Craft Recycled: 5 Reclaimed Wood Crafts

1 by Becky Striepe

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You don't get much more natural than crafting with wood, do you? And when you use reclaimed wood - like fallen tree limbs or driftwood - in your crafting, you're not only harvesting free craft supplies. You're also bypassing the big box store and all of the social and environmental issues that surround shopping for mass produced goods.

Have you come across the perfect stick or fallen branch and don't know what to do with it? We've got some reclaimed wood craft ideas to get you started. If you've made something cool out of reclaimed wood, I'd love to hear about it in the comments, too!

1. Make Beads (or buttons!) - Slice up a skinny tree limb, and use a drill to turn them into beads! Instead of just drilling a center hole, you could also do thinner slices and drill 2-4 holes to make your own wooden buttons.

2. Tree Stump Card Holder - Whether it's a birthday, holiday, or anniversary, it's fun to display those cards, isn't it? Instead of just putting them up on the mantle - bo-RING! - use hunks of tree limb to hold them up instead!

driftwood candelabra

3. Driftwood Candelabra - This simple driftwood candle holder makes a sweet centerpiece for the table.

4. Tree Branch Lamp - This would work well with a tree branch or with driftwood. So cute!

5. Ornament Tree - Who says it has to be Christmas to display pretty ornaments? You need a branchy branch for this project - ones with lots of offshoots to hang your ornaments.

What reclaimed wood crafts have you been up to? Let's keep the inspiration going in the comments!

Image Credits: Wooden Bead photo by Minie Eco; Driftwood Candelabra photo by P.S. I made this...

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  • http://twitter.com/IronAccents Iron Accents

    So many great ideas! I think driftwood is so beautiful in home decor, and I absolutely adore your idea to make beads from skinny tree limbs. Awesome post!