New creative project launched by DCCI as part of the Government’s “Keep Well” Campaign

Design & Crafts Council Ireland has launched a new creative project to bring the skills and talents of Ireland’s craftspeople and designers into homes and communities across the country.

The “Keep Well” campaign is part of the Government’s Plan for Living with COVID-19 to promote individual and community resilience. DCCI will focus on the campaign’s strand ‘Switching off and Being Creative’. This programme encourages people at home to ‘switch off, be creative, and to learn something new’. It offers people of all ages and abilities an opportunity to engage with a series of online creative activities, and onsite activities at public locations (where possible within COVID-19 guidelines) all designed to promote wellbeing and resilience during COVID-19. 

Over the next few months DCCI and the National Design & Craft Gallery will run a series of online videos, workshops and activities, involving Ireland’s designers, makers and our member organisations - Guilds, Associations, Networks and Societies (GANS).

Pre-Christmas activities:

A free Craft Your Own Star worksheet will be available from your main county library. You can pop out a star shape from the card to produce your own simple but beautiful 3D Christmas decoration as a small gift for grandparents, neighbours or other members of your family.

Christmas themed craft workshop videos: learn how to make a Christmas wreath for your front door; a festive side table display with award-winning floral artist Eva Homes and Chairwoman of Kilkenny Flower Club; or discover how to make a fun and quirky pom pom snowman character with talented artist Julie Forrester.

For further information, please contact: Caroline Loughman on or Mary Whelan on

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DCCI Keep Well Campaign Partners 

The Keep Well Campaign will run until March 2020. DCCI campaign partners include Sláintecare / Healthy Ireland (Dept of Health), Pobail. Delivery of the programme will be via libraries nationwide, supported by the LGMA (the state agency that provides a range of professional services to local authorities.

Christmas Themed Craft Workshop Videos

A Christmas Wreath

Learn how to make a Christmas wreath for your front door

A Christmas Arrangement

Learn how to make a festive side table display

Pom Pom Snowman Character

Discover how to make a fun and quirky pom pom snowman character