Wood is one of the most common materials used by us throughout the years and during all this time we learned how to take full advantage of it and how to include it in all sorts of different types of projects in various different forms. Today there’s a ton of cool ideas to choose from if you’re thinking of crafting something out of wood. Let us be your source of inspiration. Check below our top favorite wood craft ideas gathered over the years.
You could make a wood cheese board to display your delicious appetizers in style. Give it a nice dark finish so the food stands out by contrast. All you need for this project is a hardwood board, some sandpaper, a paint brush and food-safe finish in the desired nuance.
Have you ever considered crafting a wreath out of wood? That idea sounds a little bit vague so let’s talk specifics. This right here is a wood slice wreath. It’s made using round wood cuts with bark edges, glue, burlap fabric and some decorative things such as flowers and a little bird’s nest.
Wood is most commonly used to build things like furniture and frames for certain types of items. For example, you can build a chic wood planter for your stylish flower pots. This one has a matte black finish which looks great in combination with the metallic copper accents.
Isn’t this rustic cake stand just charming? Imagine having something like this for yourself. It would stand out at parties and it would also be wonderful to have around when you’re making treats on weekends. You can build your own stand using a thick wood round for the base and this slices for the top.
Look around the house and perhaps you’ll find that you already have a few wooden pieces that you love. In that case, maybe you’d like to give them a quick makeover. These metallic accented wooden bowls sure look pretty so let this project inspire you.
You can also use wood to create beautiful art. We’re not talking about sculptures because those actually require special talent and knowledge. The idea here is to put together a few wood scrap pieces to create some abstract and modern art. This piece right here resembles a mountain.
There’s also a bunch of useful things which you could make out of wood. A wooden tray could be a nice addition to your home or a cute gift for someone. To make one you need a piece of wood or plywood, two handles or knobs, a drill, a hand saw, nails and some paint or stain.
Sure, this isn’t actually a project that involved solid wood but it does have that warm and natural vibe that wood usually adds to a decor and that’s a great detail. To make this wooden strip candle votive you’re going to need cane reed, masking tape, a tea light candle, glass tumbler and a glue gun.
Does your desk need a lamp? Well then make one. It’s actually quite simple and you can use a piece of wood as a base. You’ll need a light socket kit so keep that in mind when preparing all the supplies. If you want to you can drill a little hole in the base and make a tiny planter. This would make your wooden block desk lamp look even more quirky.
Although we no longer need wall clocks since we can tell the time by looking at our phones, fridge, microwave oven, etc. we can still display these things as decorations in our homes. A modern wood wall clock with a minimalist and abstract design can look lovely up on the wall among framed pictures and other artwork pieces.
These rustic wooden pumpkins would make really cool Halloween decorations. They’re also the perfect project if you have some leftover wood from previous crafts and you want to put it to good use. Alternative, you can get some unfinished wood blocks at your local hardware store. Also get some wood spools, glue, sisal wire and burlap while you’re there and don’t forget the orange paint.
Speaking of decorations, check out this stylish wall-mounted mirror attached to an oversized frame. It looks lovely and it actually leaves a bit of room for you to add some hooks on the side if you want to store and organize some jewelry or accessories. The plain wood framed mirror look is nice as well if you prefer to keep things simple.
If you’re the type of person who liked to put a bit of extra effort into their gift-wrapping technique then we think you’re going to love this wooden gift tag idea. It’s a really nice way to personalize a gift and make it special. With a branch, a drill, a saw and some sandpaper you can make a bunch of tags which you can then personalize however you want.
A wood slat hanging frame can also be a nice little project. You could use something like this if you want to display posters or paper prints on the walls. For the frame you’re going to need a long and rectangular piece of wood, a drill, 2 popsicle sticks, a saw and some twine. If you paint it if you want to.
Another cute thing that you can display on the wall is this wooden create sign. It would look lovely in your office or studio, especially if you’re the artistic type. You can either decorate a pre-made sign or craft something from scratch. In addition to that you’re going to need paint in several different colors, letter stencils, a foam brush, glue and paint brushes.
Maybe you’re not confident enough to make your own furniture right now but you might dare to try something smaller, like this wooden x-shaped magazine holder. It’s a useful accessory that can give you a taste of how satisfying it is to craft things yourself.
In search for a new centerpiece? How about this wood candelabra? It looks stylish and it has character plus it’s a really nice DIY project which you do at a low cost. You can give the wood a natural appearance and simply applying some oil but you can also stain or paint it. It’s up to you to turn this project into something unique.
