This beautiful Driftwood Christmas Tree Craft is an excellent Christmas DIY venture to make with your loved ones or a gaggle of buddies. You can also make beachy driftwood timber to take pleasure in yr-spherical or create glittery driftwood Christmas tree decorations.
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We like to craft and any tasks that contain portray earn additional factors with our youngsters. So spending a day with Testors’ paints is all the time well-liked in our home.
We now have had some lovely sunny fall days up to now couple of weeks and so I made a decision to get our women to return with me right down to the seashore to gather driftwood to create some driftwood Christmas timber crafts.
As soon as we collected a lot of driftwood and seashells, I washed and dried all of them.
Then I made a few samples to work out all the small print and resolve any kinks in my concept earlier than sitting down with my daughter and my niece for our crafternoon.
The women liked portray their tasks and adorning their timber.
We’re all simply thrilled with how nicely they turned out. The women at the moment are making some little tiny Christmas Tree canvases too!
These driftwood Christmas timber are so fabulous and you may customise them in tons of various methods.
We used driftwood we collected from the seashore. However for those who don’t have a seashore close by you need to use no matter sticks you have got out there.
Or you’ll be able to even make driftwood! I’m truly engaged on an upcoming tutorial on how you can make your personal driftwood in case you don’t stay close to a seashore.
You’ll be able to connect your driftwood Christmas timber to a canvas or wooden background as we did. Otherwise you string your tree collectively and grasp it immediately in your wall.
You can also make your tree sparkle with Testors Intense Glitter and fairy lights…
Or maintain them pure and have a distressed chalk paint background as I did with my seashore themed driftwood tree design…
One of the best a part of this craft is you and your loved ones and associates can embellish your Christmas timber nevertheless you need.
We used iridescent synthetic snow, moss, shells, and even stars made with shells! (I even have an upcoming tutorial on making seashell mosaic star ornaments. I couldn’t match it multi functional publish.)
You can also make your Christmas tree artwork huge or small, cling it in your wall, or show it on an easel. Something goes for this artwork challenge — so let your artistic concepts movement.
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Driftwood Christmas Tree Craft
For our DIY Driftwood Christmas Timber we used:
- Testors Craft Intense Glitter in Iridescent
- Testors Craft Acrylic Paint in White, Black, and Hazy
- Rust-oleum Chalked Paint in Aged Grey
- Testors Craft
- Spray Adhesive
- Canvases and wooden plaques
- Decorations for our timber – shells, mosaic star ornaments that we made, moss, iridescent synthetic snow, and so forth.
- Fairy Lights (7′ strands with heat white lights)
- Glue gun
- White glue
- Small drill/Dremel (solely for the wooden model – in case you are utilizing canvases, you do not want a drill)
- Paint brushes, foam brushes, craft sticks
- Reusable adhesive tac
- Foil dishes, cardboard, clear rag/material, paper towels, and so forth for our workspace
Step 1 — Wash and Dry Driftwood
After amassing your driftwood or sticks, you’ll in all probability need to give them an excellent cleansing.
To wash your driftwood, soak and scrub them in a bleach and water answer. You possibly can soak them in a single day, however I simply soaked and scrubbed ours till I had eliminated the filth and any remaining bark.
When you don’t need to use bleach, you possibly can soak your driftwood or sticks in water with washing soda. Or, for a much less caustic choice, you’ll be able to soak and scrub in salt water or water with vinegar or lemon juice.
We allowed our driftwood to air dry for a couple of days with a fan blowing on them. In case you are in a rush, you possibly can dry in a low-temperature oven (200*F) for a number of hours. However, in fact, please watch out that your sticks don’t catch on hearth.
As soon as your sticks are washed and dry, you possibly can start designing your Christmas Tree!
First, select sticks which are the suitable measurement and form to type a tree-formed stick silhouette.
In case you don’t have all the right lengths that you really want, you might need to reduce or break some sticks. I used a small noticed to chop a few our thicker sticks.
You might also need to use some sandpaper to clean any tough or jagged locations in your driftwood or sticks.
Step 2 — Paint Background
Paint your canvas and/or wooden panel. You’ll in all probability need to make at the least two coats.
You need to use Testors Craft Acrylic Paint within the colour of your selection.
Or if you’d like a extra matte look, you should use Testors Aerosol Chalk Paint or Rust-oleum’s Chalked paint. I used Aged Grey.
