If you are looking for a new material for crafting or your next DIY project, you should definitely checkout driftwood! Here are 25+ driftwood crafts to inspire you.
If you aren’t familiar with it, driftwood is a type of wood that is washed onto shore by the currents and tides of the ocean or other bodies of water. It has a natural weathered look since it has been shaped and colored by the elements. Driftwood is really versatile so it is often used in crafting, building furniture and home décor. You may have also seen it used as a natural way to decorate aquariums and terrariums.
Where can you get driftwood?
If you are ready to start a driftwood craft or DIY project, you may be wondering where you can find it — especially if you don’t live near water! You can find or purchase driftwood at the following places:
- The Beach
If you are lucky enough to be near one, visit your local beaches where you can find driftwood that naturally washes up.
You can purchase driftwood from online stores like Amazon, Etsy, and eBay.
- Local Stores
Check with your local craft stores, home décor shops or pet stores, as they might sell driftwood.
Your local florist may have driftwood that they use in floral arrangements.
- Make Your Own
Find out how to make driftwood at home. It takes some time, but it turns out great.
Helpful Tip:Always keep your crafting legal! 🙂
Remember to check the laws in your area before taking any driftwood from beaches or parks. Some states and countries have laws that prohibit the removal of driftwood without a permit.
Now that you know where to find driftwood, it is time to get inspired! I’ve collected over 25 of my favorite driftwood crafts and listed them below. I know you are going to find something you love, so go ahead and take a look!
These 28 DIY projects really show how versatile driftwood can be!
Have some larger pieces of driftwood? Arrange them in an interesting way and then connect them to make an awesome coffee table base!
Learn how to make a jewelry hanger out of a piece of driftwood. It's a unique display and looks great on the wall.
Show your American pride year-round with this continental US driftwood art! Since it doesn't have patriotic colors it will go with any decor.
Cut out a seahorse shape and fill it with thin pieces of driftwood. This art piece has a bit more 'order' than some of the other art on this list with the pieces all lined up next to one another.
Ice Cream Scoop
Be reminded of your beach trip every time you enjoy ice cream with this copper and driftwood ice cream scoop!
People pay big bucks for driftwood art like this from furniture stores! All you need is a beach ball and hot glue gun to make your own.
You can spend hundreds of dollars on a sunburst driftwood mirror or you can make one for less than $10! This one begins with a dollar store circle mirror.
Turn a plain picture frame into a rustic wood beachy frame using pieces of driftwood. Add a photo, or you could make a larger frame and add some art!
Air Plant Holder
Use a larger piece of driftwood to display your air plants. All you need is driftwood, a drill and air plants!
Similar to the ice cream scoop from earlier, these spoons use driftwood for the handle. The spoon itself? Clay! They look great in photos and can be used with dry foods.
Beachy Decor Tree
There are numerous driftwood tree ideas out there and most of them are for Christmas. I like this one because it is decor you can leave up year-round!
Have a wall that needs a large piece of art? Create driftwood garland and hang it vertically. Make as many as you need to fil the space! Leave them natural like this, or paint them.
Use driftwood to hold up the sail and a mold to make the concrete base for this cute sailboat decoration! These would look adorable when styled in a beach-themed bedroom.
This industrial table lamp is created using pipes. A touch of driftwood brings some needed warmth to the piece and is a perfect base!
Ladders are great for hanging blankets or towels in a small amount of space. Making one with driftwood gives the ladder a beautiful rustic charm.
Heart Wall Hanging
I love this acorn DIY using driftwood yarn and beads! So simple but beautiful. It's perfect to make for fall and then to bring out again for Valentine's Day.
A flat, rectangular piece of driftwood looks like it was always meant to be a sign! You can do hand lettering or use a cutting machine to add vinyl letters.
You can use an existing glass vase for this project, but since you are covering it with driftwood you could really use anything: a tin can, a cup, or even a paint can!
Here is another driftwood mirror idea. This one is quite different from the sunburst one from earlier. Obviously, the driftwood has been painted, but it is also much more linear and 'orderly' in its arrangement.
You have to hang your coats somewhere, why not on a beautiful piece of driftwood? Just add hooks and secure it to the wall. Jen gave hers a gold-dipped look by painting one end.
Crab Wall Art
What could be more beachy than a crab made of driftwood? This wall art would look great in a beach house or any room with beachy decor!
Tripod Floor Lamp
This tripod floor lamp was made using found driftwood branches. This would look great in a beach house or cabin.
An interesting piece of driftwood can be a beautiful decorating piece just by itself. This one has the added bonus of also charging your phone!
This piece of driftwood seems to be floating with three pendant lights going through it. Actually, it is supported by two wires that are hidden behind the pendant light cords! I love how it turned out.
Wind Chimes for Kids
Courtney shows you how to make this glass bead wind chime with driftwood and acrylic paint! It's not overly loud, so it's a perfect summer craft project that won't drive you crazy.
Which of these driftwood crafts was your favorite? Share it in the comments below. Then check out these other crafts that use natural materials: