Easy Scrap Wood Projects That Sell

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Did you know you can make scrap wood projects that sell? I created a snowman project, and with a little imagination and creativity, I made rotating seasonal decor that was perfect to spruce up any patio or deck. Even better, I sold this piece, so I turned my hobby into a bit of extra spending money!

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If you need a great way and a great idea to make an easy project, I have some simple scrap wood projects to share with you. We’ll start with this easy woodworking project and you can find more ideas at the bottom of the post as well as several project ideas to get you going.

You can find my original Snowman Family Project here.  I really loved this little project and at the same time, I can only keep so many projects that I make.  You can start with any scrap wood that you want.

You can find my original Snowman Family Project here. I really loved this little project and at the same time, I can only keep so many projects that I make. You can start with any scrap wood that you want.

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Where can I find free scrap wood?

  • Freecycle Network
  • Gumtree Ads
  • Craigslist
  • Home Depot & Lowes both sell discounted scrap wood and some big box stores give away wooden pallets
  • You can put “in search of” on private Facebook groups, Nextdoor.com, and others as well.

What Materials are needed for scrap wood projects?

  • Scrap wood in the shape and size of your choice. Did you know that Home Depot & Lowes will often cut your wood for you for free?
  • Paint
  • Permanent Markers
  • Accessories like rope, scarves, socks
I left the buttons on the wood, and removed the other pieces.  I placed them in a baggie so that all of my accessories would remain together.

Here are the instructions for scrap wood projects

Let’s continue with this easy project. I started with these pieces of wood.

I left the buttons on the wood and removed the other pieces. I placed them in a baggie so that all of my accessories would remain together.

I rotated the scrap wood to one side (all of the snowmen are facing to the left).  I used blue painters tape to keep the corners white.  I painted 2 of the scrap wood pieces with Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in the color sunshine and left 2 of them white.  Once I was done painting, I peeled of the painters tape.

I rotated the scrap wood to one side (all of the snowmen are facing to the left). I used blue painter’s tape to keep the corners white. I painted 2 of the scrap wood pieces with Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in the color sunshine and left 2 of them white. Once I was done painting, I peeled off the painter’s tape.

Once the paint dried, I used permanent marker to paint on bunny and chick faces.

Once the paint dried, I used permanent marker to paint on bunny and chick faces.

I rotated all of the scrap wood again so now the snowmen were facing down.  I placed painters tape on the sides to keep the edges white.  I painted the top with and bottom with Folk Art Home Decor Chalk paint and used the colors imperial, and nautical.

I rotated all of the scrap wood again so now the snowmen were facing down. I placed painter’s tape on the sides to keep the edges white. I painted the top and bottom with Folk Art Home Decor Chalk paint and used the colors imperial, and nautical.

While the back was drying, I added peel and stick Velco dots.  I cut a piece of nautical rope and hot glued it to one of the Velcro pieces.  This would allow me to keep the rope on while it was summer and fall, but remove it for winter and spring.

While the back was drying, I added the peel and stick Velcro dots. I cut a piece of nautical rope and hot glued it to one of the Velcro pieces. This would allow me to keep the rope on while it was summer and fall, but remove it for winter and spring. If you wanted to make things more permanent you could use wood glue.

On the last side I again used painters tape to keep the edges white. I painted this side with Apple Barrel Orange paint.

On the last side, I again used painter’s tape to keep the edges white. I painted this side with Apple Barrel Orange paint. once the paint was dry I used a brown permanent marker to create some lines on and give the illusion of pumpkins.

Since it was past spring, I tried to create some rabbit ears, but didn't love the way they turned out.  I told the person who bought my scrap wood project that I was planning on buying rabbit head bands for them, and she loved that idea.

Since it was past spring, I tried to create some rabbit ears, but didn’t love the way they turned out. I told the person who bought my scrap wood project that I was planning on buying rabbit head bands for them, and she loved that idea.

For the summer I created firecrackers.

For the summer I created firecrackers.

For fall, they turn into pumpkins.

For fall, they turn into pumpkins.

You can find my original Snowman Family Project here. I really loved this little project and at the same time, I can only keep so many projects that I make. You can start with any scrap wood that you want.

For winter, back to snowmen.

The best thing about this great project isn’t that it was a simple diy scrap wood project or easy design. When I listed the scrap wood project to sell, the person who bought it was thrilled that she had one item that could be left up year-round as seasonal decor. Plus think about all the space-saving because it never has to be stored!

Here is where I'm using ours - on our kitchen table. I love that it keeps our salt and pepper shakers, and napkins in there and I can pick it up to easily wipe up the table.

What is the easiest thing to make with wood?

