Do you have a beach or nautical themed Christmas tree? Then this DIY painted driftwood tree ornament tutorial is the perfect project to make for your holiday tree. For more DIY ornaments see my Ornaments page.
For a few years when I first started blogging I was part of an ornament exchange. My partner at the time told me her tree was coastal themes and she was using teal and silver as her color pallet.
I love the look of driftwood and I had a bunch of it on hand so I decided to make a simple panted driftwood tree to send to her as a gift in the exchange.
These are super easy to make. Just line up some pieces of driftwood in the shape of a tree and then take each piece and paint a design on them. You could leave it the natural wood color if you wish as well. I just wanted to add a little tribal look to my tree.
After the paint dries glue the driftwood pieces to a long strip of driftwood or a craft stick to hold it all together. Here’s how I made it!
Painted Driftwood Christmas Tree Ornament
- Driftwood pieces + a craft stick or long piece of driftwood for the base.
- Acrylic paint: white, silver, light teal, dark teal
- Hot glue & gun
- Blue painters tape
- Star stencil (you can make your own with an X-acto knife and painters tape)
- Jute twine
Select unique pieces of driftwood in sizes from small to large. You can cut them with kitchen scissors or sometimes break them with your hands if they are lightweight. Choose one long piece for the base or a craft stick to glue the wood tree pieces to secure it.
Paint each piece of the tree with a different pattern and colors. Use painters tape to keep sharp lines between colors of paint. Let them dry.
I used a small star stencil for the top piece of the tree.
Hot glue all the pieces to the base driftwood. Glue on a piece of twine to hang the ornament.