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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!

 

 

A quick and easy little project anyone can do….

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Here is a really cute driftwood wall hanging that is quick to do and you can personalize your own just with a little paint or bits of driftwood.

Here is a really cute driftwood wall hanging that is quick to do and you can personalize your own with a little paint or bits of driftwood, shells or sea glass.

You can usually figure out what you want to make just by assembling a few bits and pieces to see what your project might look like. I used carpenters glue on all the wood bits because I know it holds up really well with the driftwood.

You can usually figure out what you want to make just by assembling a few bits and pieces to see what your project might look like. I used carpenters glue on all the wood bits because I know it holds up really well with the driftwood.  I decided to make this look like a little sail boat on the ocean.

My initial idea with the sail boat wall hanging had me looking for specific shapes to make it work.  I wanted to use mainly driftwood but also finish it off with a few shells and perhaps some sea glass which my sis kindly gave me.

I took one smaller piece of flat driftwood and painted it blue, adding a little white at the top to give it more of a sky vs ocean look.

I took one smaller piece of flat driftwood and painted it blue, adding a little white at the top to give it more of a sky vs ocean look.  This being painted would also let the natural driftwood colour stand out.

So, I hunted around through the smaller bits of driftwood and found these three pieces, two for the sail and the bottom for the boat itself. By glueing them together they were now ready to place on the painted piece.

So, I hunted around through the smaller bits of driftwood and found these three pieces, two for the sail and the other for the bottom for the boat itself. By glueing them together they were now ready to place on the painted piece.

The painted piece has now been glued to the larger bottom piece of driftwood and then the

The piece I painted has now been glued to the larger bottom piece of driftwood.

Boat is now in place and glued on the ocean/sky piece.

Here the “boat” pieces are now in place and glued on the ocean/sky piece.

I used one of the little saw tooth hangers on the back.

I used one of the little saw tooth hangers on the back.

The rough edges of the wood looked unfinished and since my sis had given me some sea glass and a few shells she had picked up on her travels I thought, why not dress up the ends, and it just worked.

The rough edges of the wood looked unfinished and since my sis had given me some sea glass and a few shells she had picked up on her travels I thought, why not dress up the ends, and it just worked.

Projects like this are relatively easy, anyone can do them.  All you need is a little imagination, a trip to the beach (ocean or lakeside even or even a walk in the woods sometimes will give you what you need) gather up some bits of worn wood or driftwood and decide what you want your project to be.  You could even put a couple of hooks on the bottom and use your project to hang your keys on!  The sky is the limit.  Just give it a try and have fun.