One of the easiest things to make with wood, especially for beginners, is a simple wooden box. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make a basic wooden box:

Materials needed:

  • 2×4 or 1×4 lumber boards
  • Wood glue
  • Screws or nails
  • Measuring tape
  • Saw (hand saw or power saw)
  • Sandpaper or a sander
  • Drill or hammer

Instructions:

  1. Measure and cut the boards: Determine the desired size of your box. Measure and mark the dimensions on the lumber boards. Use a saw to cut the boards to the appropriate lengths for the sides, top, and bottom of the box. You will need four sides, a top, and a bottom.
  2. Sand the boards: Use sandpaper or a sander to smooth out any rough edges or surfaces on the boards. This will help prevent splinters and give your box a more finished appearance.
  3. Assemble the box: Apply wood glue along the edges of the bottom board. Attach two side boards to the bottom board, forming a right angle. Secure the pieces together using screws or nails. Repeat this process for the remaining two sides. Finally, attach the top board to complete the box structure.
  4. Finishing touches: Once the box is assembled, you can add optional decorative elements, such as stain, paint, or varnish to enhance its appearance. Let the finish dry according to the product instructions.
  5. Optional additions: You can customize your box further by adding hinges and a latch for a hinged lid, or by attaching handles to the sides for easy carrying.

A basic wooden box is a versatile project that can be adapted and expanded upon as you gain more woodworking skills. It’s an excellent starting point to learn the fundamentals of measuring, cutting, assembling, and finishing wood.

What are some scrap DIY wood projects that sell and cool things to make out of wood?

Many projects can be made in different sizes, have a rustic look, and become the perfect gift.

Here are some more scrap wood projects that are super easy!

Do you want to know how to make an easy DIY Scarecrow? I love fall and when decorating I love to make items that can be left up all season long. I'm sharing how to make a DIY Scarecrow out of a fence post.

Do you want to know how to make an easy DIY Scarecrow? I love fall and when decorating I love to make items that can be left up all the fall season. I’m sharing step by step guide to making your own Garden Scarecrow out of a fence post.

Find this scrap wood tutorial at Super Awesome and Easy DIY Scarecrow for Your Home

Once the sign was dry, I put it on my front porch for display.

Have you seen those tall Diy welcome signs for the front porch but been intimidated by how to make one? I created an easy and inexpensive DIY Front Porch Welcome Sign that I wanted to share with all of you!

You can find this full tutorial and video at Amazingly Easy DIY Front Porch Welcome Sign For Your Home

Are you looking to make a DIY Love Sign? This is such an easy and adjustable project that can me made for so many occasions.

Are you looking to make a DIY Love Sign? This is such an easy and adjustable project that can me made for so many occasions.

You can find this tutorial with video at: How To Make A Marquee DIY Love Sign (Step By Step)

Create Wood Candle holders with some scrap wood. You can use hand or power tools to create several types of these candle holders.

You can find these tutorials at:

What are some tools I might need for cool things to make out of wood?

  • basic woodworking tools
  • hammer
  • drill
  • nails
  • screws
  • pencils or pen
  • Ruler
  • sand block
  • paint and varnish

Where can I sell my homemade products?

Here are great places to sell your products to earn a little extra money.

  • Facebook Marketplace
  • Nextdoor.com
  • Etsy
  • Ebay
  • Craigslist
  • OfferUp
  • Letgo
  • Craft Fairs

What is the best wood for beginner woodworking?

For beginners in woodworking, it’s best to start with a wood species that is easy to work with and readily available. Here are a few wood types that are commonly recommended for beginners:

  1. Pine: Pine is a softwood that is widely available and relatively inexpensive. It’s easy to work with, as it cuts and shapes well. However, pine can be prone to dents and scratches due to its softness.
  2. Poplar: Poplar is another affordable option for beginners. It is also a relatively soft hardwood, making it easy to work with hand tools or power tools. Poplar is known for its straight grain and light color, which can be stained or painted easily.
  3. Ash: Ash is a hardwood that is more durable than pine or poplar, but still relatively easy to work with. It has good strength and a light color, making it suitable for a variety of projects. Ash can be stained or finished to bring out its natural beauty.
  4. Maple: Although maple is a bit harder than the previous options, it is still a good choice for beginners. It has a fine grain and light color, and it’s often used for furniture and cabinetry. Maple can be a bit more expensive than other beginner-friendly woods, but it’s readily available in many areas.
  5. Birch: Birch is another hardwood that is suitable for beginners. It has a light color and a straight grain, which gives it a clean and attractive appearance. Birch is relatively easy to work with, and it’s commonly used for furniture, cabinets, and trim work.

When choosing wood for your projects, it’s important to consider factors like availability, cost, and the specific requirements of your project. If possible, visit a local lumberyard or woodworking store to see the available options and seek advice from experienced woodworkers.

