Driftwood Wreath for Coastal Decor this Summer

Driftwood Wreath for Coastal Decor this Summer

Up until 2009, I’d always lived near a shoreline- half my life along the shores of Lake Michigan, and half my life bouncing between the Gulf and the Atlantic in Florida. My fondest beach memories are those of the windswept, deserted beaches in Southwest Michigan that were filled with beach glass and pieces of driftwood. And to celebrate those memories, I decided to make a driftwood wreath for our front door this summer.

But first, I needed driftwood pieces to create my vision!

After searching online, I found several shops on Etsy that had driftwood for sale. These are the pieces I purchased- smooth and varied just enough to keep the wreath unique and purposefully imperfect.

Driftwood pieces to make a beach wreath for summer decor

Now I could get to work on my drift wood wreath! 

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Crafting with Driftwood to Make a Beach Wreath

First, I needed to create a wreath form, of sorts, from cardboard. After grabbing an old moving box from our garage, I used an 11″ dinner plate to trace out a circle.

Using a dinner plate to trace a circle on cardboard for a coastal wreath

Then, I carefully cut out my 11-inch circle of cardboard. I used some crafting scissors, but you could also use a sharp X-acto knife or something similar, too.

Cardboard base for a driftwood wreath

Next, I traced a smaller, just-shy-of-eight-inches plate in the center of my 11” circle.

Making a Driftwood sunburst wreath with a cardboard base

Next, I removed it CAREFULLY with a box cutter so that I was left with a flat, round ring of cardboard.

This would be the base that I could adhere my driftwood pieces to in order to create a sunburst pattern for a driftwood wreath!

Cardboard wreath form for a driftwood wreath

Updated craft tip: a floral craft ring would be a fabulous (and sturdier) substitute for cardboard! Remember how I used one of those for my windmill decor project?

Floral craft ring for making the windmill wall decor with fan blades

Finishing Up a Driftwood Wreath for Summer Decor

Just to make sure I still loved how it looked, I started adding the driftwood pieces to the cardboard ring. No gluing in place yet, just checking the design.

Driftwood decor to use as a summer wreath on the front door

I’m glad I took this step, though, because I realized something.

I could see snippets of the cardboard through the pieces of driftwood. And I didn’t want to see ANY cardboard at all!

So, because our front door is a scarlet red, I did a quick paint job on the ring.

Painting a cardboard wreath form to match the front door

I feel like checking the driftwood sunburst design and realizing cardboard was showing through was like a wreathmaker’s version of “measure twice, cut once”! Because it saved me an awful lot of heartache.!

After arranging the driftwood on the ring exactly as I desired, I hot glued them in place.

Crafting with driftwood to make a beach wreath for summer decor

And just like that, my driftwood wreath was done!

Driftwood Wreath for Coastal Decor this Summer

Finally, I tied a loop of jute twine around the ring and hung it on our front door!

Driftwood wreath for coastal decor this summer

I love how it makes quite a statement, even though driftwood is so neutral and muted in color. The sunburst pattern has an extra dose of sunny summer to it, don’t you think?

And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea for a summer craft, then you’ll love my beach jars that hold summer vacation memories, as well!

Beach in a Jar with rare mason jars and seashells for ocean decor

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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. Having lived at the beach most of my life as well, I have a fondness for beach finds. I love your driftwood wreath. It definitely represents summer to me.
    Adina @ Simply Country Life

    • Thanks, Adina! I love that you love it- and it was crazy easy to make once you have the right pieces of driftwood. Definitely a statement piece- though just about everything on a red door pops!!

  2. I am in love with this! I definitely don’t have any driftwood near me (We live in central Illinois) I wonder if I could recreate something similar

  3. therealsummer2013 says

    Wow that is so simple and pretty. I’m going to pin it and try it for later this summer with my kids. thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Great idea for making the ring disappear! I love the driftwood! Thanks for the link. Julia

  5. I love this wreath and easy enough for the kids to make one too. thanks for sharing visiting from create link inspire have a great day

  6. This is so pretty – would look so fun on a beach cabin!

  7. Pretty! It reminds me of a driftwood sunburst mirror I saw at the beach last summer. 🙂
    Found you at Showlicious 🙂

  8. juliaklimek says

    If you have’t already, come link up at the Merry Monday Linky every Sunday at 6 pm PST. I would love to have you. Julia

  9. That is a gorgeous wreath! Great tutorial too-thanks!

    Popping via Katherine’s blog hop.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  10. I love this wreath! It’s gorgeous! I just happen to be at the beach this weekend so I will definitely pick up some driftwood while I am here. Thank you for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty! Looking forward to seeing you back next week.
    Sonja at http://www.sustainmycrafthabit.com

  11. Amanda Kolb says

    Love it! Such a unique and inviting wreath. Pinned! Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

  12. What a great idea! It’s so simple but has such a big impact. I can’t wait to make one! Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday! See you next time!

  13. What a great wreath — and a great idea. (And, I LOVE your red door. I think I need to see if my hubby would let me paint ours red . . .) Thanks so much for sharing at Grandma Ideas Sharing Time link party.

  14. swatkins827 says

    Great idea! I have a few pieces of drift wood floating around the house which would be perfect for this craft! Thanks for sharing with us at Friday Favorites. I also welcome you to share it on my DIY Wall Art Blog hop going on now! http://www.casawatkins.net/2015/07/diy-wall-art-blog-hop-doily-medallion.html

  15. Jann Olson says

    Fun idea for summer! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  16. This is cool! So unique!

    By the way, I would love to have you post on my new blog hop—the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home (www.myflagstaffhome.com). It begins on Thursday evenings and lasts through the weekend, if you’re interested.


  17. Beautiful! I love it!! Thank you for linking up with Idea Box. (Psssst. This will be featured there).

  18. oh so lovely and so easy to make! Kristina will want one for sure for her new beach theme house! you are so creative and everything you share is so lovely 🙂

  19. This is so pretty! And I’m totally on my way to check out the wood site.


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