While in Tybee Island over Thanksgiving I collected a bunch of driftwood. I wanted to make a monogram H (H is for our last name). This was a simple and free project, and I have since confirmed my love/hate relationship with a hot glue gun!
First, I layed the driftwood outside for a bit to make sure it was good and dry.
Next, I cut out an H from some cardboard.
I used my table as my work surface, and used my usual, garbage bags, to protect the table. My glue gun was hot and ready to go, but I didn’t want to just start gluing, so I placed the driftwood on the H first.
Once I was happy with placement I started gluing. I just picked up a piece from its location, glued, and placed it back down. This is where I burnt my fingers, but the hot glue works beautifully.
After gluing, I needed to go back and fill in all of the open spots where I could see cardboard.
For now I propped it up behind the sweater candles. You can see how I made those here.
If you can’t get to the beach to collect driftwood, you could easily monogram with sticks, moss, or wine corks. I’m lucky that my monogram has straight lines, curved letters would be a bit more tedious. I may give it a try on the letter C for my sister.
What I love most is that the driftwood is collected from the place we love the most. This is the one rule I follow when decorating, use items that have meaning to you and your family. You will love it so much more than just picking out a random piece.
So what would you use to monogram? I would love to hear your ideas!
Btw, who has tried the Fudge Ritz Crackers that are in stores for the holidays? I am ashamed to say we are averaging at least one box a week. Sometimes two.