71 Practically FREE Scrap Wood Projects

If you make things out of wood you know almost every project leaves scrap wood. Why not use up those scraps by making some of these 71 Practically FREE Scrap Wood Projects?

71 Practically FREE Scrap Wood Projects71 Practically FREE Scrap Wood Projects

These projects definitely won’t break the bank and they will keep the scraps out of the trash. As a bonus, most make a great gift idea. Enjoy!

build your own rustic wood bathtub tray pinRelax in style with this Rustic Wood Bathtub Tray.

 

rustic serving tray tulips

 This Rustic Pallet Serving Tray is beautiful and functional.

DIY yard diceHave some family fun with these DIY Yard Dice.

 

switches and locks board 3Make this Switches and Locks Playboard for a little one in your life.

 

create art block holdersSimple Create Art Block Holders for your craft area or to give as a gift.

 

DIY feather artMake this unique and clever DIY Feather Art using old yardsticks and scraps.

 

rustic wooden caddy with branch handleThis cute Rustic Wooden Caddy with Branch Handle can hold anything.

 

How to make an easy scrap wood fall sign

Celebrate fall with a beautiful DIY Fall Leaf Art Sign.

 

white washed window boxMake this White Washed Window Box from a discarded wine crate.

 

coffee serving tray mapLove your city? Create the perfect Coffee Serving Map Tray.

 

personalized wall shelf A few boards are all you need to make this Personalized Wall Shelf with loads of storage.

 

house shaped mailbox promoBuild an adorable House-shaped Mailbox.

 

house shape door decor Forget a wreath, remind everyone that home is where the heart is with this House-shaped Door Decor.

 

one board organization storageAll these amazing Storage Options using just one board!

 

diy drawer dividersGet organized with these simple DIY Drawer Dividers.

 

Wooden sign teacher giftShow your appreciation to a teacher with this Wooden Sign Teacher Gift.

 

bunny place cards Brighten up your Springtime table with these Bunny Place Cards.

 

Mousetrap Memo Trap FinalRepurpose and make a Mousetrap Memo Pad.

 

valentines wreath branches close up wood heart wreathMake a Valentines Wreath from tree branches for a loved one.

 

Bailey Farm Crate End Sign Customize this Rustic Farm Crate Sign for your home using new scrap wood (plus, learn how to age the wood.)

 

Decorative Crown Molding Make this Decorative Shelf using Crown Molding.

 

lollipop stand This DIY Lollipop Stand is sure to be a hit at your next party.

 

valentine string art all you need is love wood artShare your love with this Valentine String Art Engraving.

 

Marble tossThis DIY Marble Toss Game would be fun for anyone.

 

kids scooter clearanceBe the coolest parent around by making these DIY Kids Scooters.

 

jewelry organizer bowlsA Jewelry Organizer is simple yet a must-have.

 

diy produce rackOrganize your fruits and veggies with this DIY Produce Rack.

 

owl bookends These whimsical DIY Owl Bookends add fun to any room.

 

state pride magnetic key holder Keep your keys close at hand with this magic State Pride Magnetic Key Holder.

 

snowflake christmas trivetsThese Snowflake Christmas Trivets are perfect for your holiday dinner.

 

spider stool What kid wouldn’t love this DIY Spider Stool?

 

apple pencil holder An Apple Pencil Holder would make a great gift for your favorite teacher.

 

door stop with handle This Doorstop With a Handle makes an adorable stop that also helps keep your door open.

 

Rustic Home sign Super cute! This Rustic Home Sign can be made in any size using scrap wood.

 

close up rusted sleigh bellsCreate a Vintage Rustic Sleigh Ride Sign for perfect holiday decor.

 

framed pumpkins Add some character to your room this fall with Framed Pumpkins.

 

Gold and marble coasters Anikas DIY Life final These Easy Gold and Faux Marble Coasters are modern, clean and you can make them with scrap wood!

 

4x4 wood block framesMake these incredibly simple 4×4 Picture Frames to display your memories.

 

Crate Christmas tree boxForget the skirt, make a Christmas Tree Crate to hold your tree.

 

plans to build a lost and found centerHave a fair amount of scraps? Make this Lost and Found Center for your local school.

 

DIY Rolling Plant Caddy by Brittany Goldwyn Make a Rolling Plant Caddy so you never have to carry heavy planters again.

 

DIY candle lantern final with fireplace This Candle Lantern From Leftover Trim is sleek and modern.

 

karate belt display final Does your kid need a DIY Karate Belt Display? Make one easily!

 

Modern Cat Scratcher DIY Your furry friend will love this DIY Cat Scratcher Post.

 

folding-rustic-wood-guitar-standMake this Folding Guitar Stand to keep your instrument accessible.

 

animal-toddler-stoolsThese adorable Toddler Animal Stools would be loved by any child in your life.

