As a beginner wood worker I am drawn to simple wood projects. This is especially true as my scrap pile of wood grows!

I hate throwing wood away, so I find every opportunity to use it up!

Today  I am sharing with you 22 simple wood projects you can choose from to take care of that scrap pile in your shop and create handmade gifts for wedding and holidays. You can whip something up for yourself, too!

You’re welcome.


Finally some IDEAS for using my scraps!!!

22 Simple Wood Projects to use up your Scraps! 

  1. Wooden Box Centerpiece


2. Ironing Board Holder

Ironing Board Holder Free plans


3. Scrap Wood Notepad

If you're looking for memo board ideas for your home or office, you're in the right place. I've curated 23 DIY memo boards. Some are built from scratch, and others are makeovers or up-cycles. Scroll down, find your favorite and make it yourself! Each photo links to the tutorial. Enjoy!


4. DIY Book Ledges


5. Chalkboard serving tray


6. DIY Removable Drawer Divider Inserts


7. DIY Memo Board


8. Simple Mudroom Bench


9. Wall Sconce


10.Tiered Planter Box


11. DIY Table Top Jewelry Holder


12. One Board Pipe Table


13. Mail and Key Holder


14. Easy Wood Tray

DIY Wood Tray

15. DIY Rustic Lantern

16. DIY Kids Organizer


17. Chunky Garden Hose Holder

Super Cute Chunky Garden Hose Holder. All wood. Definitely going on my list to build!!

18. Minimalist Bench

Small wooden bench free plans

19. Functional Decorative Hooks

Modern Wall Hooks. Build your own for $8!

20. DIY Red Wood Plant Stand

This DIY redwood plant stand is a quick beginner building project that will give your porch some mid century modern flare. The minimalist look adds height to your plants without robbing them space needed to bloom. Adjust the middle piece to fit any size pot. Build singly or in pairs and place on either side of your front door. You can use it indoors or out. What do you think? Are your wheels turning? #sawdustsisters #modernplantstand #midcenturyplantstand #scrapwoodplanter

21. One Board Bench

If you're looking to learn how to build a dining room bench seat, you must be a mom or grandma craving for more sitting space around the table. There's nothing like having everyone gathered around the table for a good meal. So, I hear you, girl! Read on for a quick and easy DIY and replace a couple of dining room chairs with a functional bench that can potentially double your sitting space. 

22. Makeup Organizer with No Tools

DIY Makeup Organizer with dividers. Make it with a few craft boards, glue and NO POWERTOOLS!

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Janice| Sawdust Sisters

Novice woodworker and serial Popcorn eater, Janice Thomas writes detailed tutorials that motivate others to "dare to try". Originally from Puerto Rico, Janice is fluent in Spanish and dreams of owning a beach house on the island someday! Janice currently lives in Utah with her husband and children, where she works as a university professor.

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Claire

    I too have a pile of scrap wood with the intention of making stuff. You have a great collection of ideas here, I like the mail and key holder especially.

    1. Janice

      Thanks Claire! I’m glad you found some good ideas for your scraps! Have fun!

  2. Anika

    Great collection Janice! You pile of scraps is so small and neat… mine is so embarrassingly messy and huge!

    1. Janice

      Haha…Don’t be fooled. There’s more than that 🙂

  3. Kim

    So many cute ideas. I’ll take one of each! 🙂

    1. Janice

      Haha, Kimm. Coming right up!

  4. Susie

    Thanks for including my little projects. So honored! Scrap wood can be a goldmine of goodness with a little spark in the idea department. I’m already digging through my pile hoping I have enough scraps to make some of these. XOXOX Susie from The Chelsea Project

    1. Janice

      My pleasure! You have great projects, Chelsea! Have fun scrap wood diving 🙂

  5. James Rickard

    That’s relay amazing collection. I have never seen like before this kind of furniture like this. Thanks for your post.

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