5 DIY Wood Crafts

diy wood craftsCrafting is a fun and expressive way to release your creativity. One of the best parts about crafting is the ability to use so many different types of material, such as wood. DIY wood crafts run the gamut from using reclaimed lumber to twigs and logs. The best part is that you don’t always have to have any wood working skills to get your feet wet in this medium; many wood crafts can be done by crafters of every level.

Working with Wood

Just as there are numerous types of wood crafts, there are also numerous ways to work with wood. It’s possible to make several DIY wood crafts using repurposed or reclaimed wood that only needs to be sanded and painted. There are also several types of crafts that require a deeper knowledge and skill set for wood working. These five DIY wood crafts are for inexperienced and amateur wood crafters. If you feel up to tackling a bigger project, consider taking a wood working course first to get the experience you’ll need.

5 DIY Wood Crafts

These five crafts are relatively easy to make and make great use of wood you may have lying around the house, or objects that you can easily find at yard sales, junk shops, or antique shops. Because they are so inexpensive to put together, you may find yourself learning to market these crafts for sale once you’ve made a few.

1. Hanging Photo Displays

Make your pictures pop by mounting them directly onto blocks of wood and hanging them by a ribbon from your wall. Most home improvement centers will cut wood blocks to size for you if you don’t have a circular saw to work with at home.

Materials

  • Photograph
  • Wood block 2-inches thick that is the same width and height of your photograph
  • Sanding block
  • Modge Podge
  • Foam paintbrush
  • 2-inch wide ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Finishing nails
  • Hammer

Instructions

  1. Sand down the surface of your wood block until smooth. Take care to get the top edges all the way around so that no splinters or rough surfaces can be felt.
  2. Coat the entire front surface of the wood block with Modge Podge using a foam paintbrush.
  3. Carefully position your photograph on top of the block and smooth it into place with your hand.
  4. Apply a coat of Modge Podge to the surface of the photograph, paying close attention to the edges of the photo where it meets the board.
  5. Let the Modge Podge dry completely.
  6. Cut a length of ribbon to about 2-feet in length.
  7. Flip over your wood block so the picture faces down.
  8. Double up the ribbon so you are holding the ends together and find the center where it loops.
  9. Place the center of the ribbon in the top center of the wood block.
  10. Drive a nail into the block 1-inch off center on each side of the ribbon to hold it in place.
  11. Tie the loose ends of the ribbon into a bow.
  12. Hang the block on the wall by the bow.

2. Wooden Ruler Growth Chart

Document your kids’ growth on a wooden chart built to resemble a ruler. When mounted on the wall vertically, it becomes a fun part of the room’s décor, while also giving you a permanent chart you can take with you if you ever move.

Materials

  • Birch plywood board 12- by 68-inches long
  • Sanding block
  • Sharpie
  • Measuring tape
  • Straight edge
  • 4- or 5-inch tall number stencils
  • Wood stain
  • Paintbrush

Instructions

  1. Sand down the surface of the board, as well as all four edges until smooth.
  2. Using the measuring tape and a sharpie, mark out 6-feet on the board carefully writing each number every 12-inches until the top of the board.
  3. Mark off each inch on the board using a straight edge and sharpie on the left hand side.
  4. Decorate the board by staining large numerals onto the other side of the board using the stencils.
  5. Hang the board up by screwing it right into the studs on the wall.

3. Window Frame Picture Frame

Create a really unique and fun way to display your photographs by using an old window. Old windows – the type that have wood dividers between the panes – can often be found at antique stores, junk shops, and Craig’s List. They also make really great picture frames when dressed up properly.

Materials

  • Window frame with glass panes intact
  • Spray paint
  • Sandpaper
  • Razor blade
  • Scrapbook paper
  • X-Acto knife
  • Straight edge
  • Photographs
  • Tape
  • Picture hook backs
  • Hammer

Instructions

  1. Spray paint the window frame in your desired color.
  2. Let the paint dry, then lightly sand the surface to distress it slightly.
  3. Wipe off any paint from the glass with a wet towel; if any paint is stuck, use the razor blade to remove it.
  4. Trim your scrapbook paper to fit inside each of the separate panes.
  5. Place a photograph in the center of each sheet of paper and cut out an opening in the paper with an X-Acto knife.
  6. Tape the pictures into the scrapbook mats and mount them inside each pane of glass.
  7. Flip your frame upside down and hammer a few picture frame holders onto the top so you can hang your new art on the wall.

4. Shutter Table

If you love Shabby Chic décor, consider making this end table out of shutters. Old shutters can be found at many junk yards, antique shops, and yard sales. Make sure you either purchase four that are the same height, or that you have the necessary equipment to cut them down to the same height if necessary.

Materials

  • Four shutters of the same height
  • Two pieces of birch plywood
  • 8 pieces of wood molding cut to the same width as the shutters.
  • Finishing nails
  • Wood screws
  • Drill
  • Spray paint
  • Sanding block

Instructions

  1. Stand your shutters up so that they form a square with their corners touching one another.
  2. Set a piece of birch plywood that has been cut to the dimensions of the square the shutters form on top.
  3. Hold the wood steady as you drive two wood screws per side through the plywood and into the top edge of each shutter.
  4. Flip the shutters over so the plywood is on the bottom and repeat with a second piece.
  5. Line up a small piece of wood molding along the edge of the plywood and nail it into place. Repeat for the other three sides, then do the bottom of the table to match.
  6. Spray paint the plywood and shutters to match, and sand down the paint slightly to distress.

5. Wooden Sign

You’ve probably seen plenty of different wood signs that have a painted motto, verse, or saying on them. They can be simple or elaborate and are typically pretty expensive. You can make your own using any type of reclaimed wood, such as a section of fencing, an old board, table top, door, or even a sheet of plywood. The key is to stencil on the letters so they look uniform, and to mix it up with different letter styles among the various words. In fact, if you’ve ever taken a typography course, you may want to design your own stencils on stiff plastic to get your own font. You can also use different colors to help drive your message home.

Materials

  • Reclaimed wood board or section
  • Stencils
  • Masking tape
  • Acrylic paint
  • Round paintbrush
  • Sanding block

Instructions

  1. Sand down any areas of the board that may have splintered or are rough. The surface of the board needs to be fairly smooth to support the paint. Remove any dried or flaking paint or stain as well.
  2. Loosely lay out your stencils to help determine where you want the letters to be. Mark their position in pencil on the wood when you get the placement correct. Remember that you will probably stencil one letter at a time, then remove the stencil before placing the next so the letters can be varying heights or distances from one another.
  3. Tape the first stencil into place to keep it from shifting as you work.
  4. Scoop up some paint on your brush and tap off any excess on the tray.
  5. Tap the paint straight up and down on the stencil. Do not stroke, as this will force the paint out under the stencil edges. Tapping will give you nice, crisp lines.
  6. Let the paint dry a little bit before untaping the stencil and placing the next stencil.
  7. Continue working slowly until you finish the letters.
  8. Let the paint dry, then sand the letters randomly on the edges to distress them and help them blend in with the wood.

Get Creative

Once you start working with wood, you’ll find numerous possibilities for more crafts and hobbies. Before you know it, you may find yourself wanting to learn how to make Shabby Chic French furniture, or how to build shelves somewhere in your home. These DIY wood crafts are a great way for you to begin to get the feel of how wood responds to various techniques, and help you see the possibilities that are out there. Try some DIY wood crafts for yourself and get started on a new type of creativity.