Now that the holidays are here, I decided to go with a Christmas tree.
Mine is just over 2 feet tall. I'd love to collect some really big pieces and scale it up to full size.
Step 1: Gather what you'll need
About 30 pieces of driftwood
1 dowel, 5/16" diameter or larger.
1 wood base (mine in 4 1/2" diameter, purchased at Michael's for $1.29)
Glue (I used Weldbond, but any wood glue or good white glue should do.)
Drill or dremel tool with a bit the same size as your dowel
Block to drill into
Starfish for the top
Step 2: Source your driftwood
Just collect a bunch, anything that has that driftwood-y look to it. You should get a variety, from gnarled tree branches to distressed lumber scraps. For my tree I used 31 pieces. They vary in size from 3 1/2" to 21" in length. They will need to be thick enough to have a hole drilled in them that will fit the dowel. (I first tried a 1/4' dowel, but it was too flimsy. Go 5/16" or larger)
Bring them home and give them a good cleaning in a bleach/water solution. Then leave them outside to dry.
(FYI - this picture was selected for a Jones Soda label. Diet black cherry. Let me know if you find any in a store.)