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Painted Driftwood Tree Ornament

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. 

Painted Driftwood Tree Ornament

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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


items used to paint driftwood


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.

how to paint driftwood

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.

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Painted Driftwood Tree


  1. Kim this is so neat! I love the teal colors, too. Perfect for a coastal Christmas :)

  2. I could see this being beautiful on a coastal tree, or as a great remembrance of a coastal trip!

    1. Absolutely, I may need on for myself!

  3. This is going on my must make list. Thanks for the inspiration. Your driftwood ornament is fabulous!

  4. If my kids ever let me change our Christmas tree to a coastal theme (I tired to do it this year), I’m so stealing this idea :-) I love it!

    1. Thank you Erlene! I’d like to change mine too.

  5. I love this beautiful little tree ornament. I do have some small pieces of driftwood from the beach and I am going to see if I can create this tree.

    1. Thanks Sherry glad you liked it. It really is simple to make.

  6. I love it! I can’t wait to add it to my tree! You made it perfectly. Thanks so much!

    1. I happy to hear that Pam! It can be tough making something for someone else. Glad you like it. It will be on it’s way soon!

  7. This is the sweetest little tree. I like how you customized it to fit the coastal theme. It turned out great.

  8. What a clever idea! I love using driftwood in craft projects, but never thought to create an ornament out of them. And the unconventional colours work so well. Just love how this turned out :)

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