Jul 5, 2013

How to make a Driftwood Seahorse

Dear Chicago House,

Mr. Chicago house and I had a little wander down to our favorite secret beach last week and collected a lovely bundle of drift wood.

driftwood

With a bit of creative magic I used it to whip up Seahorse!

driftwood seahorse

isn't she lovely...I have called her Sally, at the moment she is gracing a wall in my office.

driftwood seahorse

Would you like to know how to make one...read on

How to make a Driftwood Seahorse

What you will need:
  • Pieces of straightish driftwood, I had about a shopping bag full and had lots left over
  • Stiff Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Ultility Knife
  • Hot glue gun
  1.  Sketch your starfish shape on your cardboard, mine  is about 36" by 16". I copied the shape from an abstract watercolor of seahorses
  2. Cut out your shape using a utility knife. You can see from this picture I taped two peices of cardbord together to get the height I wanted.
  3. Sort through your driftwood and start laying it over your cardboard, this process is really trial and error. I tried to keep the placement tight over the seahorse's belly but was quite happy to have a more ragged look over the back. I kept the driftwood pieces mostly parallel.
  4. Once you are happy with your choice and placement of the driftwood, fire up your hot glue gun and start sticking everything down. I started at the tail and worked up.
  5. For the eye I used a driftwood walnut (Mr Chicago house can take credit for that!)
driftwood seahorse
driftwood seahorse
driftwood seahorse

Love from

Creative in Chicago

XX

20 comments:

  1. excellent ! keep on from greece xxx

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  2. me ha encatado , esta regio,gracias.

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  3. Exactly the idea I was looking for for my newly collected driftwood pieces. Adorable!

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  4. Exactly the idea I was looking for, for my newly collected driftwood pieces. Adorable!

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  5. Wow, that is incredible. I love it. I want one for myself.

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  6. Love drift wood...love seahorses...just like the commercial for Reese's peanut butter cups.

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  7. How did you attach it to the wall? But overall simply beautiful

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  8. Really neat idea if you can spend time walking the beaches, especially after a storm. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. This is fantastic! I'm looking forward to our winter storms that bring in lots of driftwood, so I can try it :)

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  10. Absolutely love this!!!! Pinning it!

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  11. I love this so much! I grew up on Long Island surrounded by beaches and never found a haul of driftwood!

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  12. WOW! WOW! WOW! I can't wait to go and find some driftwood, this is truly inspirational, and would look TERRIFIC on my new bathroom wall!

    Love it!

    Judi in the UK

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  13. Wow this is amazing and so very clever. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. This will look brilliant in the courtyard of the beach house villa at mooloolaba qld. I have some marine ply let over from another project to attach it to. Beautiful!

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  15. Do you sell these?

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