Hanging planters are awesome for several reasons, one of which is convenience as they don’t take up any space on the counter or the floor. The cons, however, include the price and the fact that there aren’t really that many designs to choose from. This leads us to our last woodcraft project: a wooden hanging planter which you can make out of a bowl, some rope and a hook. Isn’t it marvelous?
Wood slices are a pretty safe bet when it comes to wood crafts and projects because they’re just so versatile. You can do all sorts of interesting and cute things with them. Individually they can each be turned into a lovely ornament for example and you can hang them all in your Christmas tree or display them around the house, on the mantel and so on. The tutorial on firstdayofhome even shows how you can transfer photos on these ornaments to really make them special.
Wood beads are super great too and it’s never a bad idea to have some around in case you want to make cute out of them. Continuing the Christmassy ideas, there’s this nice tutorial on bybrittanygoldwyn which shows how you can use simple wooden beads and thin craft wire to make miniature wreaths and various other ornaments that you can hang in your Christmas tree. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily have to be holiday-related.
It goes without saying that if you have a wood-burning kit you should definitely put it to good use and make beautiful things with it. Even something simple like a bunch of wood coasters can become extra special if you personalize them this way. You could make something like this as a gift for someone who appreciates unique, handcrafted items. Check out all the details on amylattacreations.
This adorable hedgehog pencil holder is also something that you could potentially craft from scratch. You start with a template and you cut out the hedgehog shape out of a wooden board using a band saw. You then sand it and you drill 12 holes across the top (or how many you want), then you add the details, like the nose area which is sealed with clear varnish to stand out a bit. More details can be found on skiptomylou.
A mini plant stand is one of the easiest things you can build out of wood, which makes this a great beginner project. Building the stand doesn’t take much apart from a few pieces of wood and some glue. You can also use furniture legs for it if you want to. The fun part starts after this, when you get to paint the stand and personalize it. Check out bybrittanygoldwyn for a few ideas.
Collectibles like Lego figures can be awkward and difficult to store and to display properly. Regular shelves are typically too deep and unfit for such a task. That’s something that you can remedy by building your own custom shelves. you’ll need a few tools for this job like a miter saw and a drill plus a hanger kit and some trim. More details can be found on lovelyindeed if you need them.
A nice game of checkers is a perfect way to spend some time with family and friends around Christmas and other holidays. It can be even better with a custom game board, one that use miniature Christmas trees and reindeer instead of the regular pieces. For the actual board you can use a big wood slice. It’s all explained on lovelyindeed if you want the details.
There are a lot of different kinds of decorations and accessories that you can also do out of wood, like custom shelves, boxes or this cute miniature house from bybrittanygoldwyn. This one has a colorful back panel decorated with patterned paper which looks really nice and the rest is left simple and plain for contrast.
Log slices big and small are excellent resources for lots and lots of cool projects. Here’s one more idea that we really like: a log slice pencil spinner. This could be a nice little craft that you can do for your craft room or desk or something special that you can do for the kids if they like to draw and be creative. Check out the tutorial for this on katescreativespace.
We already mentioned earlier that you can quite easily use wood slices to make custom tree ornaments. There’s more than one way to do this and you can use a variety of different techniques. One that’s particularly interesting involves using patterned napkins and Mod Podge. You basically pull apart the layers of the napkin, take the top printed one and then place over a wood slice previously coated in Mod Podge on one side. Remove the excess napkin and seal the top with more Mod Podge. Head over to hearthandvine for a full tutorial.
These wood slice ornaments from sustainmycrafthabit are a bit similar to a project we mentioned previously which involved using a wood burning kit. The technique used here however is quite different and involves using paint with a chalky finish and a fine tip black permanent marker to decorate the ornaments.
Building a planter box is a great way to get into woodworking because it’s a pretty simple thing to do. If you’re looking for an easy and versatile design, check out this wooden planter from sustainmycrafthabit. It looks really nice as it is with a plain finish but you can easily try something different if you want it to match your home more.
Another nice little thing you can make out of a wood log slice is a coat rack. It would basically be just the wood mounted vertically onto a wall, with two or three hooks on it. You can get really creative with the hooks and use things like knobs, old keys and so on instead of the regular simple ones. Check out abbottsathome to see how this thing is built.
If you’d like to make something with a bit of a retro vibe, perhaps you could make use of some wooden lanterns. The ones featured on charlestoncrafted are pretty big but although they look like vintage lanterns they can actually be used as versatile decorations like stands for a couple of speakers for instance.
Not surprisingly, you can also use wood log slices to build custom tables. It makes perfect sense and a custom handmade table that you’ve actually built yourself would make an amazing addition to your home even if it’s not exactly perfect. Check out this simple tutorial on craftifymylove to find out the basics.