I have been eyeing off these cuttle fish and driftwood wall decoration for so long but never had a spare $300- $400 to spend on one so i decided i’d make my own.
I thought yes this will be easy i live close to the beach so i’ll go there one afternoon and collect around 20-30 cuttlefish and i’ll be set. I spent 1hr at the beach and found…. one flimsy mini teeny tiny piece!! I was not happy, i imagined where i could put it – i even imagined having several around my home. Weeks later a friend told me you can actually get them online so i jumped on and ordered them from Five Chicks Discount on eBay. They arrived within a few days so typical me I dropped everything I was doing that day and got straight to it….housework can wait.
I had no idea how i was going to create this because I couldn’t find a tutorial anywhere (hence why i am sharing this with you all) but it came out ok, i think?
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
- A roll of strong wire
- 1kg bag of cuttlefish (more than enough to make a big one )
- wooden beads
- Driftwood broken into 10 – 25cm bits
- Sea sponge
- Silver wire coat hanger
HOW TO MAKE IT
- I started by breaking up the driftwood into 10 – 25cm pieces, i only found a few bits of small driftwood so i broke the long bits into smaller bits.
- Drill a hole into the middle of the driftwood making sure the hole is big enough for the wire to feed through.
- Drill a hole into the middle of the cuttlefish, i drilled from the soft side because it was easier to do.
- Cut the wire to the size you want the wall hanging to be. Mine is approximately 1mtr in diameter but because the wire i had already was quite soft and bendy i decided to use two pieces and twined them together. If you have to purchase this i’d make sure your wire is quite strong and not to easy to bend.
- Now that you have everything ready it’s time to make a display on the ground of the order you want the cuttlefish, driftwood, beads and sea sponge to be. I started in the middle with some longer bits of driftwood working my way into smaller pieces but this part is totally up to you.
- Once you are happy with how it looks on the ground start to feed the pieces onto your wire starting from one end working your way to the other.
- Twine each end to one another, i like the rustic shabby look of the wire so i made mine a little rustic looking.
- Depending on the strength of your wire this is where you may need to use a wire coat hanger. I found mine wouldn’t hold it’s oval shape it all just flopped into the centre which i didn’t want so i unraveled the coat hanger and bent it into an oval shape. I inserted the wire into the top bead on each end then wrapped the wire around coat hanger to hold everything into shape.
- Hang on the wall then stand back to admire your creation. High five….
I hope you find this DIY to be as easy and fun as i did.
Have a great day.