Dear Chicago House,
I saw a lovely drift wood orb in Crate and Barrel recently and as soon as humanly possible went to my secret Chicago beach to collect some drift wood, ready to make my own version. Lake drift wood is just as good as sea drift wood.
It took a little patience and did result in quite a few hot glue gun burns but what can I say I should wear gloves!
What you need
- Short lengths of drift wood, get way more than you think you will need. I ran out mid project and my orb sat unfinished in the garages for ages. I did not want to cut any of the wood I collected preferring the natural look of the ends.
- An inflatable beach ball
- Hot glue gun with lots of spare glue sticks.
Blow up the beach ball. Working from the top down create a lattice work of drift wood, hot gluing as you go. The easiest way is to build the basic structure first and infill with smaller pieces as you go.
Once the ball is totally encased in wood deflate and remove.
How easy was that?
…oh and by the way, the orb can be jazzed up even further by adding a few fairy lights, check it out here
Creative in Chicago