How to Make Driftwood Art

Updated February 21, 2017

Driftwood is wood shaped by the moving waters of an ocean or river, and by blowing sand and wind. It's typically smooth and curved, with each piece a unique work of art created by nature. Originally driftwood may have been part of a tree or lumber from a demolished building. Some people may see driftwood as ocean debris, but others use it to create driftwood art.

Create a macramé wall hanging by using a piece of driftwood for your starting piece. Or you can work smaller pieces of driftwood into the middle of your macramé project.

Add driftwood to your garden as lawn art. Place it in flowerbeds or along walkways. It will continue to weather from the elements and watering.

Hang shells from driftwood using pieces of fishing line. You can also make wind chimes from the driftwood. Drill small holes at the top of each shell and in the driftwood. Cut strands of fishing line of varying lengths. With each sting, fasten one end on the shell and the other end onto the driftwood.

Display driftwood as a piece of art with other natural pieces, such as large shells. You can do this on a table or as a wall hanging. Attach picture hangers to a large piece of driftwood and attach it to a wall.

Create driftwood art tables using large pieces of driftwood as the table's base. You can use a piece of glass or some other material that's an expression of the artist for the tabletop. This will require a large piece of driftwood or several pieces wired together. The bottom and top of the piece must be trimmed to make it level for the floor and tabletop.

Fashion small pieces of driftwood together with wire or an adhesive to make sculptures or mosaics.

Make a dry flower arrangement out of a piece of driftwood. Slip dried flowers into the nooks and crevices of the driftwood, add moss and glue on small ceramic frogs or butterflies.

Things You'll Need

  • Driftwood
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Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real-estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University, Fullerton.