This year we are spending our Christmas at the beach, it inspired me to make some beach themed Christmas decorations. I have always loved how people create beautiful decorations out of driftwood and this year since Alex is a bit older and likes to do crafty things as well I thought we would give it a go.
So today I will show you how to go about making a driftwood Christmas Tree and a Twig Star. But before we head into that I would just like to say a big thank you to the Kiwi Mummy Bloggers Group which I have joined up with to bring you 12 Days of Christmas – A Blog Collaboration by Kiwi Mummy Bloggers. More info at the bottom of this post.
On Tuesday morning after dropping Frankie at care Alex and I headed off the beach to find driftwood. When looking for driftwood for your Christmas tree, try finding flatter pieces that are going to join snugly into each other and also of similar thickness. It may even be good to set the tree out on the sand once you have gathered your pieces so you know you have enough of the right shape and length. You will also need to find a piece that will be the backboard or the trunk of your tree.
There are many ways to make a driftwood tree, but this way you don’t have to use a drill. You will need to purchase a good quality super glue or Epoxy glue from the likes of Mitre 10 Mega or a hardware store.
To make the Tree:
- Place the piece of driftwood you will be using for the trunk of the tree.
- Next place each piece of driftwood on the trunk from the longest at the bottom of the smallest at the top. Try and fit the pieces into each other.
- Once you are happy with how the pieces join together, slowly remove each piece starting from the bottom and glue the back to the trunk, making sure they fit together snugly.
- Leave to dry as per glue instructions
- Decorate with natural treasure such as mini seed pods and pinecones, natural buttons, shells or you may like to add mini lights and sparkly decorations.
You can tie the top of the driftwood if you are going to hang or place in a small container to have a standing tree.
For this star I used some branches from a tree I had pruned back and left to dry in the woodshed. It’s important that whatever wood or branches you decide to use that they are as straight as possible and all the same length. You will also need natural twine, bakers twine or Washi tape.
To make the Star:
- Set the star out on a flat surface.
- Once positioned, carefully glue each piece at the point
- Leave to dry as per instructions
- At each point, wind twine around the ends or use Washi tape.
- Tie twine to a point on the star and hang.
These stars look great on the Christmas Tree or hung around the house.
While I was making my decorations, Alex also made some decorations, using the driftwood, I just helped him with the glue as Epoxy glue isn’t forgiving.
I hope you have fun creating some driftwood and twig decorations and if you need more inspiration head over to Pinterest.
Have you been following the Kiwi Mummy Bloggers 12 Days of Christmas? Yesterday Caroline from Caroline Larnach Handmade blogged about making handmade Christmas stockings and decorations for Baby’s First Christmas and tomorrow we have a post on Christmas on the road from Julia over at @Parentalmisadventures.
Be sure to check them out.
Happy Christmas Everyone