Hi friends! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! That’s right, it’s time for me to shamelessly tell you how cheap I am by showing you this week’s Tightwad Tuesday project. You can’t get any less expensive than free, am I right? The fam and I scoured one of our favorite beaches in western Michigan to find the perfect piece of driftwood one afternoon. We brought it home so I could make this driftwood candle holder as a reminder of our annual getaway.
I love decorating with nature. Of course, it’s free, but if done right, collecting treasures from your own back yard can result in more beautiful home decor than you could ever hope to find in a store. Huge leafy branches, bowls full of smooth river rocks, vases full of acorns–it’s all good stuff.
I also like coastal decor, but I’m not heavy-handed with it. I prefer subtle references to the lake, such as this driftwood candle holder. We found this pretty piece of wood washed up on the shoreline; it’s smooth and has just the right amount of crags and cracks. All that was required to turn it into a pretty candle holder was an electric drill fitted with a 1- 1/2″ paddle bit. I traced a trio of tealights I had on hand to mark approximate placement, and my husband drilled the holes.
You need a steady hand, and it’s helpful to mark the depth of the tealights on the drill bit with a Sharpie so you don’t drill down too far into your driftwood.
Yes, this thing was free, but it’s kinda priceless. It’s pretty wonderful that every time I look at it I’m reminded of the afternoon we spent on the dunes near the lake. The wind carried our kids’ voices as they yelled for us to look what they found, and the water lapped at our ankles…When can we go back?
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