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Driftwood art is popular in the home décor stores right now.
It's also a popular 'pin' on Pinterest with pictures of all sorts of items you can buy or make, made out of driftwood, or beach wood as it is also sometimes known.
If you are a fan of driftwood art, you could go out and buy a piece for your home.
Or, if you feel like getting a little creative, a little inspired, you could make your own.
Making a Driftwood Mirror
A driftwood mirror not only looks great, it is also obviously functional.
And starting with making a driftwood mirror frame is an easy project that can bring quick results.
To start you will need:
- A supply of clean, dry driftwood
- A cheap, framed mirror - if possible choose a frame color that won't show behind the gaps in the wood.
- A hot glue gun, and glue sticks (cheap from your local craft store)
All of these supplies should cost you no more than $20, depending on the size mirror you buy.
Making driftwood art can be very cost effective.
Let's Get Started
Gather together all of the pieces of driftwood you are going to use.
Put the mirror onto sheets of newspaper and plug in your glue gun to heat up.
If your mirror frame has a smooth, shiny finish, lightly run sandpaper over it to create a rougher surface. This will help the glue to stick to the frame.
Next, think about what orientation you want your mirror at - horizontal or vertical? Make sure you work from the right orientation so when you are finished the features of the wood are not facing the wrong way.
Then decide how you want to lay your driftwood out. Do you want to lay it in line with the mirror frame (shown below) or have the driftwood sticking out away from the frame in a starburst effect (shown at right).
You need to think about this before you get started and the pieces of wood you have might dictate the answer to this question.
Next decide if your mirror will have any distinctive features.
Do you want larger pieces of wood sticking out from certain parts of the mirror? Or do want to just lay it out however it comes together?
Some pieces of driftwood are simply beautiful to look at and if you want to feature any particular pieces it's a good idea to think about how you can do so.
Put any special pieces onto the mirror and get a feel for where they will fit. Don't glue anything down until you have played around with where various bits of wood will fit, and how they will affect putting the others pieces onto the frame.
Once you know which foundation pieces you will use, and where, you can begin to start gluing.
Work from your foundation pieces, around the frame.
Carefully pick your pieces of wood so that they fit neatly into the piece of wood on the other side of it. It's like working on a jigsaw puzzle, finding the right pieces to fit in just the right place.
Try pieces out and when they fit in nicely, glue them in. If you need to work on another part of the frame, to fit a particular piece in, do so and keep looking for the best pieces to fit in the best place.
Continue until you have the whole mirror frame covered.
You've created your own driftwood mirror frame!!
carol stanley from Arizona on August 25, 2012:
This frame is very attractive. and doesn't look too difficult and of course it is economical. thanks for sharing and I voted up.
Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on July 06, 2012:
LOve the innovation here! Hub voted up and interesting.
DriftwoodGuy from Arizona on June 27, 2012:
Very nice job! I love driftwood and have been making things for over twenty years. To see some other ideas go to Facebook.com/azcanuck or http://www.azcanuck.com. Would love to chat with like minded people. Also to keep those mirrors clean with ease check out the wipe &glow on http://www.watttodo.com No chemicals and really helps reduce your carbon footprint by using no more paper towels.
Natasha from Hawaii on June 25, 2012:
Hm. I have a bunch of driftwood sitting around because I live near the beach, but I couldn't think of anything to do with it! Thanks for the idea.
Tonette Fornillos from The City of Generals on June 23, 2012:
What a very creative idea. I'm old-fashioned and this one is worth-spending hours making. I think instead of painting my wall frames, I could come up with something driftwood and bring a whole lot country-spirit into my living room. useful tips, very beautiful and I'm voting up!
Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on June 23, 2012:
Love this! I have always loved driftwood art and it looks so good. Thank you for putting this together, very wonderful! Will be sharing this! :) Voted up and way more!
Saadia A on June 23, 2012:
This is an awesome idea and i will really look forward to make something from driftwood. Voted up,awesome,beautiful and shared as well !!!
Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on June 23, 2012:
What a marvelous idea! As I read along, I suddenly came up with more ideas similar to this. In fact I have used very small tree branches off of my own trees to mount on the wall and hang jewelry on. Hmmmm. Perhaps I will do a hub. :-) Voted up, useful, interesting and sharing!
ElvenaDracos from Far far away lol on June 23, 2012:
Awesome hub and that last picture facing the sea is really artistic.
Healing Herbalist from The Hamlet of Effingham on June 23, 2012:
This is really cool. I have used driftwood to decorate around my house for years. I love this idea. Thanks for sharing. Voted up+