4 DIY Wood Repurposing Projects

Posted on by Billie Peacock

DIY Wood Repurposing Projects


Are you wondering what to do with that pile of wood sitting in your backyard? Are you the modern DIY-er looking for a good Christmas gift idea? Is your Pinterest "Home" board a little overwhelming? 

If you've answered yes to any of these questions, continue reading. 

The team at Proof did the dirty work of sifting through the copious ideas out there about how to re-purpose wood and put together a list of our top four favorites. 


#1 Wooden Mirror Frames

These amazingly simple frames can come together in just a few steps.

Original post by DIY Network

Step 1. Get your supplies together

  • A Saw
  • Measuring Tape
  • Wood
           *tip: Find a log with a funky edge a large log with a hole in it .  
  • Mirrors
  • Sand Paper
  • Stain + Staining supplies
  • Strong Glue-> we recommend Liquid Nails

Step 2. Measure and score the width of the mirror onto the piece(s) of wood. 

Step 3. Cut the wood to the width of the mirror. Sand all rough edges. 

Step 3. Stain the cut wood pieces however you'd like. Let dry for at least 4 hours or until no longer tacky. 

Step 4. Glue the wood onto the mirror using a strong epoxy glue and allow it to dry for 24 hours. Be careful to use the correct amount to prevent it from spreading to parts of the exposed mirror. 

Step 5. Place several DIY mirrors on a shelf, nightstand, or hang it*. Then, sit back and enjoy your hard work.

*optional: glue a bracket to the back of the exposed mirror to hang your masterpiece on a wall. 


#2 Log Planters

5 steps to achieving the best Christmas gift ever. 

Original post by Hetkanwel.

These awesome candle holder/cactus pots can be made in five simple steps.

Step 1: Collect your supplies

  • Log (s) 
  • A Saw
  • Drill
  • Spade Drill Bit
  • Measuring Tape
  • Sand paper 
  • Optional: candles, cacti, baby pine trees. 

Step 2. Create a fresh flat top cut on the top and bottom of the log.  

Step 3. Measure the out the size of the hole you are wanting to make. Use a spade drill bit to create a hole in the top of the log. 

Step 4. Sand out any imperfections and sharp edges.

Step 5. Fill it with something! We think a baby pine tree this time of year is pretty fitting. 


#3 Organic Log Candle Holders

This centerpiece can be created in just four simple steps.

Original post by Home Stories A-Z. 

Step 1. Gather the Supplies: 

  • Wood
         *note: bent logs are perfect for this project! 
  • A Saw
  • Drill
  • Spade Drill Bit
  • Sand Paper
  • Measuring tape+pencil 
  • Candles: We recommend flameless.

Step 2. Pick which side of your log or branch you'd like to be the top. On the opposite end craft a flat bottom with the saw.  

Step 3. Measure the size of holes you need and the distance you'd like between them, then mark the drill spots with a pencil. Using the spade drill head bit, drill in the spots you have marked. 

Step 4. Take a piece of sandpaper and smooth off any rough edges.

Step 5. Insert candles and enjoy the ambiance. 


#4 Wooden floor mat

You're only 5 steps away from welcoming your guests in repurposed style. 

Original post by Hometalk 

Step 1. Collect your supplies: 

  • Wood
         *tip: For best results use straight pieces. We recommend repurposing a few
           pieces of thick molding. 
  • A Saw
  • Stain + Staining Supplies
  • Sandpaper
  • 1/8 inch- 1/4 inch Rope+rope cutting devices
  • Drill
  • 1/4 inch spade drill bit

Step 2. Cut wood to 12 inch pieces. Use 10-12 pieces for this project. Note: How many you use will be dependent on the width of the wood. Laying them side by side will help you determine how wide you'd like your doormat.  

Step 3. Make two parallel holes into the side of the wood going widthwise. Sand down any harsh edges. 

Step 4. Stain and let pieces dry for 24 hours. 

Step 5.  Cut a piece of rope that is at least 5 inches longer than the width of the determined doormat size. Thread the rope through the stained pieces of wood tying a knot after each piece. Tie a double knot at the end and cut off the excess rope locking them in place.

Step 6. Place the wooden floor mat outside your front door and appreciate your handy work. 


Happy Crafting!

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