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Ideas to make Free Unique Driftwood articles for Christmas Gifts

By Edited Mar 14, 2016 11 28

Driftwood Decorations

I can hear you ask why would you bother picking up driftwood from our beaches, isn't it just rubbish? No each piece of driftwood that you find is unique, it is a one of. You can never go to a shop and purchase a piece exactly the same.

This article is designed to give you ideas on how to make free unique driftwood articles for Christmas gifts. The driftwoods smooth finish is a result of months being worn smooth by the sand and wind when tossed about in both ocean and on land. Driftwood starts out from a broken part of a tree swept into the rivers and oceans on our shores.


You can either oil or varnish it to showcase the grains of this beautiful wood or leave it natural straight from the ocean. How you treat this will depend on your ideas for decoration or the effect you wish to achieve.

The next time you are walking on the beach, keep your eyes open and look for different shapes of driftwood. Try to imagine what you could do with each piece. Driftwood can be used for a variety of things. Many years ago we used driftwood timbers that may have fallen off ships or from wrecks to make our bed frame for our beach shack. We also used some timbers to build our bench cupboards and kitchen stools. They looked great and were unique because no one else had anything like them.

Driftwood Mirrors

If you are lucky enough to find a piece from the trunk of a tree with a large enough hole in it, you could fit a mirror in it and stain the wood. This could then be mounted onto a wall which would look great featured in your entry hall where visitors could not miss seeing your wonderful creation.

Large driftwood Pieces

Large pieces of driftwood look great when used stained or left natural as a base under glass for coffee tables. You will never find anyone else with one the same as yours. Make sure when you set this up that it is very stable, you would not want a child to pull the glass top or the base onto them.

Crafts to make with driftwood

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Ocean Themes



Decorate your pieces of driftwood with anything from the sea; or use a hollow piece as a boat then add pieces of rope and driftwood oars and fill with shells. Let your imagination work overtime and see what you can come up with.

 Create Driftwood Fruit bowls or lamp bases

Cover it with a glaze to go with the décor of your home. For the fruit bowl you may need to level the base to keep it even. For the lamp base you could drill a hole through the centre for the power lead if you cannot find a piece with the hole already in it.

Driftwood Door stops

These can be done with part of the root of a tree, or a solid piece of wood. Failing that you could get a piece of normal timber and mount a piece or pieces of twisted drifted onto it, then intertwine leaves and dried arrangements or even glue on some shells, butterflies, bees, frogs or anything at all that tickles your fancy. If you were to glue some shells it could look great with a leaping dolphin glued onto it.

Driftwood Furniture

I have seen some of this in very up market homes and they look terrific. These would definitely not be as cheap as the other things mentioned but then again no one says you cannot make yourself a cheap Christmas gift of driftwood furniture.

Chairs look good with the twisted branches used for the arms. I have also seen a table done with the driftwood timber then the thick branches from the trees were used for the legs. They looked fantastic and something else that no one else would have the same unique furniture.

Thin driftwood vase Sticks

Instead of buying imported sticks from other countries why not find some real twisted pieces of driftwood sticks from the local beaches and put these into a vase and then decorate with dried flowers and leaves for a refreshing change to the normal everyday flower arrangement. A bonus is that they will cost you nothing and you will enjoy the sea air while picking them up.

Driftwood Pot plant holders

Collect several pieces of driftwood with different thicknesses. Measure them up and glue onto one of your cracked or chipped older pots to give it a new look. No one will notice the fault anymore and it should look great.

Christmas is coming so do not waste your precious time thinking about what you will make or it will be here before you get started.

There is one good thing about making these types of things; you can pick out the best to keep for yourself. Although you need to remember that this article was all about making Free Unique Driftwood articles for Christmas Gifts.

Remember while you are walking along the beach looking for driftwood you should also collect some shells at the same time for decorating the driftwood.  Another benefit of collecting along the beaches is the exercise will help you to lose weight too.  So what more could you want other than enjoying yourself in the fresh air.

The beauty of any driftwood is its natural beauty and uniqueness because you will never see any two pieces alike.


