Driftwood and ornament centerpiece

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NellieBellie: driftwood and ornament centerpiece

Isn’t this lovely and interesting! I was so excited to be part of a group of bloggers that were lucky enough to get to play with a pile of Martha Stewart Paints. This driftwood and ornament centerpiece was one of the projects I created. Isn’t it too cool!  While I used a piece of driftwood, any number of similar items would work for this project.  You could even pick up something from your backyard.  

Other supplies:

clear ornaments
flowers (I used fake ones)
strong glue (superglue or something like that) 


I created  various designs with the fabulous brushes and white opaque glass paints  from the Martha Stewart Paints on clear ornaments. This is the one I call…stripe sensation!  You can do any number of colors and patterns that go along with your home’s decor.  I kept it simple so it could work for Christmas and through the New Year…but you could go bright and colorful, too!


There were some fabulous adhesive stencils and silkscreens that I used to add simple snowflake designs to the ornaments.  I needed more sparkle…more pizazz. So I used the Martha Stewart Paint glitter finish all over the ornament. And that gave it some sparkle! In person, all that sparkle is fabulous!  

You ask how I got those on the driftwood?? Well…hot glue of course! Just hot glue those babies on, making sure to hold them individually in place for a couple minutes as they set.  Then add some water and blossoms, and you have a unique and gorgeous centerpiece!  Once again, the flowers you choose can be a number of different things.  I went with classic white, but you could choose bright red or even evergreens.  And you could also color the water you put the blossoms in if you want!  How fun is that?

This driftwood and ornament centerpiece is a perfect rustic addition to any winter or holiday get together.  Simple and elegant.


Nellie is the founder of NellieBellie, and takes basically every photograph you've ever seen on this site. She also runs our web design business, the Savvy Sites Administration.


  1. Laura Kuhlmann

    November 20, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Love this centerpiece! So pretty and can be displayed well after the holidays too! Great job!

  2. Gwen

    November 16, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Very cute, Janellie! I’ve never run into a piece of driftwood I didn’t like!

  3. jennifer hadfield

    November 15, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Super cute idea!


    • miznelliebellie

      November 16, 2012 at 7:26 am

      Thanks so much!! Have a great weekend!

  4. Tonia@thegunnysack

    November 15, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    So cool! I have some driftwood waiting to be crafted! But it is only small pieces.

    • miznelliebellie

      November 15, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      oooh!!! I only have a few pieces. I’m dying to get my hands on more!

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  5. art is beauty

    November 15, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    wow, that turned out awesome! I would have never thought to put glass balls on the driftwood. So Cool!

    I love it!

  6. Kelly Elko

    November 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    You did Martha proud! It’s a good thing!

  7. Erin Fickert-Rowland

    November 15, 2012 at 10:55 am

    This would be a wonderful centerpiece! What a clever idea- nice job!

  8. Jen @ Four Marrs & One Venus

    November 15, 2012 at 10:53 am

    WOW Janel- Loving the look of this! Very cool..can be used for so many different occasions! I love that you do projects outside of the box.. this I would have never thought of…and you make it look easy as pie! I really like it- High Five Girl!

  9. thistlewoodfarm

    November 15, 2012 at 9:36 am

    janel….what a really neat project! You had me at driftwood :)

    • miznelliebellie

      November 15, 2012 at 10:04 am

      Thanks so much!! Driftwood is hard to come by in WI so it was fun to be able to make something with it!

  10. Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

    November 15, 2012 at 8:26 am

    How cool is that! I have a love for glass ornaments…totally love the uniqueness of this! I need to find a piece of driftwood!

    • miznelliebellie

      November 15, 2012 at 8:28 am

      I’m guessing driftwood is hard to find in your area :).
      Have a great week!

  11. Lyuba

    November 15, 2012 at 8:12 am

    This is too cool!! Love it!

    • miznelliebellie

      November 15, 2012 at 8:15 am

      Thank you!!!

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