Easy painted tribal driftwood for your summer treasures

We live just minutes from the beaches of the Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest.  As an Indiana girl that's been transplanted, I can't get enough of the beach, but our beaches are just a little bit different than some.

We have an abundance of rocks and driftwood at our beaches.  Which means on our beach combing, we usually pick up sand dollars and shells but also cool pieces of driftwood and uniquely shaped rocks.

 I'm always wondering what to do with all of our beach treasures, and perhaps you are too.  Or maybe you are visiting the beach this summer and want to create a treasure from your time there, either way, this easy painted driftwood is a fun summer camp activity for kids of all ages!

  driftwood final image

Start by picking out your favorite pieces of driftwood. One of my kiddos gravitates to the smooth round pieces, another goes for the rough thick pieces.


 Pick out your paint colors and start painting! I did one color at a time.  You really can't mess it up!

  painting driftwood

Once the wood was dry {it doesn't take long!} I let my kids go to town with sharpies. They drew all kinds of designs and markings on their driftwood and had their best time!

  tribal driftwood

Your new painted driftwood makes a fun keepsake from your trip to the beach.

  tribal marking

I've made a few other driftwood crafts on my blog.  You can find the full tutorials for them here.

  driftwood and twine

Do you make anything with the treasures you find on the beach?

This post originally appeared on Design Dazzle as part of the Summer Camp series.

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