Have you ever had that neighbor who hoards things? Every time you peer over the fence to their backyard, you see another useless knick-knack taking up space, waiting to be thrown out. Don’t be that guy! Unlike other materials, wood is a simple material to make use of, even for your average Joe. So, don’t let it go to waste, and don’t be the hoarder guy next door. Get outside and make something happen! When you turn trash into art, it can be extremely rewarding and can get you interested in lots of new things.

If you’ve been keeping up with our blogs, you know that we’ve discussed this topic before: tree houses, fences, tree stump tables… we’ve covered a lot. However, what are some ideas we haven’t hit on? Let’s find out!

Tool Kit

Tool kits are great to have around the house and if you want to get started with woodworking or crafts, there’s no better place to start. They’re simple to make, useful, and when you carry it all over the yard, you’ll have something to brag about to those junk hoarding neighbors!


Here’s another simple one, and one that’s sure to please your friendly flying critters (not the pesky ones!). You’ll want to use either pine, cedar, redwood or cypress for this one and don’t forget the perch!

Picture Frame

This is one for the more artsy people, and takes little-to-no effort other than a couple cuts. This will give a nice rustic look to your pictures or paintings and can be assembled in just a few minutes using barn wood.

Cutting Board

If you have some spare hardwoods like maple, mahogany, or oak sitting around and some extra time to sand it down and add a finish, this is a great option. It can be as simple or complex as you want and would make a great gift!

Pots and Pans Holder

Here’s a good one as long as your kitchen has the right look in the first place. Drill some wood into the wall over your stove, paint it whatever color you want, and drill some holes for hooks. Now you won’t have to deal with the struggle of knocking pots and pans together every time you pull one out of the cupboard.

Sticker Board!

If you have a massive sticker collection, promising yourself you will one day find something to do with them but have yet to do so, a sticker board might be your best option. Take a piece of plywood and get sticking! If it’s small, set it on your desk to show off to friends, or hang it on the wall! Try laminating them if you want it to last longer.

Stained Wood Art

If you’re into art, or just want an easy way to make your room look super classy and modern, try this! Some wood that takes stain well are birch, cherry, mahogany, maple, oak, and poplar. There are plenty of guides out there to get you started, so what are you waiting for?!


If you have just a few pieces of leftover scrap wood, try making some coasters for the living room. If you’re feeling extra crafty, make a box to hold them all.

Name Plates

This is a cool one! If you have kids, keep them busy making their very own name plates to hang on the door outside their rooms. Just make sure you do all the cutting for them.

Car Key Holder

If you’re constantly losing your car keys, try making a key holder to put by the front door, then you’ll never have an excuse to be late to work in the morning, right?

Dog Bowl Holder

Dogs can be super sloppy sometimes, and there’s nothing worse than walking through a puddle of water on the kitchen floor. If you make a wooden box with a few simple cutouts for the food and water bowls, you’ll have a nice little safety net to prevent its leftovers from reaching the floor.

These are just a couple of the many uses for your leftover scrap wood. Remember to start out small and work your way up to more complicated projects. If you’re new to woodworking or don’t have the tools, you may not realize how big of a commitment it can be until you try for yourself, but everyone has got to start somewhere, right? Have fun and always remember, safety first!

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