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Driftwood Christmas Tree

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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.)
 
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