According to Wikipedia, "Driftwood is wood that has been washed onto a shore or beach of a sea or river by the action of winds, tides, waves or man. It is a form of marine debris. In some waterfront areas, driftwood is a major nuisance. However, the driftwood provides shelter and food for birds, fish and other aquatic species as it floats in the ocean."
For many of us living by the shore, driftwood is a staple in our decorating. I love the smooth, wind and sand-worn texture, the silvery gray color, the lightness of it.
Here are a few of the ways I've used driftwood around my own home.
A garland of driftwood finds a summer home in this display lamp from Pier One
One of my favorite pieces, a full length driftwood mirror, picked up on Spring Break
This branch that washed ashore in last summer's hurricane made a great stand for my daughter's birthday Push Pop cakes!
Sturdy and strong, these pieces worked out beautifully as handrails for my back staircase
Sailboats made from pieces the kids collected
This old weathered board adds some personalized texture to my office nook
Even Sampson, the family pet, enjoys hunting for driftwood
(however he prefers to keep the pieces for his own chewing pleasure)
What creative ways have you used driftwood in your projects? I'd love to see them!