When it comes to making things out of wood, we’ll admit that we’re pretty novice. That doesn’t mean, however, that we don’t often browse the Internet for ideas and tutorials that are at our skill level, and sometimes even some that are above so we can bookmark them and treat them like goals to reach. We usually reserve wooden projects for spring and summer because we enjoy working on the outside (and, honestly, most of the things we choose to make are actually outdoor pieces) so right about now is around the time we start getting the itch to reach for our tools! That’s why we’ve been combing the online sphere for new things we haven’t tried yet, and even a few things to give us a new challenge.
Just in case you’re feeling as emphatic about outdoor woodworking projects this spring as we are, here are 15 of the coolest ideas we’ve come across so far!
1. Simple $16 wooden bench
Are you intent on trying a new woodworking project because you think some natural wood seating would really suit the look in your backyard, but you’re kind of tight for cash right now? Well, working on a budget doesn’t have to restrict your crafting goals if you’re thrifty about it. That’s why we loved this tutorial from The Project Lady so much! They show you step by step how to make a simple wooden bench for only $16.
2. DIY pallet wood kids’ teepee
Are you looking for something simple but impressive, but also hoping to make it something that your kids can enjoy too? Perhaps they won’t actually help you make it, but creating something with your own two hands that you know they’ll get to play with and enjoy later is always rewarding. That’s why we thought this wooden teepee kids’ house was such a good idea! 1001 Pallets shows you how to make it out of upcycled wooden pallets.
3. Seesaw from jumbo wooden spool
Are you quite intrigued by the idea of of creating outdoor wooden pieces for your kids but you’re also very into the concept of making them from previously existing wooden things that have been repurposed? Well, who says you can’t do both? Home Talk sure thinks you can! That’s why they’ve got this awesome tutorial outlining the process of transforming an old jumbo wooden spool into a cute, kid-sized seesaw.
4. Wooden slat welcome mat
Did you quite enjoy the way the teepee idea we showed you slatted wood together horizontally for a neat, clean effect, but you’ve also always enjoyed incorporating painting into your wooden projects in some way? In that case, we think perhaps this wooden welcome mat project featured on Bob Vila has everything you’re looking for! We love their “Hello” speech bubble design, but you could theoretically paint or stencil any greeting you please.