Sep 23, 2010 4:42pm
Wonderful ideas!
Sep 23, 2010 10:21pm
Thanks hope it gives you some ideas for this christmas
Sep 24, 2010 3:32pm
Brings back memories of my younger days when I made driftwood pieces. friends were glad to get them.Great article and layout! Thumbs up,Eileen!
Sep 25, 2010 12:31am
Its funny how we forget some of those memories until something strikes a cord. And these are so easy to make for virtually nothing.
Nov 4, 2010 11:53am
Very nice ideas - thanks for putting them together!
Nov 5, 2010 2:52am
Thanks for your nice comment and for promoting this article.
Dec 15, 2010 12:13am
Excellent ideas for gifts Eileen I lived on the beach for many years in northern New England and made a ton of stuff from driftwood. I always had a lobster trap coffee table, they washed up all over the beach in the winter storms. Great article and congratulations on a well deserved spot on the front page. Both thumbs up !!! Oh ya they only let me do one. (~;
Dec 15, 2010 12:58am
dreamaker , wow thanks for letting me know I went in here this morning and I am sure it wasnt there. Beauty, first featured article after 12 month on here. So happy thanks again cheers.
Dec 15, 2010 1:45am
Interesting article eileen and congratulations on the featured article as well.

Good Job:)
Dec 15, 2010 7:17am
dolphin, thanks so much for commenting,
Dec 15, 2010 3:22am
Thank you for some great 'driftwood ideas'
I have found driftwood on the beach. The wood looks so beautiful, there is 'no-way' a human can shape the wood better than the water has done. Nature is superior!
Dec 15, 2010 7:18am
askformore, yes you are so right nature makes some really unique things,better than us. cheers.
Dec 15, 2010 7:48am
I use driftwood in the garden to fill empty spaces, it adds some texture. Great article!
Dec 15, 2010 8:39am
Sookie, thats great, its amazing what you can do with it.
Dec 15, 2010 8:55am
Amazing article! Since I live near the ocean, I can already see some great uses for driftwood. I love your photos! Perfect featured article. Congratulations!
Dec 16, 2010 12:55am
Deborah, go for it you still got a week to go for christmas.
Dec 15, 2010 9:28am
Eileen, Wow, Wow, Wow! Way to go on your Featured Article chosen by Information Barrel. I got to how to make like the Salad bowl and the little ornament I bought for my Mom here who is in Dublin Ireland stopped me reading and thinking back.

It is a glass cut of two Dolphins and the stand is made out of Drift Wood. So you know the way when Dophins say goodbye to theirs and then they swim closer to the beach turn, on their backs and drown gracefully so, then to drift in onto the beach.

Just like the drift wood from the tornado's and hurricanes warm climate have.

Eileen, Thumbs up and Happy Happy Holidays!

You just are a Journalist in writing about what is good to read with so much basic information and then how to avail of its usage in everyday life.

Last time I Commented was your Christmas Dinner Ideas when only one or two for Christmas this year.

Hope you have only what you want around you Eileen this Christmas, and again Congratulations Eileen. December Featured Writer chosen by Info Barrel.

Happy New Year too 2011!
Still writing away in Creative Writing and getting a bit better in article writing. Slow but sure Eileen. I am getting better results.

Dec 16, 2010 12:57am
ellen, I love dolphins, My husband did a leadlighting with dolphins in his brothers house and it looks lovely. Thanks for great comment and sharing that. And keep slogging away at your writing you are getting there and the more you write the better and more you will earn.
Dec 15, 2010 2:08pm
Congrats on being featured on the front page! Great article!
Dec 15, 2010 2:13pm
Congratulations on the feature Eileen. Great personalized gift ideas here!
Dec 15, 2010 6:10pm
Fabulous article! My husband has put driftwood on drawers for handles. It look so good. Congratz on feature.
Dec 15, 2010 6:40pm
Great article! Grew up going to the Jersey Shore and brings back memories of the beach.
Dec 15, 2010 7:30pm
What creative ideas for using driftwood, we live off Lake Erie and the peninsula here leaves driftwood all the time - my sister took a great piece home on her last visit to display in her garden and it looks beautiful. Congrats on a lovely feature:)
Dec 15, 2010 9:32pm
Awesome, Eileen! I just wish I lived somewhere near the driftwood!
Dec 16, 2010 1:05am
mommymm, thanks for that, I am happy.

footloose, that sounds like a great way to use driftwood handles.

AJWalton, thanks for stopping buy, yes great gift suggestions. cheers
Dec 16, 2010 1:08am
Random thoughts, we have to keep reliving those memories thats for sure.

vetochemicals, that sounds great using in driftwood in the garden

Aguy, like you we have moved away from the ocean and miss the driftwood
Dec 19, 2010 1:36pm
Wildly creative money saving ideas. Congratulations for making the front page. You deserve it!
Dec 19, 2010 6:26pm
divaonline, thanks for that, it was a great feeling to finally get featured. cheers.
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