Driftwood Crhistmas Tree Tutorial
Learn how to make your own rustic driftwood Christmas tree with this easy, step by step tutorial. It's low cost, simple to make and only requires a few materials!2 What could be better than that.
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Step 1| Collect driftwood
This is definitely the fun part, because you get to go to the beach to collect the driftwood! Hopefully its a beautiful day so you get to have some fun in the sun while your there. When it comes to choosing the pieces of driftwood, pick pieces that are as straight as possible and make sure no two pieces are the same length. Chose the widest piece of driftwood first, mine was 1.15metre, this will form the bottom “branch”. Then collect successively shorter and shorter pieces until you get to the shortest piece, mine was 15cm, which will then be the top “branch”. I laid mine out on the beach so I could eye up how it was going to look and to make sure I had the right amount of driftwood and they were the correct lengths. Grab a few extra pieces just in case some break during the drilling process, especially the smaller sizes.
Step 2| Drilling holes in the driftwood
Once I dragged all my driftwood home I then moved onto drilling the holes in the center of each piece. Use a drill-bit the same size or slightly larger as the reinforcing rod, this way they will easy slide down the rod when it comes to assembling the tree. I broke a few pieces while doing this step, especially the smaller ones, so this is where the “few extra pieces” come in handy.
Step 3| Drill hole in the log
Drill a hole in the center of the slice of log 3/4 of the way through, using a drill-bit slightly smaller than the reinforcing rod. Slide the reinforcing rod into the hole. You may need to use a hammer to gently tap it in. Make sure it fits snuggly.
Step 4| Drill hole in reinforcing rod
Measure 30cm up the reinforcing rod from the base and drill a small hole through the rod. Place the nail through the hole and use a hammer to bend the nail so it is parallel with the reinforcing rod. This will hold the driftwood up and create space for the “trunk”. It will not be seen as long as the nail is small enough.