Christmas in Australia. Despite the scorching summer, we do have the entire range of usual Christmas decorations, including the inflatable Santa and snowmen and the snowflake Christmas lights adorning the houses. We go to the beach and wear Santa hats with our swimsuits and we might even make sandmen because we don’t have snow. Instead of jingle bells, the day before Christmas Eve we have the buzz of lawnmowers, whipper-snippers and leaf blowers, because we love our lawns. I guess we could call it our green snow. We have Carols by Candlelight, wreaths on our front doors and Santa’s sleigh pulled by the six white boomers.

We love our Christmas and we love to decorate our homes the traditional way. Or the coastal way. For example, a Christmas wreath with a beach feel.

For the base I used a tree root, but a cane ring from a craft store works just as well, or perhaps you want to make your wreath from driftwood. You could also use the ring we made in the previous post and wrap it in hessian. I used wire to secure the ends of the root and I do advise you to be careful because you can easily poke some nice holes in your fingertips. I did. (The poking, not the “being careful” bit.)

The decorating part must involve shells – lots of shells. I even made some little flip-flops (which by the way we call thongs) and some wooden stars.

You could also add some blue baubles or if you have clear baubles, fill them with sand and shells. I love clear baubles – they are so versatile! You can give them a new look every year and use them in various colour schemes or themes. You can fill them with feathers, tinsel, beads, rice, polystyrene, wool – anything that crosses your mind (and you can fit).

Christmas baubles

But back to our coastal theme, I filled mine with shells. Use your imagination, taste and choice of colours to add decorative touches and you will love the result. The main thing is to have fun!

Coastal wreath

Christmas wreath