Drfitwood Art

This week the Mr. was away on a business trip so Baby E and I decided to head over to my grandparent’s beach cabin and spend some time with my family. The cabin is located on Whidbey Island, which is a part of the San Juan Islands in Washington. It’s only 2 hours away from our house (including a ferry ride), yet it feels like you are a million miles away from everything. It’s SO relaxing.  There is nothing like looking out at the ocean all day, talking walks on the beach and sitting around a fire making s’mores!

How can you beat waking up to this view?!

My grandpa built the cabin in 1966 with his own two hands (talk about one big DIY project) and it sits right on the beach.  One of my favorite things about the cabin is that all the décor has been handmade by family members and friends over the past 45 years. Yes, some of it is old and dated, but each piece holds so many memories and was fun to make!

If you are looking for new projects for your beach vacation or just like having a few elements from the ocean in your home, try some of these! They all use materials that can be found on the beach and are very kid friendly.

TIP: When working with shells found on the beach always soak them in bleach water before using them on your art projects. It will kill any yucky stuff and remove any unwanted smells.

This was one of the very first pieces of handmade artwork in the cabin. My grandma’s friend collected pieces of driftwood off the beach and turned them into an intricate collage that sits above the fireplace.  Every time I look at it I find something new.

driftwood art, beach crafts

This next one is super easy to make. Just take four pieces of round driftwood in a variety of sizes, tie them together with white string and hot glue some seagull figurines to the top!

driftwood art, beach crafts

Here’s another driftwood project (there is seriously so much you can do with it). Find a flat piece of wood to use as a canvas. Then, find some broken clam shells to use as flower petals and tiny whole shells to use for the centers. After laying out the flower designs, hot glue them directly to the driftwood and add some wood for the stems.

driftwood art, beach crafts

I honestly can’t remember if someone in the family made these or not, but regardless they would be easy to make! Go to your local thrift store and pick up some cheap wood frames. Then, gather all of your beach treasures and decide what you want to display on your frame. Glue the objects onto the frame. Now you have a great place to display a photo from your beach vacation.

How cute are these guys? My mom and my aunt made these wall pieces when they were just teenagers and they currently reside in one of the bedrooms. Here is a quick rundown on how to make them. Cut plywood into 12X12 squares and paint them black. Sketch the outline of the seagull directly onto the wood. Glue white string around the boarder of the seagull.  Fill the insides with crushed white shells for the body and black rocks for the beak.

We actually bought this at the local arts & crafts fair, but I love it so much I wanted to share it with you. How cool is this?! These are fire roasting sticks that are made out of driftwood!

So next time you are on a beach look for those hidden treasures that you can turn into art! What do you have planned for your next beach vacation?



Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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  1. says

    Love the driftwood marshmallow sticks! We just got back from a trip to my family’s beach home in the Pacific Northwest, and those would have come in handy at our beachfire. Thanks for sharing!


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