Have you ever been lost at sea, holding on to some driftwood for dear life,eventually made it to foreign soil, and asked yourself “How can I clean and preserve this here driftwood?” Of course you have! I’m just here to fully explain it. You just came from the ocean so you already have ingredient number one, water! First you’re gonna need a bucket and a brush, whether thats buying one or cutting down a tree!
Next, in a bucket of water, mix the soaking solution, using 2 cups of bleach per gallon of water. Put the driftwood into the mixture, and soak it for five days, changing the water every day. If it floats to the top of your bucket too often, you can hold the pieces of driftwood down with a heavy object like a rock. Let your driftwood dry out thoroughly before using again, store it in a low humid place during drying time.
Most pieces will take 1-2 weeks to be fully cleaned and preserved, but larger pieces might take longer. Just be sure it is completely dry before using for DIY projects. Once your driftwood is dry, you can use it to decorate or craft without worry that it might have bugs inside, plankton, or other sea creatures inside. The bleach helps to lighten up the color of the wood and make it even dreamier, and even more versatile for any of your DIY projects. It’s perfect for making photo frames, wreaths, and even signs. Pretty much any project gets a little better with the help of a little driftwood. Here are a few things to do with your preserved driftwood: