As a family we love visiting the beach, collecting driftwood and sea glass, plus anything else which looks interesting! Let me share with you how easy it is to make a driftwood wreath, which also showcases your sea glass finds.
Our local beaches have very little driftwood, but one of the beaches we love visiting on family holidays in France has a lot – this year we packed an extra suitcase so we could bring some back with us. This beautiful wreath reminds me of warmer days and family times.
Don’t live near a beach?? Wondering how to make driftwood? It is possible to remove the bark of sticks with a vegetable peeler – strange but true, my husband once spent hours peeling a large branch (be warned it does blunt the vegetable peeler!). A slightly more conventional suggestion for creating your own driftwood is to use washing soda, bleach and a wire brush, find out more details here.
For this driftwood wreath you will need approximately 60 pieces of driftwood varying in length from 3 to 6″ for a finished wreath measuring a diameter of 16″.
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Driftwood Wreath Tutorial
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Let’s start by prepping the base of this wreath. I have used a cardboard base, as the wreath is relatively small. If you decide to make a bigger wreath I recommend using a jigsaw to cut out a plyboard base (you can use dishes as templates for circles). Paint the base of your wreath with white acrylic, this is just in case the odd bit of base shows through – with it being white it will just blend in and your eye won’t notice it.
Next paint one end of each piece of driftwood with the white acrylic, paint approx 2″ all the way around, set aside to dry.
Add a hanging loop to the base of the wreath, I have used a brown string. Although the plan is that the hanging loop will not be seen the colour blends into the driftwood.
The following step is to glue pieces of driftwood, all pointing to the centre of the circle around the base. Use the slightly longer pieces for the base layer of driftwood. For this first layer I used E6000 glue.
Once dry add a second layer, filling the gaps between the pieces of driftwood. For this second layer I used a glue gun as the glue drys quickly. With less surface area touching I held each piece of driftwood in place until the glue dried.
Lastly select pieces of sea glass, using your E6000 glue again glue a mixture of pieces of sea glass around the driftwood wreath. I have deliberately chosen to mix my colours of sea glass up but it would look equally effective with one colour such as green.
- Glue gun
- Prepare base of wreath by painting white
- Add a hanging loop
- Paint the ends of each piece of driftwood white
- Using E6000 glue adhere pieces of driftwood around the wreath frame, all pointing centrally.
- Apply a second layer of driftwood using a glue gun, covering the gaps between the driftwood
- Glue pieces of sea glass around the wreath
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