10 Simple DIY Wood Projects Anyone Can Make

Build a bookcase, planters, drawer dividers and more with these easy-to-follow projects.

Jason Donnelly
Jason Donnelly

Whether reclaimed, sourced from a lumber yard, or purchased at your local home-improvement store, creative DIY wood projects present endless opportunities for adding style to your home. With a few simple tools and some fundamental woodworking skills, you can easily craft furniture and decor. Try one of these DIY wood projects to transform basic materials into stylish and functional pieces for indoors and out.

Related: 24 DIY Furniture Projects to Personalize Your Home on a Budget

DIY Ladder Shelf

How to Build a Ladder Shelf

Carson Downing
Carson Downing

Level up your storage and display space with this ladder-style shelf. The A-frame design features hinges at the top and shelves that increase in length from the top down. Paint or stain the finished shelf for added style.

Related: 18 Effortless Ways to Style Bookshelf Decor

House Number Planter

How to Build a House Number Planter

Carson Downing
Carson Downing

This DIY wood project lets you display your home's address in style. Crafted from cedar boards, the custom sign displays metal house numbers on one end and a planter box on the other. Wire mesh within the planter allows for proper drainage to keep your plants thriving.

DIY Modern Bookcase

Adam Albright
Adam Albright

Alternating angled shelves put a modern twist on a classic bookcase.

  1. Build the exterior frame of this DIY wood project from pine boards.

  2. Make nonparallel 45-degree miter cuts to the short ends of a shelf board and angle it inside the bookcase.

  3. Secure both ends to the frame with screws.

  4. Add in the additional shelves, placing one end flat against the previous shelf and cutting the other end at an angle to fit against the side.

Related: How to Use a Miter Saw

Wood Wall Planters

How to Build a Living Wall

Jason Donnelly
Jason Donnelly

Assemble an entire living wall display with this DIY wood project. Start with a wood cutting board (new or thrifted) and drill screws into the surface to support your plant. Cover the plant's roots with sphagnum moss, secure to the screws using clear fishing line, and hang. Repeart with several boards to create a living gallery wall.

Kitchen Storage Rack

Jason Donnelly
Jason Donnelly

Add a peg rack to boost storage in your kitchen with this DIY wood project. Use a square piece of Baltic birch as the back panel, and create a frame using 6-inch-wide birch boards. Mark the desired locations of the pegs on the back panel and drill corresponding holes into the wood. Insert dowels into the holes to form hanging pegs for mugs, utensils, and more.

String Light Planters

How to Build String Light Planters

Adam Albright
Adam Albright

Display string lights anywhere in your yard with these hanging posts that double as container gardens. The 4x4 lumber posts are secured inside the planters using braces and then set with concrete. Cup hooks attached to the top of each pole make it easy to string up your lights.

Related: The 10 Best Outdoor String Lights of 2023 to Illuminate Your Backyard

DIY Wood Nightstand

How to Build a Wall-Mounted Nightstand

Jason Donnelly
Jason Donnelly

Construct a simple shelving unit for a floating nightstand with this DIY wood project. Inside the square frame, an additional compartment provides a handy spot to store electronics. The plywood backing can be customized with any color.

DIY Pegboard Organizer

Edmund Barr
Edmund Barr

This DIY pegboard panel is easily customizable to suit your space and storage needs. Drill a grid pattern of holes into a plywood board, and use dowels to hang tools or support shelf boards. Paint it any color you please and let it dry before hanging.

Modern Plant Stand

How to Build a Modern Plant Stand

Carson Downing
Carson Downing

Build this modern DIY plant stand using weather-resistant medium-density overlay (MDO). The frame consists of four square panels with a circular hole cut into the top. A galvanized metal bucket rests inside to form a modern farmhouse-style planter.

DIY Drawer Dividers

How to Build Drawer Dividers

Ryan Krull
Ryan Krull

This DIY wood project makes drawer organization simple. Arrange craft boards into compartments and cut to fit the dimensions of your drawer. Secure with wood glue and let dry before placing inside the drawer.

Holiday DIY Projects

We have DIY projects for lots of celebrations. Get crafty and try one or more of these fun and easy-to-do ideas.

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