 

are_you_woman_enough_signMake this Are you Woman Enough? Plywood Sign for your shop, or customize the wording easily.

 

rustic-trays-gift-box-top-view-2Make a Tray Gift Box for your next present.

 

rustic-king-headboard-side-viewThis Rustic Wood King Headboard is simple and affordable.

 

citrus-decor-with-lemonade-768x599Make this fun summer display for a party or lemonade stand. Who doesn’t love Giant Citrus Fruit?

 

hot-wheel-matchbox_race_track_promoLet the kids play for hours with this Hot Wheels Car Racing Ramp.

 

wood-copper-cake-stand-1Create this Wood and Copper Cake Stand for an awesome display of your baking masterpiece.

fabric-wood-coasters-wrappedRustic and soft Fabric and Wood Coasters are easy to make for gifts.

 

rustic-wooden-crates-in-cabinet-straight-onBuild some Rustic Wooden Box Crates for your cabinet or shelf.

 

wood-block-picture-framesHow sweet are these Floating Wood Block Picture Frames?

 

easy-wooden-chalkboard-sign-christmas-countdownYou can make this Easy Wooden Chalkboard Sign for any season.

 

DIY-Rustic-Wood-Lanterns-e1441294338713These Rustic Wood Lanterns are the perfect decor for any room.

 

drift-wood-gift-crateFind free driftwood at the beach and make your own Driftwood Gift Crates.

 

scrap-moulding-traysEndless options with these Scrap Moulding Trays.

 

plywood-frames-2Wow your visitors with these Plywood Frames with Glass.

 

scrap_wood_christmas_treeUse various scraps to make an adorable Scrap Wood Christmas Tree this year!

 

reclaimed-wood-wall-hook-vase-sconceThis Reclaimed Wood Wall Hook and Vase would look great in an entryway.

 

scrap-wood-wall-studio_view_from_angledWith a bunch of scrap wood you could Install a Scrap Wood Wall.

 

scrap-wood-ipad-tray-infarrantly-creativeKeep your device upright with this Scrap Wood iPad Tray.

 

scrap-wood-wine-holderThis Scrap Wood Wine Holder is simple, but oh so handy.

 

scrap-wood-caddyKeep your tools, cleaning supplies, and so many other things organized in this Scrap Wood Caddy.

 

Two-tiered-plant-stand-Anikas-DIY-Life-700-3This Two Tiered Plant Stand is a modern and stylish way to display your plants.

 

Scrap-Wood-Ironing-Board-Rack-2450This Industrial Ironing Board Rack would save space and keep you organized.

 

scrap-wood-shadow-box-frameDisplay memorabilia in this awesome DIY Shadow Box Frame.

 

Scrap-wood-plater-Herb-Garden-BoxThis Scrap Wood Planter Box is a quick and easy way to grow your own herb garden this year.

 

recipe clipboard standKeep your recipes or notes at eye level with this Easy Clipboard Stand.

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71 Practically FREE Scrap Wood Projects

Which were your favorite scrap wood projects? And other ideas you have for using up scrap wood? I’d love to hear it.

71 Practically FREE Scrap Wood Projects

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How to Re-Paint Dated DecorWant to know How to Repaint Dated Decor?

Raise your hand if you are a thrift shopper? No, what about yard sales? Have you ever seen any ugly ceramic decor items that shouldn’t have survived the 70’s or 80’s? Nodding your head YES? I thought so. Today I’m going to show you How to Repaint Decor. Those dated monstrosities can look like something you bought from Ballard Design or Pottery Barn! Don’t believe me, well check out this groovy pair (emphasis on pear. LOL.)

Would you believe this is the same fruit duo?

Yup! I scored them both for $5.

Now, have you seen these deliciously rustic pears from Ballard Designs? Yes? Did you happen to catch the price tags? $49 each!

Umm, no thank you, I’ll stick with my $2.50 fruit—Thank you very much. Let me show you how you can paint any ceramic, pottery, or china decor item to give it a new updated look. You’ll need a few things first.

Materials:

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Optional: Rustoleum Comfort Spray Paint Handle (saves your fingers from cramping!)

Instructions:

Clean your decor item with soap and water. Dry thoroughly.

Lightly sand the surface to give a little roughness.


Lay your decor item(s) on paper and spray with several thin coats of spray primer. Allow the primer to dry.


Spray several light coats of Rustoleum’s Heirloom White spray paint. Allow to dry.


If you want, you can leave the base color white. But, if you want to color your item, mix a base color with the acrylic craft paints. Using the fan brush use a “cross-hatch” pattern to apply the paint onto your item. (This gives more depth and interest than painting on a thick coat of paint.)

