And this concludes my colorful round of ideas for wood scraps…for a day or two, anyway! hee.
(I must warn you though…you will soon find yourself unable to throw another scrap of wood away….ever….so be sure you have a couple of good sized bins around for storage)
Today’s idea is a very playful one for kids, and it’s suitable for ANY shape or size of wood scrap. Just work with the scraps, as they are — no need to cut down into squares or blocks. That’s what keeps things interesting.
- Sand away any rough edges
- Paint all sides of your blocks/pieces — Milk paints are great, as are any of your non-toxic acrylics.
It’s even better when you let the kids get in on painting the scraps with you.
- Other options include woodburning or decoupaging papers around the different pieces..can also use stencils, stamps, or stickers!
You could or course leave them in their natural state…but the kids find the building process a lot more exciting when they’ve got all that color and design to work with.
Scatter your blocks around the house (inside or out) in interesting containers so there’s always easy access.
If you don’t have any of your own scraps, don’t be shy about asking your neighbors or local woodworking/home improvement shops. They’re usually more than happy to let you take a bag or two off their hands.
Cheers to wood scraps and the colorful ways to use!