19.12.12

a backyard christmas wreath

 
Thinking back to Christmases spent in London and Sydney, it was such a novelty for us to go and choose a real Christmas tree and lug it home through the city (squeezing one on to an old London routemaster bus was quite an experience!). Nothing says Christmas more than the smell of fresh pine and a light scattering of green pine needles.

Unfortunately, the traditional pine trees don't fare particularly well in the northern Australian tropics. If you're lucky enough to find one, you'll be even luckier if the unrooted plant survives a brutally hot December. By the middle of the month, usually all that's left is a blanket of wilted pine needles covering the gifts below.

What we do have in abundance though, are palms... in all shapes and sizes. I must confess that palms aren't exactly my favourite type of plant, and if we didn't rely on them so much for privacy, we'd probably replace them with a whole range of eucalyptus and native shrubbery. This being said, the humble palm does offer up some pretty spectacular debris shortly after seeding.

Last week, in an attempt to avoid plastic fantastic and bring a bit of nature into the home, I took Lalie outside into the backyard to collect some seed fronds. The stalks had been curved into a rough semi-circle from the way they had drooped down after seeding.

While Lalie played around on the swings, I played around with my fronds, overlapping them until I had formed a circle. Before I knew it, I was staring at an enormous wreath - the perfect substitue for a real tree! I quickly pulled some vines from the fence and secured the wreath together. This whole process took less than half an hour and didn't cost a cent. Not a single tool was used; just my hands and what was available to me in the yard.

A paper star (lamp shade), a string of lights and a packet of $5 glitter baubles later, she was finished and hung.

Our backyard Christmas wreath isn't perfect - it embraces all that's wild, organic and handmade. It's a bit skew-if and completely untamed, but it reminds us that we're celebrating this holiday in true Australian spirit. Casual, carefree...anything goes!

68 comments :

  1. Oh Claire - You have really outdone yourself this time!! That wreath is beyond beautiful. And just quietly, way cooler than the ol' pine Chrissy tree!! It looks magnificent xx

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  2. That is gorgeous, as is everything you do.

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  3. Claire - you are incredible! It is awesome, so so beautiful. And it IS perfect if you ask me. xx

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  4. insanely perfect!! i'm in love.

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  5. Oh my, this is wonderful. Love the gorgeous muted colours and the little Christmas pixie waiting so patiently.
    Katie

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  6. Woman, that is amazing!! Most beautifully wrapped presents EVER!! Xx

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  7. Claire this is stunning!! I adore it and those pictures are superb.. Merry Christmas! x

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  8. Oh Claire, this could be straight out of a magazine - incredibly beautiful and simply divine. Your photographs are perfection x

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  9. Most beautiful decorations! Can't believe it only took half an hour for the wreath! Im inspired!

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  10. Your photos are perfect!

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  11. Utterly stunning. What talents you have lady.

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  12. Ahhhh! I think it is beyond perfect- stylist indeed! And love Lalies leotard. She is blessed with style genes galore. Happy Christmas nesting beautiful lady. Xx

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  13. p.s. are you still doing instagram? X

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    1. Hey Ashley! Unfortunately my iphone camera is damaged... hence the instagram hiatus xx

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  14. Jaw dropping goodness, this wreath is a beaut! You did a fantastic job Claire. What a way to celebrate the holidays this year : )

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  15. It is amazing! Coupled with the gorgeously wrapped gifts...wow. Super impressed. I have an abundance of unwanted palm leaves in our yard, do you want to pop over and make us a wreath?

    http://iliska-dreams.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Hop to it! Now you've got a template to work from! x

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  16. Wow, this completely took my breath away with its wild beauty. You have created something so stunning here. The images and your wee one of course are beautiful, jxx

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  17. You are so inspirational, Claire.

    Merry Christmas x

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  18. Oh Claire, I LOVE IT. It's absolutely gorgeous.
    I love the natural, organic feel & look it contains.
    And your styling and photos are as always....amazing.
    x

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  19. Very pretty Claire and very creative.

