How to make driftwood into home decor

Updated February 21, 2017

Bring a bit of your beach escape back home in the form of driftwood. Driftwood comes in interesting shapes that have been exposed to the elements making them smooth and hard. Use driftwood in your home decor to give a room a beach feel. Not only is smooth, knotty driftwood pretty to look at it provides texture to your room when touched by guests. Bring home driftwood that is free of sea creatures like tiny crabs. Boil small pieces of driftwood in a pot of water to get them clean. Clean large pieces with a hose and spray nozzle. Make driftwood candleholders and decorative driftwood mirror for your home.

Choose driftwood that has a smooth bottom that lays flat.

Use a drill to make the hole in the wood. Make several drill holes to make a larger one.

Place the glass holder in the hole. Drop a candle in and light.

Cut driftwood into pieces about 5 inches long. You will need many pieces to fit around your mirror.

Lay the mirror flat on a workspace. Glue the driftwood around the perimeter of the mirror in one layer.

Glue a second layer of driftwood around the mirror.

Add seashells and starfish every 6 to 8 inches for a nice look. Attach them with glue.

Let the glue dry about half an hour before hanging the mirror.


Look for beach postings that may forbid taking driftwood from such beaches.

Things You'll Need

  • Driftwood
  • Drill
  • Glass votive holders
  • Votive candles
  • Lighter
  • Square mirror with hanger
  • Saw
  • Hot glue
  • Seashells
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