diy painted driftwood hanger

Mr. Lovely and I recently wandered around down by the Hudson and gathered up some gorgeous driftwood, and ever since, we’ve been using it bit by bit on different projects.  I’ve been super-inspired by some of the colorblocked driftwood I’ve seen online lately, so I decided to make my own version!

Gather your materials:

  • piece of driftwood or a branch
  • masking tape
  • paints & paintbrushes
  • picture hangers
  • screw-in hooks
  • hammer
  • pliers

Start with clean, dry wood, and use tape to mask off stripes.  Make sure to flatten the edges of the tape thoroughly so that no paint seeps underneath.  Paint your first stripes and let them dry (I found that my wood dried well standing up in an empty glass).

Let the paint thoroughly dry and carefully remove the tape.  Repeat the taping and painting process with varying colors and widths of stripes until you’re happy with the result.

After all the stripes are dry, find the side of your wood that is the most flat, in order to lie against a wall.  On this side, hammer in one or two picture hangers, depending on the length of wood and the weight of the objects that you’d like to hang on it.

Last step!  Decide where you’d like your hooks and screw them into the wood, using pliers if necessary.

Now put it on your wall and hang your favorite stuff on it!  Use it for jewelry, use it for keys, use it for your measuring spoons.  I’m pretty sure you can’t go wrong.  xoxo


65 comments

  1. Emily on said:

    Love this project! Those picture hangers are so smart – driftwood can be so tricky to hang!

  2. STOP being so awesome, you’re making the rest of us look bad ;) Seriously though, this is WOW, so fun! P.S. SO happy we met on Sunday!!!!!

  3. Ranu on said:

    Love it! So cute, and a fun weekend DIY!

  4. Shoko on said:

    So beautiful, Chelsea!

  5. hey friend, this is amazing – love it!

  6. Robyn on said:

    Such a cute idea. I love the colours and your use of that beautiful driftwood that is all over the beach. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Makenzie on said:

    Super cute idea! :D May I ask where the green scarf is from also? ;)

    • Hi Makenzie! The scarf was actually a gift, so I don’t know where it’s from. I’ll let you know if I can find out!

  8. MAUstudio on said:

    Thanks for this DIY project. Nice idea, may add one of these to my studio.

  9. Iris on said:

    Wow! This is really beautiful! Love it!

  10. Laura on said:

    Abs beautiful, thanks for sharing x

  11. Fanny on said:

    Love the idea. Only have to find a piece of wood, mhhh.

  12. JoAnna on said:

    First time here- came over from In honor of design. LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!

  13. Ashley on said:

    This is lovely! Definitely putting this on the DIY to-do list

    • chelsea on said:

      I’d love to see it if you try, Ashley!

  14. Lacy on said:

    I make these out of just random sticks I find in the forest behind our house. I love your paint colors! Awesome! I just found your site today and I love it!

  15. Ko-Shin on said:

    thank you so much for this – I was gonna make some cool painted driftwood but didnt know where to put them – and I love useful things – so this is the best of all worlds!
    :)
    Ko-Shin
    Singer Songwriter
    Diamond Life

  16. Kristy Totin on said:

    What kind of paint did you use if you don’t mind me asking? Thanks :)

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