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  20. Super stylist strikes again!

    rachel xo

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  21. Suuuch a magical post! Love that you captured your daughter in and amongst the beauty too!!

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  22. Claire Connell, you've got some wild skills.

    fo realz

    xo em

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  23. I am in AWE!!!!
    Absolutely beautiful!
    I know what you mean about the Palms!
    X

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  24. Absolutely beautiful Claire and your gorgeous photos captures it so magically. Such an inspiration. Can I share a link to my friend tree this year... I think you will like it!

    http://abbotsfordwoodenbox.blogspot.com.au/

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  25. Absolutely beautiful! Xo

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  26. It's 100 times better than how you described it! Absolutely stunning - worthy of a front cover, I say x

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  27. Me oh my. Your posts ARE a mini magazine! Thanks for sharing such eye delights!

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  28. it's absolutely beautiful. your whole blog is lovely and inspiring. thanks for sharing.

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  29. Oh my! I think this has to be THE perfect Aussie Christmas tree. Superb!!! Wishing you some beautiful treasures from the man in red under that wreath :) x

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  30. Absolutely in love with this. You are one talented lady, Claire.
    Gorgeous, GORGEOUS photos.
    Ronnie xo

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  31. I have been eagerly awaiting this post... simply stunning!!

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  32. It's perfect, Claire. Abso-f#*king-lutely! xx

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  33. Omg... Absolutely gorgeous! So clever. Sam x

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  34. oh my goodness, that's insanely amazing. You are one talented lady... xx

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  35. Spectacular. Stunning. Enormous! I love it x

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  36. this is gorgeous, your house is such a dream! Eulalie is looking very angelic too in her little ballerina costume! What a cutie! Hope you all have a fabulous Christmas x

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  37. Utterly gorgeous. All,of it.

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  38. No one could make this but you! Amazing. Kellie xx

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  39. Sigh. Elegant and natural and so totally you. Beautiful. :)

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  40. this is absolutly amazing.
    x

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  41. Hmmmm.....I might just rethink my stick in a vase! X......your wreath is jaw dropping....truly!!
    Allison x

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  42. That wreath is unreal. These photos should be in a magazine somewhere! Really!

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  43. before I read this post i thought you had styled that for a magazine shoot! But NO! it's in your house! wowsers! (can i do anymore exclamation marks?)

    it's beautiful claire. absolutely beautiful. xx

    ps. I thought we were going away for xmas so got our pine early, but now we're staying I'm hoping it makes it through till next week. eep!

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  44. This wreath is beyond gorgeous Claire. Just stunning. x Laura

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  45. just...wow. I would gladly trade our fresh pine tree for that massive, breathtaking wreath. so clever! Belinda x

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  46. Oh my goodness Claire, that is spectacular. You my friend are amazing.

    A very happy Christmas to you and you're family.

    xo jody

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  47. Wow. Just, wow! This is amazing, Claire! You definitely have an eye for beauty. I would happily have that hang in my home (and better yet, would love to see this in a magazine! Someone needs to get onto you, stat!) xxx

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  48. oh that is amazing, looks like it's from some flash magazine, so organic, so simple, so wonderfully awesome. clever you

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  49. Looks amazing!
    Merry Christmas!!
    Xxx

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  50. This is quite possibly the most beautiful thing i have ever seen!!!! xx

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  51. beautiful, Claire, absolutely beautiful!

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  52. Absolutely gorgeous and perfectly colour co-ordinated with the presents!

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  53. So simply beautiful! Merry Christmas Claire xo

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  54. so perfect! merry christmas! xx

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  55. so perfect! merry christmas! xx

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  56. Claire, the wreath is beautiful-your posts are inspiring.... May I ask what colour you have painted the wall in the background with? Merry Christmas. Cath

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  57. Shut the front door!! Love!!! x

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  58. This is beyond gorgeous and lovely - wow!

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  59. We once used a chair. Yep, we had a Christmas chair. Lights and all.

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