Wood crafts

Make a server or table board
When making the chalkboard server or table board for easy DIY I had a piece of pine left over. I stumbled upon another idea for a table board using a piece of pine and some gel stain to add constrasting colours to the pine. It's really simple to make either a chalkboard server or a stained table board, in fact you can buy one piece of laminated pine and make both!
Easy DIY storage boxes
Make these storage boxes using PAR pine available at your local Builders Warehouse. Paint them with Plascon in pastel shades, or go bold with a can or two of Rust-Oleum 2X in your choice of colour. These storage boxes can be stacked on top of each other against a wall, or mounted onto the wall. You can build as many boxes as you like, in different sizes, to make a wonderful storage display.
Food colouring = Wood stain
Some of the wood stain colours that you find on the shelf these days are boring and old fashioned. Any easy way to make your own colourful wood stain is to use food colouring. In this article you will find out how easy it is to stain wood in any colour you want - easy and affordably. Grab some PAR pine blocks to practice on and start mixing up rainbow shades of wood stains.
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Rustic pine or reclaimed wood egg holder

We have been making this rustic pine egg holder at some of our DIY Divas Beginner Workshops and I thought that it was time to share! It's a nice and easy project to make for your own kitchen, or to give to someone as a gift. If you prefer a more modern style, leave out the ageing and paint with Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint.

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Coffee table using reclaimed or made crates

For this easy crate coffee table you can use reclaimed crates, make your own crates using reclaimed wood, or use PAR pine (available at your local Builders Warehouse) to make your own crates. You can even add castor wheels onto the base of your crate coffee table to make it mobile.

How to... strip excess wax from furniture
Holidays are a chance to sit back and relax, entertain friends and family, and also a way to catch up on all those projects you wanted to complete during the year but just never seemed to find the time. In this project we explain the best way to remove excess wax from vintage furniture before you restore or paint.
Crates for book storage
We have featured quite a few articles that focus on using wine crates or your own made crates for storage. This project shows how to use modified crates as book storage shelves for a child's bedroom.
Storage crates for children's bedrooms
We have previously featured a project that shows how to make your own wine crates, and you can make a few minor modifications to the design to create the adorable storage crates for a nursery or children's bedroom.
Repairing a chewed table lamp base
If you refer to a previous article on fast fixes for wood, I talk about repairing furniture that has been chewed by dogs - or scratched by cats. This is a frequent question that pops up, and chewed wood can be repaired.

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One-of-a-kind coffee tables for reclaimed timber
These coffee tables can be considered as one-of-a-kind, as no two pieces of timber look exactly the same. All the coffee table designs below are made using salvaged or reclaimed timber.
Rustic cupcake or cake stand
I saw a rustic cupcake stand on etsy and realised how easy it would be to make one. A few scraps of PAR pine and you can make a 3-tier rustic cupcake or cake stand for a special occasion or a DIY wedding celebration.
Refinish or restore damaged furniture
More often than not the secondhand furniture you come across will need a bit of work. Over the years, furniture gets scratched, has water rings, layers of polish or other minor defects that can easily be put right if you are prepared to put in the time and effort to refinish or restore secondhand furniture.
Reclaimed timber for contemporary design
Relaimed timber and wood has become one of the most easily recycled and eco friendly materials on the planet. Reclaimed timber can be repurposed into fencing and furniture, and timber pallets provide the perfect opportunity for even those unskilled at DIY to give it a try. But Sascha Akkermann takes it one step further... creating contemporary furniture using timber pallets.
Make a simple wood chopping board
Put your basic DIY skills to use by making this wood cutting board or cheese board. If you can get your hands on a nice piece of hardwood, this cutting board will last a lifetime. Teak is the best hardwood to use for a cutting board as the wood contains tectoquinones - components of natural oily resins that repel moisture, fungi, warping, rot and microbes.

