Tuesday, October 22, 2013

3 Easy Driftwood DIY Projects

Lately I've been really into the rustic, effortless look of natural wood and bringing a little bit of the outdoors in. Josh and I have added the look to our apartment in one big way in the form of our new bar (more on that later) but also in some really small and easy ways. Here are three!

DIY Barnwood Photo Frames
I've had a stack of cute Polaroid's lying around since I moved in that I've really wanted to display somehow, so this idea I found on Pinterest was perfect. This is one of the easiest DIY projects ever with one of the coolest results. All it entails is buying or finding a frame (or building one if you've got skillz), cutting string to equal lengths, securing the string to the back of the frame with metal tacks, and hanging your photos. And then voila! You've got a super stylish and fun way to display your favorite photos.

What you need:
  1. A wooden frame. We had this unused Barnwood frame from our last photo project
  2. String, wooden pin clips, & metal tacks. Most of these things we found stashed away at our apartment, but we got a few things at Lowe's
  3. Photos. We used polaroids that I have been taking of our friends with my FujiFilm Instax for a few years now, but you could use regular 4" x 6" photos, postcards etc.
Total cost for the project: ~$30


DIY Driftwood Dock
We actually bought this one at Boston's SoWa market from a local vendor called DockSmith. These guys find driftwood on the shores of Maine and turn each piece of wood into a really cool iPhone or iPad charging station. When I saw all their creations I had to have one, but these would be super simple to make!

What you need:
  1. Piece of driftwood. Found at your local beach or lake
  2. Apple dock adapter & charging cord (if you don't have one already)
  3. Drill. With drill bit set to the width of  the iPhone/iPad adapter to carve out a space for the dock, and then a thinner hole through the entire width of the piece of wood for the cord.  
Total cost for the project: $9 (for adapter)
Cost to buy: $72 online  (If you catch them at a craft fair you can score deals, mine was $30)
^some cool options from DockSmith's Etsy shop
^Charging for two!
DIY Driftwood Mantel Decoration
This is TRULY the easiest driftwood project you can possibly take on, but it's also my favorite! Josh and I spotted this really cool piece of driftwood on a walk we went on along Lake Champlain a few weeks ago and I just had to take it home. It was like when you've been searching for months for new shoes and then you finally spot that perfect pair. It was kind of like that. But with wood.

Either way, the coolest part about this project is that the piece of wood came from the beach about 2 minutes from Josh's apartment. Now it's painted (with a little help from my artistic pal Ander) and displayed on our bedroom mantel. I tell josh that any time he misses home, he has a little piece of it right on our mantel every day. Literally.

What you need:
  1. Driftwood. Find a piece at a beach that means something to you. In this case the lovely Lake Champlain
  2. Paint & paintbrush. Or in this case, black nail polish!
Total cost for project: Free!
There's something really cool about taking a piece of driftwood - which has had a whole life of its own and been sculpted by the wind, sand & sea - and turning it into a piece of art that can be enjoyed long after its life on the beach. It's almost crazy to think about the pieces of wood in these projects - where they have been, where they started- and the fact that they are now pieces of decor in my home in Boston. I kind of like that we are now just a small part of their stories...

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