I Love the look of Restoration Hardware products… however, I don't always love all the numbers I see after the $.
Well, I came across their Drift wood Christmas Trees and it was an automatic “I HAVE to HAVE those! Then I saw the $$$. . . and I thought “I HAVE to MAKE those!!!
And, I'm so Glad that I did. I LOVE them! And the drift wood was FREE! Love that even more!
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I also love them because I really could use them and put them out all year. Or just for Fall. They look great with burn oranges, deep yellows and rich reds. And of course they look great for Christmas. With lights underneath them, and greens all around them. It's like a little forest in my home
They are so neutral in color they look fantastic with everything.
- Foam forms. (I got mine from Michaels in 5 different sizes. The biggest Form I got was 18″, the smallest was 6″).
- Brown Paper to cover the green foam.
- Hot Glue Gun
Okay so just from this one picture you can see exactly what I did. Its so simple isn't it.
First, Take a walk with your little toddler and 8 month old and go on a beach walk! We live in the Pacific Northwest so there is an abundance of driftwood ALL OVER! However, if you don't have this perk of living in the driftwood dream land, you can purchase a bag of drift wood online. I'm not sure how all the pieces will be… but I'm sure it'll work just perfect.
I took the green foam forms and covered them in brown paper… just in case I couldn't cover all the foam with driftwood. I didn't want the green foam to show through. (good thing I did too!)
Next, I took my BIG bucket of driftwood pieces and dumped them on a towel in the middle of my floor. It was sorting time.
I tried to grab the flattest smallest pieces first and then I started fitting pieces onto my foam forms. I started at the bottom of the form and worked my way up to the top.
This part did take a bit of time and puzzle matching up. In the beginning I was pretty particular about how I placed, layer out and organized my specially selected driftwood pieces onto the trees. I made sure it covered and fit just right. Well, After I was done with 2 trees, I was about done my self. But I really wanted 5 so I kept pushing through it and sorting my driftwood to find the perfect pieces for each section of the tree.
By the last two trees, I was just grabbing pieces and making sure the fit okay, slapped some hot glue on them and stuck it to the tree. I almost love those ones more than I love the first one I did… The first one That I thought was going to be so perfect because each piece was so carefully placed.
Moral of the story: Just take your pieces, big or small and layer them up your tree starting from the bottom working up to the top. Add lots of hot glue and stick it on well. Don't try to match your pieces perfectly… it'll drive you crazy. In the end it'll look Fabulous and you will LOVE your RESTORATION HARDWARE TREES!
After you are done, add some greens!
And some Lights!!!!
With the lights off, they are so magical and woodsy.
Or add a little gold garland to dress your restoration hardware trees up a bit.
I can't wait for you to do yours!