Can you believe that this amazing wine rack the image below has been built using old wood pallets? Perhaps you can. Isn’t it wonderful that your old wood pallets can be reused to build something so beautiful and useful? I am not a drinker but I liked the idea so much that I just couldn’t resist making myself one. Although later I gifted it to my parents, who totally loved it.

So, if you have ever wanted to make your own furniture or home décor, this is the perfect post for you to peruse. There is everything in here from stocking hangers and wood block snowmen to beautiful outdoor couches and even a wonderfully easy to build porch swing. From coffee tables to bathroom mirrors, there is always something that you can do with those 2X4s to make your home better and we’re going to take a look at 50 amazing ways for you to do just that. I hope you find as much inspiration in these DIY woodworking projects as I have!


Imagine having your friends and family over to play this life size Jenga game! This is probably the most fun project on this list and it really does look simple to make. Jenga after all, is merely a game of wooden boards that you strategically place and replace until someone wins, right? You can do that with your 2X4s and really cause some excitement at your next gathering. This is a great idea for those summer evenings when you want something fun and exciting to do in the backyard.
It is one of the easiest woodwork projects we are going to discuss today. Although it looks very easy to make, I still could not find any good tutorial on the internet that explains how to build this one. So I am here sharing an article link that gets the closest. The article explains how to make different kinds of DIY candle holders and what items you may need for the project.
It may not be close to St. Patrick’s Day but that shouldn’t stop you from making this adorable little leprechaun’s hat. You can use it to decorate next year, and it’s made from leftover pieces of your 2X4. If you’re looking for a project to finish up those wood scraps, here it is. Just paint your wood pieces green and then stack them to make the hat. It’s easy and adorable!
Here’s another great way to add some whimsical décor to your home and use up those 2X4 blocks at the same time. You can make them into penguins! These little guys are perfect for dressing up your home for the holidays and you can leave them out all winter long. You’ll need blocks of wood and then black and white paint to make the penguin design. This is a great project for the kids to help with – they’ll have a blast creating their own little unique penguin.
You can buy one of these rustic crates for use in any number of DIY projects. They run around $10 or so each. Or, you can make one yourself from your 2X4s and they will cost you about $3 each. You’ll need some serious power tools for this one to cut the boards down to size and to round them off. Once you’re finished, you can use your wooden crate to create so many wonderful things!
Did you know that you can build your own kitchen island for around $30? This wooden island made from 2X4s is not only beautiful, it’s also functional and so much cheaper than anything you can buy in a store. I love the rustic look of this, especially with the wood on white but you can do it in any color or design that you want. The point is, it’s really cheap and it’s the perfect island for any kitchen.
This wooden décor is gorgeous and a great way to show your love of family. You can obviously do whatever message you want on this, but I really love the Journey To Forever theme. The blocks are all made from leftover 2X4 pieces and then you just paint and add your wording. Or, you can use scrapbook paper and adhere it to your blocks with Mod Podge. What a beautiful display for the mantel or coffee table!
Another awesome thing about this coffee table is that it is also has a storage unit. So you can store drinks, and other stuff in the half barrel of your table and then close or open it whenever you need. Pete has also constructed a video for this tutorial for which you can find the link below. It illustrates the same process in a video guide that shows you the exact process to be followed while building this whiskey barrel coffee table.
This mirrored coffee table is sure to be a great addition to your living room. It’s also a really easy project to build and the end result is absolutely stunning. You’ll need an old mirror, maybe from a dresser that you don’t need any longer. This one lets you use up some of those 2X4s and repurpose some old furniture at the same time. It should cost you less than $50 to make – as opposed to buying it in a furniture store for a couple hundred.

This wooden décor is gorgeous and a great way to show your love of family. You can obviously do whatever message you want on this, but I really love the Journey To Forever theme. The blocks are all made from leftover 2X4 pieces and then you just paint and add your wording. Or, you can use scrapbook paper and adhere it to your blocks with Mod Podge. What a beautiful display for the mantel or coffee table!


