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DIY Driftwood Christmas tree

turnone posted in Woodworking about 1 year ago

Seems like Christmas sneaks up on me fast every year. Pennsylvania has been so warm this fall , So with the warm weather it kind of makes you forget that Christmas is coming.

Every year my wife and I do some type of Christmas crafts. This year for my project I decided to tackle a Driftwood Christmas tree. What's cool about this project the family can be involved. Since we don't have a beach to collect Driftwood here in Pennsylvania the family and I set out to the Susquehanna River to collect some driftwood. I had my youngest daughter on Pinecone Duty. Collecting driftwood is time consuming but fun. when collecting the Driftwood make sure you choose the widest pieces, because you have to make sure there's enough area to drill through. I also think it's best too lay your driftwood out where you're collecting. That way you get a general idea how many pieces you will need. Don't forget to collect extra just in case some of your pieces break when drilling.

When your tree is completed you and your family can decorate it with anything you like. I choose real pinecones and brown twine to hang them with. I really like the natural look. You can also use old Christmas decorations . I let my tree with $3 battery operated LED lights that I picked up from a local retailer.

I think you will have a great time making this project.

DIY Driftwood Christmas tree Main Image 10 Steps
DIY Driftwood Christmas tree Main Image 10 Steps
DIY Driftwood Christmas tree Main Image 10 Steps
DIY Driftwood Christmas tree Main Image 10 Steps
DIY Driftwood Christmas tree Main Image 10 Steps
DIY Driftwood Christmas tree Main Image 10 Steps
DIY Driftwood Christmas tree Main Image 10 Steps
DIY Driftwood Christmas tree Main Image 10 Steps
DIY Driftwood Christmas tree Main Image 10 Steps
DIY Driftwood Christmas tree Main Image
DIY Driftwood Christmas tree Main Image
DIY Driftwood Christmas tree Main Image
DIY Driftwood Christmas tree Main Image
DIY Driftwood Christmas tree Main Image
DIY Driftwood Christmas tree Main Image
DIY Driftwood Christmas tree Main Image
DIY Driftwood Christmas tree Main Image
DIY Driftwood Christmas tree Main Image
Materials
  • Wood glue
  • 1 Log
  • 20 - 30 pieces of driftwood . All depends on how big your tree will be
  • Reinforcing rod
  • collective pinecone for decorations
  • Battery powered LED lights
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Step 1

I started off with my log base. I wanted my base to have a certain look so I used a hammer and chisel and a saw and just cut until I got the desired look I was going for

Step 2

In this step I took driftwood branches and line them up in the shape of a tree. I use a saw to cut some of the Driftwood into the length I need it. When collecting your driftwood. You can get the pieces exactly the length you need. you can actually line them up at the location you're collecting them in, so you can have a more natural look without cut ends.

Step 3

I cut the bottom off my old Christmas tree I saved from last Christmas. I will be using this as the the trunk of my tree.

Step 4

Log and Christmas tree trunk

Step 5

I drilled a hole in the center of my log and also a hole through my Christmas tree bottom. Inserted the reinforcing rod through the Christmas tree base and through the log but not all the way through. Now each piece of the Driftwood branch can rest on the Christmas tree piece that I cut.

Step 6

I began drilling holes in the center of each branch. But I still kept my branches in the order that I laid them out in .Now you can hold your Driftwood pieces so when you drill the holes and you place the branches so the branches will face down giving you some the look of a pine tree.

Step 7

What I didn't mention above was my rod has a slight bend on both ends I suppose that's the way it was cut off at the factory. But for it to go through the wood clean I need the ends of the rod to have a clean cut. So I thought a little bit off of each end with a hacksaw. I put some wood glue inside the hole that I drilled in the log and also on the bottom of my Christmas tree piece. Now this step is not necessary but I just did it because I didn't want those pieces to move much.

Step 8

Now I begin stacking the branches starting from the bottom of my layout. Each piece I place I turn to simulate branches of a Christmas tree.

Step 9

This is what it will look like when you begin stacking the driftwood.

Step 10

Here it is my completed Driftwood Christmas tree. Best thing about this project each tree you make will look different depending on the type of wood you collect.

comments
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pappy1 2016-11-11 08:00:16 -0600 ago

An excellent family project!!!!

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fixNmowers 2016-11-14 13:29:20 -0600 ago

Cool.... I like :)

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smiss 2016-12-02 08:03:15 -0600 ago

Love this project and I've got a beach with lots of driftwood and woods with lots of pinecones, the best of both worlds! Thanks for the great DIY project idea! My bf and I will have fun making one of these this weekend!