Make fun wood crafts with leftover wood pieces you have lying around the house. If you don't have any scrap wood, check if your local lumber yard offers leftover wood pieces. Using simple woodworking tools and some paint you can create many fun wood crafts for gift giving or holiday decorating. Involve the entire family when working with wood, from tracing patterns and cutting out shapes to painting and decorating.
Select an assortment of 2-by-4 and 4-by-4 pieces of wood 6 to 12 inches long to start making snowmen and pumpkins. Cut larger sections of wood down to the desired length.
Sand the wood pieces smooth by running the sandpaper along the wood grain. Wipe the sawdust off the wood pieces.
Cover a flat surface with newspaper or a drop cloth. Paint the sanded wood white for snowmen and orange for pumpkins. Paint the entire block of wood. Allow the paint to dry and apply a second coat. Let the paint dry completely.
Put two or three drops of black paint into a disposable cup and fill 2/3 full with orange paint. Mix the colors together to create a darker orange color. Add realistic lines to the pumpkins with a fine paintbrush. Start at the top and bring the brush all the way to the bottom of the wood piece, making a slight curve as you paint. This gives the pumpkin a rounded look. Allow the lines to dry and add the desired pumpkin face using black paint.
Paint the face of a snowman on the top 1/3 of the white wood pieces. Use orange paint for the nose. If you wish, add three black dots in a line along the front of the board to represent buttons of a jacket. Allow the paint to dry completely.
Glue straw to the top of the pumpkin heads and glue strips of cloth as scarves around the necks of the snowmen. Add a hat to the snowman by cutting out additional pieces of black material.