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How to make a Driftwood Christmas Tree

Wondering how to make a driftwood Christmas tree? Here is a complete step by step tutorial that you can use to whip one up this weekend!

If you’ve followed us for any amount of time, you know we’re obsessed with driftwood.

Whether it was our coffee table or our wedding cupcake display or our Christmas tree topper last year, we love driftwood. This time, we decided to make an actual small driftwood Christmas tree.

We made a Driftwood tabletop tree, but this same tutorial could be modified to make a driftwood tree of any type. Just adjust the height of the dowel “trunk!”

DIY Driftwood Christmas Tree

how to make a driftwood christmas tree

Supplies needed to make a drift wood Christmas tree

  • Assorted driftwood
  • Dowel – we used 5/8″ diameter. You may need to use a thicker one for a taller driftwood xmas tree!
  • Drill
  • Scrap wood cut to desired size for base

Steps to make a Driftwood Christmas tree DIY

STEP 1 – plan

First, I decided how tall I wanted the tree to be and then picked out some good pieces of wood. I used a 5/8″ dowel to plan my tree, so I had to pick pieces of driftwood that were thicker than that.

The way to do this is to use the dowel as the trunk of the tree and drill holes in your driftwood to thread over the driftwood. I laid out the pieces and then had to cut them to be gradually shorter up the top.

Crafting a Driftwood Christmas Tree - Charleston Crafted

STEP 2 – Drill into the center of the driftwood pieces

Once I had the pieces I wanted, I used a 3/4″ drill bit to drill the middle of each piece to thread over the dowel.

Crafting a Driftwood Christmas Tree - Charleston Crafted
Crafting a Driftwood Christmas Tree - Charleston Crafted

STEP 3 – create the trunk and topper

I created a little trunk by drilling a short piece of wood right down the middle vertically.

STEP 4 – make the base

Next, I needed to make a base. I stained a piece of rectangular wood and drilled a shallow hole right in the middle. Then, I liberally applied some wood glue and propped the cut dowel in the hole in the base to dry.

STEP 5 – string it together

Next, I threaded the pieces I had cut over the tree all the way to the top. Finally, I topped it with a little chunk of wood with a shallow hole drilled as the tree topper.

Crafting a Driftwood Christmas Tree - Charleston Crafted

Voila. It looks awesome! You could make this easily and could use it by itself or hang a few little ornaments on it to reflect your style in your Christmas decor.

Crafting a Driftwood Christmas Tree - Charleston Crafted
Crafting a Driftwood Christmas Tree - Charleston Crafted
Crafting a Driftwood Christmas Tree - Charleston Crafted
Crafting a Driftwood Christmas Tree - Charleston Crafted

Love driftwood projects? We have done a ton! Be sure to check out our driftwood coffee table and our 7 favorite driftwood projects!

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Crafting a Driftwood Christmas Tree - Charleston Crafted
Yield: 1 driftwood Christmas tree

How to make a driftwood Christmas tree

Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Medium
Estimated Cost: $0-10

Check out my super simple tutorial for how to make a DIY driftwood Christmas tree!


  • 5/8″ dowel
  • Driftwood
  • Scrap wood for base (stained or painted)


  • Drill


  1. Line up driftwood from smallest to largest, in a tree shape. You might need to break some to create the right look.
  2. Use a 3/4" drill bit to drill through each driftwood piece, in the horizontal center of each piece.
  3. Run the driftwood onto the dowel.
  4. For the end, we cut a small piece of driftwood to look like a stump and drilled thru it.
  5. If you want a wooden base, use a piece of stained or painted scrap wood. Drill a shallow hole in the middle. Fill with wood glue and stick the dowel in there.


All driftwood needs to be thicker than your dowel so the dowel can run thru it. Adjust your dowel size accordingly.

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