Last week, over on Instagram, we did a deep dive into beginner woodworking projects and how to get started with building. As I was working on it, I realized that I’ve never put together an easy-to-access resource here on the blog for finding beginner DIY projects.
Let’s fix that today, shall we?!
You don’t need fancy tools, a big workshop, or a lot of know-how for any of these. In fact, most of them can be done with just a few simple tools. No experience required, I promise!
20 easy Beginner woodworking project ideas
I’ve broken the project ideas down by category. So, whether you’re looking to build some furniture, add an accent wall, or just create something for your home, you’ll be able to find an option.
beginner furniture projects
Furniture building hasn’t been a thing I’ve played with too much yet, but it always feels so good to put an entire piece of furniture together with your own two hands! Here are a few beginner-friendly furniture building projects.
This little picnic table was the first piece of furniture I ever built on my own! I used plans from Ana White, and I just went for it. It wasn’t perfect, but man was I ever proud of it!
This little planter-slash-bench is still one of my favorite things I’ve built and I kind of miss having it in my backyard! It’s a super accessible project, but it’ll impress everyone you know!
If you have a corner of your home where you can tuck a desk, this project is so simple! It has held up beautifully for us over time, and is such a functional addition to our home.
This little shoe cubby is a great project for someone who has built one or two small things and is ready for something a little larger. It’s really accessible and simple, and you’ll be so proud to display it in your home!
I used a template to build these chairs, which made it so easy! It was a really fun project that looks really impressive but is actually so easy.
This bench is one of my favorite things I’ve ever built, and it was also one of the easiest! It only requires a few boards and I put the whole thing together in just a day!
Home upgrades & accent walls
This is definitely the category where I’ve gotten the most practice! Here are a few of my favorite, super simple, DIY beginner woodworking projects for around your home.
Did you know it’s really easy to create and hang your own shelves? Here’s a detailed tutorial on how it’s done.
One of the most impactful things you can do in your home is add trim around the windows! This is something I’d still love to do someday in our current house. It’s really easy, and makes a ginormous difference.
If you want to add an accent wall or even trim out a whole room, shiplap is an easy way to do it. It’s a classic wall treatment that will look great for years to come, and it’s super beginner-friendly!
These floating shelves in our living room are one of the things I’m asked about most! I built and installed these on my own, and I promise they’re a beginner-friendly project. If you don’t have a table saw, just forget the mitered edges. You can butt the ends of the wood up together instead, and they’ll still be beautiful.
This is another one of those projects that looks really impressive but is actually so simple. If you have a miter saw and a nail gun, you can knock this one out!
Another classic wall treatment that is so, so easy! I’ve done this a ton of times and every time I fall a little more in love with it.
other beginner woodworking projects
Here are a few other general projects that don’t necessarily fit into any specific category. Things like art, home accents, and more. These are a GREAT place to get started, as they’re often smaller and easier than anything else.
This was one of the very first things I ever built on my own, and I was so proud of it! It’s so simple, but a gorgeous way to display plants in your home.
Need something to hang in your entry for keys, coats, hats, and more? This is the project for you. It’s quick and simple, only requires a few boards, and looks beautiful in your space.
For this project, I started off with a vintage ladder and I built my own shelves to add to each tier. It was a beautiful way to display plants, and a really simple project.
These little book ledges are a great addition to a nursery, office, or even a narrow hallway! They’d be a great first-ever woodworking project for anyone.
A blanket ladder is incredibly versatile and beyond easy. In the linked post, I show several different ways to style it (other than with blankets). I’ve built tons of these in my time, and they’re so fun!
Cornhole is a fun family game that’s perfect for the warmer months! It’s really simple to build your own boards, and all your friends will be impressed.
I made these for Christmastime but they make me happy year round on our porch! Wood lanterns are so easy to build, and they’re a great addition to any porch.
This little sofa arm table is a simple solution to a couch without a side table nearby, and it’s incredibly easy to build on your own! All you need is a miter saw and some wood glue.
I promise I’ll be adding to this post as I add new projects to the archives, so be sure to Pin it or bookmark it so you can come back and check!