How to Make a Driftwood Wreath

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Give your home a splash of seaside decor by making a driftwood wreath. Choose driftwood pieces that are on the small side, such as 8 inches long or less, and check each piece first to make sure it is dry and free of insects. A flat-topped, sturdy wreath form made of wood or hardboard provides the inner structure for the driftwood wreath.

Things You'll Need

  • Wax paper or plastic tarp
  • Flat wood or hardboard wreath form (any size you like)
  • Hot glue gun with glue sticks
  • Jute twine
  • Scissors
  • Cover the work surface with wax paper or a plastic tarp -- wax paper in particular helps ensure spilled glue won't mar the work surface or adhere unwanted materials to your wreath.

  • Arrange driftwood pieces around the wreath, starting with a vertically aligned piece at the 12 o'clock position. Use the largest driftwood pieces as you work your way around the wreath form. Save the tiny pieces to use as filler later on. Rearrange the driftwood pieces until you like the way the wreath looks.

  • Warm up the hot glue gun with a glue stick in the glue chamber.

  • Lift one piece of driftwood at a time and apply hot glue to the back-side of the driftwood in the area that was resting on the wreath form. Press the driftwood onto its position on the wreath form, ensuring the glue lines up with the form.

  • Lift an adjacent piece of driftwood and apply glue to its back side, pressing it in its place on the wreath form. Continue until all the pieces you've set on the wreath form are glued in place.

  • Fill in gaps on the wreath form with small driftwood bits, aligning them however they best fit. In some cases, you may be gluing driftwood onto adjacent pieces of driftwood rather than to the wreath form. Continue adding driftwood bits until you're pleased with the wreath design.

  • Unroll a foot or 2 of jute twine and loop the end through the wreath along the area you wish to be the top. Hold the wreath up near a nail where you wish to hang it, adjusting the length of the jute as needed. Cut the jute several inches longer than needed and tie it into a knot to make a closed loop around the wreath. Hang the wreath from the nail.

Tips & Warnings

  • A wire wreath form may be used in place of a flat wood or hardboard form. Use floral wire or craft wire to secure driftwood pieces to a wire form, twisting the bits of wire securely around each piece of driftwood in two places to ensure it stays put on the form.
  • If you wish to embellish the wreath, add small shells, ribbon or bits of cotton webbing that resembles a fish net, using a hot glue gun to secure the decorations.
  • A picture hanger used to secure picture frames to a wall may be added to the back of the wreath if you prefer a hidden hanging method.
  • Keep your fingers away from the hot glue and the tip of the hot glue gun to avoid burns.

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