This plant stand is a really easy build and it looks so professionally done when it’s finished. You can use this to display your favorite plants and keep them close to the window for the sunlight that they need. You need about four 2X4s and some other supplies to build it. It’s a pretty easy project – you can have it finished in just a couple of hours, including paint and stain time. And, it only costs around $10 to make.
Did you know that you can build your own kitchen island for around $30? This wooden island made from 2X4s is not only beautiful, it’s also functional and so much cheaper than anything you can buy in a store. I love the rustic look of this, especially with the wood on white but you can do it in any color or design that you want. The point is, it’s really cheap and it’s the perfect island for any kitchen.
If you want something really unique from those 2X4s, build these hexagon wall planters. You cut strips of the 2X4 (you only need a couple of feet for each planter) and then assemble them to hold a mason jar. Inside the mason jar, you can put all sorts of fresh flowers or plants. These are so creative and will look beautiful hanging inside your home.
This charging station looks just like those expensive ones you see at department stores, but it will cost you much less. Actually, if you have a 2X4 on hand, it won’t cost you anything. You just need to cut a piece of your board, measure the hole that you need to fit your phone and then stain the board. You can build it to fit your phone no matter what type it is, so there are no worries of the phone not being secure while it’s charging.
Working on one side at a time, glue and nail the side to the back. Apply glue and drive three 1-5/8-in. nails into each shelf, attach the other side and nail those shelves into place to secure them. Clamps are helpful to hold the unit together while you’re driving nails. Center the top piece, leaving a 2-in. overhang on both sides, and glue and nail it into place. Paint or stain the unit and then drill pilot holes into the top face of each side of the unit and screw in the hooks to hold your ironing board. Mount the shelf on drywall using screw-in wall anchors.
First, screw the face frames of the two cabinets together. Drill pilot holes and drive screws through the lower face frame into the upper. Then lay them on one side and hold a straightedge across the fronts of the face frames to be sure they form a straight, flat surface. I had to slip a strip of cardboard between the two cabinet boxes to get the face frames aligned.
For your kitchen, it can work as a knife rack. It gives you easy access to all essential tools while saving space. In addition, it adds a nice visual appeal to your kitchen wall. You can customize your wall rack with different materials, designs and styles. I am here sharing the source link to the step by step tutorial about how to make a rustic wall knife rack.
You can buy one of these rustic crates for use in any number of DIY projects. They run around $10 or so each. Or, you can make one yourself from your 2X4s and they will cost you about $3 each. You’ll need some serious power tools for this one to cut the boards down to size and to round them off. Once you’re finished, you can use your wooden crate to create so many wonderful things!
Turn those 2X4s into amazing gifts for your kids’ teachers. Just cut them into blocks, maybe add some design with scrapbooking paper and then a nice little quote fit for a teacher. These are so cute and since the boards cost less than $10 each – and you get about four blocks from each board – you’re getting a unique gift for teacher for less than $3 each!
Who doesn’t want to have one awesome and handy wooden desk organizer that not only looks beautiful but can store all your mini office desk items properly? See the picture below. I am sure you will love this one. I have already built one myself as I just could not resist having one at my office. This thing easily stores all my office desk essentials, including pen, pencils, marker, small notebooks, etc. in the most organized way. You can see it yourself.
I built my first platform bed by following the steps mentioned in the tutorial and the end result was everything I expected. It was as beautiful as comfortable and strong. It only cost me around $60 to build this one from the scratch. And if I can build it, anyone can. What you need is a little bit of woodworking experience and a lot of confidence. Collect the items as suggested in the video and start working now.
This plant stand is a really easy build and it looks so professionally done when it’s finished. You can use this to display your favorite plants and keep them close to the window for the sunlight that they need. You need about four 2X4s and some other supplies to build it. It’s a pretty easy project – you can have it finished in just a couple of hours, including paint and stain time. And, it only costs around $10 to make.

Here’s another great way to add some whimsical décor to your home and use up those 2X4 blocks at the same time. You can make them into penguins! These little guys are perfect for dressing up your home for the holidays and you can leave them out all winter long. You’ll need blocks of wood and then black and white paint to make the penguin design. This is a great project for the kids to help with – they’ll have a blast creating their own little unique penguin.
If you tend to love woodworking projects, this workbench is certainly something that you should build. You can get all of the supplies you need to make it for around $20, which is much cheaper than buying an already made workbench. It’s cheap and nothing that you would expect to see in a high end workshop, but it’s also sturdy and definitely gets the job done.
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