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DIY – How to Make a Christmas Tree from Driftwood

diy driftwood christmas tree tutorial adorablestDIY – How to Make a Christmas Tree from Driftwood. This tutorial includes step by step instructions to make it easy!

diy driftwood christmas tree supplies adorablestYou will need:

  • Driftwood in various lengths
  • Natural twine
  • Clear beading thread
  • Glue
  • Shells and shell pieces
  • Faux pearl beads
  • Faux Coral – Follow this DIY – Faux Coral

How to:diy driftwood christmas tree tutorial step 1Step 1 – Lay out your driftwood in a Christmas Tree shape. Take note of the spacing. (As on yesterday’s post, here is a link on How to Make Your Own Driftwood if you don’t have access to beach driftwood).diy driftwood christmas tree tutorial step 2Step 2 – Cut your twine so that it is at least double (and a bit more) the length of the Christmas Tree structure. Cut two pieces of this length.

diy driftwood christmas tree tutorial steps adorablest

1. Tie a regular knot.

2. Slip your driftwood branch into the knot.

3. Tighten the first knot, then make another.

4. Again slip your driftwood branch into the knot.

5. Repeat.

6. I found it much easier to make the knot first, then slip in the driftwood.

7. Continue until you have completed one ‘side’ of your driftwood Christmas Tree.

8. Repeat for the other side.

9. Keep your knots all on the ‘underside’ for both sides.

10. On the bottom ‘rung’ make it a double knot.

11. After getting the driftwood in position, glue the knots.

12. The underside will be glued, but it won’t show as a wall hanging.




diy driftwood christmas tree tutorial string complete adorablestStringing complete on the driftwood Christmas Tree. If you like minimalist, you could leave it like this.

diy driftwood christmas tree shell faux coral adorablestI used my DIY – Faux Coral made with clay, shells that I’d collected and a string of faux pearls to decorate the driftwood.

diy driftwood christmas tree faux coral adorablestdiy driftwood christmas tree adorablestApologies for the photos not being the best. I’m not sure if it’s my camera, the lighting or me – or all three, but hopefully you can get the gist of How to Make a Driftwood Christmas Tree.

Claire

DIY – Driftwood Christmas Tree (Sneak Peek)

diy driftwood christmas tree supplies sneak peak adorablestHere’s a sneak peek for tomorrow’s DIY – Driftwood Christmas Tree. Since making the DIY – Faux Coral this week, I wanted to try and include it in a craft that could somehow be used.

If it’s too early for Christmas, but you like the idea of this DIY Driftwood Christmas Tree, it will give you chance to collect the pieces at your leisure. If you don’t live near a beach, or driftwood is hard to find, check out this link How to Make Your Own Driftwood on diydriftwood.com (a whole site devoted to the love of driftwood). Using this DIY your own driftwood takes about a week according to the post (and also mentions definitely not for your aquarium!)

You’ll need the supplies as listed on the image above (or improvise), plus a pair of scissors for the DIY. Following up from my post the other day, I’ve coated the Faux Coral I made with about 3 coats of clear nail polish now. I used Ulta3 brand, the one from the chemist  in the $2 ‘pile’, for readers in Australia. Using this nail polish on the Soft Clay seems to be fine. So far it’s not sticky (like nail polish on polymer clay can be). It has hardened and made the faux coral slightly glossy.

See you tomorrow for DIY – Driftwood Christmas Tree and Link Love.

Claire

DIY – How to Make Faux Coral with Clay

diy faux coral clay how to adorablestDIY – How to Make Faux Coral with Clay. Easy process and make it with a variety of clays or clay substitutes. Originally I was going to make this faux coral with polymer clay, but my white was really quite dry and crumbly. Even my clay softener was dry and I just didn’t feel like fighting with it. I’ve heard that baby oil mixed in with dry clay helps – I will try that … later 🙂 So, what to use?

diy faux coral clay soft white daisoI bought this packet of Soft Clay from Daiso a few weeks ago. It’s white so I thought I’d try it out. It is not like regular clay, but easy to work with. Young kids and the elderly can use this according to the instructions.

Firstly, it is very lightweight. Then there’s the texture – soft obviously like its name, but not sticky. It’s sort of like whipped nougat and breaks off almost like cotton candy! If you look closely, it has a slight fibre texture to it too. If it dries out slightly, you can wet your fingers, but just a tiny amount otherwise it ends up slimy.

You can also roll this (my pieces were small, so I used a pen like a rolling pin) and you can cut pieces with scissors if you want very neat edges!

diy faux coral clay how to tutorialI rolled and moulded a small piece of the clay into a more organic ‘coral’ shape. I used some ‘tools’ that I thought could make interesting patterns and indents in the clay. I found a plastic weaving / beading needle and …

diy faux coral clay toolsI also had this tool, given to me by someone who used to do Pergamano, or Parchment Craft. Basically paper piercing on vellum. I’ve never done this craft, but I kept the tools because you never know when you’ll need to pierce holes in things. Anyway, this came in handy (looks vicious though, doesn’t it!)

diy faux coral clay adorablestI used these and another star-shaped pattern Pergamano tool to randomly create patterns in the clay to try and resemble coral. Find pen lids, pins, even squish up aluminium foil and punch it gently in the clay to create ‘coral’ patterns – you don’t need these particular tools that I just happened to have on hand.

