Shou Sugi Ban is the traditional Japanese method of preserving wood by charring the surface to create a waterproof finish through carbonisation.
If you're wanting to add detail to architraves or plinths, wood carving allows you to create your own unique designs.
This Chinese Checkers board game is an easy project to make and will provide hours of fun for adults and kids.
Use pine offcuts to make a desk organiser that you can keep for yourself, or give as a Valentine's day gift.
Recycling glass food jars is a great way to repurpose, but not all jars have nice tops. In this article you'll find out how to make your own wooden lids for when recycling glass jars and containers, or anything else that needs an attractive lid.
Next time you do pruning in the garden, put aside some branches to make these wood slice coasters.
While winter is still a ways down the road, here are some wood slice ideas to keep in mind if you plan on having trees felled or trimmed.
After the holidays and time spend travelling, or at home, you will realise the value of these fun games for a family. Make your own games to play when travelling, or when spending time at home.
If you love working with wood and want to start a new hobby, wood carving is definitely something to consider. With a basic set of wood carving tools you can carve beautiful items
Reclaimed wood pallets provide an inexpensive DIY option for festive decor. Make wood pallet Christmas trees or Christmas card displays.
This wood and string lamp is fun to make, and you can arrange the string into so many different variations for a lamp that is truly unique.
Use trimmed branches to make this unique, framed wood art for a feature wall.
This beautiful, vintage cutting board can be made from reclaimed wood, hardwood offcuts, or pine from your local Builders.
Some scraps of pine and an hour to space are all you need to make this decorative spice rack for your kitchen.
We braved the chill and had a braai this weekend. While carting herbs and spices around I realised I could make a holder using reclaimed pallet scraps. You can use this reclaimed wood holder for herbs and spices, for serviettes, or anything else you can think of.
Dovetail joints are rarely used these days, except by master craftsmen and those that still love traditional joinery, but here's an easy project to practice dovetail joints.
One of my neighbours had their garage door replaced. The workmen were tossing out the old door, which was made of Meranti. I couldn't see all the wood going to waste, so I asked for some of the panels to use for projects.
Wood is so easy to work with and you can use offcuts or buy pine at your local Builders to make your own wooden wall decor.
Keep your desk tidy with this mini desk organiser made using pine blocks that you may already have left over from a previous project.
I came across quite a few tutorials for this giant jenga game that is so easy to make using pine and then all you need are some friends to let the fun begin!
I came across this project on BHG and it's a great way to put offcuts to good use. I often have leftover pieces of 69 x 69mm PAR pine and you don't need much to make these pine block coasters.
After posting this armchair tray for drinks, books or magazines or facebook, readers requested that I post a step-by-step for this quick and easy project, so here it is...
This wooden ring box is an easy project to make and you can keep for yourself or give as a gift. It's a great gift idea for a birthday or as a Mother's Day gift.
This desk was a secondhand find that was given a Rust-Oleum makeover for a boy's bedroom. The desk cost R600 from a secondhand shop and I used two cans of Rust-Oleum 2X satin canyon black to spray paint
Use a large branch or small tree stump and your Bosch drill / driver to make this 10-minute pencil holder that is perfect for keeping a study desk neat and organised.
I stumbled upon an idea for a table board using a piece of pine and some gel stain to add contrasting 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!
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.
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. Grab some PAR pine blocks to practice on and start mixing up rainbow shades of wood stains.
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.
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.
Holidays are a chance to sit back and relax, and also a way to catch up on all those projects you wanted to complete but just never seemed to find the time. In this project we explain the best way to remove excess wax from furniture before you restore or paint.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reclaimed 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.
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.
I was lucky enough to uncover a whole pile of Rhodesian Teak railways sleepers that someone had been 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.
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.
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 previously made a large clock, but this one by has much nicer numbers and clock hands.
I love these coat racks or hangers with wood slices. They look rustic and contemporary at the same time. Here's how to make your own coat rack with wood slices...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
A cake stand comes in very useful for putting cupcakes and desserts on display, especially for special events such as parties and weddings.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
I love browsing through second hand shops. Buying second hand furniture is also the perfect way to find affordable bargains for decorating a home, whether indoors or outdoors.
While you may not be putting up a 'real' Christmas tree this year, there's no reason why it can't at least be partly real.
These photo frames are cheap and don't require mats. The pictures were printed off and glued onto chipboard. I don't have to worry about ruining a nice photo without any glass.
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.
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.
When pruning bushes and trees, look for nice branches that you can turn into your own wood buttons.
Homemade soap is good clean fun and more popular than ever. Start by building these super-simple soap moulds!
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.
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.
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.
I was shopping for fabric the other day and stumbled upon some carved furniture legs in different shapes and sizes. Perfect for lamp bases!
Create wonderful candle holders with some pine offcuts, Woodoc gel stain and tealight candles as home decor or gifts for family and friends.
Get crafty with wood, paper and paper - and your power tools - to create fun decor accessories for any occasion.
Corbels or decorative brackets are perfect for making a pair of vintage topiary shelves.
Get creative and start making your own wall clocks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here's a new funky and fun way to hang stuff ... J-hooks are so easy to make.
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!
Add a fresh design to a plain headboard. Cut out a decorative headboard and finish off with a decorative painted design.
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.
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.