As avid, lifelong DIY enthusiasts, we’ve really enjoyed perfectly our crafting skills of all different kinds. Sure, we have our favourites and our specialities, but every once in a while it’s nice to try our hand at something new or something we don’t do very often. Lately, we’ve been feeling rather enthusiastic indeed about the idea of making some wood crafts. We can usually be found working with softer materials like fabric or yarn, so the idea of doing something a little more structural is quite exciting. That’s why we’ve been on the lookout lately for beginner-friendly wood based crafts!
Just in case you’re feeling just as interested as we have been, if not more, about learning how to create simple things with wood, here’s a list of 15 of the very best ideas, designs and tutorials that we came across in our search for inspiration and info.
1. DIY pallet plaques
Whether you’re able to get your hands on some reclaimed boards or whether you’re prepared to purposely weather new ones to get the style, this first project is perfect for nostalgic photo lovers! Oh My Creative outlines the steps for creating this lovely clipping wall mounted photo display in a full tutorial, complete with photos. They even give you suggestions for successfully hanging the pieces on your wall with ease.
2. DIY wooden ladder blanket organizer
Have you actually been feeling intent on building something specifically because you like the idea of learning how to create a new structure, but you’re still hoping to keep things quite simple? Well, if you’re also a person who lives in a chilly place and likes to keep cozy blankets around the house to curl up in then you just might adore this awesome wooden ladder style blanket organizer outlined in simple steps on Domestically Speaking.
3. Wooden coat rack curtain hooks
One of our very favourite kinds of crafts is the kind that is both stylish and practical. We think that’s why we loved this DIY wooden curtain hanger piece outlined step by step on Olive and Love so much! Besides giving you a beautifully rustic inspired farmhouse chic style, it also lets you replace curtain rods, which are more difficult to set up and don’t necessarily come in many pre-made design options that suit the rustic look very well.
4. Rope and wooden board floating wall shelf
Just in case we also caught your attention when we mentioned our love for working with soft materials above as well, here’s an awesome tutorial that lets you combine simple wood crafting skills with other mediums to make a very cool mixed project with a practical purpose and some style! Take a better look at the tutorial on Burkatron to see how this wood and rope floating shelf was made.
5. Wooden chalkboard welcome sign
Perhaps you’re quite interested in this idea of blending your wood crafting skills with other areas and types of DIY but you’re just not sure that working with rope is really the approach you want to take? Well, if you’re more of a painting and hand drawing type of person then we’d be willing to bet that you’ll prefer this lovely craft from 17 Apart. They show you how to make a chalkboard wood slice greeting sign for your front door or entryway.
6. Wooden drawer and mason jar floral centrepiece
Rather than working with raw pieces of wood that you’ll have to actually construct into some kind of structure or standing shape, would you prefer to upcycle something wooden that you already have? Then we think you’ll appreciate seeing how Love Grows Wild turned a long, small drawer and some mason jars into this lovely wooden box centrepiece for flowers!
7. DIY wooden crayon holder
As parents, we find that making things for our children with our own DIY skills is particularly gratifying. Beyond the joy we feel in gifting them something nice that we made ourselves, we also find that it fosters creativity in them by piquing their curiosity when we say that we made the gift ourselves! That’s why we thought this simple wooden crayon DIY holder created by Jamie Costiglio was such a good idea.
8. Mid-century style wood slice and hairpin leg side table
Have we actually caught your attention the best so far with the idea of making something from a wood slice? Well, especially if you like slightly vintage or mod-looking mid-century styles then we’re pretty sure this tutorial from Tattered Style will be right up your alley! They show you how to make a hairpin leg side table from a larger stained wood slice.
9. Handmade mid-century wooden plant stand
Just in case we’ve got you feeling pretty intrigued by the idea of making a wooden piece with a mid-century flare to it but you’re just not sure you need another side table, here’s an awesome alternative for the plant lovers. Check out the tutorial on Hunker to learn more about how this handmade wooden planter stand was made in a frame style typical of mid-century interior decor.
10. Giant rustic wall clock reclaimed from a wooden cable spool
Are you actually still scrolling through our list and thinking about how much you liked the idea of doing some wood upcyling, but you’re also in the mood for making a bit of a statement piece? Well, if a clock sounds like something you could use and you can get your hands on the kind of jumbo wooden spool that cables are stored on, then you just might be in business for creating this rustic wooden jumbo clock outlined in clear detail on The DIY Mommy.
11. Wooden over-the-stove spice, oil, and vinegar shelf
Are you still feeling enamoured with the idea of making something that’s both rustically wooden in style but also practical, but you’re also the kind of person who can usually be making things in the kitchen rather than making decorative wall art? Then you might get some use out of this awesome wooden oil and vinegar shelf from Over the Big Moon that goes over the top of your stove in order to keep those cooking supplies nice and accessible!
12. DIY upholstered X-frame wooden bench
Maybe you’ve got a little more experience with woodworking than we’ve described here and you’ve been hoping to actually construct a piece of furniture rather than just something small and decorative? In that case, you just might be the perfect person to give something like this upholstered X-frame wooden bench a try. Get the full details for creating your own on Anika’s DIY Life!
13. Rustic stained wood headboard
If you’re still interested in making a larger furniture piece of some kind rather than, say, small wall decor but you also don’t need a bench right now, here’s a great alternative for those looking to add rustic charm to their bedrooms! This fully equipped tutorial from Andrea’s Notebook guides you step by surprisingly simple step through the process of adding some rustic wooden charm to their bedroom with this handmade headboard.
14. DIY wood stars
As tempting as the larger furniture pieces are, do you still think that smaller wall decor and simpler, more beginner-friendly wooden crafts are the way to go for you? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest checking out how Rogue Engineer created these hanging wooden stars by hand! These do require several legitimate woodworking skills, but they’re also very simple to complete and display.
15. Photo transfer wood slice plaques
Are you actually finding yourself torn somewhere between wanting to make a wood slice craft like the ones you’ve seen so far and loving the idea of incorporating a photo element, since you’re a very nostalgic person indeed? In that case, we think you’ll get a real kick out of this photo transfer project outlined in nice, clear detail on Country Living!
Have you made other kinds of fantastic wood projects before that you were very happy with indeed but that you don’t see anything quite similar to on our list? Tell us all about what you created or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!