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Reclaimed railways sleepers for a coffee table
I was lucky enough to uncover a whole pile of Rhodesian Teak railways sleepers that someone had been using for garden steps and was throwing away. Throwing away - who throws away Rhodesian Teak...! Having now seen this project I so wish I had put them aside to make this coffee table.
Furniture ideas using reclaimed timber or wood
It's not only timber pallets that come in handy as a source of reclaimed timber. You can also find packing crates, wine crates, old flooring, timber fencing and other sources of reclaimed timber that are an excellent source of wood for DIY projects. Here are a few stunning projects using reclaimed timber...
How to make a large clock
I just love these large clocks. They make an instant feature on any wall and especially when combined with Shabby Chic or cottage decor. I made a large clock in the Feb 12 issue of Home-Dzine Online, but this one by has much nicer numbers and clock hands.
Uses for pruned branches
I love these coat racks or hangers with wood slices. They look rustic and contemporary at the same time. Unfortunately I used up all my supply of branches for other projects, so will have to wait for winter before I can chop off some more. Here's how to make your own coat rack with wood slices...
DIY festive candle holders
I love making these candle holders at our DIY Divas workshops. All you need is a length of PAR pine or meranti and a spade bit to create a wonderful display that looks amazing on a mantelpiece during the festive season, or as a table centrepiece. The display tapers from the sides to the centre.
DIY beer caddy
Here's a gift you can make for the 'Man who has everything!' Make a DIY beer caddy and then fill it up with his favourite beer! The beer caddy features a vintage bottle opening on one side and you might be lucky to find one of these at your local secondhand or antique shops, or leave it off.

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Designer art on wood
Some scrap pieces of wood, a stencil, and acrylic paint in plain and metallic colours are all that you need to create this stunning wall art.
Techniques for finishing wood
There are so many finishing techniques that you can use for wood, whether you are starting a project with new wood, or giving old wood furniture a revamp. Techniques for finishing wood can range from a high-gloss painted finish to a finish that is more rustic or natural.
Toybox on wheels
You can use any box to make a portable toybox. All you need are four castor wheels and some Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint and you have a portable toybox that can go anywhere! Designed by Erin Loechner at Design for Minikind.
Make these cute wooden owls
These wooden owls would look gorgeous on top of a bookshelf, or on display in a child's bedroom or nursery. You can so easily decorate the wooden owls with any fabric or wrapping paper to coordinate and match existing decor.
Craft Challenge: Pallet garden chair
Just to show you how easy it is to make basic garden furniture using a timber pallet, here is how Paola made her chairs for entry into our Craft Challenge.
Make a chunky floating shelf
For the series earlier this year I made a chunky floating shelf using PAR pine and laminated pine shelving that I bought from Builders Warehouse.
Crafty idea for using timber and board off cuts
With so many projects under the belt, it's not difficult to accumulate quite a stockpile of timber and board offcuts. Rather than throw these away, use them for creative home decor. Here are some inspiring home decor projects that use timber and board offcuts

