15 Easy Wood Projects for Your Home

A roundup of easy but stylish wood projects for your home!  These projects are perfect for beginners and use basic woodworking tools.  

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Looking for some easy wood projects that you can finish up in a day?  Or how about an hour?  And with basic tools?  And inexpensive wood?

Well today, I’m rounding up some of my favorite wood projects that you can make for your home.  All these woodworking projects can be completed with some basic tools, which I’ll highlight below.  

Oh, and most of them require nothing more than cheap scrap wood.  

Call me plain and simple but I really like working with Pine and I think it stains beautifully.  

I hope these projects inspire you to try and make something beautiful for your home.  Trust me – the hardest part is metaphorically “picking up the hammer.”  Just get started and things will start rolling from there.  

In fact, last year around this time,  I rarely picked up a drill.  Anything that needed to be done around the house, I usually called my hubby in.  But not anymore!  In just under a year’s time, I’ve built up the confidence to complete projects and fix things around the house myself. 

Now, I keep a running list of projects that I want to make for the house.  And of course, share with you here!

So let’s get going.  

Recommended Woodworking Tools and Supplies

Easy Wood Projects

1. Simple Wood Bench 

a wood bench tutorial - easy wood projects for beginners

This wood bench will take you a few hours but once you know how to make it you open up a world of possibilities for more benches in different sizes!  Make one for your entryway or the end of a bed.  

Get the bench tutorial here.

2. Spice Drawer Risers

diy wood spice drawer organizer in a drawer with spices on it.

You can buy spice risers but I’m kind of partial to the pretty wood ones that are custom made for your drawer.  Grab some cheap pine wood and get organized!  

Get the full tutorial for spice risers here.  

3. Kids Toy Box

kids wood toy box on wheels with rope handles in a playroom - make this easy diy toy box

These toy boxes are perfect for organizing stuffed animals, blocks or any other toy that needs to be corralled in your kids rooms. It’s on caster wheels so it can be pulled around the room to make clean-up a breeze.  

Get the toy box tutorial here.  

4. easy Board and Batten Walls 

Blue Bathroom with board and batten wall

This tutorial calls for garden lattice – yes, you read that right.  Cheap lattice can transform boring walls into stylish molding.  This is not hard!  Very minimal cuts and mostly attached with construction adhesive.  

Get the full tutorial for board and batten here.  

5. Small Wood Stool

DIY Small Wood Stool in a Kitchen - full tutorial for how to make these cheap wood stools in post.

I love these stools!  My dad and I put this one together and while this is the most challenging project on this list, it’s still very doable and sturdy as heck.  There are so many uses for stools; seats, step stool, plant stand and more!  

Get the full wood stool tutorial here.  

6. Wood Pedestal

Up close view of DIY wood pedestals stacked- full tutorial in post!

Not a stool – a pedestal.  And a stylish one that doesn’t cost a fortune.  I made one for my bathroom and one for my kitchen.  Life feels a little more luxurious when things are elevated on a pedestal.  

Get the wood pedestal tutorial here.  

7. Succulent Planter Box

close up view of a diy succulent planter made out of wood with mini succulents planted in it

Someone on Instagram asked me if my succulents were still alive and they actually are – which is kind of amazing since I neglected them for a good bit.  The planter box is also still holding up and adds rustic charm to your tables.  Don’t want to worry about plant life?  This project is also perfect for faux succulents.  

Get the full tutorial for this succulent planter box here.  

8. Farmhouse Coat Rack

Entryway with a diy farmhouse coat rack. There is a wreath and shawl hanging from the coat rack.

Sometimes the easiest projects can be the most charming.  Aside from the stool, this is one of my favorite projects.  I took a cheap piece of pine and attached some old hooks. 

I love how antique this looks and it’s functional too.  Whether you want to actually hang coats on it or just use it for decor (like me!) – you will love this project.  

Get the full coat rack tutorial (plus those awesome old coat hooks source) here.  

9. Peg Rail 

shaker style peg rail with a wreath and an old picture hanging on the wall

If you are into rustic/farmhouse decor, I’m a firm believer that you can put a peg rail in any room and it will look great.  This tutorial shows you two ways to make one (including one with screw in pegs – did you know those exist!?)  

Get the full peg rail tutorial here.  

10. Wood Bookends 

15 Easy Wood Projects for Your Home - Looking for some easy wood projects that you can finish up in a day?  Or how about an hour?  And with basic tools?  And inexpensive wood?

This was one of the first wood projects I ever made and I was so proud of myself afterward. 

These bookends came together with two pieces of molding from the hardware store.  You can decorate and paint them to fit in with your decor.  

Get the DIY wood bookends tutorial plus some ideas for jazzing them up right here.    

11. Garden Trellis 

View of a cedar and pine diy trellis against planter boxes.  how to build a trellis from start to finish!  Learn how easy it is to make your own!  

Apparently I can’t stay away from garden lattice.  A simple garden trellis tutorial that will give you privacy as well as place for your climbing plants to grow.  

Get the full tutorial for this garden trellis right here!  

12. Kids Activity Table

Kids Playroom Makeover Reveal - One Room Challenge.  See the before and after of this playroom and how we transformed it into a soothing and colorful kids playroom on a budget.

These kids activity tables can cost a fortune! But I made mine out of some plywood and premade legs that you can pick up at the hardware store. This table is perfect for legos, drawing, reading and eating!

Get the kids activity table tutorial right here.

13. DIY Wood Lanterns

a set of three DIy Wood Lanterns on a front porch

You can totally make these charming, rustic wood lanterns for your porch and decor out of scrap wood! You can also make it even easier on yourself by buying the square dowels already made, then just cutting them to the dimensions you want.

Get the full tutorial for these wood lanterns right here.

14. Shaker Peg Rack with Shelf

shaker peg rail with shelf - full tutorial in post!

This shaker peg rack with a shelf is a bit of a play off the traditional peg rail. An added shelf is perfect for holding layered artwork, greenery, and more. And yes – this can be made with all scrap wood!

Get the full tutorial for the shaker peg rack with shelf right here.

15. DIY Wood Laundry Countertop

DIY Laundry Room Countertop - Step by Step.  How to install a wood countertop over your washer and dryer - for less than $50!

If you have a front loading washer and dryer, you can make a fully functional counter for holding laundry accessories and folding your clothes. This countertop was made from 1×10 boards and a piece of plywood.

Get the full tutorial for this DIY Laundry Room Countertop here.

Favorite Resources/Inspiration for Woodworking

While I learned a lot about woodworking from my dad and my husband, here are a few of my favorite resources for learning even more.  

  • Woodworking for Mere Mortals – easy to follow and so many great tips!  He has a great teaching style.  
  • Ana White Woodworking – she is amazing!  I think she has a tutorial for just about everything too.  
  • Pretty Handy Girl – You will love Brittany as much as I do.  So many amazing projects on her site and she has a great way of teaching beginners.  

I tend to make things that I want to buy.  If I see a pretty side table or stool, I try to figure out a way to make one first.  Or, I see if I can thrift it.  Sometimes that can be the cheaper option since lumber prices are a little insane right now.  

I’ll be sure to add more easy wood projects to this list as I complete them.  And trust me, I have quite the list of things I want to try out.  I encourage you to give it a go!

Thanks for visiting today, 

Xo Karen