Wood crafts have seen a surge in popularity in recent months, and with platforms such as Etsy or Handmade Amazon that make it easy to sell your creations, wood crafts continue to be the DIY craft of choice.
Whether you’re looking for wood crafts ideas to make and sell or are just searching to polish up your DIY skills, this short guide will walk you through all the must-know wood crafts tips, plus give you examples of easy to make wood crafts.
Wood Crafts Tips
When it comes to making wood crafts, knowing what the best techniques are from the start will help you as you progress. Here is a compilation for beginners on how to make wood crafts a little easier.
1. Always check for warped wood before purchasing
Check wood for signs of warping. Otherwise you might arrive home to realize your wood is unlevel and uneven.
2. Use a grain tool instead of a painting brush
Painting with a brush often leaves behind unsightly brush stroke marks. Painting with the grain tool makes your layer of paint much more even and flawless.
3. Use staining to create a rustic look
People love wood crafts with a chic, rustic look. Try the staining technique to create rustic wood crafts. Use baby wipes to edit or clean the stain. The longer or more you use staining, the darker it will be.
4. Sanding with a nail file
Sand the edges of your wood crafts with a simple nail file to create an old-timey look. This technique also gives your creation a more handmade look and feel.
5. Using Windex to remove wet craft paint from clothing
Once craft paint dries on your clothes, it’s almost impossible to remove. If you can’t avoid making a mess, revert to spraying some Windex on the wet paint before it dries.
Two Easy to Make Wood Crafts
Kickstart your woodworking with these simple and fun wood crafts ideas.
Wooden Tealight Candleholder
This is very simple wood crafts project that’ll light up your living room. Take a nice piece of wood approx. 3 ½ inches thick. Draw the circumference of six tea lights in the middle of the wood. With a small hand drill, carve out the holes (about 1 inch thick). Retouch rough edges with sandpaper and paint if desired. Add in your tealights and voilà!
Wooden Arrowhead Key Holder
Handmake your own wall key holder in just an afternoon. You’ll need four pieces of wood, cut one triangle, one long rectangle, and two identical slanted cubes. Glue or nail the pieces together. Screw 3-4 hooks of your choice in the middle of the arrow’s design and mount on a wall.
Once you’re ready to branch out and make larger or more elaborate wood crafts designs, think of some projects utilizing pallets. With refurbished pallets, you can create almost anything you put your mind to. From wall decor, to signs, to full blown out table furniture or bed frames, pallets are a woodworker’s greatest ally.
What wood crafts are your favorite to work on and why? Comment below with your best wood crafts ideas to make and sell below!