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Friday, June 15, 2012

Driftwood Centerpiece

     Living in Michigan we have access to some amazing beaches! We've only made a few trips to the beach this year so far but on one such trip I came across a piece of driftwood. Now this isn't the beautiful curved pieces that are organic in shape and origin. Mine is probably some machine cut piece but it clearly has been in the lake for a while and has taken on a beautiful finish.

     Initially I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it and it leaned against the fireplace for a while.

     Not bad, but it needed a purpose. I decided to drill some holes in it to make a candle holder. Now, how to drill them holes........

     I needed back up so I took my board over to my amazing dad who can do anything with a piece of wood. {Remember my banquette benches? My dad made those out of trees in his yard. He planed them himself and came up with his own plans and built these beauties! I know, he's amazing!!!} introduced me to a Forstner bit. This guy here:

     Dad used a 1-5/8" bit on his drill press to drill my holes.

     And here's the end result:

     I love the texture in that wood, and layered on the burlap is quite homey!

     My hubby thinks it has too low of a profile for the dining room table and he's probably right but for now it makes a nice and simple summer center piece.

I found some flowers out in the yard and decided to add them to increase their profile, even if just a bit.

{What an amazing creator we have! Check out that design!}

I'm sharing this project here:

Tatertots and Jello
Its Overflowing
Too much time
i should be mopping the floor 
Between naps on the porch 
The Lettered Cottage 
The Shabby Creek Cottage


  1. This is great! I'm going to pint it!

  2. SUPER CUTE! Crossing my fingers you'll share at my party! Saturdays at Seven!

    XO, Aimee

  3. Gorgeous!!! Love it over the burlap with the flowers! That's great for a dinner party because you still have something as a centerpiece but it doesn't block anyone's face.
    Stopping by from the It's Overflowing Party :-)

  4. This is a really great project! I hope you will come link it up at my Pinworthy Projects Party!

  5. Jody,

    I've wanted to add a more rustic / natural element to my dining table and this might be the perfectly simple yet beautiful way to go. I might just find an aged piece of wood and use it like a table runner setting flower vases on top. And I can't forget to add some burlap, texture + texture is wonderful. Thanks for the idea ... first time visitor and fellow linker @ Metamorphosis Monday.


  6. This looks great but if you wnat to add height you could use glass votive holders and then put taller candles in them. You could hold them up with stones or even fake gems (kind of bling with the rustic driftwood). Your table is beautiful too. Sorry, I'm always telling people what to do. Started when I became a mother!

    Robin Flies South

  7. This is LOVELY! I'm featuring you today! XO, Aimee

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