Check out these simple scrap wood projects and ideas to try! These easy small wood projects are perfect beginner woodworking projects too!
If you are a woodworker, you are probably in search of simple scrap wood projects all the time!
My scrap pile explodes every time I build a project!
It is almost like – bigger the project, the bigger the pile of scrap wood!
I have a huge pile of scrap wood in my workshop filled with lumber of random shapes and sizes and it is fun to come up with ideas and projects to use up that scrap wood efficiently.
Not only are these scrap wood projects super easy and quick to make (hello! instant gratification!), they also make perfect handmade gift ideas, home decor ideas or organization projects.
First things, first – I built a scrap wood organizer from scrap wood but I need to keep tackling my ever-growing pile of scrap wood to keep it under control.
Easy scrap wood project ideas
Like I mentioned above, scrap wood can be used to create excellent organization! Here are a few organization projects made using scrap wood –
- DIY Laptop stand for desk – an easy and quick project to make your workspace more ergonomical.
- DIY Wood Wall Clock using scrap plywood – Put all those little pieces of scraps to work!
- DIY Footrest for under the desk – This easy 30-minute project adds an ergonomic footrest under your worktable.
- DIY Dog Bowl Stand – A raised dog bowl stand with a simple and modern design. Build it with small scrap pieces of 2×2’s! If you don’t have enough, you just need 2 boards of 2x2s that cost under $5!
- DIY Solar light post – Got a few 4×4 posts laying around? Use them to add personality to simple solar lights!
- DIY Lap Desk – It is a simple project using just a couple of boards. I gave it a fun finish but you could totally just paint or stain it!
- Easy DIY Wall Mail Organizer
This one is not only a great use of scrap wood, but it can also be built without any power tools if needed and makes a great project for a beginner! I also have a full video tutorial for you!
- Mason Jar Organizer –
This is a super quick and easy project and can be used to organize so many things! I am currently using it as a desk organizer.
But it can also be used as a utensil organizer for picnics, barbecues, and parties.
- DIY Spice rack/ bottle organizer
One of my favorite scrap wood projects, this criss-cross organizer is easy to make but looks like it came out of a high-end catalog!
- Easy DIY Storage Bins –
An easy to make project in under an hour and can be used in so many ways!
I use it for storing vegetables in my pantry but it is also perfect for toy storage or craft supply storage… the list goes on and on. Plus – they are also stackable!
- Homework or desk organizer –
This homework organizer has literally been a lifesaver when it comes to keeping my daughter’s desk and homework organized. I also love that she can just take the bucket of markers with her where she needs it and put it right back (at least most of the times).
- DIY Coffee Filter holder –
If your coffee filters drive you batty because of their flimsy box, make a quick version using scrap plywood!
- DIY Modern pencil holder
A simple, modern design with one of my new favorite mediums – plexiglass.
- DIY Wall mounted bottle opener –
This quick and easy project makes the perfect handmade gift!! It literally takes 15 minutes to build! I added copper accents to mine and I love how it turned out! I have also got you covered with a video tutorial!
Quick Scrap wood projects
Scrap wood projects make for great handmade gifts too!
- DIY Ring toss game – It is perfect for the outdoors using scrap 2×4 pieces. We are having so much fun using it this summer!
- Easy Jewelry Organizer
This is one of my favorite projects made from scrap wood. The design is completely customizable and can be as tall or as wide as you like!
- Phone and picture holder
My daughter (and mostly me) made it for Father’s day for my husband. It makes a perfect addition to any desk or nightstand to hold the phone and a picture or an inspirational quote!
- Ruler pencil holder –
This is a super easy project made from a few pieces of 1″ x 4″. We made this for the teachers and hence covered it with rulers. You can absolutely make it and cover it with anything else you like – like crayons or popsicle sticks…
Made from a bunch of scrap of 2″ x 2″ boards, this is the easiest project ever. I embellished this with seashells for a coastal theme but there are so many ways to embellish it!
- DIY Test tube bud vases
A quick 10 minute project that adds color and pretty flowers to any wall!
Be sure to grab printable plans for 5 of my scrap wood projects!
Scrap wood projects for beginners
- DIY Wood wall art
Sometimes gluing pieces of scrap wood painted various colors makes for really pretty art!
- DIY Tiered Plant stand
This easy tiered plant stand made from scrap wood is a great afternoon project and adds a simple modern touch to the decor.
Christmas Projects using Scrap wood
- DIY Christmas village using scrap wood
This quick and easy project is perfect to use up little pieced of scrap wood and create gorgeous Christmas decor!
- DIY Scrap wood Light up Christmas Tree
See how you can use scrap 1×3 boards, some mdf or plywood and add string lights to create gorgeous Christmas decor!
- DIY Woodblock Snowman
Use up little pieces of left over 4×4 boards to make a cute snowman for your Christmas decor!
So, which one of these is your favorite?
I still have a pretty huge pile of scrap wood and a whole ton of ideas!!
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