When it comes to small wooden projects, the best type of wood would always be MDF. Medium-density fiberboard is a practical choice for making small shelves, toys, cabinets, and small decorative items. MDF is readily available, easy to cut or shape, and paint. There’s no need to have a huge budget to make wooden projects as MDF is one of the most affordable alternatives.
Here is a list of the easiest and most fun MDF projects for beginners. If you’re new to working with MDF, these simple projects will surely be worth it.
80 MDF Projects You Can Complete Right Away
1 Stacking Shelves
MDF is the best material to make a stacking shelving system. This is an effortless project where you create rectangular and square-shaped shelves in varying sizes. Make this project stand out by placing wood veneer sheets over the MDF wood panels.
2 MDF Wall Shoe Organizer
Why keep your shoes on covered shelves when you can display them on your wall? This project is an MDF wall shoe organizer that’s very easy to make. Just cut a large MDF wood panel and use wire panels to hold your shoes and other accessories to the wall.
3 Interesting MDF Wall Décor
This project makes your bare walls more interesting. Cut MDF panels into hexagonal tiles. Sand and stain the surface to bring out the wood’s natural beauty. Some of the tiles are shelves where you can keep small trinkets or potted plants.
4 MDF Kitchen Shelves
MDF is excellent for kitchen cabinets and shelves because it can handle extreme temperatures and moisture. This is a simple shelf that stretches from wall to wall. You can use L-shaped metal holders to hold these shelves or hang them like floating shelves.
5 Retailer Shop Display
If you own a small shop or store, use MDF to make retailer display cabinets. This one is a circular shelf that can keep small items. Use a router to cut MDF panels perfectly, and afterward, sand and stain the wood to perfection.
6 MDF Plant Pots
It’s easy to make MDF planter boxes out of scrap MDF panels. You can also use strips of wood as brackets for these planter boxes. Attach these to your wall and add your plants in.
7 Hanging Wall Shelf
A hanging shelf is perfect for small spaces or rooms with barely enough space for a big shelf. You can paint this floating shelf to match your wall color or stain the MDF wood to showcase its natural surface finish.
8 Low-Lying MDF Table With Wheels
Maximize every space in a small room with this MDF low-lying table. This one has shelves underneath to keep more stuff and large caster wheels so you can roll anywhere in your home.
9 MDF Picture Frames
MDF has a smooth and delicate surface that makes it great for decorative items like picture frames. If you have a router, you can also add some creative shapes on the surface of the MDF frame.
10 Phone Holder
Use a router to cut MDF wood into small pieces and assemble these cute wooden phone holders. Use any paint color to match your mood. You can also stain MDF in a darker or lighter shade.
11 Desk Organizer
Scrap MDF wood pieces may be shaped, cut, and connected to make small desk organizers. These can hold pens, calculators, scissors, and highlighters on your desktop. Use these to keep business cards and notepads too.
12 Chess Pieces
Aren’t these wooden chess pieces incredible? You can cut thin pieces of MDF wood to make these wooden chess pieces and this colorful wooden chessboard. This set has black and yellow pieces, but you can use other contrasting colors for your project.
13 House Number Plate
Impress your guests with this easy MDF address plate. It is straightforward to do. You can get the brass house number from any DIY or hardware store. Place this address plate on your gate or garden.
14 Address Planter Box
Instead of an address plate, add a planter box at the bottom. This is also made from scrap MDF wood but seamlessly attached and painted. Use the planter box to keep a small garden plant or some herbs that you grow in your yard.
15 Cookbook Holder
This is another easy MDF small project. Cut a piece of MDF wood that’s larger than your opened cookbook. Install a stopper at the bottom and a stand at the back. Apply your favorite color or wood stain on the MDF wood.
16 Fruit and Vegetable Bin
Whether you have a fresh food store or want to keep produce in your kitchen, this DIY fruit and vegetable bin made from MDF wood is a good beginner project. Add cute labels at the front of the bin for the price.
17 Toy Cabinet
This toy cabinet or shelf doubles as a stool where you can sit and wear your shoes. This is made from MDF wood panels, while the pull-out shelves are wire baskets.
