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Tinsel Tuesdays: Create a Coastal Christmas with a Driftwood Topiary

Summertime is a good time to feature a driftwood Christmas craft, like this Driftwood Topiary Cone. If you don’t have a trip to the beach on your summer agenda, not to worry – I’ll let you in on our little secret for finding inexpensive driftwood pieces. Bits of Spanish moss, berries, and a string of mini lights dress up the Driftwood Cone. For a coastal themed Christmas, how about decorating it with seashells and a starfish up on top? Here’s how to craft a Driftwood Christmas Tree.

Driftwood Christmas Cone by Kathleen George.

To make a Driftwood Cone, you’ll need:

*You can buy driftwood in craft stores, and also shop online. Or, do what we did and purchase a driftwood garland that you can disassemble. I found our garland at Marshalls, and right now, Pottery Barn has Driftwood Garlands on sale for $12.99 (originally $29.50).

To make a Driftwood Cone:

1. Carve an opening in the bottom of the cone to house the battery box for the lights. Using a sharp pencil, trace around the box on the bottom center of the cone. Using the tip of the serrated knife, cut along this outline, about 1” deep. Dig out your opening using the teaspoon. Test fit the battery box to be sure it fits, and make adjustments as needed.

2. Using the knife, cut a narrow groove along the bottom of the cone for the wire.

3. Place the battery box in the hole, and secure with a single piece of duct tape. Be sure to leave the on-off switch uncovered. Note: You will be able to change the batteries by removing the duct tape and the box, and then taping it back in place.

4. Cut floral wire into 1” lengths, and bend each piece over a pencil to create a “u”. Loosely wind the lights around the cone, using the u-shaped wires to hold the wire in place.

Spanish moss will help to fill in any gaps between the driftwood pieces.

5. Sort your driftwood, saving the smaller pieces of driftwood for the top of the cone. Glue a row of larger driftwood pieces around the bottom of the cone. As you work, adjust the lights so that they are not covered by the driftwood. Don’t worry if the cone shows through, as you’ll cover these spaces with Spanish moss later.

6. Glue on a second row of driftwood, overlapping the first and making sure that the lights are not covered. Continue gluing on rows of driftwood till the cone is covered.

7. Using the tip of the knife, tuck bits of Spanish moss between the driftwood pieces. Glue on berries.

If you like a natural look for Christmas, think about pairing the Driftwood Cone with the Birch Bark Topiary I featured last Christmas.

Birch Bark Christmas Topiary by Kathleen George.

Or, add in the Birch Bark Centerpiece, too.

Birch Bark Candle Cube designed by Diane Flowers.

When you decorate for Christmas, do you have a theme in mind? Have you ever created a coastal Christmas theme?

Happy crafting.