5 Simple Scrap Wood Projects

In this blog post, we’re focusing on 5 Simple Scrap Wood Projects that anyone can make. These ideas are designed to inspire creativity and make use of those leftover pieces that often end up forgotten in the corner of the workshop.

Entryway bench with a rug under it and a fiddle leaf fig tree next to it.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably got a growing collection of scrap wood piling up in your garage, just waiting for its moment to shine.

I’m super excited to share with you 5 incredibly fun and creative scrap wood projects that will not only declutter your space but also add a touch of homemade charm to your home. Whether you’re a seasoned woodworker or just getting started into the world of DIY, these projects are tailored for all skill levels and are sure to ignite your creativity. So roll up your sleeves and let’s transform those overlooked pieces of wood into something amazing!

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Basic Woodworking Articles That Might Be Useful

If you’re looking to hone in on your woodworking skills, I have several articles that could serve as your guide and inspiration! These resources cover a wide range of topics, from beginner-friendly tutorials that break down the basics of woodworking to advanced topics that can help you tackle more complex projects.

Scrap Wood Projects That Anyone Can Do

1. DIY Large Serving Tray

A large serving tray on the kitchen island.

During our kitchen renovation I had a small gap in the bottom cabinets that I could have just closed up with trim but decided to add a custom slot with a pull out DIY serving tray. Making a DIY large serving tray can be a fun beginner project. You can customize its shape, size and color. 

I chose to use leftover scrap oak but really any type of wood would work!

2. Entryway Bench

Entryway bench.

Another great scrap wood project would be to create a bench. In our last house I wanted to refresh this space and ended up making this upholstered entryway bench. To read a full step-by-step tutorial just click here: How To Make An Upholstered Entryway Bench.

3. Decorative Tray With Leather Handles

A decorative wood tray on a stack of books.

Turning scrap wood into a decorative tray is an excellent project idea! Virtually any wood type is suitable for this, allowing you to tailor the dimensions to your preference. For a personalized touch, consider attaching stylish leather handles or repurposing drawer handles on the sides. This not only adds functionality but also elevates the aesthetic appeal of your custom-made tray.

4. DIY Herb Planter

A herb planter on a kitchen countertop.

If you have a green thumb and love gardening or cooking this herb planter is a great scrap wood project! It doesn’t require much wood and when your done it can sit in a window or even on your kitchen counter like I did.

5. Wooden Mountain Wall Art

Mountain wood wall art about little boys bed.

If you’re looking for a easy wall art idea, this mountain art out of scrap 1×2’s is exactly what you need. My son’s wall needed something to go above the bed and with the whole room being painted Iron Ore I needed the wall art to stand out. With some extra scrap pieces of wood I came up with this mountain scene! To read the full tutorial click here: How To Make Mountain Wall Art.

**Note: I am not a professional and do not claim to be an expert. Please be sure to always read instructions for all tools and products. Safety is very important and should be your top priority. Wear necessary protection when using tools (eye wear, hearing protection, gloves, etc.) and dust masks when sanding or cutting. Simply Aligned Home is not responsible for any injury or damage. All of my designs are not professionally designed and are for private use only.**

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