Homemade driftwood craft

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Homemade driftwood craft
Create crafts for your home from driftwood. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Driftwood is created as trees and branches end up in the ocean. The water washes the wood around as sea life settles in the wood. Eventually, the wood drifts ashore and dries up, leaving decomposed and lightweight material -- perfect for crafts for around your home.

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Driftwood mobile

Using pieces of driftwood and seashells, create a mobile to add sea life feel to any room. Use driftwood and shells from the local craft store or from a stroll along the beach. Create an X with two pieces of driftwood. Drill a hole through the centre of the wood pieces and insert a nut and bolt through the drilled holes to secure them in place. Drill holes down the arms of the X for hanging shells and driftwood on the mobile. Drill holes in the shells you want to use using a rotary tool. Tape the shells before drilling to prevent them from cracking. Drill holes in a small piece of driftwood and down the arms of the X as well. Feed pieces of twine through the drilled holes in the X and tie a knot in the twine. Feed the other end of the twine into the small pieces of driftwood and shells to create any pattern you desire. Tie the ends of the twine to secure the pieces in place. Tie another piece of twine around the bolt and through the X to create a hanger to display the completed mobile.

Candleholder

Long branches of driftwood are the right shape and size to create mantle candleholders. Use a 3.7 cm (1 1/2 inch) hole saw bit to drill four or five holes down the length of a 30 to 45 cm (12 to 18 inch) long piece of driftwood. Drill the holes 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) deep to create a place to set tealight candles. Place the driftwood piece on a mantle and insert tealight candles into the holes you drilled. Alternatively, use smaller pieces of driftwood to create a single tealight holder or make the holes smaller to hold taper candles.

Picture frame

Use straight pieces of driftwood to create a picture frame or a mirror frame. To create a traditional frame, arrange four pieces of driftwood into a square or rectangular shape, overlapping the pieces at the corners. It is not necessary for the pieces to make a perfect square or rectangle. Once you are happy with the look, use a hammer and finishing nails to secure the pieces of wood together. Attach the frame on top of an existing frame and secure it with additional nails. To create a round frame for a mirror, lay the pieces of wood in a circular pattern with the pieces radiating from the centre. Slide the pieces outward until the centre opening is large enough for the intended mirror. Use hot glue to attach the pieces of driftwood to the mirror.

Wind chimes

To create a wind chime, use a 30 cm (12 inch) round wooden embroidery hoop for the top of the chime. Tie 12 pieces of twine to the embroidery hoop with each piece of twine measuring 20 cm (8 inches) each, spaced 2.5 cm (1 inch) apart. Position the driftwood vertically and drill a hole through the width of the wood. Feed the loose end of the twine through the drilled holes in the driftwood. Tie two more twine pieces to either side of the hoop. Bring the ends of the string together and tie a knot in them to create a hanger.

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