A few weeks ago I happily found myself on a remote point of the rustic Ecuadorian coast on a beach literally covered with driftwood. Immediately my DIYer wheels started turning as thought of all the possibilities should I be so lucky as to get a few pieces through customs intact.
Driftwood can be overdone, and perhaps a bit too seaside-cliche in certain applications, but when used simply in a way that highlights its soothing textures and color variations, it's one of nature's most beautiful art forms. Let's take a look at a few creative uses:
• As you may remember from their house call, Kara and Tim have an impressive amount of DIY design spirit. Their guestroom redo is one of my favorite projects to date, and this little driftwood frame is part of the awesome mix. They recently created a new blog, Kara Paslay Designs, which you should check out for a regular dose of inspiring DIY projects.
• I also love Homelife's idea of turning multiple pieces into a sculptural wall accent using wire or twine to bind them together.
• We've featured Tim Neve's simple driftwood lamp before, but you can check out the full instructions on his blog.
• And perhaps one of the easiest driftwood creations of them all, Sunset's driftwood coat rack— sculpture and function in one!
Images: Kara Paslay, 2: Homelife, 3: Time Neve, 4: Sunset