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40 DIY Wood Projects We Love

Last week was all about rope, and now we’re onto another rustic material we love: wood! It’s as basic of a material as clay and is constantly reinvented by DIYers, crafters, artists, hackers, and carpenters. To get inspired to create our own batch of cool wooden objects, we turned to our favorite fellow makers to see what creative projects they’ve come up with. Here are 40 DIY wood projects we love.

1. Wooden Bungee Organizers: First, something from the Brit + Co. archive. These organizers were made using hobby board and bungee. They’re great for organizing sunglasses, cords, and scarves, especially in small apartments and homes. (via Brit + Co.)

2. Painted Wooden Spoons: You’ve likely seen this one kicking around Pinterest, but it’s so bright and colorful we just had to include it. (via Little Bit Funky)

3. Antler Jewelry Board: If you go for a wander in just about any area that has tons of deer, you will definitely find a good amount of antlers that have been shed. Turn them into a caddy for all of your necklaces. (via Rebecca’s DIY)

4. Wooden Orbit Mirror: On the left, an $1,800 mirror from Anthropologie. On the right? Our $20 hack! (via Brit + Co.)

5. Tree Branch Table: Cut one too many logs this winter? Turn them into a beautiful table by following this manly DIY. (via ManMade DIY)

6. Wooden Ring Pendants: We love the look of these wrapped wooden rings. You could also try using leather cord or paint pens to create similar designs. (via See That There)

7. Wooden Aisle Runner: Wood you marry this man? :) (via JL Designs)

8. Reworked Wooden Bracelet: Take a chunky wooden necklace from a place like H&M or Forever 21 and rework it to suit your style. (via Between the Lines)

9. Color-Dipped Wooden Beads: The color-dipped look is always a surefire way to transform just about anything from standard to trendy by way of the color block trend. It might be cool to try doing the same thing with all sorts of different sized beads and more angular designs. (via Swallow’s Heart)

10. Mops, Brooms, Gardening Tools: Who says chores have to lack style and color? Add a bit of spunk to your household essentials with paint, glitter, and shellac to seal the deal. (via Brit + Co.)

11. Tree Stump Side Table: We love the simplicity of this stump table, created using metal legs and… a stump! (via Home Depot)

12. Pallet Dining Set: Definitely on the more involved side of our DIY spectrum, this dining set looks beautiful on a porch or terrace. (via Brit + Co.)

13. Nail String Art: A few pieces of wood, nails, and string are all you need to create this simple piece of art. Use words, shapes, or states for designs. (via Brit + Co.)

14. Wood and Lanyard: Think of this one as a summer camp craft gone much more minimal and chic.  (via Martha Stewart)

15. Cube Pendant Light: Love the idea of making mini versions of these with party lights. (via Vintage Revivals)

16. Western Wood Panel Shirt: Add a little flair to your favorite button downs by attaching painted wooden panels. Think “neon goes west.” (via Brit + Co.)

17. Embellished Wood Pencil Block: Such a great desk organizer! (via Design*Sponge)

18. The Ultimate DIY Accessory Organizer: If all your jewelry won’t fit on this huge organizer, you might have a hoarding problem… we’re guilty, too ;) (via Brit + Co.)

19. Chevron Wood Box: You had us at chevron. (via Zelo Photo Blog)

20. Driftwood Drawer Pull Necklace Holder: Another spot for organizing accessories? Don’t mind if we do! Stay tuned for our take on a DIY necklace holder in the next few weeks. (via Visibly Moved)

21. Paint-By-Number Hex Symbol Coasters: These would make for a great wedding favors! (via Design*Sponge)

22. Pallet Top Desk: You might need to hit the flea market to make this one happen. Add a pallet topper to an old vintage desk and you’ve got a great new setup. (via Thistlewood Farms)

23. Wooden Photos: Transferring photos to wood is an easy way to get that rustic vibe without sacrificing the bold hues you love. (via Apartment Therapy)

24. Twig Plant Markers: Technically these are available for purchase on Etsy, but we think it would be pretty simple to create a DIY version. (via Etsy)

25. Wood Grain Tins: Not actually made from wood, we love this kitschy way of dressing up tins and containers. (via Kirtsy)

26. Handmade Wooden Bangles: For a seriously rustic and bohemian look, use a wood burning tool to create custom designs. (via Alisa Burke)

27. Paint-Dipped Candle Holders: Such a gorgeous and minimal centerpiece for a table or mantel. These would also look great in a non-working fireplace. (via Anne Sammenmaerchen)

28. Chevron Outdoor Wall Art: The best part about wood? Since it came from the outdoors, it’s made to be outside. (via Home Depot)

29. Leather and Wood Shelf: Belts plus wood? Done. (via Design*Sponge)

30. Pallet Headboard: Create your own unique slumber decor from repurposed pallets. (via This Old House)

31. Hand Painted Pine Keychains: These gorgeous keychains combine a rustic slice of pine with rich hues and triangular shapes. (via Etsy)

32. Chalkboard Cheese Tray: Do you want cheese with that? Um, obviously! (via Brit + Co.)

33. Wood Bunting: We love this take on bunting – would make for a great gift tag or table decor. (via Hank + Hunt)

34. Rustic Pencil Holder: Armed with a few trusty drill bits, it would be easy to customize this for any pencils, writing tools, or markers you have. (via Strawberry Chic)

35. Little Wooden Houses: Little houses on the hillside, little houses made of ticky tacky… (via Minted)

36. Wood Plank Wine Rack: It doesn’t get more minimal, simple, and functional than this. (via Camille Styles)

37. Painted Wooden Bangles: You can usually find plain wooden bangles at a craft store – this tutorial shows you how to jazz ‘em up! (via Kollabora)

38. Geometric Woodgrain Wall: Such a cool take on wallpaper! (via Vintage Revivals)

39. Log Slice Clock: What time is it? It’s time to make a log slice clock! (via Design*Sponge)

40. Hanging Boxwood Pendant: Last, use wood veneer strips to create an unusual and beautiful hanging planter. (via Project Wedding) 

What cool projects have you made using wood? Seen anything you’d like us to try recreating? Send us the link!

 

About the author

Anjelika Temple

As the Creative and Editorial Director of Brit + Co., Anj brings her voracious consumption of all things creative and colorful to DIY projects, gadgetry finds, and, perhaps, one too many spiked sweets.

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