DIY Wall Art Made with Tree Bark and Other Natural Elements

If you’re walking the beaches of coastal Oregon town Lincoln City, you might spot Kinfolk’s founding editor Nathan Williams foraging for sea coral, tree bark, and the perfect pieces of twisted driftwood. He forms each find in simple metal frames, wreaths, and sculptures on the weekend. Here is are some inspiring examples of his work.

To see more from Williams, visit his blog Hear Black.

Above: “To assemble the heart, we start by gluing together the outline, then filling the inside with other pieces,” says Williams.

Above: Pale green and white sea coral reminiscent of Olafur Eliasson’s Moss Wall. The frame is filled with a mix of coral and dried sea urchins then left in the sun to dry out completely before bringing it indoors.

Above: Driftwood sculptures are, as Williams explains, “easier for us to make when the individual pieces have similar bends and curves. When we walk on the beach we carry a tote bag and gather driftwood with this in mind.”

Above: “While we were living in Hawaii we would often find fallen trees on the beach with loose bark. We collected the pieces of bark, then used a hand saw for a clean edge. The bark was hot-glued to the back of a frame.”

Do you incorporate natural elements into your design?

To see more inspiration, visit Gardenista.


Melissa L.
Melissa L5 years ago

Cute ideas!

Chris C.
Chris C5 years ago

Love these! I incorporate natural items whenever I can. I have a shelf on an etigere just for beautiful arrangements of seashells, most I picked up myself off the beach. I also have pieces of driftwood around. Also peacock feathers.

Carol R.
Carol R5 years ago

These are beautiful

Past Member
Past Member 5 years ago

wow some whopee ideas there

rene davis
irene davis5 years ago

interesting idea.

Kristine Huff
Kristine H5 years ago

I love the natural rustic look, thanks!

Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago


Tim C.
Tim C5 years ago


Sheleen Addison
Sheleen Addison5 years ago

Driftwood, seed pods, broken tree branches, old leaves, they all have a different look, a different texture and add a different element to anything you try and make.

susan k.
susan k5 years ago