Next mix your glaze by combining acrylic paint (Mix raw sienna (dark brown), burnt sienna (red brown) and yellow ochre until you have a nice golden brown antiquing color.) Pour a small circle of glaze material onto your plate. Dip the fan brush into the glaze medium and then into the mixed acrylic paint. Dab off some paint onto the paper plate (you don’t want your brush to be saturated.) Brush the glaze onto the item and use the fan brush to blend the glaze around. Feel free to use the same cross-hatch pattern you did earlier.

Work in small areas and brush the glaze around until your brush doesn’t have any more glaze on it.
Then use a rag to dab around the decor item until you are happy with the results.

Paint any features onto your decor item (stems, branches, faces, etc.) To paint the pear’s leaf, try a dark brown (raw sienna) and a yellow ochre for the highlights. Acrylic paint is really forgiving. If you don’t like it you can paint over it.


I couldn’t be happier with the results of my repainted home decor! I saved myself about $95 for two decor items!
This fruit decor is perfect for any season . . .

But, I like to bring them out in the fall.


Happy thrifting y’all! Never leave cheap dated decor behind again.

Did you see that ladder above? It is the other half of this ladder and I added shelves to create my own ladder display shelves!

Ladder Shelves

diy owl bookends

Pretty Handy readers Happy New Year!  Jaime here today from That’s My Letter to share how to make scrap wood DIY Owl Bookends.  It’s January and everyone is in cleaning, purging, and organizational mode.  While you’re cleaning out the scrap wood bin, save a few scraps to make these cute owl bookends. They are adorable and will help straighten up your bookshelf, too.

I used scrap wood pieces straight from my cut off bin to quickly put together these bookends.  These wood pieces happen to be different colors (some stained, some cedar, some painted) but you could easily use new lumber and paint the owls in fun colors.

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This is a great gift idea for adults and kids alike!  I sent this pair off to my sister who happened to have an owl get down her chimney (someone left the flue open!) and was flying around in her house.

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Below are the step-by-step instructions including materials and a cut list.  Always follow all safety precautions when using power tools.

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fabric & wood coasters

Pretty Handy readers we are nearing ever so close to the big day!  Jaime from That’s My Letter here today to share a quick and easy last minute gift idea.  These fabric and wood coasters add just a touch of holiday cheer to any coffee table and you just might already have the supplies on hand to make them!

fabric & wood coasters wrapped

All stacked up and tied together they make a great hostess gift or a charming diy gift anyone is sure to appreciate.

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The plaid fabric is completely on trend this year as we are seeing plaid and tartan everywhere!  You could use nearly any fabric, this plaid happens to be a thicker woven cotton.

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Below are the step-by-step instructions to make your own fabric and wood coasters.  Always use all safety precautions when operating power tools.

Materials:

  • 4×4 wood post scrap (1/2″ thick for each coaster)
  • miter saw
  • measuring tape & pencil
  • sandpaper
  • fabric (4″ square for each coaster)
  • mod podge
  • paint brush
  • rotary cutter & self healing mat

Instructions:

Step 1: Mark the 4×4 post for a 1/2″ cut.  I recommend setting up a stop block (the 2×4 on the right in the picture below) and clamp it to your saw.  This stop block allows you to make multiple cuts of same length without having to re-measure and mark your wood every time.

fabric & wood coasters step 1

fabric & wood coasters cut complete

Step 2: Sand the edges of the wood cuts smooth.  Apply a generous layer of mod podge onto the wood and press fabric in place smoothing any wrinkles.  Let dry. Read more

Galvanized Metal Star Garland | Pretty Handy Girl

Remember when I told you I’ve been on a galvanized metal kick? Yes, you may have noticed my Rustic Metal Magnetic Window Frame on Monday. When I put the windows over our fireplace mantel, I knew there was something missing. I tried a few different garlands in the space, but nothing felt quite right. When I gazed upon the leftover galvanized metal, the idea to create a Galvanized Metal Star Garland was born.

Galvanized Metal Magnetic Windows | Pretty Handy Girl

Today’s post is part of the Deck the Halls DIY-Style tour hosted by Jen Woodhouse, If you are just hopping over today from Sawdust and Embryos, amazing vignette, right?! My favorite is the monogrammed scroll snowflake. Welcome to my little slice of DIY Blog heaven. I can’t wait to show you how I made several elements over our fireplace mantel.

Deck the Halls DIY Style | Pretty Handy Girl

The Galvanized Metal Star Garland is so incredibly easy to make. You’ll be looking for more places to decorate with a garland of stars.

Ready to get started? Grab these things and let’s make something stellar!

Materials:
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Instructions:

Draw stars on your galvanized sheet of metal. If you prefer a beautifully aged metal patina, you can follow this tutorial to make your metal age quickly.

Galvanized Metal Star Garland | Pretty Handy Girl

Cut out the star shapes with tin snips.

Galvanized Metal Star Garland | Pretty Handy Girl

Rub the pencil marks off the stars with a gloved hand. Read more