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Cake stand for special occasions or weddings
A cake stand comes in very useful for putting cupcakes and desserts on display, especially for special events such as parties and weddings.
Make a burl bowl
If you live close to a timber or wood merchant, you may be lucky to be able to pick up a burl for this project. Burls are abnormal growths on trees, usually eucalypts, that develop when they experience environmental stress such as fungal or insect attack. They're sought after by woodworkers for the tangled-grain pattern and hardwood durability.
How to make a steamer trunk
I have always wanted to try this as a project and finally found the time to do it. In this project I will show you how to make the steamer trunk and will follow on in the near future as to adding decoration to reproduce a vintage steamer trunk yourself.
Repurpose an old stepladder
Recycling an old stepladder is a great storage idea for a bathroom towel hanging rack, or for having a few decor accessories on display, or even a decorative shelf for your lounge or bedroom. Now all you have to do is find an old stepladder!
Make and woodburn a tray
I'm always looking for ways to use my tools and decided to give wood burning a try. In this project you will make and decorate a coffee tray with a woodburnt design using a Dremel Versatip - soldering iron.
Make a decorative wood shelf
Love this project. The nice thing about this shelf is that you can easily hang in a rental home. Just use a couple of picture hanging nails to mount onto the wall. When you move out, fill in the holes with a bit of Polyfilla!
Make a tufted upholstered ottoman
An upholstered ottoman is wonderful to have in a lounge or living area. They not only provide additional seating when required, but can also serve as an extra table if needed (with the addition of a glass top). These cubed ottomans are given a tufted and upholstered top.
Repair and restore secondhand bargain
I love browsing through second hand shops. It's a fun way to find furniture and decor accessories that you wouldn't find in your local shopping mall. Buying second hand furniture is also the perfect way to find affordable bargains for decorating a home, whether indoors or outdoors.
Christmas tree stand
While you may not be putting up a 'real' Christimas tree this year, there's no reason why it can't at least be partly real.
Easy picture frames
These photo frames are cheap and don't require mats. The pictures were printed off and glue sticked them onto chipboard. I don't have to worry about ruining a nice photo without any glass.
So many ways to recycle wood
Take a look around your neighbourhood to see who is having trees trimmed or felled and you'll be able to grab a tree stump or two, or some larger branches, to add unique wood decor accessories to your home.
Wood candle holders
Since pruning some of the larger shrubs and cutting off overhanging trees limbs in the garden, I've found lots of interesting ways to use the wood.
Make wood buttons
When pruning bushes and trees, look for nice branches that you can turn into your own wood buttons.
Make soap moulds
Homemade soap is good clean fun and more popular than ever. Start by building these super-simple soap moulds!
Adorable animal coat hangers
Use scrap pieces of supawood and paint to craft these adorable coat hangers for a children's bedroom. We've made a selection of animal designs for you to copy.
Recycle old pallets
If you ever come across the opportunity to pick up a few pallets take a look at some of the ideas I have come across for recycling old pallets into furniture and other practical and decorative pieces.
Driftwood candle holder
I might not live by the coast, in fact Joburg couldn't be further away, but I still love the beauty of driftwood crafted into unique decor for a home. It's soft and rustic and oh so unique.

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DIY lamp base
I was shopping for fabric the other day and stumbled upon some carved furniture legs in different shapes and sizes. Perfect for lamp bases!
Tealight candleholders
Create wonderful candle holders with some pine offcuts, Woodoc gel stain and tealight candles as home decor or gifts for family and friends.
Fun home decor
Get crafty with wood, paper and paper - and your power tools - to create fun decor accessories for any occasion.
DIY topiary shelf
Corbels or decorative brackets are perfect for making a pair of vintage topiary shelves.
Make wall clocks
Get creative and start making your own wall clocks.
 
Easy spray art
You don't need to spend a fortune or hunt high and low to find artwork that you like. In this project we show you just how easy it is to create your own unique art.
Revamp an old table
Self-adhesive vinyl is a fun way to add detail to a plain coffee or side table. And when you want a change you can simply peel it off and stick on another design.
DIY shabby chic headboard
Can’t find the perfect headboard or don’t want to spend the cash? Follow these steps and design a shabby chic headboard for a more casual look.
Jewellery organiser
We chicks are always looking for new ways to get our jewellery organised and I really like the idea of hanging my necklaces up so that they don't get tangled. Here's a jewellery organised that you can make.
DIY cheval mirror
If you don't have a full-length mirror in your bedroom, here's an opportunity to make one in a day using a ready-made drawer unit - available at your local Builder's Warehouse.

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DIY wall hangers
Here's a new funky and fun way to hang stuff ... J-hooks are so easy to make.
Cellphone docking block
Knock a couple of chips off the old block and create your own unique docking pad for your cellphone or ipod. Great gift idea for Father's Day, a Christmas gift or your dad's birthday - get crafting!
Bed of roses headboard
Add a fresh design to a plain headboard. Cut out a decorative headboard and finish off with a decorative painted design.
DIY knife block
The project itself is extremely simple and all you need is 4 pine sides and a base for the block, plus plenty of wooden skewers.
Make your own canvas frames
Whether you want to create and paint your own works of art, or hang fabric as decorative works, here's how to create your own canvas frames.
Handy craft station
This DIY craft station will have your hobbies organised in no time.
How to make a Shoji screen
Download the PDF to make a shoji screen for your home
DIY scrollsaw chandelier
If you're still wondering what to make with a scrollsaw, we're going to show you how to make a simple chandelier.
 

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