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How to Make Rustic Driftwood Star Decoration

For holidays or anytime, use found objects to create a natural wall hanging for indoors or outside.

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Courtesy of Susan Teare

Small pieces of driftwood were gathered on the shoreline then simply glued onto plywood. This easy, budget project only costs a few dollars to make — scrap plywood was used so the only expense was the hardware to hang up the star. We made two stars: One was painted silver and used as a holiday decoration and the other star was left natural and hung on the front porch (photo below).

Courtesy of Susan Teare

Tools and Materials

hot glue gun and glue sticks
small pieces of driftwood (2" to 4")
1/4" plywood (about 3' x 3')
D-ring hook for hanging
tacky adhesive spray
silver spray paint
clear glitter

Create Pattern

Trace the pattern onto the plywood. We used a metal star for a template.

Cut the Plywood

Use a jigsaw to cut out the shape.

Create Outline

Adhere the outer layer of driftwood using hot glue; use flat pieces on the bottom. Let dry.

Glue on Driftwood

Add more driftwood, using smaller pieces as you go to fill in the holes and build it up. Add more pieces to the edge if needed.

Add Hanging Hardware

Screw the D-ring hook to the back of the plywood.

Paint and Glitter

Spray with silver paint. Let dry. Spray with tacky spray and sprinkle on clear glitter (optional).

Joanne Palmisano is the author of Salvage Secrets (W.W. Norton, September 2011). Visit her blog, also called Salvage Secrets.