27 Simple Scrap Wood Projects for Beginners

Check out these simple scrap wood projects and ideas to try! These easy small wood projects are perfect beginner woodworking projects too!

collection of Scrap wood on the floor.

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!

These scrap wood projects also make great simple woodworking project ideas for beginners.

Below are a few projects made using scrap wood. Click into the project to see all the details. Most of them also have printable plans that you can download and take with you to your workshop.

1. DIY Laptop Stand for Desk

Laptop desk stand with post it notes and planner underneath

Make your workspace more ergonomic with this easy DIY laptop stand. It takes minutes to make and is SO useful!

2. DIY Wood Wall Clock Using Scrap Plywood

DIY wood wall clock on the wall

Put all those little pieces of scraps to work! This simple wall clock project needs only a Jigsaw and a few plywood scraps.

3. DIY Footrest Under Desk

Woman resting feet on DIY footrest

This easy 30-minute project adds an ergonomic footrest under your worktable.

4. DIY Dog Bowl Stand

Another view of the simple dog bowl stand made from 2x2 boards

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!

5. DIY Solar Light Post

DIY solar light post with blue paint on front steps

Got a few 4×4 posts laying around? Use them to add personality to simple solar lights!

6. DIY Lap Desk

Simple DIY lap desk with legs on bed with computer on top

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!

7. DIY Mail Organizer

Green DIY Mail Organizer on Wall

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!

8. Mason Jar Organizer

Easy Mason jar organizer for your desk using scrap wood and floral wire

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.

9. DIY Spice rack/ bottle organizer

DIY spice rack hanging on the wall filled with craft paint bottles

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!

10. Easy DIY Storage Bins 

DIY vegetable bins with fruits and vegetables on a kitchen counter

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!

11. Homework or desk organizer 

Easy DIY homework organizer on wall with books and pens

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 time).

12. DIY Coffee Filter holder

Coffee Filter Holder next to coffee pot topped with coffee canister.

If your coffee filters drive you batty because of their flimsy box, make a quick version using scrap plywood!

13. DIY Modern pencil holder 

DIY Modern pencil holder made with wood and plexiglass with pens and paintbrushes

A simple, modern design with one of my new favorite mediums – plexiglass.

14. DIY Wall mounted bottle opener –

DIY wall mounted bottle opener on wall.
Outdoor 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!

15. DIY Ring toss game

DIY Ring toss game in the grass with the rope rings

It is perfect for the outdoors using scrap 2×4 pieces. We are having so much fun using it this summer!


16.Easy Jewelry Organizer

Easy scrap wood project ideas. easy woodworking projects for beginners

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!

17.Phone and picture holder

DIY phone holder in brown with phone charging, an inspirational quote, pens and a little plant on a desk

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!

18. Ruler pencil holder

DIY pencil holder made from scrap wood and rulers on table with yellow pencils

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…

19. Candleholder

DIY scrap wood candle holder with candles.

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!

20. DIY Test tube bud vases

All three test tube bud vases on the wall with cala Lilies in them

A quick 10-minute project that adds color and pretty flowers to any wall!

21. DIY Wood wall art

DIY wood wall art with colorful geometric triangles on mounted on wall

Sometimes gluing pieces of scrap wood painted various colors makes for really pretty art!

22. DIY Tiered Plant stand

DIY tiered plant stand with 2 small plants

This easy tiered plant stand made from scrap wood is a great afternoon project and adds a simple modern touch to the decor.

23. DIY Step Stool

child standing on DIY step stool

This easy step stool is a perfect scrap wood project! Use multiple sizes of wood if needed! Also, can be used as a plant stand!

24. DIY Christmas village using scrap wood

close up from right side of the DIY Christmas village

This quick and easy project is perfect to use up little pieced of scrap wood and create gorgeous Christmas decor!

25. DIY Scrap wood Light up Christmas Tree

DIY Christmas wall decor with lit LED lights!

See how you can use scrap 1×3 boards, some mdf or plywood and add string lights to create gorgeous Christmas decor!

26. DIY Woodblock Snowman

DIY Wood block snowman in front of Christmas tree and shrubs

Use up little pieces of leftover 4×4 boards to make a cute snowman for your Christmas decor!

27. Scrap Plywood Lazy Susan

Chevron patterned plywood lazy susan on table

Can you believe this beauty is made from leftover plywood cut offs?! This lazy susan is currently my favorite scrap wood project!

28. DIY Scrap Wood Table Runner

Learn how to build a custom DIY table runner using scrap wood with the detailed step by step instructions.

This table runner made from scrap wood is not only decorative, but it’s also functional too. It acts as an insulator protecting your tabletop from hot pots and pans. It can be customized in any length or color you want.

So, which one of these is your favorite?

I still have a pretty massive pile of scrap wood and a whole ton of ideas!!

Follow my scrap wood projects Pinterest board for lots more ideas!

If you are looking to tackle larger projects, I have lots of fun woodworking project ideas for you and a whole library of woodworking plans!

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Anika's goal is to inspire and empower beginners with woodworking, DIY, home improvement, and home decor ideas.
She wants everyone to unlock their creative potential and experience the feeling that comes with making something. Nothing feels better better than seeing something and saying "I can make that!"

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  1. Neat ideas. I like the homework organizer.

    1. Thanks Marjan, That homework organizer has definitely been super helpful to keep the homework mess at bay!

  2. I think the jewelry holder is the new one here to me. I have lots of jewelry….not real. 🙂 But most of the store bought holders are too tall for my display case, making my own would be a really smart idea. Love all of your scrap wood projects though.

  3. Wow, love the ideas. Such a great way to put your scrap wood to use. Thanks again for these great projects!

  4. Alexander J. Lyons says:

    Wow, these ideas are pretty great. I really like the storage bins. I’ve been looking for some ideas for woodworking but haven’t really found some good creative ideas like these.

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