What can I do with 2×4 scraps?


There are numerous creative and practical projects you can undertake with 2×4 scraps. Here are a few ideas to inspire you:

  1. Small shelves: Cut the 2x4s into shorter lengths and create simple, rustic shelves. You can mount them on a wall to display small decorative items or use them in your workshop to store tools.
  2. Cutting boards: Glue several 2×4 pieces together, plane and sand them down to create a unique cutting board. Finish it with food-safe oil or wax for a functional and attractive kitchen accessory.
  3. Planters or flower boxes: Use the 2x4s to build small planters or flower boxes for your garden or balcony. You can create simple rectangular boxes or get creative with different designs and sizes.
  4. Step stools: Construct a sturdy step stool by cutting the 2x4s into appropriate lengths and assembling them. This can be handy for reaching high shelves or helping kids access sinks or countertops.
  5. Bookends: Cut the 2x4s into geometric shapes, sand them smooth, and finish them with paint or stain. These custom bookends will add a personal touch to your bookshelf and keep your books organized.
  6. Picture frames: Cut the 2x4s at 45-degree angles to create frames for photographs or artwork. Sand and finish the frames according to your preference, and you’ll have a unique way to display your cherished memories.
  7. Outdoor furniture: Build simple outdoor furniture like benches or Adirondack chairs using the 2×4 scraps. With some basic woodworking skills and a little creativity, you can create functional and durable pieces for your patio or garden.

Remember to measure and plan your projects carefully, and always use appropriate safety precautions when working with tools and machinery.

What are great wood pieces to work with?

  • discount lumber can be found at the hardware store
  • pallet wood
  • plywood
  • dowel
  • wood blanks
  • Wood planks

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28 Comments

  1. So clever and creative of you to get 4 seasons of cute decorations out of your scrap wood Chaz! I love the sweet faces of the bunnies and chicks, cute snowmen and fire crackers too! Happy to be crafting with you again. ♥

    1. You are so sweet Mary, thank you so much for your kind words.

  2. What a cool way to create a multi-purpose craft using wood scraps, Chas! You made each side adorable and I love that it’s interchangeable and perfect to use year-round!

    1. Thank you so much Gail, I love that it can be kept out all year (no storage needed)

  3. How clever Chas! I love the firecrackers for summer! Happy Memorial Day weekend! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

    1. Thank you so much Cecilia! I’m so glad you like them

  4. Very creative, Chas, as always! Love how you made the firework fuse removable.

    1. Thank you so much Liberty, wonderful crafting with you

  5. Wood is SO expensive right now so we’re holding onto all of our scraps! These are so cute. Thanks for sharing this creative way to use them Chas!

    1. Thank you so much Sara and yes I can believe it is like many other things. Good idea to hold onto your wood… and or maybe sell it 😉

  6. Getting four seasons out of a project would make this one a keeper, and the fire work one is my fav. But I do understand about needing to sell or move on some projects. There’s only so much storage space!

    1. Thanks Rachelle, and I love it for both reasons… no storage needed, and you can sell it if you just don’t have the space 🙂

  7. I love how there are so many different things you can use them for, one for each season. My favorite is the bunny. This is such a fun idea. Thanks for sharing it this month.

    1. Thanks so much Andrea, and thanks for organizing our crafting hop! I’m so glad you like the project

  8. Such a cute idea Chas! Something for every season! Fun stuff!

  9. Chas, these are so cute! I love the idea that you could use the came decorations for four different holidays. The best thing about this for me would be that these would take up one quarter of the storage space instead of having all four of them! Storage for holiday decorations is always my problem! So, have you made these and sold them? Do you sell them at craft fairs, or online?

    1. Thank you so much, Chloe, and yes you could make just one…. and leave any of them out all year round… no storage 🙂 Yes, I did sell these, and I have had good luck with Nextdoor and Facebook Marketplace.

    1. Thank you so much friend, I love that you don’t have to store them.

    1. Thank you so much Terrie, I’m thrilled you like them.

  10. What a great scrap wood project, Chas! I love that you can use them for every season. I’ve done craft shows before, and these would definitely be popular! Thanks for showing how you made them. It was fun hopping with you again, my friend!

    1. Thank you so much, Rebecca, and I love that you could sell these at craft shows… a great idea and an additional tip!

  11. These are amazing, Chas! You’re so clever and creative! I love how you can use one item for all four seasons. Pinned!

    1. Thank you so very much Lynne, I love that you don’t have to store them too!

  12. Chas, I do love that Lowes will cut your wood for you and give you scrap pieces. I have several in our garage, list waiting to be used in a project. Thanks for the reminder about using them.

    1. Thank you so much Carol and I’m glad you like the tips.

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