My wife and myself love the Northumberland coast and spend lots of time on the various beaches walking our dogs.
We have spotted lots of artwork in the region which we quite liked and my wife, true to form uttered the immortal words " You could make those".
So whilst walking, we started to gather driftwood and stones thought suitable for project and began to amass a reasonable amount to construct something.
Step 1: Take Care!
Step 2: Things You May Need.
Suitable base. I used a stone as above.
Collection of driftwood.
Wire for the spine of the tree. Perhaps a wire clothes hanger could be recycled!
Hot melt glue gun.
A vice is very useful
Drill and suitable bits to match your gauge of wire.
A set of lights should you choose to add lighting.
Optional - A ball for the dogs to play with to stop them from stealing your driftwood!
Step 3: Let's Get to It...
You then need to straighten the wire using your hands and pliers or vice, it does not need to be perfect.
At this point I usually select a piece of driftwood around 30mm in diameter and cut a piece for the trunk of the tree around 80 - 100 mm long. This then needs a hole boring through the centre slightly larger than the diameter of your wire. This is where a vice is useful to hold the wood securely.
Since you have the drill to hand you may as well drill holes through your collected driftwood that you plan to use for your branches. A little time should be spent choosing where to drill with regard to where the branch will be located on the wire and how it will look on your tree. Then drill you hole approximately half way along its length.
I tend to drill all of my driftwood collection and select branches as I build my tree. Lastly I select a piece of driftwood for the top of the tree and bore a hole part way through the centre.
Step 4: Assembly
Now it time to assemble. Check the hole you drilled in the stone is clear of dust. Fill the hole in the hot stone with hot melt and then insert your wire spine, then apply more hot melt around the point where the wire enters the stone and thread your trunk onto the wire and into the glue.
Seat it firmly and allow to cool.
Sort your branches into lengths and when the trunk has set, starting with your longest branches, thread your branches onto your wire and add a spot of glue to stop it spinning before adding the next branch. Add the next branch and turn it until you are happy and secure with a dab of glue. Continue until you are at your desired height. At this point cut off the excess wire approximately 30mm above the last branch fitted. Then add a spot of glue and fit your tree top, trimming the wire if needed for a snug fit.
Hey presto! you have a beach tree!
By now the dog is totally bored and wants to go back to the beach!
Step 5: Light It Up!
However it's up to you. I started at the bottom of my tree and simply added a spot of hot melt glue to the tips of branches where I felt the lights looked good and worked my way up the tree ensuring the spacing worked for the amount of lights I had. I secured the battery box around the trunk with cable ties ensuring the switch was accessible. Just need to tidy everything up, hot glue threads etc fit batteries and your done.
I hope you have fun if you choose to make a tree, the grandchildren love to help make them!