Driftwood Craft Ideas

Many interesting and useful pieces of driftwood can be found at the beach. This page contains driftwood craft ideas.

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Driftwood and Rock Art

By ann 36 40

I love using natural objects for crafts. They look great on a table in a cottage or your home.

A painted rock placed in a piece of driftwood.

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Sterilizing and Desalinizing Driftwood

By lalala... 731 97

Here in the Pacific Northwest, you encounter a lot of driftwood along the beaches. I always seem to come home with a bunch of little (sometimes huge) pieces. I wanted to use some of them in a terrarium that I started, but first I needed to remove any pests that may have hitched a ride and remove all of the built up salt so that I didn't kill my plants.

driftwood

Supplies:

  • driftwood
  • cook sheet, optional

Steps:

  1. Soaking is a time consuming process. I recommend spending days on this important step to ensure that all of the salt has been removed. Start by brushing as much sand off of the wood as possible. You can use a toothbrush and fresh water to clean it. Place the wood into a sink or bucket and fill it with water. Initially your pieces of wood may float. You can weight them down, although they will eventually sink as they become water logged.
  2. soaking wood
  3. Pour off the water and refill the pot (or sink) with fresh water and allow the wood to soak for a few days. I changed the water daily, for about 5 days. I wanted to be extra sure that all of the salt had been removed. You can change the water as often as you think about it. You don't need to use a ton of extra water, just use enough to completely cover the wood. NOTE: If you get a lot of rain like we do and aren't in a hurry, you can leave the wood outside for a few weeks and let nature do some of the work. :)
  4. An additional safety measure to sterilize the wood is to boil the pieces in water a couple of times. Put the wood into a pot and fill it with water. Boil the wood for 1-2 hours, checking the water level occasionally. After you have boiled the wood, drain the water and refill the pot with fresh water. Return the water to boiling, for another 1-2 hours. NOTE: I chose to do this with some of mine, to protect the delicate balance of my terrarium. This step is optional, based on your intentions.
  5. boiling wood
  6. Once you feel that the wood has been sufficiently desalinized it is time to dry it out and get rid of any potential pests. There are two options for that. If you live somewhere that is hot and sunny you can put the wood outside in a black trash bag for a few days. Otherwise you can use your oven. Start by laying the wood on a cookie sheet or directly onto the oven rack.
  7. wood on cookie sheet
  8. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Place the wood into the oven and bake for 2-4 hours. Remove the wood and allow to cool completely before trying to handle it. Now your wood is safe to incorporate into a terrarium or planter. Have fun!
  9. wood in ovenwood in terrarium

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Driftwood Wall Hanging

By Ann Winberg 306 239

Driftwood Wall HangingGet back to nature with this very inexpensive gift. I make them with seashells, rocks, gemstones, anything I can get my hands on.

Approximate Time: 1 hour

Supplies:

  • driftwood
  • drill with small bit
  • chain or 18 gauge wire
  • small rock, marbles, etc.
  • decorations
  • 6" hanging wire
  • clear varnish spray
  • soft brush

Instructions:

  1. Clean your driftwood with a soft brush, spray with clear finish.
  2. Decide how many and where you want your holes for your hanging chain or curled wire. Drill your holes at least 1/4 inch from the edge of your driftwood, be careful driftwood is soft and will break easily. Plan your holes carefully.
  3. After you have your holes drilled, decide on the length you want for the chains or wire and add an inch to wire to make curls after you go through the holes you drilled. They will hold the wire sturdily and be decorative from the back also. With chain you can open one of the links and put it through the drilled hole if the links are large enough; if not, use wire to make a loop or purchase rings or swivels used in fishing gear. You can also use tiny screws on the back to secure the chain by attaching them on the back higher up on the thicker part of your driftwood. As you see there are many ways to go; just use your imagination, you probably have the items you could use on hand.
  4. When I use wire I wrap it around a pencil one way then reverse directions for interest. Wrap the wire around marbles, small rocks sprayed with your varnish, seashells, or whatever you like that is pretty light weight.
  5. I try to theme my decorations such as this one, is nature. I happened to have the copper letters and used silver and gold leaves, keeping to the metal and nature theme. I have home jewelry parties and give these as my hostess gifts.
Driftwood Wall Hanging Driftwood Wall Hanging

By Latrtatr from Loup City, NE

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Driftwood Door Handle

Christine Weber

Driftwood door handleA simple thrifty project to add elegance and character to an entranceway (or even a shed door!)

Materials and Equipment:

  • a piece of drift wood in an unusual shape, the size is up to you
  • a pencil
  • tape measure or ruler
  • two hefty screws, long enough to go through a wooden door and secure the driftwood, but not so long that they will pierce through the driftwood
  • an electric drill OR superglue for wood

* Note: This project works best with a wooden door, but if you have a metal door, try the superglue option. Just be sure that the glue you use is able to glue metal to wood.

Instructions:

  • Brush the driftwood clean of sand, or wash the driftwood and set it aside to dry completely.
  • If you currently have a door handle on the door, remove it. Position the driftwood on front of the door until you are happy with its location.
  • Have someone hold the driftwood in position on the front of the door. If there are no holes from the previous door handle, measure the distance to the driftwood from the edge of the door. Re-measure this distance on the back of the door and drill the screws through the door from back to front while the other person holds the driftwood in place. Make sure the driftwood is securely fastened to the door.
  • Alternatively, glue the driftwood to the door with superglue.
  • Enjoy your funky new door handle!
  • Closeup of driftwood door handle.

