When I first shared my driftwood wreath last week, I mentioned that I had more driftwood and therefore more projects in the works. Well, I’m back already with project number 2, a driftwood hurricane lamp. Doing a little driftwood idea searching I came upon the following 2 hurricane lamps, the first from Houzz and the second from Anthropologie. Once you see the prices on these 2 driftwood lamps, you’ll know that you just have to have one.
The top one, available from Houzz is a whopping $388!! Seriously? Now granted, that vase is 22 inches, I’m thinking, 18 inches for the vase and 4 inches for the sticky uppy driftwood. ..but, I have found you a vase at Michaels, 18 inches, for $24.99. (and you know Michaels always has a coupon) Anthropologie was a bit more reasonable at $39.95, which was the sale price. The original price was $78, but they don’t have it in stock anymore. So, unless you want to pay the $388, you will just have to make one yourself. With visions of driftwood dancing in my head I headed to the local Goodwill. Score! My first stop, and I completely lucked out, finding these 3 hurricane style lamps, or as Michael’s calls them, cylinder glass vases, for the fantastic price of $3 each. These were 14 inches tall and 7 inches in diameter. OK, I could have waited for them to go on sale, but they may have been gone by then and after completing the driftwood wreath last week, I was on a mission. They were mine. I have other ideas for the other 2 vases, so look out.
For this project, it’s all about the base. All the driftwood attaches to the block of wood at the bottom of the piece. Place your Hurricane Lamp on top of a scrap piece of wood, preferably about 3/4 – 1 inch thick and trace around the circumference of the vase.
With a jigsaw, cut out your circle and sand the edges.
Gather up a supply of driftwood. These were all cut about the same length, the tops were all the rounded edges of the driftwood. The bottoms were the cut ends. As you can see from the Houzz and Anthropologie vases, there are different ways to use the driftwood, so cut your wood whichever way you choose.
Using a nail gun and finishing nails, nail the driftwood to the base you just created putting 2 nails in each. Note: While nailing, I kept the vase in the middle of the driftwood to hold the shape, but slid it up about an inch so there was no chance of nailing into the vase.
That’s it. If you don’t have a nail gun, I would suggest hot glue, but I believe the nails would be a stronger hold.
I hope I’ve inspired you and now you have something else to look for at your local thrift store as well as your next walk in the woods. Good luck and happy hunting.
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