I’ve been on a Christmas tree makin’ kick this year. All kinds… shell, burlap, ribbon, twine, music paper, etc.
This drift wood Christmas tree kind of happened by accident. I was putting craft supplies away after making the Limpet Shell Christmas tree, and I saw the pieces of driftwood sitting in my “CereusArt” crafting box. I swear I heard driftwood voices saying “make me a Christmas tree”.
So using what I already had, I followed the voices in my head and made this beach themed Christmas tree.
- Driftwood from CereusArt
- Tiny Littornia Sea Shells from CereusArt
- Starfish from CereusArt
- Scrap wood for base and 1/8 inch dowel
- Red and natural rope ($5.99 at HomeGoods)
- White string
- Epsom Salt
- Hot Glue gun and Decoupage Glue
I originally thought I would use a scrap wood block wrapped in paper for the base, but along the way I changed my mind. Still a very cute option, all tied with a bow.
I drilled 1/8 inch holes through each piece of driftwood. (That is the width of the dowel I used.)
Between each piece of driftwood, I wrapped the red/natural rope a couple of time around the dowel and secured it with hot glue.
Now for the base… After drilling a hole in the “gift box”, I decided I wanted the base bigger. So I drilled a hole in a piece of scrap wood. That way, I would have more surface to “decorate”.
The tree needed a little bit of decorating, so I hot glued tiny shells to a piece of white jewelry cord I had. Then the string of shells were attached to the driftwood with hot glue.
I poured decoupage glue (you could use Elmer’s Glue instead) to the base and spread it out with a paint brush. Then added Epsom Salt.
Before the glue was completely dry, I added a bit more glue and salt and tried to spread it out some more. I panicked because I ended up with a goopy mess. But it was a happy accident because I was able to “form” snow mounds. You could either call it snow or sand actually.
I hot glued a beautiful starfish to the top of the tree and added some shells to the snow/sand. That’s it. A simple, one of a kind driftwood Christmas tree!