For many people, their garden is an integral part of their home, almost another room. People spend lots of time in their garden and want it to look as beautiful as possible.
It is for this reason that Garden Centres as well as selling plants, trees and seeds, sell additional items such as garden gnomes, shapes carved out of wood or ground from stone, which act as ornaments to give gardens that homely feeling.
For those lucky enough to live close to a coast where driftwood is washed up, there is alweays the chance that a stroll along the beach could turn up a garden ornament to beat anything you can buy at a garden centre.
Formed by mother nature and the swells of the oceans, every piece of driftwood is unique in every way. Often having spent many years bobbing around in the oceans and being washed up and washed out again many times, driftwood (which is always a hardy hard wood as opposed to a soft wood) is hard wearing and unaffected by whatever weather mother nature can throw at it. Extreme temperatures, high winds or rain won’t damage it or weaken it.
Larger pieces of driftwood can often stand unaided and be used as the main feature in a garden area. Smaller pieces can be mounted onto stone or something similar and stand proud displaying their beauty to all.
For most people, driftwood being used as a feature indoors or outside ticks all the boxes to do with current trends. It is effectively recycled, which appeals to everyone’s green side, it is naturally formed without the intervention of man, it is hardy and can last for years without any attention, and importantly, with every piece being 100 per cent unique, you can be sure that your next door neighbour hasn’t got one too.
Standing alone driftwood can look stunning beautiful in its own right. But it can be made to look even more amazing with a little thought. Back lighting would make your driftwood feature stand out once it has got dark.
Smaller driftwood sculptures can be hung from the wall suspended from the ceiling or laid on a mantlepiece to add a little nature inside the home.
If you have an artistic side, you can make something out of a piece of driftwood. It doesn’t have to particularly technical, you could simply carve out a seat from the base of a trunk and use it as a garden chair.
The uses that can be applied to a piece of driftwood is only limited by the imagination of the individual.
You can find lampshades, candle sticks, chairs, beds, door handles, bowls and plates, mirror frames, picture frames, horses, garden gates and many many other items all made from driftwood. A quick look at Google Images gives you an idea of the many hundreds of uses that people have put driftwood too.
Next time you’re walking along a beach, keep your eye out. You never know you could find yourself the next piece of art for your home.