With this Soft Clay, it says to leave to dry for several days, then coat with water-resistant varnish to protect. Even with a coating though, it says do not place works where they are exposed to water, or the outdoors. So NO decorating your fish tanks with this and besides the fish would not appreciate the synthetic glue in the list of ingredients.

diy faux coral clay how toThey could however be used for pendants or a mini wall hanging. I was going to leave them to dry and then try to drill a hole. If that doesn’t work, I’ll glue on a bail. I will follow-up in a few days when they have dried.

Other uses – could be glued to photo frames, or planters for a beachy theme. Glue them in a shape, like a heart, letter or number and coat for protection.  I’m getting excited about the possibilities now – hurry up and dry!

This packet of Soft Clay available from Daiso, like everything else in the store (at Australia Fair on the Gold Coast and many other locations around Australia – check their store locator) cost only $2.80.

or …

Clay Recipe

An easy recipe to make a faux porcelain-like clay that can be used for this faux coral.

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cups of bicarb soda (sodium bicarbonate)
¾ cup cornflour (Australia – but made from wheat! huh?) / corn starch in USA / Canada
¾ cup of water

Method:

Add to a saucepan and ‘cook’ on low-medium heat until mashed potato-like.

Let cool under a damp tea towel or cloth and it’s ready. It air dries hard like porcelain.

Follow the tutorial for making faux coral as above, but still don’t add it to the fish tank 🙂

Claire

DIY – How to Make Agate Slice Wall Hanging Art

diy agate slice wall hanging art dream catcher tutorial adorablestDIY – How to Make Agate Slice Wall Hanging Art. Add some beautiful colour to your walls with this easy to make Agate Slice Wall Hanging. Follow the easy Step-by-step tutorial.

Agate slices come in all sorts of (dyed) colours, shapes & sizes and they are so pretty. I’ve collected several over the last few weeks and to display them, I made this simple wall decoration. If you want to make one similar, you’ll just need a few simple items.

agate slice stacked
You will need:

  • Agate Slices. Various ranging from about 5cm to 8cm, with a single drilled hole.
  • Clear Beading Thread. Not too thick – you’ll be making knots.
  • Stick. I used a piece I found at the beach, like driftwood. Make sure it’s clean.
  • Twine. A small amount for the ‘hanging’ part. Or ribbon or embroidery floss.
  • Scissors. For trimming the clear thread and twine.

agate slices colorfulHow to :

1. Assemble your supplies.

2. On a flat surface, position where you’d like the agate slices to fall.

3. TAKE A PHOTO! It really helps to refer back to it.

4. Knot the clear thread through the agate and tie to the stick (look at your photo).

5. Continue with all the slices, then finish with a piece of twine to hang.

diy agate slices wall hanging driftwooddiy agate slice wall hanging dream catcherdiy agate slice wall hanging dream catcher adorablestPoint to Note:

  • I thought about painting or wrapping the stick with stripes of embroidery thread or ribbon, but decided to just leave simple, but go for it if you want lots of colour.
  • I used a variety of colours, but you could try monochrome or natural shades.
  • Don’t tie to the stick too tightly to start. You may need to adjust the positioning.
  • This could also be used like a child’s mobile or wind chimes, just make sure they don’t ‘clink’ together too much in a windy spot, in case they break.

If you have some agate slices that you would like to display horizontally, have a look at my DIY – Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders.


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Claire

DIY – Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders

DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders Title PageDIY – Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders. I recently purchased these pretty agate slices from Six Things, a wonderful shop at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast. (If you can’t make it there in person, check out their online shop!)

I’ve seen some agate slice holders made from perspex, but they weren’t quite what I would like, so … here’s a DIY for a modern take on agate holders to show off your slices.

You will need:

  • Polymer Clay. Transparent (white) and a tiny amount of black. Fimo and Sculpey are a couple of brands. Use whatever you have or can get for this project.
  • Hemisphere (half sphere) Silicone Mold. Small size. Available online.
  • Oven & Baking Paper. To bake the polymer clay according to instructions.
  • Mitre Box & Saw. For an accurate groove.
  • Metal File.  To neaten the groove
  • Sandpaper. Optional if you want a super smooth finish.
  • Carnauba Wax. Optional if you want to add a sheen to the finished piece.
  • Workspace. Allow a clean area to roll, saw and file your polymer clay.

How to :

DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders NaturalGather your pretty slices. Check the width of the slices as some are thicker than others. These are more neutral, natural tones, others are dyed bright.

DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders Mold Polymer ClayRoll your polymer clay. I used transparent white with some softener (as it had gone crumbly) and a tiny speck, like a grain of sand of black, to make grey streaks.

Perhaps this crumbliness also had the effect of making the piece look realistically like marble. I released the piece from the mould before baking, so I could check the shape.

DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders Sawing ProcessAfter baking, I smoothed the base by rubbing on a fine grade sandpaper. I used a mitre box and saw to gradually and carefully saw two cuts into the hemisphere, about the width of the slice. Cut down into the hemisphere only about a quarter to start.

DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders Sawing Close UpUse a clean file to grind down the rest. Use it gently!

DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders FinishedCheck the width and depth of the groove with your slice and if suitable, smooth with a fine grade of sandpaper to smooth out.

DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders on DisplayVarious widths and depths may be needed to fit your slices. Gradually saw and file to finish. Coat with Carnauba wax for a light sheen.

DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders on DisplayDisplay your agate slices…

DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders on DisplaySimple, Modern and Minimalist.DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders on DisplayIf you like agate slices, also check out DIY – How to Make Agate Slice Wall Hanging Art.

Claire

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