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Driftwood Sculpture Table Top Stand DIY

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How to make your own version of modern art using a piece of reclaimed wood. Capture the organic beauty of nature and mount it to make a driftwood sculpture table top stand or petrified wood slab or slice. When mounted on a stand it will blend seamlessly with any modern or traditional space.

Over the weekend, I made something new for my foyer. Even though my house is small, there is a large 2-story foyer that needs big items that will fit the scale of the space.

I am always looking for ways to decorate it using more minimal decor that will make a decorative impact.

4 examples of driftwood or petrified wood sculptures on stands.
photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

I find that I am being drawn to natural and organic decor like the wood sculptures on stands I have been seeing in decorating books and magazines similar to the ones in the above image.

I decided that was just what the sideboard in my foyer needed – a piece of modern art… but without the price tag or any wood carving skills. More to the cost of free!

What Type of Wood Can Be Used To Make a Wood Table Top Modern Art Stand?

Wood sculptures on stands like these can be made with reclaimed wood, petrified wood, driftwood, or any interesting piece of wood you may come upon when you are out in nature or even your yard.

I have an endless supply of interesting looking driftwood that washes up from the lake to my yard, so I have been keeping watch for a big piece.

When out kayaking a week ago, I came upon a floating section of a tree trunk that had the shape I was looking for. It was way too big, but I knew I, or shall I say, Ed could cut it to the size I envisioned with a chain saw.

kayaking and towing a driftwood log behind.

So we went home, got a rope, went back out on the lake to find the section of floating tree trunk again. We tied it up to a kayak and paddled home with it in tow. It kind of looks like an alligator, but no gators in the lake. :-)

I had to let it dry out for a week, and then got to work to create what I imagined in my head.

Make your own modern art using driftwood to make a table top display stand for it.  DIY Wood Artifact Stand accent decor.

Here is what I made with a section of the large piece of driftwood I found.

I love it! The driftwood now looks like a sculpture and gives a modern touch to the foyer. Just the look I was after.

Wood Tree cut on stand

One fun thing that happened when we went to cut a section of the log. On one end it looked like a fish, so we went with it and used that end of the log to make the a decorative piece for the foyer. :-)

Close up of a diy wood log modern art.

The other end, we cut in the overall shape of the fish face side to keep the piece of wood somewhat symmetrical.

How to make wood log modern art

The only item I had to buy to make the project was a dowel.

How to Make a Driftwood Sculpture Table Top Stand

You can make a wood stand sculpture any size you want, large or small. For this how-to tutorial, I list the sizes of the wood and dowels I used so you have a point of reference.

supplies needed:

  • Piece of driftwood or any interesting looking piece of wood. My piece measures: 36″ long x 9″ high.
  • 14 x 4 post or section of a wood pallet or a piece of wood cut to 24″ long x 2″ wide x 2-1/2″ tall.
  • 2 – 5/8″ diameter dowels. Each cut to approx. 7-1/2″ in length.
  • Black satin paint
  • Saw
  • Drill and 5/8” drill bit or to fit size of dowel
  • Chalk
  • Measuring tape
  • Wood glue
Cutting a driftwood log to size to make diy home decor out of it.
  1. Cut the wood to the size needed using a chain saw. The size of the section I used is: 36″ long x 9″ high. We will use the rest of the wood for our lakeside fire pit.
piece of wood and dowels to make a stand to make driftwood art.

2. The bottom piece of the wood for the stand is a piece from a wood pallet that I found in the trash at Home Depot. It was the perfect size and shape. I asked if I could have it and they said yes. With wood prices so high, I was very excited to have come across it.

how to arrange wood to make a tabletop modern art stand

3. Lay out the driftwood, dowels and wood for the stand on floor or work table to envision where you want the dowels to go.

find center in wood to drill holes. Making a wood log art

3. Paint stand wood and dowels using black satin craft paint or any color you want. Let dry.

4. Mark the center part of the driftwood and stand wood to align with each other. Then mark on each were the dowel holes should be drilled.

paint and drill holes in wood

5. Using a 5/8″ drill bit, drill two holes in the driftwood and stand wood. Drill down about an inch for each.

Drill holes in driftwood

6. Drill two holes where your chalk marks are on the driftwood. Go about an inch deep.

assemble wood stand to hold petrified wood slab

7. Brush a coat of wood glue on the end of the dowels and then place in the stand. Touch up with paint if needed.

Attaching dowels to piece of driftwood and a black painted stand.

8. Repeat glue step for attaching the driftwood to the top of the dowels.

Natural wood cut on stand for tabletop modern decor.

9. Place on sideboard or console.

Make your own modern art using driftwood to make a table top display stand for it. Wood Artifact Stand. Home decor accent.

Here it is on the sideboard with nothing in front of it.

driftwood sculpture on stand on a foyer sideboard

And with a white tray of candles in front of it.

I like having options as I don’t have too many surfaces around my house to display my favorite decorative accessories.

DIY modern wood slab art on sideboard

Since the driftwood looks like a fish, I will have to name him or her. :-) Do you have any good name ideas?

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  1. This looks so great – how about naming it Abe Vigoda.. you know, after that old tv show and he was called Fish if I remember correctly. I’m always doing this goofy naming thing [I’m so weird]. I have a crane sculpture I call, of course, Frasier Crane and I had helped to rescue a baby hawk a couple years ago I named Alan Alda, naturally [Hawkeye Pierce for those too young to remember]. So I couldn’t resist suggesting this name for your sculpture, haha. Is it any wonder I’m always getting the eye-rolls from my kids ;]. I love your posts and am always inspired by your creativity.

    1. Hi Pj – I had forgotten all about the show. Thanks for sharing the name idea. I love that you have a theme going for what you name your items. Not weird at all… it’s fun and gives our objects – personality.

  2. I love it!! It is so stylish, trendy, and beautiful! Certainly looks far more expensive than *free*!!
    As for his name……how about Woody Lakefish? 🤦‍♀️🤔

  3. What a great idea, Diane, and almost free! I saw a fish, too, before I read your comment.

    1. Hi Terry – It wasn’t until the wood had dried out over a week and we went to cut it that we noticed the one end looked like a fish. I didn’t choose the log for that reason when I first saw it. A nice bonus.