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    Driftwood Wind-Catcher

    By Lisa Adams 19 2

    If you enjoy recycling and can operate a cordless drill, you will enjoy this craft. By making use of reclaimed fishing line and pretty beach treasures, your craft will be capable of displaying the magical energy of wind. You will be the envy of your friends and family!

    Driftwood Wind-Catcher

    Tip: Did you know that used fishing line is frequently found cluttering the ground, near bodies of water? This is a hazard for all wildlife, including birds and sea creatures. It can be gathered and rolled onto a bathroom tissue roll to be reclaimed for crafting purposes!

    Please note: Exercise caution when collecting, as there still may be hooks attached to fishing line.

    Approx. Time to Complete: 45 - 60 minutes

    List of Materials:

    • four unique pieces of driftwood
    • one fourteen-inch piece of driftwood to be used for main horizontal base - herein called main base
    • one nine-inch piece of driftwood to be used for secondary horizontal base herein called secondary base
    • five seashells of varying size
    • one small piece of sea glass
    • approx. 60 Inches of reclaimed fishing line or new monofilament line
    • approx. 18 Inches of jute or hemp string
    • cordless drill
    • 1/8 inch drill bit
    • 3/16 inch Drill bit
    • scissors
    • permanent marker
    • drill friendly work surface

    Step-by-Step Instructions:

    Lay out:

    Lay out driftwood, shells, and sea glass on a table or the floor with an idea of how you would like to design your wind-catcher. Separate into three hanging sections.

    Preparing Materials:

    Prep of Main Base: Drill three 1/8 inch holes in main base. Holes should be placed one inch from bottom (A, B, and C, see diagram) and must allow for proper balance and attachment of the three hanging sections. Now drill two 3/16 inch hanger holes, one inch from top (D and E, see diagram).

    Driftwood Wind-Catcher

    Prep of Secondary Base: Drill three 1/8 inch holes. Holes should be placed one inch from bottom of secondary base (F, G, and H, see diagram). Please consider the balance of the pieces that will hang from the base and space evenly.

    Driftwood pieces and shells: Take driftwood and shells, drill holes approx. one inch from top and if necessary, one inch from bottom. (Bottom hole is only necessary, if hanging another piece of driftwood or shell from the current item). There will be one piece of driftwood that will hang horizontally, please drill accordingly.

    Assembly:

    Attach main and secondary base: Thread a seven-inch length of fishing line through first pre-drilled hole of main base (A, see diagram). Form a double overhand knot to secure fishing line. Now thread opposite end of fishing line through pre-drilled hole of secondary base (G, see diagram) and anchor with a double overhand knot.

    Thread a nine-inch length of fishing line through pre-drilled hole of secondary base (F, see diagram). Form a double overhand knot to secure fishing line. Now add a piece of driftwood to opposite end of fishing line, anchor with double overhand knot.

    The first dangler has now been created.

    Thread a four inch length of fishing line through pre-drilled hole of secondary base (H, see diagram). Form a double overhand knot to secure fishing line. Now anchor first seashell to opposite end of fishing line with double overhand knot.

    Next step, thread a four-inch length of fishing line through the bottom pre-drilled hole on first seashell. Form a double overhand knot to secure fishing line. Anchor second seashell to opposite end of fishing line with double overhand knot.

    To finish, thread a four-inch length of fishing line through the bottom pre-drilled hole of second seashell. Form a double overhand knot to secure fishing line. Now anchor the horizontal driftwood piece at opposite end of fishing line with double overhand knot.

    The second dangler has now been created.

    Thread a four inch length of fishing line through pre-drilled hole of main base (B, see diagram). Form a double overhand knot to secure fishing line. Now anchor first seashell of middle section to opposite end of fishing line with double overhand knot.

    Next, thread a four-inch length of fishing line through the bottom pre-drilled hole on seashell. Form a double overhand knot to secure fishing line. Now anchor second seashell of middle section to opposite end of fishing line with double overhand knot.

    Thread a four inch length of fishing line through the bottom pre-drilled hole on seashell. Form a double overhand knot to secure fishing line. Now anchor third seashell to opposite end of fishing line with double overhand knot.

    To finish, wind sea glass, twice horizontally and twice vertically with fishing line and form an overhand knot to secure. Now anchor to above seashell using opposite end of fishing line and secure with double overhand knot. Please note: Fishing line will unwind unless held tightly before knot is formed

    The third dangler has now been created.

    Thread a four-inch length of fishing line through pre-drilled hole of main base (C, see diagram). Form a double overhand knot to secure fishing line. Add a piece of driftwood to opposite end of fishing line, anchor with double overhand knot.

    To finish, thread a four-inch length of fishing line through the bottom pre-drilled hole on driftwood. Form a double overhand knot to secure fishing line. Anchor another piece of driftwood to opposite end of fishing line with double overhand knot.

    Congratulations, the fourth dangler has been created.

    To complete your driftwood wind-catcher project:

    Take the 18-inches of string, push through pre-drilled holes on main base (D and E, see diagram) and form a hanger. Secure with double overhand knots.

    Using a permanent marker, write poetry or words of inspiration on both sides of horizontal driftwood.

    Hang your beautifully crafted wind-catcher outdoors! Enjoy.

    By Lisa Adams from Halifax, Nova Scotia

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    Question: Ideas for Making Driftwood Mobiles

    By sandie 6 3

    I found some drift wood and would like to make mobiles from them, using beads, wire, etc. Any help?

    By Sandie

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