To hurry up the drying course of, a hairdryer is a lifesaver.
If you wish to create a distressed look, as I did for my seashore-themed driftwood tree, gently sandpaper the floor of your paint as soon as it’s dry.
If you would like a glittery look, apply one or two coats of Testors Craft Intense Glitter. We used Iridescent as a result of our women are obsessive about all issues holographic. However the silver and gold are beautiful too.
You’ll be able to string your wooden items collectively to type a tree and cling your design on a wall with out an hooked up background. (I’ve made a big DIY Christmas Tree out of sticks for a Christmas photograph shoot background.)
However for this Christmas Tree Craft, we select to connect our driftwood timber to canvases and items of wooden.
We used canvases and wooden panel/plaques we purchased on the greenback retailer.
The wonderful thing about utilizing canvases and/or wooden panels is that they’ve a wooden body within the again the place you’ll be able to cover the battery pack from the fairy lights.
Step three — Paint Sticks
Whereas your background is drying, paint your sticks.
If you wish to maintain the “driftwood” really feel to your tree or improve the pale driftwood impact, you possibly can paint your sticks with a white-wash made with white paint and a little bit of water.
When you have sticks which might be totally different colours or kinds of wooden, whitewashing or portray your sticks can even assist to create a extra uniformed look.
So as to add additional shine and shimmer to your Christmas tree, you can too apply a coat or two of Testors Intense Glitter to your sticks. We appreciated the impact of the Intense Glitter greatest once we utilized it to sticks that we had whitewashed or painted first.
In fact, you don’t want to color your sticks. You’ll be able to depart them as is. When you have washed or soaked them in a bleach answer, they’ll have a pleasant pale look to them already.
For my seashore-themed distressed driftwood tree panel, I didn’t paint my driftwood. I left it pure.
Step four — Tac Sticks to Background
As soon as the whole lot is dry, organize your sticks in your background. When you will have a silhouette that you simply like, tac them in place with repositionable adhesive tac.
When you can skip this step in case you don’t have any tac, it is rather useful to have your sticks tacked down in place when you organize your fairy lights and start to scorching glue your sticks in place.
Step 5 — Make a Gap in Background
In case you are including fairy lights to your Christmas Tree, make a gap behind the stick on the underside row of your tree.
On a canvas, you possibly can merely poke a gap with a pencil. On a bit of wooden, you will want a bit extra drive resembling a small drill. I used a Dremel to create the holes in our wooden panels.
Step 6 — Add Fairy Lights
When you can string your fairy lights on to your driftwood or sticks as you scorching glue them in place, I choose to string my fairy lights loosely round my driftwood first, holding the strings and the sticks in place with tac as I’m going.
This manner, I can make sure that I’ve spaced out my lights nicely and that I’ve sufficient lights to make it to the highest of the tree.
I used the previous few lights on the string of fairy lights to mild up my star. I made a tangled little pile of wires behind the star, positioning the lights to point out off the star.
In case your string of lights is just too lengthy and you’ve got extra lights than you should use in your tree, you possibly can merely make one other gap behind the star and thread the surplus by means of to the again.
Step 7 — Glue Sticks in Place
As soon as you’re glad together with your format of sticks and lights, you possibly can hearth up your glue gun and begin scorching gluing them in place.
In the event you used tac to maintain every part in place when you labored, take away the tac as you scorching glue.
Step eight — Adorn Your Tree
Yay — you’ve gotten constructed your tree! Now comes the enjoyable of adorning it.
You will get as artistic as you need together with your tree decorations.
We used iridescent synthetic snow, moss, shells, and even stars made with shells! (Take a look at our upcoming tutorial on making seashell mosaic star ornaments.)
To use the bogus snow, we used Testors Craft Spray Adhesive. It labored completely!
We sprayed our tree branches after which let it snow down on them with the iridescent snow we purchased on the greenback retailer.
Please observe that it would be best to spray the adhesive in a nicely-ventilated space resembling an open storage and even outdoors.
There you go! Your lovely timber are full!
You possibly can show them on easels, hold them on the wall, add them to your Christmas decor on a mantel or shelf.
And if like us, you might have a lot enjoyable making these Christmas Tree crafts you can’t cease making them, these driftwood timber are good to offer as vacation presents to academics, coaches, pals or household.
In case you are wanting for extra enjoyable Christmas craft concepts, take a look at a few of our favourite Testors tasks that our DIY/crafter Tonya Staab has created…
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