DIY Projects Made From Scrap Wood

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso

We know that minimalism and decluttering is more popular now than ever, but when it comes to spare lumber, this is something to hold onto! Scrap wood projects are great practice for beginner woodworkers because they don’t use much material and are free (or awfully cheap), so there’s not much to lose if you slip up on a step! They also make fun weekend activities for those who’ve gotten their hands dirty with sawdust before. Get inspired by the projects below born of nothing but leftover building material and imagination.

Image: House Becoming Home

Hexagon Planter

The House of Wood cites having a ton of  2 x 4 scrap wood left over from a previous project, so she built this gorgeous piece and added it to her DIY planter collection.

Headphone Stand

DIY a sleek stand for your headphones with this tutorial from Mr. Build-It and Mrs. Style-It.

Raised Pet Feeder

This modern pet dish stand was made from a scrap piece of oak. Get the steps from By Brittany Goldwyn.

Makeup Brush Holder

Organize daily makeup brushes on this minimal display for quick access when starting the day. Find the plans shared by Jennifer of Brave New Home on DIY Candy.

Book Rest

Using three small pieces of wood, 100 Things 2 Do crafted this genius book stand that ensures you won’t lose track of where you left off.

Plant Stand

We love a DIY that gets more plants into a space. Anika’s DIY Life shares her project on Pretty Handy Girl.

Coaster Set

DIY Huntress is a self-described “scrap wood hoarder” and this handsome set of coasters is just one of many projects she’s made with her lumber surplus.

Spice Rack

Make this wood spice rack using the easy tutorial from Anika’s DIY Life. Anika shares that she later turned this piece into paint storage for crafting.


Hot plates are dining essentials and unlike most store-bought surface protectors, these DIY trivets by 3×3 Custom will look stunning on a tabletop.


What time is it? Time for woodwork. Head to House Becoming Home for instructions on making this minimalist clock.

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso
Dani is House One’s assistant editor. As a Norwalk, CT native, Dani graduated from UConn with a BA in Digital Media and Design. This millennial longs for the days of All That, Tamagotchis, and Dunkaroos. When she’s not working, she’s hanging outdoors, playing with her dogs, or watching makeup tutorials on YouTube.

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