Are you looking for fun ways to bond with your kids? Finding something you both like can be challenging! Read on for some creative woodworking projects you can do together and make some awesome memories in the process!
I don’t have many regrets about my childhood, but one thing I wish was different is that I wish I had learned more from my dad. In a house of all girls, we really weren’t too into cars and wood and other projects my dad loved. As typical, my sisters and I were taken with boys and shopping and high school drama.
But my dad is really a master craftsman. He’s amazing with his hands – he can fix cars, tinker with machines and build just about anything. I so wish I had taken some time to learn and develop some of those skills.
Back then, there definitely wasn’t the emphasis as there is now about taking time to spend with your kids, create memories. There’s a lot of buzz in social media about ’18 summers’ – that’s all we get with our kids. Working on some projects together is an outstanding memory maker for both you and the kiddos. If you or your kids are good with your hands (and even if you’re not), doing a hands-on project is such a bonding experience!
Today, I have Paul Stanley from Woodwork Boss sharing some woodworking great projects to trying. If you have some woodworking skill – or are open to learn – here are 7 great projects for you to try.
If you are looking for fun ways to bond with your child, consider DIY woodworking projects. Not only does woodworking provide a sense of closeness between you and your child, but it helps boost confidence in their developing minds.
There are several small projects you can work on with your children using a few simple hand tools. This list highlights the seven best woodworking projects to choose.
1. Balsa Wood Wind Chime from Meri Cherry
This beautiful woodworking project requires some lightweight balsa wood, wooden beads, string, and a plier punching tool. Your children can stain or paint the wood with vibrant colors prior to stringing them up. Alternate loading balsa strips and beads to space the wood out along the string. Once the project is complete, hang it outside so it can blow around in the wind!
2. Wood Block Robot from Adventure in a Box
This adorable robot is fun for everyone! You can purchase wooden blocks in various sizes and string them together. Drilling holes in the center of the blocks allow you to insert string to attach all the pieces together. You can use a wood burner tool to create the eyes, buttons, and other details you want on your robot.
3. Picture Frame from It’s Always Autumn
Picture frames are excellent projects because they are fun to build and can be used to display your child’s artwork. This project requires the use of 3 1/2-inch pine wood, wood joiners, a hammer, and a miter saw. Your child can paint or stain the frame, or leave it the natural wood finish.
Check out this great article about miter saws on Woodwork Boss
4. Crayon Holder from Jamie Costiglio
Every child loves coloring! What better way to capture their passion for creating beautiful things with a fun and easy woodworking project! This simple project makes use of 1×3 wood to create a stylish storage option for crayons. This project can be expanded to easily create a portable drawing station for your child to take with them on road trips. Aside from wood clamps, a saw, and wood glue, you will need a 3/8-inch drill bit to complete this project.
5. Bird Feeder from Inner Child Fun
This peanut butter bird feeder is an excellent way for your child to learn about nature while completing a fun project. Take your child on a small nature walk to gather branches with bark to use for the project. Once you find the right feeder stick, you will need a 7/8-inch drill bit, a handsaw, rope, peanut butter and bird seeds.
6. Wooden Tops from Kleas
Most parents can remember spinning tops during their own childhood. Sharing this delight with your children through a fun project gives them a small glimpse into what you were like at their age. With a few wooden wheels and some dowels, you and your child can make tops you both can enjoy together in less than ten minutes. You will need a pencil sharpener and some sandpaper to create a smooth and pointy end. For more fun, your child can paint the wheels to have more colorful finished tops.
7. Storage Basket from Kara’s Creative Place
Children that are eager to learn will benefit greatly from making a storage basket. By gathering some wood, rulers, a hammer, and nails, you can create a desktop storage solution they will enjoy. Working on this project allows you to bond with your child while teaching them the importance of organization. Making their own storage basket will inspire them to put away items with a sense of pride.
Each of these projects is fairly easy to make. Your child will love working side-by-side with you to create beautiful woodworking projects they can enjoy for years to come. This list highlights seven of the best projects to choose from based on the value they provide, the ease of construction, and the tool selection required.
If you’re looking for more fun and activities for kids, take a look at some of these posts as well!
Thoughts? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear them and chat!
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