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Driftwood Christmas Tree

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I've been wanting to make some wreaths with driftwood I've collected on the beach.
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.
 
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Step 1: Gather what you'll need

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What you'll need to construct the tree:
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
Ruler
Starfish for the top

Step 2: Source your driftwood

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Go down to the beach and collect a bunch of driftwood. I'm lucky enough to live a few miles from the Pacific ocean. I recommend wearing gloves. Most driftwood arrives on our beaches after storms, and other nasty things could be there, too.

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.)
bajablue1 year ago
Sweet! Old fishing lures would make great ornaments! ;-)
mcorbin (author)  bajablue1 year ago
Nice. I happen to have a garage full of my husband's old lures
poofrabbit1 year ago
What a neat idea! This would look awesome on the porch of a beach front home!
Lowriderpr1 year ago
Good Job!
That is an awesome idea! I love alternative Christmas trees!