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Craft Ideas Using Scrap Wood

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Scrap wood can be used in a wide variety of crafts; let your imagination go and get creative. This is a guide about craft ideas using scrap wood.
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April 17, 2007

Here is a great way to recycle old boards into great home decor. You can paint anything any theme you want. Either stand it up or you can hang it on wall.
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Directions:

  1. Spray paint your board and let it dry.
  2. When it is dry, paint on your design using a pattern or stencil.
  3. Let dry completely, then seal.
  4. By Sandy from Bluff City, TN

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May 6, 2009

Nothing makes your home look better, than a new porch swing. My husband made mine out of scrap lumber and paint. What a nice place to relax!

By vguy from Earle, AR

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March 2, 20121 found this helpful

This is a guide about scrap wood birdhouses. Have fun and provide nesting accommodations for song birds by recycling scrap wood into birdhouses.

Rustic birdhouse.

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August 9, 20041 found this helpful

I have collected 15 boxes of lovely wood such as knotty pine or oak and will use many of them to make birdhouses and craft items like Christmas ornaments or frames. They cost nothing for me. A carpenter wants to get rid of them and what is useless for crafts will be great for fire starters in our fireplace.

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October 11, 2009

I've got a ton of scrap lumber, and I'm looking for some creative uses for it.

By decksbydave from Milton, Ontario

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October 14, 20090 found this helpful

Depending on what type or size of lumber you have, creating sets of nicely sanded building blocks for children is one of the nicest ways to use up bits and pieces of wood. My hubby had a custom furniture and cabinet shop, and together we'd cut and sand pieces of 2"x"4"'s, 2"x6" 's and 1"x4"'s

into great blocks for all our grandchildren. I sewed medium to large sized drawstring bags using bright-colored cotton fabric, and we filled the bags to brimming with natural wood building locks. I don't think anything was ever played with more than those blocks.

After our grandies grew up, we continued to make those bags of blocks and donated them to children's hospital gift shops. They went very quickly too. So obviously, many children loved the

blocks. They inspire creativity as no other toys do, and if you sand them carefully, then add a coat of wax, they are much prettier than any store-bought blocks. Be sure to include some triangular cut blocks for making rooftops, and lots of pieces that are just plain log type. You are limited by your own imagination only.

Have fun while you're making them too. All the best,

Julia in Boca Raton, FL

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October 15, 20090 found this helpful

My Husband one year at Christmas used scrap 2x4s he had at work to make the word "JOY." We put it out in the front yard and everyone complimented it. We left it natural because it fit the environment better. But you can paint it, stencil it, or even wrap it in twinkle lights.

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June 24, 20110 found this helpful

I am a senior, with few woodworking skills, but had some work done on my house and have some leftover wood scraps, tongue and groove especially, also some 2x4s and 2x6s. Any ideas for projects? I own some small hand tools ( drill, jigsaw, stapler, etc.)

Also any tips for taming sawdust would be helpful. I can only work outside, can't figure out how to saw inside.

Thank you.

By DeVonn B.

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June 27, 20110 found this helpful

Pencil holders, book ends, door stops, hot pads, remote boxes, look around and see what would make life easier and better, what is always getting misplaced and make a place for it. Have fun.

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July 7, 20110 found this helpful

I suggest doing some wood burning/pyrogrpahy to whatever wood crafts you choose to create. Without actually seeing your wood pile its hard for me to suggest a craft any different then the others posted minus hot pads, not sure what they mean by that. You could search in Google: wood crafts. Some that I found are rather wood consuming projects or really basic and even generic for me.

I love wood and hey if you still want more creative ideas, please feel free to contact me. If you can take pictures of your wood pieces & send them to me, I'd be very happy to look them over and share with you any further creative ideas. But, let me just say: wood burning is an amazing embellishment to any and all wood projects. That's what I typically play with when working with wood. I always add some type of burning free hand design to my pieces. I am serious about helping you further so please feel free to drop me a line.

sparklejunkfewz@gmail.com

Hugs, Mista

PS: Wood burning is not hard. It's actually fun and I'm not some hot shot free hand artist. No, I am more free hand with things like the picture listed, cartoons, things with mostly simple lines, plus I create more abstract stuff as well, blending things you don't often see together. I could also help with suggestions for adding to your creation, helping it "POP" more :) and just remember: "There are no mistakes", so you really cannot go wrong. Enjoy! & Have fun!

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February 29, 2012

What can you make out of small pieces of scrap wood? (not tiny pieces - just small pieces.)

By Carol from CO

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March 5, 20120 found this helpful

1. Wooden clip boards - Rockler, a wood craft supply chain, has the clips.

2. Book ends.

3. Book stands - they look sort of like a chair with slanted seat.

4. Wooden hot pats for hot dishes.

5. If you have a table saw, cut the wood very, very thin for wooden book marks.

6. Tall, small containers for kitchen utensils.

7. Hexagon boxes for cooks oils and vinegars.

8. Spice rack for frequently used cooking spices - mine looks like a miniature book case.

9. Small open faced clocks - most craft stores have the numbers, hands, etc.

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September 19, 2011

My son gave me a lot of used laminate wood planks that he thought I may want for either putting down in a small room or to make some craft project out of. They are a blond wood color. I have 147 pieces that are approximately 3 inches x 4 feet and 66 pieces that are approximately 3 inches x 20 inches. I would like to use them for some kind of craft project for my home, not as flooring, but I can't think of anything. Anyone have suggestions?

By Irene

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