It’s simple and quick to create something memorable from wood. Take a look at these simple wood projects for gifts and for brightening up your own home. Work on quick and easy wood projects using scrap wood and reclaimed wood. Make your own kitchenware and home decoration – it’s all easy with a little time and a lot of enthusiasm. You’ll find most of these beginner wood projects very easy to handle – and very effective.
1) Elegant Wood Knife Block
There are many ways to create a solid and sturdy knife block for the kitchen. Use a whole piece of natural wood like a log, sanded and smoothed. Or create a more industrial-style knife block using a solid piece of plank wood.
2) Picture Frames
A rustic and artisan picture frame is one of the best gifts you can craft from wood. Take a look online for various examples of how you can create a wooden picture frame from all kinds of scrap wood. Picture frames are inexpensive to make and produce great gifts.
3) Wooden Salt and Pepper Shakers
It is easy to create a pair of simple block salt and pepper shakers with just a few tools and some small pieces of wood. You can make the shakers in a tapered shape and add the essential holes at the top for the condiments. To finish, varnish the shakers or use a soft wax to produce a shiny finish.
4) Spatulas and Handles for Kitchen Tools
Create some lovely wooden kitchen utensils when you have access to a lathe. Wooden spatulas are a simple project for the kitchen and you can also create wooden handles for metal utensils such as barbeque forks and slotted spoons. They are especially unique when color blocks are added to the end. You can also add artisan carved detail for added effect if you have a little experience with wood projects.
5) Wood Dresser Tray
Make a wooden dresser tray for jewelry or other items. Simply craft a shallow box with compartments and add a nice varnish to the finish for a stylish gift or something you can use in your bedroom or kitchen. These also work well for silverware trays.
6) Wooden Christmas Tree Ornaments
Create some memorable holiday ornaments from scratch using small pieces of wood that are carved or cut into holiday shapes. You can be as artistic or as simple as you like with these ornaments. Silhouettes of faces and holiday characters are particularly effective.
7) Beautiful Serving Tray
Use some stunning pieces of wood, expertly sanded and finished to create a serving tray you will be proud to display at your next dinner party. In addition, add handles to make sure it is easy to carry and use.
8) Sweet Lidded Boxes
Make very small, very useful little boxes to contain sweets, jewelry, or other treasures. You can give these away or keep them yourself for storing things on your dressing table.
9) Wooden Butter Board Set
Create a butter board with a matching spreader for a nice gift you can easily craft in a day. It also makes a good addition to your own home for use when you have visitors.
10) Simple Napkin Holders
Create a special set of simple napkin holders to add a touch of style to the dining table. Use offcuts of wood to keep the costs really low on this simple DIY work project. Interesting wood makes the best napkin rings.
11) Wooden Coasters
Use rings of reclaimed wood to make some stunning coasters that look superb on the coffee table. Use your imagination to carve detail into the circular coasters, and you can add a smooth varnish to finish them off – one of the quickest simple wood projects to complete.