You may have seen our Friday Five roundup of DIY Driftwood Christmas Decor. We have to confess that there was one other project idea that we loved but didn’t include: a creative and simple tabletop driftwood Christmas tree from DIY Driftwood. We didn’t include it because the bug hit us and we decided we wanted to make our own full-sized driftwood Christmas tree to sit on the front porch of our parents’ new home!
What you will need to make a driftwood Christmas tree:
- a good collection of thicker pieces of driftwood in various lengths. Ours ranged from 4 inches to 4 feet.
- a rod of some sort for the center of the tree. We had thin yellow metal rods from an old chimney sweeping kit. You could use anything that’s thick and sturdy enough to hold all that driftwood.
- a strong base to hold up your creation. We cut a small stump from a thick branch of a fallen Ash tree from a recent storm.
- a drill with a bit that’s a touch larger than the diameter of the center rod.
The concept for this type of tree is pretty simple:
- Arrange your driftwood from longest to shortest having enough pieces to reach your desired height.
- Drill holes in the mid-point of each piece of driftwood, making sure the holes are large enough for your center rod to go through.
- Starting with your longest, spear each piece of driftwood until you are done. And voila, you have a tree!
Check out our growing driftwood tree in this fun little video.
Although in theory it’s simple, we did actually have to take apart our driftwood Christmas tree two times before getting it right. Mainly because we underestimated how many pieces of drift wood we would need for the height of the center rod! Tip: You will need more driftwood pieces then you think you’ll need.
In retrospect, it was great to use what we had on hand (the rod from the chimney sweeping kit) but the tree does slant a touch. For our next tree (we’ve decided now that we each need one for our front porches) we will look for something stiffer, like a stainless steel rod (e.g. rebar, old shower curtain rod).
The kids were so helpful with this project. They helped to arrange the rods from longest to shortest, add them onto the rods and even wanted to drill them. Here’s the boy inspecting the final product and we couldn’t believe the little puppy-shaped friend they found on one of the driftwood pieces!
Although our DIY driftwood tree will be fantastic to decorate at Christmas with some ornaments and lights, we just love how it looks as a year-round rustic decor piece for the front porch. Would you use something like this all year round?