driftwood star

so have you heard the saying: “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”?  well, that is definitely the case for me and my mom.  we have had a crazy busy summer, which means very little crafting for me, but when my mom came up with this project i knew i had to share it with you!

a pottery barn catalogue is one of the easiest places to find inspiration.  the pages are filled with beauty!

my mom found this page in a pb outdoor catalogue and her eyes went straight to the driftwood star in the background.  i grew up on a lake and driftwood was just part of our life there, something i never saw as usable in a craft project.  but my mom did!

she gathered up driftwood in all shapes and sizes, feathers and shells, and made this!  want to make your own?

start with a scrap of plywood, draw out a star shape, and use a jigsaw to cut out the shape.  this was painted black, but later my mom realized she should’ve painted it a grey-taupe color for when the plywood peaked through.

she added a simple picture hook on the back for hanging it later.

start on the outer edges and work in.

my mom started using e6000, but later switched to a glue gun because the e6000 takes so long to dry!  and hot glue is so much cheaper anyway.

highlight the more interesting pieces by centering them or placing them on top of the more basic pieces.

i love command hooks!  committing to putting a hole in the wall is really hard for me, but command hooks take care of that for me!

here it is!  isn’t it amazing?!

the best part about this is that i get to enjoy it!  my mom hung it on the front porch of their loft, which just happens to be in my backyard.  yay for me!  and it looks so great with the shell chandelier, too.

i love how the shell fits in so well.  how pretty would some ocean shells be in this, too?

she even included a piece of driftwood with fishing line stuck around it – every piece has a story!

thanks so much to my mom for allowing me to share her project with you!



  1. 1

    i am soooo making one of these for our families beach house! thanks poppy momma!

  2. 2

    It’s gorgeous! I want to make one now. :)

    I’m super impressed with your mom. She’s sent me photos of her work inspired by my own as well. Thanks for the reminder… I need to go hunt those down! She’s truly gifted!


  3. 3

    Wonderful idea!
    Now that I live closer to a beach I’ll have to consider collecting my own driftwood for a project like this!

  4. 4

    Tell your mom great job!
    It’s beautiful!

  5. 5

    Love it!

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    I initially thought that your Mom’s star was the Pottery Barn star… And I secretly liked it better. Now that I realize that it is your Mom’s, I’m even more impressed than I already was! Love her version and how each piece looks like it was created to sit in the spot she chose. you two ladies are too talented.

  7. 7

    So cool!!!

  8. 8

    LOVE LOVE! ummm we don’t have much driftwood here in Atlanta. Would she want to make one for me? ;)

  9. 9

    So beautiful! I’m jealous that I don’t have access to so much driftwood.

  10. 10

    great idea! i love pb for their inspiration too! thanks, lindsey’s mom :)

  11. 11

    Well done!! Love to see the PB Look for less! Thanks for sharing, Lindsey. :)

  12. 12

    I love this! Too bad we don’t get a lot of driftwood in Kentucky :)

  13. 13

    wow, that is so neat! we’re going to the beach & i might have to collect some driftwood pieces. ;)

  14. 14

    That’s great! It reminds me of a 90’s movie called “Man of the House”…

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    I LOVE driftwood. What a wonderful project! I’m from land-locked Colorado but collected driftwood on the Atlantic the last time I was there. Puppy found the salty woody goodness in my suitcase & chewed them to pieces! Hope to get some more next time :)

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    I just recently made a driftwood mirror copying Crate & Barrel. Take a look: http://michellepaige.blogspot.com/2011/07/driftwood-mirror.html
    I now need to totally make a driftwood star! Thanks for the inspiration! I can’t wait!

  17. 17

    I love this project! You & your mom are so creative. Thanks for sharing.

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    Thanks for this fabulous post! I have a bunch of driftwood that my husband loves to collect. I am going to have to make this! I am trying to gather a bunch of crafting ideas to try out this winter when we are all stuck inside due to the lovely Michigan freezing temps;)


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    I have a kinda crazy idea but I was thinking an idea for one of your blogs could be some pics of your wedding decorations! I am looking for ideas and I love everything you decorate with!

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    I love this! I actually have a bag of driftwood sitting in my garage to do this SAME project – I saw it on another blog (can’t remember which one), but knew I had to make it. :) Gotta love a little Pottery Barn knock off!

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    Jennifer says:

    Love it. We live on the beach and have been collecting driftwood for a few weeks now for this project exactly!! Love the pottery barn knockoff, but I’m making the mirror. Great job!!

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    What a seriously cool idea. I love how it upcycles a free product (the driftwood) and makes it into something so beautiful. If only there was more driftwood on the beaches here, I might have a shot at making this! Altho, fitting all the pieces together as your Mom did would take some patience I would think. Way to go to Mom for making this happen! Check out my household projects at
    P.S. I posted it to Pinterest! Too cute not too!

  23. 23

    What an inspiring project, make me want to head straight down to the beach! Thanks so for sharing!

  24. 24

    that looks so cute and easy! thanks for the tips, and reminder, that everyday stuff can be made into something nice. i love your blog! you are so cute!

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    I love looking at Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel catalogs. Their interior designers are so talented; they make every space feel like home.

    Love the driftwood star project, I would never have thought of it either. Your mom is awesome!

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    I say that same line about the apple and the tree about my Mom and I all the time!! I am so much like my Mom as well! It’s kinda scary how much I am like her! Ha! :) And I too love looking in Pottery Barn catalogs (Restoration Hardware too!) for inspiration and ideas for my home! :) Great idea, great job! :)

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    This is fantastic! Major props to your mom!

  28. 28

    Wow, that is seriously COOL!!!!!! I want one, lol!

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    I LOVE this project and am totally going to copy your mom!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  30. 30

    wow its gorgeous just like the real thing i need to get down the beach to find some driftwood to make one. great tutorial xx

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    Hey! Cool project. That original project was also done at the handmade home last spring. I think she was even on the Nate show for it!

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    Love this star, i am a driftwood girl myself!! very nicely done, mom.

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