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 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!
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!
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?
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.
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!
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!
The height variance looks weird when the piece isn’t complete, but I promise, it’ll look better when they’re all on there.
There you have it! I love the greys and whites on the driftwood, and if you can believe it, they’re still sandy! See?
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!