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Easy DIY Woodwork Projects – Summer holidays with a tween

Welcome to my mini-series of inspiring tweens to be creative over the summer. How about a week focussing on woodwork? My husband and I are united in the thought that if we don’t teach our children DIY skills no one will.  There is no doubt it can be nerve-racking handing an electric drill to a tween, but with good supervision, great projects can be made together. My children love the feeling of accomplishment when they make a project (I may have mentioned before that it is one of my regrets that I was never taught any woodwork skills at school). Develop new skills with your tweens with these easy DIY woodwork projects.

Easy DIY Woodwork Projects

Bird Houses – These can be such fun, decorated with maps, fabric, all sorts. I particularly love the recycled/upcycled feel of this birdhouse one from Running With Sisters. You can find instructions to make a bird house here.

Easy Tablet Stand – There are lots of tutorials for IPAD stands out there, but this one is straight forward using basic tools. Find the tutorial at That’s My Letter.

DIY Driftwood Mirror – the instructions for this gorgeous mirror are detailed, using a jigsaw to cut out the frame. I suspect, with patience, you could find a round mirror already constructed and decorate. This project from sustain my craft habit involves some skill but it is so gorgeous I couldn’t resist including it!

DIY Chalk Board Calendar – this project is a little more involved, but step by step achievable. Find the tutorial at That’s My Letter. Your tween will be able to see at a glance their personal calendar.

Wood Wall Art – Find a collection of random items, pieces of wood, rusty objects, chalk paint – have fun creating a mixed media collage. You can use a glue gun to adhere the various objects together.

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Easy DIY Woodwork projects, crafting with tweens

These wood collages were made by my children as my birthday present, my favourite gifts by far:)

Check out the previous posts in this crafting with tweens series for some fabulous inspiration, Printing and Pebbles. I hope you are managing to squeeze creativity into your no doubt busy summer,

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Wednesday 13th of January 2021

It's been like 3 years, you posted this content. But luckily, it is still not outdated and helped me a lot. I'm loving the ideas you have shared here, just wanna appreciate your creativity level.


Saturday 21st of November 2020

Wow.... These ideas are better than Marks head on a good day!!

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Friday 31st of May 2019

It's such beautiful work, Vicky. Those work are very creative. We can create all these hobbies in leisure time, which will develop our DIY skills.


Monday 17th of September 2018

Hey Vicky I love these ideas, thank you for sharing, I'm in the middle of finding ideas for bird houses to add to the garden and I might just have found the perfect birdhouse that really shows off my personality!


Monday 17th of September 2018

So glad you like the ideas - the birdhouses are great fun, enjoy making


Monday 11th of June 2018

I love woodworks! It looks like original and natural! Little bit north European style. Thank you for your sharing. Every time I read your post, I will get new inspiration for crafts.

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