How to Make your own Driftwood

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If you are not living close to the beach, making your own driftwood is a great alternative to bring this style of rustic decor to your home. It's inexpensive too... and perfect to add to your Fall and seasonal decor!

How to Make Driftwood

You can make your own driftwood from many types of wood sticks that you can find along almost any waterway or even in your backyard. Softer woods like pine and birch that have a lighter color work great for this project. You can find the step by step tutorial for making driftwood in the Book Coastal Crafts.

How to make driftwood in a nutshell:
You simply chisel of the bark from your wood sticks then soak them in hot water with washing soda (like super washing soda from Arm & Hammer) for 24 hours (ratio 8 to 1). After the soak, scrub off any bark that has loosened during the soaking, then rinse and place on towel to dry in the sun. Once dry, sand the pieces with a find sandpaper for a smooth finish. If you want to further lighten and whiten the wood, brush the pieces with some watered down white paint, using a foam brush.

Online Tutorials How to Make Driftwood:

Make your own Driftwood

DIY Driftwood

To view a sea of ideas what you can make with driftwood, browse here and follow the links below!

What you can make with Driftwood:
Driftwood Frames | Driftwood Garland | Driftwood Table Lamp
Driftwood Signs | Driftwood Sunburst Mirrors | Driftwood Hearts | Driftwood Fish
Driftwood Wreath for the Holidays | Driftwood Decor for Christmas
Driftwood Christmas Trees

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PinkInklings said...

Wow! Branches we got, driftwood not so much (we live on an inland lake) this little tutorial is just what the doctor ordered. Thanks Maya!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

I have been looking for driftwood to buy for a project. Now I can just go into the woods behind our house. Thank you.

Maya Nagel said...

Thanks ladies! Glad that you find this faux driftwood project useful!! It sure can come handy. Thanks for stopping by! ~Maya

Pili Gomez said...

Wow, that is genius!! I've been looking for some driftwood with no success. I will take the girls with me to the forest.
Thanks for sharing!!

Pili @My Sweet Things

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