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13 Creative and Easy Scrap Wood Projects

All that scrap wood leftover from other wood projects can really take up a lot of space but just tossing them away can seem a bit wasteful. We have some ideas for how to reuse and recycle your scrap wood for other woodworking projects. Let’s take a look.

13 Clever Ways to Recycle Scrap Wood

1. Wooden Coasters

Wooden Coasters

The long slabs of wood scraps you have sitting in your workshop can come in handy for a smaller DIY project. Coasters are some of the most versatile and easy to make projects for newbies out there and can be done using scrap wood, pallet wood, or any other kind of leftover pieces.

A coaster is pretty much a cutting board scaled down, so you can make them larger (if you have large enough pieces) and have a cutting board made as well.

2. Candle Holder

Candle Holder

They don’t need to be as complicated as this geometric candle holder using scrap wood, you can make just a single one out of a hollowed-out wood scrap. Depending on how large the candles you want to accommodate are, you can adjust the size and measurements you want to build accordingly.

Fun DIY wood projects made with scraps can actually add a rustic feel to your interior and take care of all the leftover pieces to create new space for your next big project.

3. Bottle Opener

Bottle Opener

For those who have extra small wood blocks or pieces that aren’t big enough to build any of the projects made above, you can make a handheld bottle opener.

Many people may have experienced not having a bottle opener or can opener handy when you need to use one, so why not make it yourself?

You can now customize your very own reusing pieces of scrap wood from previous wood projects and build new and amazing practical tools.

4. Floating Shelves

Floating Shelves

If you thought coasters were easy to make then you will love making your own floating shelf. Build your own rustic wood shelf for the wall just by using pieces of scrap wood. All it takes to make is a few simple hand tools and scraps long or big enough for your desired shelf.

Floating shelves can be placed on any wall, anywhere in the house making them great woodwork projects to take on. Declutter your house and decorate the bare walls with one or more of these shelf projects.

5. Dog Bowl Stand

Dog Bowl Stand

For those with beloved pets at home, a dog bowl stand is an excellent project to make with scraps of wood. Your dog may constantly be bending down to get at his food and that does nothing to help digestion.

This is where your dog bowl stand project that’s made of scrap wood comes in and alleviates the problem for your pooch. It’s a way to make his food easy to reach and give him an easier time during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you’re not sure how to make them, there are plans you can follow online. 

6. DIY Lap Desk

DIY Lap Desk

Similar to a bathtub caddy which is also  a simple piece you can craft out of scrap wood, a lap desk is great if you want to curl up on your couch with a good book or your laptop. You can even place drinks and snacks on it so you never have to get up!

With a few tweaks here and there, your lap desk can also make a good serving tray, bathtub caddy, or anything else that you can use to transport items on a flat surface. Using pallet or scrap board, a lap table is fun to make and we like that it’s one of the useful ideas.

7. Spice Rack

Spice Rack

What we love about this easy project is that if it’s scaled up, it can make a great wine bottle rack or organizer. A smaller one makes for a great spice rack or decorative shelf for little knick-knacks.

Regardless of size, you can even build this project to sell.

The amount of wood it requires to make one of these cute shelves should be common in your scrap woodpile.

Simple hand tools will do but if you have a power saw it will make it easy to cut the wood precisely. You can make the racks as large or as small as you wish, depending on your wall area and the way you like to put it up.

8. DIY Storage Bins

DIY Storage Bins

The easy projects made with simple scrap wood should be relatively small (unless you have lots of large slabs). Think of all the areas that can use tidying up around your home. We’re sure areas that are prone to clutter can use a storage bin or two.

You can place this piece on your kitchen counter to organize fruits and veggies that don’t need to be refrigerated or they can house cutlery or even toys. Storage bins are some of the most versatile and easy wooden DIY projects out there that are highly customizable as well. In a way, it’s one of the simple projects that’s handy to have around at home. 

9. Pencil Holder

Pencil Holders

Similar to a storage box but smaller, a pencil holder always has a place on a desk or coffee table. Using this piece will keep the writing utensils from rolling off the table. They’re some of the best scrap wood projects that can save you money.

Instead of going out to the stationery store and purchasing your own, you can create one with your next scrap wood project. You can easily personalize these items by stamping your name. Paint the project with a fun color to make it pop. You can follow online ideas but you’re free to go with what you like. 

10. Scrap Wood Wall Art

What do you do when you have a board but nothing is shaped or sized right for projects with wood? The answer is geometric/abstract wall art! You can take the miscellaneous scraps and build your very own unique artwork for your wall.

These scrap wood projects are guaranteed to be 100% unique and can even sell for some cash! The best part we like about scrap wood wall art is there are no guidelines and your imagination is the limit. Plus, you can get rid of all the scraps at once with just one project.

If you like, you can also sell these along with other woodworking projects you can DIY.

11. DIY Bookends

DIY Bookends

Put your creativity to the test by creating cute bookends with scrap wood you have on hand. Think about which animals you can create, what items you can model them after, and so on with limited shapes and sizes. Be creative and think outside the box.

They are quite easy to make and only require some glue, sandpaper, a saw (power or handheld), and any finishing touches you may want to add. Choose from a wide array of templates online to create images from your imagination. Bookends are pretty durable and made to last.

12. DIY Wooden Signs

DIY Wooden Signs

You don’t need to buy anything for these scrap wood projects if you have excess pieces from a tree. Decide where you want to place these farmhouse signs and build fun letters with smaller scrap wood or even paint them on with acrylic paint. 

You can write fun or inspirational phrases you’d like on the sign. Just make sure you stain the board with weatherproof paint and finish them off with a protective coating [1]. A DIY wooden sign is also another project where only your imagination is the limit. 

13. DIY Place Cards

DIY Place Cards

These scrap wood projects are cute “extra-mile” gifts you can go to if your kid has a birthday party. They make great party favors and great decorations for any event. If you don’t really like the bunny, you can create other images that fit the occasion.

Images of babies or storks are great for baby showers, flowers, or bow-ties are great for weddings – literally anything you can think of! What’s more, you can even have fun woodworking with your child and have them contribute ideas for interesting shapes.


Never again will you look at your scrap pile as a waste of space. It’s also a much more economical and environmental option compared to other options. You can now use every bit of the tree with nothing wasted and you get to add amazing and unique works of art to your home.

Feel free to customize, personalize, and tweak any of the projects we suggested to suit your needs and preferences. They’re durable and built to last. Who knows, maybe creating these little projects will become a successful side business!

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