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I’m a driftwood junkie….

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Going for a walk on the beach means taking along a bag just in case I find a neat piece of driftwood.  Well, after awhile, those neat pieces tend to accumulate and gather in the garage – so I had seen an idea somewhere to make a driftwood shelf.  Idea!  That would be awesome to make and use up some of the bits of wood..

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I seem to be in a gnome and fairy mode right now and I like to make the little funny guys with big noses.  These seemed to just fit on the shelf with candles once I got it all put together.  It’s a fun project and here is how to make it.

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I began by going through my bits of driftwood finding pieces that would fit for the backdrop and then could be screwed onto the shelf part.

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I added a short piece of backing board (in this case a piece of trim wood) and drilled through the driftwood and the shelf board using screws for strength.

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Predrilling holes just a bit smaller than the screws really helps!

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Looking at the piece from the back. Once all the screws were in, I used carpenters glue to add a little more strength where each piece joined the backing board.

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This is the front of the piece and you can see that the backing board sits about an inch above the shelf piece. At this point it needs to be propped up. Then I had to find some smaller pieces of driftwood to cover the backing board showing below the shelf.

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Laying it flat on the counter, you can see where the driftwood was attached to the backing board at the bottom. Sorry, the photo doesn’t give much of an idea of flats and uprights.

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I added this branch across the upright pieces and wired it on followed by gluing with Carpenters Glue.

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One more curvy piece of driftwood was added to the very top, being glued on and also several small flat pieces along the top of the backing board so it can’t be seen at this angle. I placed a small glass under one end to show what it will look like when hung on the wall.

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And here is the finished piece – you can add whatever you wish to the shelf to make it seasonal. I Forgot to mention that I added a saw tooth hanger at the back of the two tallest pieces of driftwood and it holds the piece perfectly on the wall.

This was a fun project to do, and it certainly helped use up some of the driftwood.  Gosh, the weather here is so beautiful, perhaps it’s time to go for another beach walk!

Wishing you a happy and peaceful new year, I won’t be posting until sometime in March as I’m taking a bit of a holiday away.  See you in the spring!

 

 

Fairy light dwelling

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Lighted fairy dwelling

Lighted fairy dwelling.

For this project you will need a small jar with an opening large enough to place a small candle light inside, some clay or other type of formable self drying substance, a rolling pin, paint colours you like – whatever brand you prefer to use, a small sharp knife and away you go.

I used Fima clay but any formable type of clay like substance will work as well.

I used Fima clay but any formable type of clay like substance will work as well.

A rolling pin or even a jar can be used to roll out the clay so it is an even thickness, not too thin or it will crack when it dries.  I found this out through trial and error!

A rolling pin or even a jar can be used to roll out the clay so it is an even thickness, not too thin or it will crack when it dries. I found this out through trial and error!

Place your jar on the flattened clay and with a sharp knife cut top and bottom evenly to cover the jar, leaving the twist part free to add the lid later.

Place your jar on the flattened clay and with a sharp knife cut top and bottom evenly to cover the jar, leaving the twist part free to add the lid later.

Again with a sharp knife, cut out the window openings.  Then roll out thin flat pieces for the window cross pieces.

Again with a sharp knife, cut out the window openings. Then roll out thin flat pieces for the window cross pieces.

Here are the cross pieces added and I also put a little overhang on the windows to give it some added depth.

Here are the cross pieces added and I also put a little overhang on the windows to give it some added depth.

Next I cut a couple of small openings where the door will go, add a piece of rolled clay around the door for definition.  Remember, you don't need to make everything perfect, in fact it should look a little woodsy and whimsical.

Next I cut a couple of small openings where the door will go, add a piece of rolled clay around the door for definition. Remember, you don’t need to make everything perfect, in fact it should look a little woodsy and whimsical.

I wanted the door to look like it was surrounded by boulders so I just used a small metal tool I had to make the impressions.

I wanted the door to look like it was surrounded by boulders so I just used a small metal tool I had to make the impressions.

Next came some added bits of vines, leaves and flowers.  If your base has begun to dry, remember to add a little water to the back of the little pieces you are adding so they will stick.

Next came some added bits of vines, leaves and flowers. If your base has begun to dry, remember to add a little water to the back of the little pieces you are adding so they will stick.

Next thing was to make the cover for the lid.  I had this little bell shaped glass piece so I just formed another rounded piece over it, then when it began to dry I placed it and formed over the lid.

Next thing was to make the cover for the lid. I had this little bell shaped glass piece so I just formed another rounded piece over it, then when it began to dry I placed it and formed over the lid.

Don't try to be too fussy about keeping everything symmetrical and smooth, rustic is better and you can paint it anyway and hide some of your errors!

Don’t try to be too fussy about keeping everything symmetrical and smooth, rustic is better and you can paint it anyway and hide some of your errors!

Here is the dried and painted jar and lid.  I used a pear paint which gives the piece a nice shine, but I also use Mod Podge as a top coat for the less shiny pieces.

Here is the dried and painted jar and lid. I used a pear paint which gives the piece a nice shine, but I also use Mod Podge as a top coat for the less shiny pieces.

Tea lights - artificial flame candles are great for these projects which aren't going to get hot, especially if you have small children around.  They flicker like a real candle.

Tea lights – artificial flame candles are great for these projects which aren’t going to get hot, especially if you have small children around. They flicker like a real candle.

Here is the back with the window showing.

Here is the back with the window showing.

And the front.  These are cute to put in a window at night, or even to use as a child's night light!  Your imagination will show you what you want your fairy light dwelling to look like.  I do not put these outdoors as they are air dried, you would have to bake the clay and paint with waterproof paint if you wished to use them outdoors or in the garden.  So, have fun, get your creative juices flowing and see what you can come up with!

And the front. These are cute to put in a window at night, or even to use as a child’s night light! Your imagination will show you what you want your fairy light dwelling to look like. I do not put these outdoors as they are air dried, you would have to bake the clay and paint with waterproof paint if you wished to use them outdoors or in the garden. So, have fun, get your creative juices flowing and see what you can come up with!

This project took 3 days from beginning to end allowing enough time for the clay to dry and paint to set.