How to Make DIY Driftwood Picture Frames: Natural Elegance

As a nature enthusiast, I’m always looking for ways to bring the outdoors into my home. One of the easiest ways for me to do so is by incorporating natural elements into our décor, such as driftwood.

In this article, ill show you how to create DIY driftwood picture frames that will add a touch of natural elegance to your home.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Materials Needed
  • Steps to Create DIY Driftwood Picture Frames
  • Things I Like
  • Conclusion
  • FAQs

Begin by cutting the driftwood into desired shapes, sanding them for a smooth finish, and then artfully assembling them with wood glue. Once the frame takes shape, attach the picture frame stand for tabletop display or hooks for wall mounting.


Ive found that choosing DIY driftwood picture frames over store-bought frames has many advantages. First, it is a cost-effective way of creating unique frames that reflect your personality and style. Second, it is an eco-friendly alternative to buying frames made of plastic or other materials that harm the environment.

Materials Needed

Before you begin creating your DIY driftwood picture frames, you will need to gather the following materials:

  • Driftwood pieces
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Picture frame stand
  • Picture frame hooks
  • Jigsaw (optional)

Steps to Create DIY Driftwood Picture Frames

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

To create your own DIY driftwood picture frames, you’ll need the following materials: driftwood, a saw or jigsaw, sandpaper, wood glue, a picture frame stand, picture frame hooks, screws or nails, and a picture to frame. I often like to also combine other materials with my work.

You can find driftwood at the beach, or you can purchase it online or even make your own. Make sure you have enough driftwood to create your frame size.

Step 2: Cut the Driftwood

Using a saw or jigsaw, cut the driftwood into pieces of the desired length and shape. You might want to create a rectangular or square frame, or you can get creative and make a more unique shape.

Keep in mind the size and shape of the driftwood pieces will determine the size and shape of the picture frame. Cut the pieces carefully, and sand any rough edges using sandpaper.

Step 3: Sand the Driftwood

Before you begin assembling the picture frame, it’s important to sand the driftwood pieces to create a smooth surface. I use sandpaper with a fine grit to smooth out any rough edges or surfaces.

Sand the driftwood pieces until they are even and free of splinters. This will also help the glue stick better to the driftwood.

Step 4: Glue the Driftwood

Apply wood glue to the back of each piece of driftwood, and press them firmly together to create the picture frame. Make sure the pieces are aligned correctly and leave the glue to dry for at least 24 hours.

I find it handy to use clamps or rubber bands to hold the pieces together as the glue dries.

Step 5: Attach the Picture Frame Stand

Once the glue is completely dry, you can attach the picture frame stand to the back of the frame using wood glue. The stand will allow the frame to stand upright on a tabletop or other flat surface.

Step 6: Attach the Picture Frame Hooks

Hanging it on a wall? Attach the picture frame hooks to the back of the frame using screws or nails. These hooks will allow you to hang the picture frame.

Make sure the hooks are properly aligned and firmly attached to the back of the frame. I would suggest using additional hooks if your frame is larger or heavier.

Step 7: Insert Your Picture

Finally, insert your picture into the frame and make any necessary adjustments to ensure it is properly positioned.

Creating your own driftwood picture frame is a fun and creative way to add a rustic and beachy touch to your room or wall. Also, it’s a great way to repurpose and upcycle driftwood, giving it a new life as a beautiful piece of art.

Things I like:

  • Choosing driftwood pieces that have unique shapes and colors to allow me to create a more interesting frame.
  • Experimenting with different shapes and sizes to create different types of frames.
  • I also like to add embellishments such as shells, beads, or feathers to the frame for a more personalized touch.


Creating DIY driftwood picture frames is a fun and creative way to incorporate natural elements into your home décor. It is also a cost-effective and eco-friendly alternative to buying frames made of plastic or other materials. One important thing id keep in mind is to consider preserving the driftwood to ensure it lasts for a long time. With the right materials and tools to hand, I can create unique frames that reflect my personality and style while preserving the beauty and uniqueness of the wood.


Can I use any type of driftwood to create a picture frame?

It is recommended to use dry, sturdy driftwood pieces that have been exposed to the sun and air for some time. Avoid using fresh, wet, or rotten driftwood as it may not hold up well.

Do I need to seal or treat the driftwood before creating a picture frame?

You don’t have to. But, if you want to protect the wood and enhance its natural color, you can apply a clear varnish or oil-based finish.

How do I clean and maintain my DIY driftwood picture frame?

To clean your DIY driftwood picture frame, use a soft-bristled brush or cloth to remove any dust or debris. Avoid using water or harsh cleaning products as they may damage the wood. To maintain the frame’s natural beauty, keep it away from direct sunlight or moisture.

Can I use my DIY driftwood picture frame for outdoor display?

I personally wouldn’t recommended them for outdoor display as they may be prone to damage from the weather. However, if you want to display your frame outdoors, you can seal it with a waterproof finish or varnish.

How can I make my DIY driftwood picture frame more sturdy?

To make your driftwood picture frame more sturdy, you can use a thicker or wider piece of driftwood for the frame’s base. You can also reinforce the frame with wooden dowels or metal brackets for added support.


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