Driftwood Wreath

I think by now you know that I like to reuse outdoor items as much as possible. Not only are they free, but they bring in that natural element that I love.

(See here, here, here & here for proof!)

My latest creation is no different.

Have you noticed how popular driftwood is? Oh. Boy. Look at me jumping on the bandwagon!

But I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to live on a beach to get your own! Nope, it’s true! If you live by a river, or water source, you’re all set!

After going on a little hike, I grabbed it up until I couldn’t grab anymore!

And once I got it home, I was all about making it into a wreath.

Driftwood Wreath by The Wood Grain Cottage

Here’s how:

I asked my aunt and uncle if I could go on a hike in search of driftwood on their property. They led me straight to the river and we started picking up driftwood.

It was beautiful!

Driftwood Valley

Driftwood Valley

Here’s what we collected. Look at all that beautiful stuff! Since I found larger pieces, I grabbed a hammer and started hitting/ prying it apart into smaller pieces. It’s really very easy to do since the wood was “soft”.

Step 1 | The Wood Grain Cottage

Once the wood was broken (I filled a grocery bag), I grabbed my wreath form and wrapped it with burlap.

Step 2 | The Wood Grain Cottage

I used hot glue to hold it in place.

Step 3 | The Wood Grain Cottage

Then, I grabbed my driftwood pieces and started gluing them in place.

Step 4 | The Wood Grain Cottage

I started on the top and in the middle…

Step 5 | The Wood Grain Cottage

And kept filling it in piece by piece.

Step 6 | The Wood Grain Cottage

Once the top was done, I started on the sides and inside.

Step 7 | The Wood Grain Cottage

Really, it’s just like putting together a puzzle. The pieces fit together surprising well and where they didn’t, the burlap blends nicely.

With that, it’s done.

And I LOVE it!

Driftwood Wreath by The Wood Grain Cottage

Look at all that awesome texture!

Driftwood Wreath by The Wood Grain Cottage

The variation in the wood is awesome!

Driftwood Wreath by The Wood Grain Cottage

And it’s not heavy, which makes it easy to hang.

Driftwood Wreath by The Wood Grain Cottage

Just lovely!

Driftwood Wreath by The Wood Grain Cottage

It fits into our home beautifully!

Driftwood Wreath by The Wood Grain Cottage

I’m still looking for the perfect place to hang it, but I’m positive it will float around from room to room. It’s so versatile!

And, lucky me, I have a whole other piece just waiting to be used for something!

I have a few ideas…

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Lovely comments so far...

  1. WOW! That looks way better than any wreath you can get in a store!! Nice job!! Do you plan on accesorizing it at all or leaving it as is?

    • Awe, THANK YOU Nancy! I absolutely love it too! I thought about adding something to it, but I love it as is! That’s today at least! :)
      -Shayna

  2. You are on a roll with the fab projects!! Lol! My sister lives at the Jersey shore. She would love this! I’ll have to send her on a mission!

    • Consie! THANK YOU! I’m so happy you love it and that you’re going to send your sister on a mission to collect driftwood! :)
      -Shayna

  3. Love it! Turned out fabulous!

  4. So pretty! I love it!!! :)

  5. It’s beautiful. I never find drift wood when I go to the beach. I quess I can do what you did and hike along the rivers and creeks. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Sue! THANK YOU so much! No beach where I live- Mtn. girl! So happy for the lakes & rivers! :)
      -Shayna

  6. So pretty Shayna! I love it and the burlap does blend very well, we don’t see it! :-) this looks much better than any of the ones we see in the stores! you did a great job my friend! :-)

  7. Another gorgeous project, Shayna! Beautiful!!

  8. Shayna, you have out done your self. LOVE THIS!! I pinned it too. I will be making one of these soon. Thanks for the inspiration! You always find something fun and beautiful to make from Mother Nature! xx

    • DIANE! THANK YOU! I’m so happy you love it and that you’re going to make your own! That makes me happy! Thanks for the pin too! :)
      -Shayna

  9. This is gorgeous!!!! Pinning :)
    ~Katie

  10. so incredible! You really got that wood to look super… it all goes together SO well! Have you seen the offer for a free fathers day card from TREAT? I’ve posted the details on my blog and it really is free! No tricks :o) Just trying to pass along the offer!
    Emily @ Nap-Time Creations

    • THANK YOU so much Emily! :)
      Thanks for sharing the details on the fathers day card. I’m heading over to check it out!
      -Shayna

  11. One word: STUNNING! & love it:)
    Blessings,
    M

  12. This is beautiful! I can’t wait to head off on our camping trips this year and collect some drift wood! Thanks so much for sharing at The Inspiration Exchange. We’ll be featuring this tomorrow. Have a wonderful weekend and I hope to see you again next Tuesday night!
    Jenn :)

    • THANK YOU so much Jenn! I’m so happy you like! And, thank you for the feature! I love linking up! :)
      Have a great weekend!
      -Shayna

  13. This is lovely. Thanks for such a fun idea. I’ve pinned it and I can’t wait to try it out!

  14. It is so pretty! You did a fabulous job, I need to make something out of driftwood lately… we get it washing in on our beach because we live on a lake. Could put that to good crafty use!! Thanks so much for this tutorial:)
    Krista

    • THANK YOU so much Krista! I’m so happy that you like it! And how lucky are you? Living on beach has a lot of perks! :)
      -Shayna

  15. I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven’t already this week. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday’s at midnight. http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/. AND starting Wednesday June 4th I will be hosting a Wordless Wednesday link party. Hope you will join us! Plus, save 50% off sponsorships on A Peek Into My Paradise on sale until June 7th; use the code Bobby23Bday.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cathy

  16. This is beyond beautiful! Amazing! I hope you will share this on my blog this week. The challenge is “Life at the Beach” challenge. Anything beach/summer inspired or nautical.
    Come on over! Link up begins Wednesday night!!!
    http://www.thecsiproject.com
    Sandy toes and salty kisses XOXO
    Dee, The CSI Girl

    • THANK YOU so much, Dee! Thanks for the invite to your party! I’ll be sure to link up! Sounds like fun!:)
      -Shayna

  17. Found you via Thrifty Decor chick. the wreath looks fab. Love driftwood. You are so lucky to have a free source.

  18. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    I love the natural colors and texture of your wreath – just beautiful!

  19. Lovely! I have always wanted to make a driftwood wreath but have been unable to find driftwood naturally. I see packages of it in stores but refuse to pay what they want for it! Your wreath turned out beautifully. :)

    toddlindsey.com

    • THANK YOU SO MUCH, Lindsey! I guess I’m lucky to live near an abundance of it!
      One day, you’ll get your wreath! :)
      -Shayna

  20. This is so cute!! Now I wanna make one!!

  21. World’s cutest wreath – I need to hit the beach!
    Kelly

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