If you love rustic natural decor, you really need to learn how to make a driftwood vase.  Good news!  We have all the steps below as well as all of the supplies you will need at your local Old Time Pottery.  Take a look in the floral department and find bags of driftwood that are just perfect for this project.  Grab a straight sided vase from the glass aisle and you will be well on your way to a holiday centerpiece that everyone will love.  Here we have styled the driftwood vase for fall but we have a Christmas version below if you want to change up this idea for a variety of occasions.

How to make a driftwood base and use it for the holidays!

Start with that straight sided vase that we mentioned above as well as a bag of the driftwood pieces.  One bag worked for the vase that I chose but if you use a larger diameter, you might want to pick up two bundles of the driftwood.

How to make a driftwood base and use it for the holidays!

I used hot glue to secure the driftwood into place.  This is really just to hold it until we can place the tie around the center so don’t worry about it being secure.  Just get everything onto the vase.  The driftwood will fit together like a puzzle.

How to make a driftwood base and use it for the holidays!

Then use jute twine or another type of rope to tie the vase tightly around the center.  This is really what will keep everything in place and on your centerpiece.

How to make a driftwood base and use it for the holidays!

Depending on the occasion, dress up your driftwood vase by tying something on the front.  In the fall version, we tied on a gold pine cone and filled the vase with branches that still have fall leaves on them.  We went with branches from the yard but you can pick up the artificial variety at Old Time Pottery while you are there.

How to make a driftwood base and use it for the holidays!

Transition the same driftwood vase to Christmas in just seconds by tying on some red berries and filling the vase with pine cuttings.

How to make a driftwood base and use it for the holidays!

This fun and festive touch of red and green will look great as a centerpiece or on your mantel.

How to make a driftwood base and use it for the holidays!

We hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make a driftwood vase.  Pick up your driftwood bundles at an Old Time Pottery near you and start adding in various elements for the season.  This is one project that will last you all year long.  Just change out what you tie on the front and put in the vase for an entirely new look.How to make a driftwood base and use it for the holidays!

Written by The Country Chic Cottage
Angie blogs at The Country Chic Cottage where you can find creative crafts, vintage finds, home decor, and DIY all with a little farmhouse flair. Angie has been blogging for over 2 years and is married with three kids. Stop by her blog where you will find everything from small, quick crafts to major furniture and home makeovers.


  1. Krista December 1, 2015 at 6:20 PM Reply

    This is a great idea.

  2. dianeroark December 1, 2015 at 8:32 PM Reply

    I love this simply down to earth vase using natural material. Thanks for sharing at Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop.

  3. Anita December 2, 2015 at 11:29 PM Reply

    This is such an amazing idea! Thanks for sharing it. I’m Anita visiting from Creative Ways Link Party.

  4. Christine December 3, 2015 at 10:40 AM Reply

    This is so beautiful! Thanks for linking up to Meetup Monday!

  5. Sagan December 3, 2015 at 4:08 PM Reply

    So very rustic chic—love this idea! So simple & clever.

  6. inspirationalmomma December 3, 2015 at 7:18 PM Reply

    What a simple but awesome idea! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Mary-The Boondocks Blog December 7, 2015 at 5:17 PM Reply

    So simple and yaet at the same time chic and rustic.Love the touch of red!

  8. DearCreatives (@DearCreatives) December 8, 2015 at 1:29 AM Reply

    Lovely idea. Pinned & shared. Thanks for joining the Inspiration Spotlight party.

  9. Katie December 9, 2015 at 7:17 PM Reply

    What a pretty and rustic way to decorate your center piece, I especially loved how you used the pine branches. Thanks for linking up at Happiness is Homemade this week!!!

  10. Lisa Silfwerbrand December 12, 2015 at 7:36 PM Reply

    I am sooo in love with this vase! It is so pretty and versatile. thank you so much for linking this up to the Bewitchin’ Projects Block Party last week. You are one of my Featured picks over at Recreated Designs for tomorrow’s party. Hugs, Lisa

  11. Margy Lutz December 26, 2015 at 12:03 AM Reply

    Where I live there’s always driftwood floating by in all shapes and sizes. This would be a cute way to use some to make a rustic vase for my picnic table. The thrift store always has very inexpensive vases I could use to start with. Thanks for the idea. – Margy

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