I got a new Dremel set and I’ve been itching to try it out so bad its driving me crazy! We still have a ton of driftwood leftover from last summer, so I’ve been practicing with that. I saved a few pieces to make a driftwood jewelry tree. These are nothing new, but the idea to make one came to me while browsing a local shop. There display stands were short wooden posts with pegs kinda like miniature coat racks. I wanted to try these with driftwood pieces, but couldn’t until now!
Now with my mighty DREMEL I can cut-drill-shape-sand the pieces I need to make a nice little driftwood jewelry stand!
- Dremel set + eye protection
- driftwood pieces
- Small log (base)
- wood glue
- wood filler (optional)
- wood stain (optional)
- Modpodge (optional)
- drill + 1 inch bit
For the base of my jewelry tree I cut a slab off a small log about 2-3 inches tall and drilled a 1 inch hole in the center. After washing all the driftwood pieces thoroughly I used my dremel to cut the rest of the pieces to size for the trunk and branches. The cutter wheel and the sander are only the dremel bits I used for the entire project. I used the sander tip to grind out a notch on all the pieces.
I tried to match the notches with a drill bit, these were in no way perfect but that’s what the wood filler is for! I drilled out the holes where the branches go and glued everything together with some wood glue. After letting it dry for 24 hours I smeared wood filler in all the cracks and let that set for another 24 hours.
With a piece of fine sandpaper I sanded everything smooth, getting most of the wood filler and rounding off the tips of the branches. Now its time to make it look pretty. My favorite part! I stained the jewelry tree with some maple stain and let that dry completely. I did 2 jewelry stands because I could work on one while the other was drying and I also wanted to try an idea for the base on one of the trees.
I’m not the greatest at cutting straight and one of the bases was crooked, so my idea was to hot glue aquarium gravel onto the base to make it heavier and also even it out a bit. This can be dangerous if you’re not careful! I put my knuckle in the hot glue more than once doing this and I probably wont try it again lol! I do like how it turned out though… The hot glue holds the rocks better than I thought and it saved me from starting over with a new base.
Last step I did for my driftwood jewelry tree was seal it with glossy Modpodge. This puts a glossy finish over the wood and also works great on the rocks.