You all know I love to combine coastal finds with crochet… from crocheting around pebbles or sea glass to using driftwood. This weekend I’m very excited to be travelling to the North West of England to host a workshop at the wonderful Crochet Sanctuary and at the workshop I’m planning to share some crochet and driftwood ideas… 🙂
But first you need to find it and we don’t tend to get too much driftwood washed up along our stretch of shoreline. But there does seem to be lots in Cornwall. We were lucky to visit Cornwall recently and I enjoyed searching for driftwood on the beaches and fortunately found lots which I’m hoping to be able to share with people at the workshop…
I love the look and feel of driftwood… the way the sea water and waves have smoothed and shaped the wood over time and the sun’s rays have lightened the wood to give it the weathered look and light colour we all recognise.
It can be incorporated with crochet in so many ways and here’s what I have done in the past…
- Simply hanging crochet from it – remember my ‘Coastal Wall Hanging’…
- and my seaglass…
- Sticking crochet onto it – here of course is my original ‘Coastal Crochet’ logo sign…
- My little crocheted sails on driftwood shaped boats… Little Crocheted Sail…
- Wrapping crochet around driftwood for Easter Decorations…
- And I often use pieces of driftwood as a backdrop for my crochet photography…
Now this time it’s all about Christmas and I wanted to make driftwood Christmas trees to hang my crochet from and also some driftwood Christmas table decorations…
Here are two Driftwood Christmas trees I have recently made…
…and here I’ll share how I made them.
First arrange the driftwood pieces into a tree shape with the longer pieces at the bottom and gradually getting shorter…
Then drill holes into the centre of each piece…
Choose a base..
Then get a metal rod which will be the centre of the tree – I got a piece from a local DIY store…
It may need to be cut to size with a metal hacksaw (please be careful of fingers!)
Then secure this onto the base of your tree before winding each piece of driftwood on…
…add lights, add decorations or simply leave them natural – your Driftwood Christmas tree!
So simple but so effective!
Alternatively, simply add a crochet garland and little lights to a single piece of driftwood that can then be used to lay on the table during Christmas dinner… adds a little something special to the festivities and doesn’t get knocked over like some table decorations!
These are just a few ideas… the possibilities really are endless!
You are such a creative person! Thank you very much for sharing the ideas 🙂
Awww, thanks so much, you’re very welcome! 😊❤️
Love all the driftwood ideas! Now I need to search on my next beach visit later this month . F A B U L O U S |
So happy you like them… enjoy the searching – that’s the fun bit Tinaor! 😊❤️
Thank you. I saw a ready made driftwood tree at a garden centre today – pretty – but not as satisfying as it might be if I make my own!
Absolutely! And much easier than it looks! 🙂 🙂
I am very keen on driftwood and other beach treasures, but really LOVE your Christmas trees! I dont live near the sea, so wont be able to make my own this year. Thank you for sharing such lovely ideas.
You’re very welcome Tina! Maybe wood from a forest that’s been allowed to dry out a little could work?? But of course it’s not the same as driftwood… 😊❤️❤️
I was given a lovely piece of driftwood and you have just inspired me.thankyou.
Oh that’s brilliant… good luck whatever you decide to do! 😊❤️
Oh I loved seeing your ideas! We have had a large driftwood hanging tree for several years now. We love it as it takes up far less space. We can still get the lovely scent of pine by swathing the beams in garlands. I love the table decoration idea. Definitely going to do this.
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That sounds amazing Tracey! And I’m glad you like the table decoration idea… so simple but so effective! 😊💚💚
Lovely ideas and projects, really like your tree, wish I lived closer to the beach!
Thank you so much! 😊❤️
Wonderful! We were in S Wales this weekend, I should have read your post before we left as there were many pieces of driftwood on the beach. I’ll just have to remember to collect some next time. Particularly love the wood,crochet, lights idea for Christmas table
Thank you so much Julie… the beaches in South Wales are amazing! And like Cornwall and North Devon, they get lots of fabulous driftwood! We really don’t get much here in the south east of England… good luck! 😊❤️
I love your driftwood tree! 🎄
Thank you so much! 😊❤️🎄
I like the second Christmas tree with the lights. All the other ideas are pretty neat too.
Awww, thanks so much Arlene! 😊❤️
Great ideas, we have lots of driftwood not too far away, I use a nice piece as doorstop, I will try some of your ideas.
A shame I cant be at your workshop !!!!! Caro NZ.
How wonderful Caro… it must be lovely searching for driftwood on beaches in NZ! 🙂 🙂
Ooooh these trees are gorgeous!
Thank you! And surprisingly simple… 🙂
It’s so you! I love it! I hope you waved at me as you drove through/past Devon!! 😀
Yay! Thanks Rosina… you have great Driftwood beaches near you… 😊💙💙🖐
It’s true! We had driftwood as wedding table decorations. Then after a couple of years stored in a shed, we had a BBQ! Great fire wood!🤣
How brilliant!! Love the sound of your Driftwood table decorations!! 😊💙💙
Really unique ideas! Well done 🙂
Glad you like them… 😊❤️
What amazing creations! I’ve enjoyed looking at them. You are so talented. 😊
Thank you so much! 😊a
I am a driftwood crafter as well! I love your take on driftwood trees! I have trouble getting my driftwood bases to sit still and not wobble or rock once I load all the branches on. Do you have tips on how to steady my driftwood bases? I have used lumber blocks in the past (which are so much easier and sturdier to work with!) but got “complaints” from shoppers that the look was to industrial and lackluster. Any instructions you can offer is appreciated! Thank you!!
I was lucky with my trees that the bases were pretty stable…. it’s all about finding a piece of wood that has a straight or at least a stable base… but this is of course easier said than done!! Good luck… 😊❤️