With my beach roots, I adore anything that reminds me of the ocean. So last year while on a trip in Hawaii, I gathered up a few bags of driftwood and stashed it in my luggage. I have contemplated many different driftwood projects since then, but none made me as excited as this, driftwood garland. It is super simple and cost me about $3 (not including the trip to Hawaii of course).
I started with jute cording that I picked up for around $3 from Michael’s. I taped off the end giving it a firm shoe lace like tip.
Then I laid out my driftwood and drilled a small hole in each end of each piece. The drilling created a big dusty mess but it was easily wiped up. Then threaded the driftwood with the taped jute. If it didn’t go through the hole easily, a small pair of pliers pulled it right through. The easiest way to thread a bunch of these together, is to thread one end, to the next and then through the next end and on and on. Then after you have a long string of wood, cut the jute and tie just two together. This way you don’t have to tape each piece of rope between every two pieces of wood (hope that all made sense).
Here is my finished garland. Before I started stringing, I separated the wood into size groups. So below you can see the larger pieces on the left of my bar, and the smaller ones on the right. This way when I layer them on my Christmas tree, I can use the heavier one on the bottom, and the dainty one on the top. I am loving the variety of woods and textures. The jute proved to be the perfect rope to string them together. I had previously tried wire for an “invisible” look, but switched it out for the texture and charm of the jute.
Since my tree is not yet up, I strung a few of the pieces on my fall mantle, that tree may be set up sooner than anticipated!
To get a taste of how it will look on my Christmas tree, I took a few strands outside and draped them on a few evergreens.
I can’t wait to add this natural element to my “fake” Christmas tree! I think the dull gray wood will look amazing with all the gold and red glitter layered and mixed in. And then, once winter is over, I’m excited to use this around in my summer decor too!