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Easy Ways to Use Up Scrap Wood

After cleaning out my garage, I found a bunch of good quality scrap wood. I upcycled a bunch of junk into these small scrap wood DIY projects.

I decided to make some home decor and small furniture out of the scrap wood instead of throwing it out. 

Free Home Decor Using Scrap Wood

All of the home decor and furniture that I have made, are my most favorite pieces in my home and the are free!

I get bored of my store bought decor, but when I build something I have different feeling about it.

I walk around from room to room in my home, and I smile when I see something that I upcycled.

Seeing something that you made instead of bought, gives you such a self satisfied feeling.

Here are a few DIY scrap wood projects that are easy to make and cost you almost nothing!

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Scroll to see easy ucpycled DIY projects to use up scrap wood!

Scrap Wood Coat Rack

I used a 1×4 inch piece of birch scrap wood to make this coat rack. Simply determine the length and cut the wood to size.

The piece of scrap wood that I had was 29 inches long, so I went with this length because it fit perfectly in the entry of my home.

Then I gave the wood a light sand with fine sand paper to smooth the surface before staining.

After the wood was completely sanded and wipe down, I stained the wood using Rust-Oleum’s Varathane stain in Kona.

I only applied one coat of Kona stain to this scrap wood shelf because I was going for a rustic look.

After the stain dried, I adhered the piece of wood to the studs on the wall using two wood screws.

I recommend adhering this to studs because a few coats can really get heavy. 

Now the piece of wood has been adhered to studs on the wall, you can begin attaching the coat hooks. 

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DIY Coat Rack Made from Scrap Wood

Upcycled Wood Shelves

I used a 1×6 inch piece of birch scrap wood to make this shelf.

First I cut the shelf to the same length of the coat rack because I planned on hanging this directly above the coat rack. 

The piece of scrap wood that I used for the coat rack was 29 inches long, so I went with this length because so it would line up directly over the coat rack.

Then I sanded and stained the wood using Rust-Oleum’s Varathane stain in Kona.

I only applied one coat of stain to this shelf to match the coat rack. 

Once the shelf was completely dried, I adhered the shelf directly over top of the coat rack.

I also made sure to adhere this shelf to a stud to make sure it could hold a good amount of weight. 

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Here is the completed shelf with coat rack

DIY Scrap Wood Projects – Snowmen

This is one of my favorite small scrap wood projects because it so easy to make and only cost a few dollars.

To make these upcycled snowmen, first cut 2x4s to length for each snowman then sanded them down.

The taller snowman is about 10 inches tall and the smaller snowman is about 7 inches tall.

After sanding the snowman I gave them a light brown stain and let the stain dry overnight.

Once the stain was dry, I went over the stain with white wash to give the snowmen a rustic look.

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How to Make White Wash

To make your own white wash, simply select a white paint and a cup then mix a little bit of water at a time.

Slowly add water into the paint until you have the right consistency.

You do not want the paint to be too watery or too thick, so aim for a milky consistency.

To apply the whitewash, use a brush or a dabber and lightly brush the whitewash onto the wood.

Then quickly wipe the whitewash off of the wood before the paint dries.

Decorating The Snowmen

Now that your snowmen are painted and dried, it is time to add a hat and scarf.

To make the hat, I cut black felt to size and wrap it around the top of the wood.

Then I upcycled an old bridesmaid dress by cutting the ribbon off of the dress for the snowmen hat.

I wore this bridesmaids dress when I was 9 months pregnant, so there was no way I was wearing this thing again.

Then I wrapped ribbon around the hat before attaching a small piece of black felt on the front of the hat.

Next I cut up an old green sweater that and turn it into a scarf for the snowman.

Once you have the material for the scarf cut to length, either tie the scarf around the wood or hot glue the scarf in place.

I found it easier to place the scarf where I wanted it to lay then I glued it in place.

After the scarf is dried, add yarn to the bottom of the scarf or cut the fabric into strips.

Making a Snowman Nose

I tired to get creative with scrap quarter round for a carrot nose, but it just looked weird.

So, I grabbed aluminum foil and rolled it up and cut it to size for a carrot nose.

Once I had the correct length for the nose, I wrapped the foil with orange felt and hot glue the felt in place

Then I hot glued the carrot nose in place, and started working on the eyes, mouth and buttons.

Adding the Snowman Eyes

I did not have enough small buttons on hand for the mouth and eyes, so I just used scrap black paint that I had in my basement.

Simply just paint on small circles for the mouth and eyes then hot glue larger buttons onto the belly of the snowman.

The snowmen stand up on their own on a flat surface, so I did not attached a stand to the bottom of the snowmen.

DIY Floating Picture Shelves

Not only are these shelves very inexpensive to make, they are very easy to put together.

As a matter of fact, we made 6 different sets of shelves to give to family and friends as gifts.

Everyone that we gave these floating shelves to loved them, so if you have scrap wood on your hands this is the perfect project.

If you need a quick, easy, and affordable gift idea, these floating picture shelves are it!

Bringing these shelves as a gift to a housewarming party, will blow your friends and family away.

They’ll notice that you put the time and effort in to make something for their new home. If you need frames, I purchased these frames as a set to go with the shelves.

Bathroom Mirror Frame

Give your bathroom an instant makeover with a DIY bathroom mirror frame made from upcycled scrap wood.

This frame is so easy to add to any size mirror. Learn how to update your bathroom mirror here!

Padded Bench

It is so easy to make and upholster custom sized padded bench for any space in your home.

This bench was built with scrap wood from other projects and easily supports 3 people, so it is rock solid!

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Bench made from scrap wood!

Farmhouse Coffee Table

Isn’t it crazy that some coffee tables can run close to a thousand dollars?

Most of them are just made of flimsy cheap particle board and aren’t even made of solid planks of wood.

I may have went a little over board on the legs for this table, but I upcycled these 4x4s from another project.

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DIY Coffee using Scrap Wood

This farmhouse coffee table will run you around just $40.

My brother followed these same instructions and made a coffee table with a matching end table.

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Here is my brother’s coffee table using our plans!

DIY Picture Frame Jewelry Organizer

This is a simple DIY scrap wood project that displays jewelry, so that it’s not only easy to find but literally looks like a work of art.

I came across this idea because my wife wanted a jewelry organizer to easily select what she wanted to wear.

After she recommended a piece of cardboard with hooks hanging from it, I came up with a better idea.

I upcycled scrap Pergo flooring and an old picture frame for this jewelry organizer

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