driftwood mobiles

Yesterday morning I did a bit of online Pinterest research. If you follow me on Pinterest you’ll be able to guess where I am heading, as I pinned about 10 driftwood related things in 15 minutes.

Yes, I collected more driftwood at the beach last week.  And came home inspired to use it.

I dropped the kids at school and headed home by myself, in peace (yay!) to assess my driftwood collection and the other materials I had hanging around that I could use.

I really want to make a driftwood light. But I am still not sure how to go about it. I think I need to check out what’s available re. fun bulbs and cords. And then think about what I could do. I have pinned some inspiration for this when I am ready.

In the meantime I decided to build on my previous driftwood mobile experience, but this time add a bit of pizazz. It sounds like I am about to get out a bedazzler doesn’t it … but no … I got out the polymer clay instead. And spent about an hour making some nice chunky beads.

Then I did a whole lot of boring stuff.  I went to the mechanic and picked up the car .. and did a post holiday massive food shop and put some dinner on in the slowcooker (if It works I’ll do a post on this because it is quite inspired!!) … And then I began to construct.

I tried about a million different combinations of beads and driftwood. This is where I got to at the end of the day. Driftwood at the bottom, beads at the top.  A rusty old washer to finish it off.

I have made two with yellow beads, and two with pastel pink beads. I have lots more beads and wood. I just need to drill more holes.

I think I like them.  Last night I put them up where my fluorescent macrame planters have been hanging, and they were spinning in the wind. They really looked quite fun.

a driftwood project or two

I do love driftwood, and I decided to collect some when I was at the beach in winter last year.  There was loads of it around and every day I collected a handful of sticks.

I brought them home with the idea of making some stacked driftwood hangings. But it took me ages to get around to this project.

In the meantime we had a makers market at school and I needed something to display jewellery on, so I got some driftwood out and screwed it together.


At the market a number of people asked where I got my stands from and if they were for sale … I couldn’t really sell them, they were made in a pretty slapdash way …

Since then I got sick of the piles of driftwood hanging around the house and so finally also made my driftwood hangings (thanks Dad for drilling the holes). I’ve now got one at the front door and one hanging from the rafter above my desk.  I think Mum wants one though, for her pergola, and truth be known I probably don’t need two at my house.



But now I really want to try and make a light. These holidays I am on the lookout for fatter driftwood that I could drill a hole in big enough to thread electrical cord through. Hmm, more piles around the house … And even if I do finish this project I will need to find someone who needs a driftwood light …