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Earlier this week we talked about cottages and how adding a little white and warm wood tones can give you the feel of a beachy cottage without you actually being at one (though the latter would be preferred every time). 

A quick and easy tutorial on how to make  a candleholder out of pieces of driftwood. #DIY #dirftwood #candleholder

A few weeks ago my parents and I went to spend a day in Wasaga Beach, and at the end of the day my mom and I collected a bunch of driftwood. My dad wasn’t surprised at all when we showed up back at the car with hands full of sandy sticks! Typical Thalita behaviour… I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them so I got home and started picking out sticks! Fun, eh? Basically, stick with (HAHA, punny!) the ones that are all fairly similar in size (length) and aren’t too wonky!

A quick and easy tutorial on how to make  a candleholder out of pieces of driftwood. #DIY #dirftwood #candleholder

 

Now get the rest of your materials ready and you’re all set. I got the vase at the Dollar Store, so you know this is a super low-cost project!

A quick and easy tutorial on how to make  a candleholder out of pieces of driftwood. #DIY #dirftwood #candleholder

 

I lined up all of the sticks so that I’d have an idea of what they might look like when i placed them on because I have OCD and I need to be in full control sometimes. Know what I mean?

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A quick and easy tutorial on how to make  a candleholder out of pieces of driftwood. #DIY #dirftwood #candleholder

This was sort of in vain because I ended up just putting them on however I wanted. Now here came the tricky part – gluing them on. First place them against the glass (no glue) to see where you need to put dots of glue.

A quick and easy tutorial on how to make  a candleholder out of pieces of driftwood. #DIY #dirftwood #candleholder

Now do that about 17 more times! Stop yourself to look at the whole thing from afar every 3 sticks you glue on, just to make sure things are looking proportionate and don’t forget to keep the vase on a flat surface as you glue the sticks on. This way your candleholder won’t be tipsy!

A quick and easy tutorial on how to make  a candleholder out of pieces of driftwood. #DIY #dirftwood #candleholder

 

I kept as many of the knots on the outside as possible, and even ended up having to add a really short piece to fill in a whole that was a little too wide. It’s ok for there to be space in between the pieces, but not too much!

A quick and easy tutorial on how to make  a candleholder out of pieces of driftwood. #DIY #dirftwood #candleholder

The height variance looks weird when the piece isn’t complete, but I promise, it’ll look better when they’re all on there.

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A quick and easy tutorial on how to make  a candleholder out of pieces of driftwood. #DIY #dirftwood #candleholder

There you have it! I love the greys and whites on the driftwood, and if you can believe it, they’re still sandy! See?

A quick and easy tutorial on how to make  a candleholder out of pieces of driftwood. #DIY #dirftwood #candleholder

 I love love love this project and I think you will too! Plus, it’s totally something you can do with kids as a last-ditch Summer craft!

A quick and easy tutorial on how to make a candleholder out of pieces of driftwood. #DIY #dirftwood #candleholder




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6 Comments

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    Anonymous

    August 28, 2014

    Sooo beautiful. I want that for my new house as a good memorie of our wonderful trip. Love it

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    Midsommarflicka

    August 30, 2014

    Beautiful!!

    (I leave it with that simple statement, yes? Can’t think of what more I could tell you… But wanted to let you know that I love it. :))

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      Thalita

      August 31, 2014

      haha You are awesome! Thanks, my dear!

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    enid

    September 13, 2014

    So lovely…i live in los angeles so i’ve never seen driftwood wash up on a beach! But on my recent vacation to alaska i went driftwood collecting crazy. Now i have tons of ideas for it, but i love your awesome idea and i’m adding it to my project list. It’s so perfect for fall!!!

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      Thalita

      September 16, 2014

      I’m sure there are lots of other perks to living in Los Angeles that makes it being driftwood-free pretty awesome, right? ;) Also, Alaska sounds amazing! It’s on my bucket list!! Thanks for the lovely comment, Enid!

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