• Kara shares her favourite ideas for creating a uniquely Australian Christmas this year.

    The Great Wall of Christmas

    When thinking about putting up the tree this Christmas, I have visions of our little one pulling it all down again and I have to admit, it gives me a little anxiety! So I’ve been looking into creative Christmas tree ideas that can be done in toddler-friendly ways. I’ve found so many beautiful and creative ideas that are perfect for young families as well as those lacking space or those simply after something a bit different! 

    RAMS Talk green tree

    Image Source:  Kitandfortage.com

    RAMS Talk gold tree  
    Image Source:  whatninaspotted.com 

    What’s great is that the trees can be built above a buffet table, away from curious little hands. There’s nothing better than fresh greenery within the home – so why not get creative with pine branches. For a more earthy, organic look, collect sticks from the backyard and organize them into a tree pattern on the wall and adorn with pinecones and fairy lights.  

    The Native Table  

    An Australian Christmas is so unique compared to so many other parts of the world. Celebrate this by styling your Christmas day table with Australian native foliage and flowers. Banksia, waratah and eucalyptus work perfectly together. Add in some decorative Christmas baubles, string lights and candles and you’re all set.  

     RAMS Talk table and lights

    Image Source: buildhousehome.blogspot.com.au

    Photographer: Eva Burgess

     RAMS Talk native table  

    Image source: stylecurator.com.au 

    Rustic Napery 

    Bring out your crafty side and get creative with festive table napkins. Here we’ve bought 2 metres of fabric from Spotlight and cut it in sizes to suit. The fabric was a bit too bright and white for our rustic native theme, so we soaked it in tea bags for a few hours the night before! Add in some native foliage and twine and attach handwritten name tags for your family and friends.  

    RAMS Talk rustic napery  

    Image Source: kyalandkara.com

    Flowers: Merringracefloraldesign.com

    Photography: rosejane.com

    DIY Christmas wreath  

    A Christmas wreath hung on your front door is a beautiful way to make a gorgeous first impression this festive season. The pre-made wreath base can be purchased from local florists or craft stores. You’ll also need some florist wire and a selection of native foliage. You can also get creative with pine cones, succulents and gumnuts.  

    Begin layering foliage as your base on one section of the wreath, working outwards from this point. Attach foliage using wire, and begin layering with nuts, cones and flowers as you see fit. The great thing about a native wreath is it can be as rustic or neat as you like! Once complete, use a ribbon or wire to attach it to a hook on your door.  

    RAMS Talk Christmas wreath

    Caption: My first attempt at a Christmas wreath with thanks to Merrin Grace Floral Design. 

    Image Source: kyalandkara.com

    RAMS Talk three wreaths

    Image source: merringracefloraldesign.com


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    Kyal and Kara

    About the author

    Kyal and Kara became the public’s favourite couple of The Block Fans v Faves series and caught the positive attention of the judges – winning multiple rooms. Their down to earth and friendly nature has made them crowd favorites and their skill and design flair has ensured some beautiful renovation results. As a young, enthusiastic, fit and healthy couple, they have an exciting future ahead.  

    Since The Block, Kyal and Kara have gone on to launch their own business, Diverse Design and Construct, and are working on various design and build projects around the country including their own renovation projects.

    Kyal and Kara Demmrich

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