE to get the party started at home.

On a serious note, hopefully, it won’t be too much longer until we can bring you another Sugar Republic event. Until then, we hope this helps satisfy your sugar craving.


A Message From Our Director

Firstly, on behalf of the small team behind Sugar Republic, I would like to say thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last almost 2 years (Yes it’s our second Birthday next month!) It’s been a wild ride and we were so excited to invite you to our latest Sugar Republic event, however, due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic, we must wait. During these unprecedented times, we have decided to do our best to bring that Sugar Republic magic to you. Times are tough worldwide and we are hoping to break the cycle of fear and bring a little joy to each and every one of you.

While we are unable to hold a Sugar Republic event at the moment, we are using our Social Media platforms Instagram and Facebook to bring Sugar Republic to you! We will continue to post fun ideas for things to do whilst in isolation, hold competitions, challenges and take part in some sweet silliness. And we’ve also made some of the most popular rooms from our past events available as Zoom virtual backgrounds for free.

We have also been working with our local community through donations of confectionery worth over $20,000 that are being distributed in care packages to families and front line workers.

We hope that you will join us and get involved in some Sugar Republic fun at home until we can host another event. When this happens you’ll be the first to know!

Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you in person soon.

Much Love,

Allison Jones

Creative Director


Zoom Backgrounds

Thanks to the current Global Pandemic, working from home is an unexpected reality for so many of us right now. We know that all of the Zoom meetings we’re having at the moment can sometimes be a bit on the dull side. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could just pretend we’re somewhere else for a bit? Well, how about pretending you’re in one of our infamous ball pits or in one of our incredible themed rooms?

Introducing Sugar Republic Zoom backgrounds! We want to make your next Zoom meeting just a little bit more magical, so we have 10 FREE Sugar Republic Zoom backgrounds for you to choose from. Simply download one of these by right-clicking (desktop computer) or long-pressing (smartphone or tablet) the image on your preferred image below and select the save image option.

Hey Presto, your WFH Meetings just got a whole lot more entertaining! Which one will you choose for your next meeting?

Tag us in a screenshot of you using one of our backgrounds on Instagram or Facebook for your chance to win tickets to our next event for you and a friend! Winner announced June 11th 2020. *T’s & C’s apply.

*Terms & Conditions

This competition is open to Australian residents only. Prize includes tickets to our next event. As the location is not yet locked in, due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic, location remains to be confirmed and prize winner must take responsibility for all travel, transport and accommodation charges. Entrants must be over the age of 16. While this competition is hosted over Facebook and Instagram, it is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or Instagram. Winner will be announced on Instagram and Facebook at 8pm AEST Thursday June 11th, 2020.