How to Make a Driftwood Family Tree

Take your display of family photos up a notch by creating a one of a kind coastal family tree with a gorgeous piece of driftwood. 

Driftwood Family Tree

Driftwood Family Tree

Take your display of family photos up a notch by creating a one of a kind coastal family tree with a gorgeous piece of driftwood.

Materials Needed

  • piece of driftwood or manzanita branch
  • printed family photos
  • small locket picture frames
  • leather string
  • fishing wire
  • scissors

Find Your Tree

Driftwood Family Tree

Driftwood Family Tree

Materials : piece of driftwood or manzanita branch, printed photos of your family, small locket picture frames, leather string, fishing wire.

Driftwood, or manzanita branch, can be a perfectly charming way to showcase your own family tree. 

If you have a beach or lake day planned, try to spot a piece of driftwood that has several good branches. Often floral supply stores, or craft stores also have driftwood and manzanita branches for sale, if you can’t get out into nature to find one. Depending on the size of your family, look for a piece that can hold as few, or as many, family pictures as you need. 

Gather Photos

Driftwood Family Tree

Driftwood Family Tree

Step 2 : Print and Measure Find your favorite pictures of your family members and print out copies. You won’t want to cut up the originals. Once you’ve printed them, measure and cut each face from the photo so it will fit with a corresponding frame. Choose a variety of shapes for the lockets to compliment the twisting forms of the driftwood branches.

Find your favorite pictures of your family members and print out copies. You won’t want to cut up the originals. Once you’ve printed them, measure and cut each face from the photo so it will fit with a corresponding frame. Choose a variety of shapes for the lockets to compliment the twisting forms of the driftwood branches. 

Fill Lockets

Driftwood Family Tree

Driftwood Family Tree

Step 3: Frame and Tie Insert pictures into the lockets. Cut the leather string at about 8” length, thread it through the locket loops and securely tie the string on the branch.

Insert pictures into the lockets. Cut the leather string at about 8” length, thread it through the locket loops and securely tie the string on the branch. 

Add Accents

Driftwood Family Tree

Driftwood Family Tree

Step 4 : Wrap and Hanging PI’ve wrapped the thickest part of the driftwood branch in leather as well to add a little color to the piece. This compliments the leather strings and frames. You can either display the driftwood on a table or shelf or you can use clear wire and small hooks to hang the driftwood against a wall or from the ceiling.

I’ve wrapped the thickest part of the driftwood branch in leather as well to add a little color to the piece. This compliments the leather strings and frames. You can either display the driftwood on a table or shelf or you can use clear wire and small hooks to hang the driftwood against a wall or from the ceiling. 

Display

Driftwood Family Tree

Driftwood Family Tree

A driftwood family tree is a distinctive piece of artwork that joins the love of DIY projects, the beach, and - it’s a simple way to be reminded of special family members!

A driftwood family tree is a distinctive piece of artwork that joins the love of DIY projects, the beach, and it’s a simple way to be reminded of special family members!

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