Do you have a lot of scrap wood? Get inspired to put your scraps to good use with these 30+ DIY scrap wood projects that are easy and unique!
The moment you start woodworking is when your scrap wood pile begins to grow. Slowly, but surely, you have more scrap wood than you know what to do with!!
The fun part is that there is SO MUCH potential laying in that scrap wood pile. All it takes is some time, creativity and work to turn your scrap wood into useful and gorgeous small scrap wood projects.
And the best part about creating DIY scrap wood projects is that you don’t even have to leave your house! You can just hop outside and whip up your next creation!
How do you get free scrap wood?
Now if you don’t have much wood in your scrap pile and you still want to take on some of these easy scrap wood projects – there’s hope! Not to mention the cost of lumber is crazy these days, so here are are several ways that you can get free scrap wood:
- Craigslist, LetGo and Facebook Marketplace – Keep your eyes peeled on Craigslist, LetGo and/or Facebook Marketplace for people offering their free lumber.
- Use pallet wood – Even if we can’t find free lumber offered anywhere, there are ALWAYS free pallets people are looking to get rid of! Several of these scrap wood projects were made with reclaimed pallet wood, but here’s even more pallet wood projects to inspire you!
- Take apart old furniture – A lot of people are giving away old furniture that no longer works for them or is damaged. You can simply recycle the wood from other furniture projects and make it into something new!
- Ask at a construction site – Chances are that you can drive around and find some construction going on in your neighborhood. Several times the contractors don’t have any need for scrap wood, so they are happy if you take it off their hands. It never hurts to ask! Of course, NEVER take anything without asking and don’t step foot on a site if the construction team is not present.
Learn more about how to find free and cheap wood here!
Now are you ready to get inspired with 30+ easy scrap wood projects??
DIY Scrap Wood Projects
Have a lot of scrap wood laying around? Whether you're on the hunt for scrap wood, or wondering how to make use to leftover wood, here are 30+ DIY scrap wood projects to inspire you to get creative!
This easy DIY wood wall art project is the perfect solution to fill in an empty space on the wall. With scrap wood, I created this piece of wall decor with plywood and wood shims. Learn how to do this easy project with this step-by-step tutorial.
We had some leftover cement tile from our bathroom renovation, so we made a DIY tray with wood! This incorporates small pieces of wood, so could definitely be done with scrap wood too! Great way to use up both leftover scrap wood and tile.
Wanna learn how to build easy pipe shelves?! This video tutorial walks you through the whole process of how we added laundry room shelving.
A $2 round galvanized metal bin from the thrift store is turned into a modern DIY round wall planter with a small piece of scrap plywood and recycled free leather! Learn how to create your own at add a little touch of greenery to your walls.
If you've installed DIY shiplap around your house, chances are that you have lots of scrap shiplap. Making a DIY wall sign is a great way to use it up and create something beautiful!
This sign could be made with salvaged pallet wood or any type of scrap wood. I love the added touch of the leather straps to connect the different pieces of wood. This is one of the easiest scrap wood projects!
Another great pallet wood project that could be made with scrap wood or salvaged pallet wood. This makes a great side table in a living room or even a nightstand.
Easy DIY Wine Rack for a Tabletop
This DIY wine rack is perfect for holding 2 bottles on a table top! Simply use your Kreg Jig and a few other tools to build it for just a few dollars!
DIY Entry Shelf with Hooks
Need a place to hang your purse and store your keys? This simple DIY entry shelf with hooks is a super simple project that you can build in under an hour - for real! We followed this tutorial for the shelf in our modern farmhouse entryway and I love it!
DIY Photo Stands
These DIY photos stands are perfect for VERY small pieces of scrap wood and great for square Instagram pictures that you want to print out and display. Such a fun idea for scrap wood crafts!
DIY Towel Rack with Wood Pallets
Learn how to make this charming farmhouse styled DIY towel rack using some leftover wood pallets for your next project.
DIY Necklace Holder from Wood Scraps
This easy to make necklace holder is perfect for displaying all your favorite necklaces and bracelets. Great idea if you have leftover wooden dowels.
Easy Cutting Board With Scrap Wood
This is an easy DIY cutting board from scrap wood. You can make a trendy serving board like this in a few hours with as little as two common hand tools and a scrap piece of wood.
DIY Baby activity table
This simple baby activity table uses a wood panel of scrap, brass rings and a few other items you probably have in your craft supply stash!
DIY Toy Barn from Wood Scraps
Speaking of making toys for your kids with your wood scraps, check out this awesome DIY toy barn!
Rae Dunn Block Signs
Making these Rae Dunn Inspired fun hand painted block signs will be easy and quick and use up that scrap wood pile! Love this idea for small scrap wood projects! I have a ton of 2x4 scraps this would be perfect for.
Sunburst Mirror Using Scrap Wood
This beachy DIY sunburst mirror is an easy, inexpensive project and a great way to put your scrap wood pile to good use.
DIY Wooden Cats
This is a fun and creative one that the kids will love. You could even make these into other animals too!
How to make a scrap wood wreath
Want to learn to build a scrap wood wreath? It’s so easy!
Wood Picture Frame
Make this easy wood picture frame with almost no tools! Decorate it for any holiday or decor or give it as a gift.
Fence Board Backsplash
This scrap wood project is so unique! They took left over and salvaged fence boards and created a kitchen backsplash! Love this idea for DIY scrap wood projects !
Scrap Wood & Rope Sign
This cute sign incorporates some simple supplies that you probably already have at home - a piece of scrap wood, some rope and hot glue! So easy and fun!
Scrap Wood Wall Installation
This is perhaps the most dramatic way to use scrap wood, but I LOVE IT! She takes small cuts of tons of scrap wood 2x4s and puts them on the wall for an accent wall.
Stacked Plywood Table Lamp
If you have leftover plywood scraps, this is a great project to try! This lamp is so unique & fun!
His & Hers Key Rack
Using some scrap wood and a scroll saw, this key rack is so fun and cute!
DIY Wood Sign With Cedar Planks
Wood signs are perfect project ideas for scrap planks like cedar or even shiplap, which you will definitely have a lot of leftover pieces if you were installing at your house.
DIY Craft Vinyl Storage Rack
If you use vinyl for craft projects, you're probably looking for a good way to store it. This project uses 2 small pieces of wood, which makes it perfect for this list of easy scrap wood projects.
Scrap Wood Table Top
This scrap wood table top incorporates small pieces of scrap wood and creates a gorgeous mosaic pattern. Isn't it so cool?
DIY Wood Coasters
These DIY wood coasters are super easy to make, and feature a fun pop of color with vibrant wood veneer stripes!
Small Scrap Wood Photo Holder
DIY Pillar Candle Holders
These pillar candle holders are a great way to up your scrap wood! They are so easy to make and look beautiful.
DIY Wood Pedestal
Wood pedestal stands are a really cute and simple way to display just about anything in your home. If you have a candle that needs a special spot, need a place for your keys, or want a cute place to set your hand soap, a DIY wood pedestal is a great solution.
And the best part? Wood pedestals are so easy to put together on your own! This is a really fast project that can be done with scrap wood – which is even better, right?!
These simple scrap wood projects are SOOOO inspiring, right? Whether you’re looking to simply decorate a house with no money or get your feet wet as a beginning woodworker using free simple woodworking plans, there’s something for everyone. It kinda makes me want to spend the day out in the garage working on the scrap wood pile!