Driftwood projects aren't reserved for coastal spaces. In fact, driftwood can look rustic, modern, and even bohemian. What's more, driftwood is virtually free if you know the right places to look for it.
If you found an amazing piece of driftwood on the beach but aren't sure what to do with it, check out some of these do-it-yourself driftwood projects for some innovative ideas.
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Add Hooks to Create a Jewelry Organizer
This boho-inspired jewelry organizer is incredibly simple to make. All you need to do is clean up a piece of driftwood, add some hooks, then figure out how you want to hang it on the wall. This project incorporates leather hooks for hanging and some hand-painted detail to make it feel more bohemian and less coastal-inspired.
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Carve out a Section of Driftwood to Hold Votive Candles
If you own a drill and the right bits, creating this driftwood candleholder shouldn't take much time at all. Make sure the driftwood is able to lay completely flat to reduce the risk of the piece tipping and becoming a fire hazard.
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Reinvent a Cluster of Driftwood Into a Lamp
Driftwood branches are incredibly versatile and look great clustered together using twine or jute. Take that cluster one step further by turning it into a base of a lamp. Keep the lampshade neutral so that the driftwood becomes the focal point.
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Use Driftwood Pieces to Create a Starburst Mirror
To complete this driftwood project, you may want to buy a bunch of smaller driftwood pieces so you have more variety when making the piece. Try to match up lengths and create three rows of driftwood: a short, a medium, and a long row. If you just start randomly placing too many different lengths along the circle, the mirror won't look like a starburst.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Enhance an Existing Mirror Using Driftwood
This driftwood project is a little bit more forgiving than the starburst mirror if you don't have an artistic eye. All you need to do is randomly collage small driftwood pieces onto a mirror frame that you already own.
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Make a Driftwood Wreath for Next to Nothing
Some retail stores have sold similar wooden wreaths for more than $100. If you have collected a bunch of smaller driftwood pieces, you can replicate a designer wreath for much less money. Make sure that all the wood is facing the same direction but make some pieces overlap slightly.
DIY Driftwood Wreath Instructions from New House New Home
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Hang a Photo Collage From Driftwood Branches
Drilling small holes into driftwood makes it easy to make mobiles and windchimes. If neither of those projects appeals to you, consider making a photo collage instead. The same principle applies, but instead of hanging chimes, you can clip on photos to the string. For a cohesive look, make sure all the photos are in the same color family by making them black and white or using the same filter on each before printing.
DIY Driftwood Photo Display from Morning Creativity
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Turn Driftwood Into a Planter for Succulents
Succulents and air plants do well in driftwood planters because these plants don't require much water and their root systems are shallow. Carve out an opening into a thick piece of driftwood to create the planter base, then use your new creation as a dining room centerpiece.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Repurpose Driftwood Slabs Into a Nautical Shelving Unit
Although driftwood doesn't have to be limited to coastal decor, sometimes adding in nautical elements can work well. Create this shelving unit using nautical rope and a dock cleat to pay homage to the driftwood's roots.
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Create a Sleek and Weathered Picture Frame
Most driftwood projects have pieces of driftwood as we are used to seeing them on the beach. However, if the wood is large enough, it's possible to plan it down and create uniform strips. This driftwood project does just that to create a very streamlined picture frame.
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Incorporate Leather With Driftwood for a Rustic Feel
Most people have seen the driftwood signs that are hanging from a piece of rope with a word or phrase painted on in white paint. This project is similar to that but is a bit more rustic and unique with the embossed leather addition. Think about a word or phrase that resonates with your family to give this sign a more personalized touch, which will make it unlike anything you can buy in the store.
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Make These Cute Place Settings for Your Dining Room
If you're hosting guests on the water, why not create some of these charming sailboat placeholders using driftwood? You can also take inspiration from this project to create a much larger driftwood sailboat that can act as a statement piece of home decor.
Driftwood Sailboat Place Settings from It All Started With PaintContinue to 13 of 15 below.
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Construct a Fun Piece of Wall Art
Think of all the shapes you can make with small pieces of driftwood. Does a pineapple appeal to you? This quirky piece of wall art would work well in a kitchen, living room, or office. Just make sure whatever weathering you do to the pallet matches with the rest of your decor.
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Decorate Your Front Porch With Driftwood
Some driftwood that you buy from the store comes pre-drilled, which would make this driftwood project as simple as stringing together a strand of beads. Just make sure you hang the garland out of the way of guests entering your home.
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Turn Your Bathroom Into a Coastal Spa With This Towel Rack
Bathrooms are often associated with water and thus work well with a coastal theme. To get this look, paint the room a soft bluish-green color then add subtle coastal accents like this driftwood towel rack.
A Beachcomber's Rustic Towel Rack from Sustain My Craft Habit