Up until 2009, I’d always lived near a shoreline- half my life along the shores of Lake Michigan, and half my life bouncing between the Gulf and the Atlantic in Florida. Though I now feel settled and home in the foothills of the Appalachians, I do have fond memories of the windswept, deserted beaches in Southwest Michigan. Maybe not quite as exotic as a tropical locale, but full of treasures- crinoid bits, pretty Petoskey stones, beautiful beachglass, and gorgeous pieces of driftwood.
A biologist in the making I was…and to this day, I still prefer a rough-and-tumble beach full of peculiar treasures over a pristine beach studded with condos.
To celebrate summer, I decided I wanted a driftwood wreath- and a “sunburst” of driftwood seemed quintessentially summer. I found this terrific shop on Etsy, Driftwood Amour, for my wreath components. The pieces she sent me were gorgeous- smooth and varied just enough to keep the wreath unique and purposefully imperfect.
So I gathered all of my materials:
- Driftwood pieces
- Flat cardboard
- Plates (11” and 8”) for tracing
- Box cutter
- Self-healing mat
- Glue gun
- Jute twine
- Paint and sponge (optional)
First I needed a cardboard ring for my base. I put an 11-inch dinner plate on a flattened box, and traced it out. After cutting out my 11-inch circle, I then traced a smaller, just-shy-of-eight-inches plate within my 11” circle, and removed it CAREFULLY with a box cutter.
Because our front door is a scarlet red, I did a quick paint job on the ring- totally optional but it hides the cardboard well.
After arranging the driftwood on the ring exactly as I desired, I hot glued those suckers to the now-red ring.
And there you have it! Done and hung.
Of course, for the time being, our door is still rocking the April showers umbrella…but come Memorial Day weekend, this will greet our visitors!