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Making Your Own Wood Decor on a Budget

by Alexis Malsbury 08/30/2021

Wood crafting can be expensive but it doesn’t have to be. With some basic tools and a little know-how you can make dozens of unique decorative and functional furnishings for your home on a budget. If you’re looking for wood craft ideas that won’t cost a fortune, we’ve put together some tips to help.

Blanket Ladder

Ladders have become an important and popular part of interior design. You can use them to create many useful furnishings like bookcases, lighting fixtures and rustic decor. One way to upcycle an old ladder that’s easy on the budget is to create a blanket ladder. For a wooden ladder, all you’ll need to do is sand the surfaces to prevent splinters and fabric snags. Then hang blankets over the rungs to add instant coziness and keep them close when you need them.

You can use this same idea for more than blankets, too. Try a ladder in your kitchen to hang dish towels or in the laundry room to hang drying clothes. Ladders are truly versatile and don’t require any expensive refurbishment to make great decorative pieces.

Wall Hooks

You can never have too much storage and wall-mounted storage will save valuable space. A great woodworking DIY project is to create a board with hooks to hang on the wall. You can use this for keys, towels or even jewelry organization. The process is simple and only requires a perfect piece of wood and some metal hooks from your hardware store.

To start, you’ll want to sand the wood plank or piece for your base. If you want to add any paint or stain, make sure it has time to dry before moving on to the next step. Using a manual screwdriver or cordless drill, attach the hooks to the wood surface in either a symmetrical or staggered pattern. Keep in mind what you plan to hang on the hooks when determining the space between them and you’ll have a useful and inexpensive handmade storage solution in no time.

Hanging Rope Shelf

Hanging wall shelves are a huge trend in interior design and also make quick and budget-friendly crafting projects. All you need to get started is a board in the size you’d like your shelf, a wide drill bit and some rope. After sanding the wood, use a cordless drill to add two holes on either end of the board. Feed the rope through the holes and tie knots on the bottom to hang.

You can customize these shelves for specific purposes such as hanging potted plants. Cut circular holes in the board the same diameter as a small planter and you can nestle them securely into the shelf without worrying about balance. You can hang these rope shelves against the wall or even in windows. You can even make multiple hanging tiers for more storage, all for the low price of easy-to-find materials.

Crafting can be a great way to save money on home decor, but it’s easy to get carried away at the hobby or hardware store and end up over budget. Luckily, these project ideas should keep you within your comfortable spending range and provide you with unique handmade items for your home.

About the Author

Alexis Malsbury

As a real estate agent, my mission is straightforward: to transform any apprehension you may have about your real estate goals into a positive, stress-free experience while exceeding your expectations. A Westchester native, I bolster my customer service expertise with my Hudson Valley insights: From the region’s historic estates and wineries to outdoor adventure and natural beauty, I can find the property — and the area — that fits you and your family to a tee. 

Before launching my real estate career, I’d spent many years serving as Director of Marketing, Communications, and Environmental Education for GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford, New York. I subsequently drew upon my achievements in environmental education to work as a consultant in the agriculture and farming industry, managing operations for several farms throughout Westchester County. My experiences extend to supporting and volunteering for several nonprofits, including Guiding Eyes for the Blind, where I have fostered dogs in the Brood/Stud Program for over a decade.

Before joining RE/MAX, I had spent several years as an agent at a small Westchester-based real estate brokerage. My entire background has significantly influenced my career and exceptionalism as a real estate agent, including cultivating long-lasting client relationships across a broad spectrum with my ‘can-do’ attitude. My ease of availability and supreme flexibility have become cornerstones of my service while I negotiate every one of my clients’ deals with precision. 

I’m just a phone call or email away for all your buying and selling needs: (914) 309-0136 or [email protected]. I’m always ready to answer any questions you may have and go out of my way to help you achieve your real estate goals!