18 Welcome Home Doorway Cabinet
Keep all outdoor stuff together with this easy-to-make doorway cabinet. This is made from several pieces of MDF wood painted pearl white. Add plastic bins to keep small items. Use hooks to hold bags, jackets, and scarves.
19 MDF Dollhouse
Use scraps of MDF wood to make this cool dollhouse. You can paint each room a different color or use stickers to create unique living spaces for your doll. This wooden project could be the perfect gift for a special occasion.
20 MDF Bird Feeder
Build a birdfeeder and place this in your backyard to attract all kinds of birds. You can make this as simple as possible, just a small wooden box you can hang from a tree. Or, you can cut MDF into elaborate shapes to create artistic feeders.
21 Breakfast Tray
Get a flat piece of MDF wood and affix two door handles on each side to make a wooden tray. Use sandpaper to smooth out imperfections and stain your tray a dark color to create a classic piece.
22 Bird House
MDF is a flexible type of wood that you can use for everyday items and decorative items. This birdhouse is made from MDF wood pieces painted in natural colors to keep birds interested. You’ll love checking out birds that will call this their home.
23 Candle Holders
This is a creative wooden candle holder that you can use as a decorative piece. This is made from sanded and stained MDF wood pieces. Just see how the stain makes the natural wooden surface stand out?
24 MDF Dominoes
Play an entertaining game of dominoes with this MDF wooden game. You need small pieces or scraps of quality MDF wood for this project. Cut the wooden parts with a router and stain away.
25 Step Stool from MDF Wood
MDF wood is also strong, which can be made into projects like this one. This step stool is just the right size for indoor use. Cut and connect thick pieces of MDF wood and apply paint to make a colorful step stool.
26 Tea Light and Match Holder
This may look like an ordinary piece of wood, but it is a tea light and match holder. Cut a thick piece of MDF to size and use a router to create a hole on the top for the tea light.
27 Newspaper and Magazine Basket
Cut pieces of MDF wood into various sizes and connect them to make this lovely newspaper basket. This can hold newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals. Place this in your living room or office waiting room.
28 MDF Perpetual Calendar
No need to buy another calendar in your life with this perpetual wooden calendar. Cut thick MDF wood into pieces to make the calendar holder and numbers. You may apply wood stain or paint this wooden project.
29 Wooden Lamp
MDF is versatile and robust. You can create a wooden lamp out of different pieces of MDF wood. Cut your MDF scraps to size and use strong glue to connect the parts to make this clever lamp.
30 Mug and Cup Holders
Use this holder to dry and display mugs and cups in your kitchen. It uses thick pieces of MDF wood, cut, and finished to perfection. This is one of the easiest MDF wood projects even a beginner can do.
31 Simple MDF and Metal Bench
If you can make a stool out of MDF wood, why not make a bench? This bench is long and wide with metal legs. You can use this MDF bench indoors or outdoors.
32 Wooden Wheelbarrow
Beginners can build this creative wooden wheelbarrow from scratch. It is made from small pieces of MDF wood, cut to size, and connected to make this excellent outdoor tool.
33 MDF Wood Welcome Mat
This welcome mat is perfect for your front door. It is made from just a few pieces of thick MDF wood. You can make a small mat or a wider one for the entire family.
34 Key Holders
Make key holders out of spare MDF wood. Use a router to cut intricate shapes and connect these to make the key holder body. Use creative hooks on this holder. You’ll never lose your keys again.
35 Hot Pot Holders
Placing a hot pot on a wooden table can destroy its surface! Avoid these with an MDF pot holder. This is made from pieces of MDF wood connected using small wooden pegs. You can paint or stain this to create a lovely table piece.
36 MDF Christmas Trees
Don’t have a space for a full-sized Christmas tree? This MDF tree will save you space, plus create a modern country festive look in or outside your home. Try this beginner MDF project.
37 Scrabble Tiles
Try this interesting wall art piece. Make Scrabble letter tiles out of spare MDF wood. Make sure to paint the correct score for each letter!
38 Mini Wooden Ladder
This mini wooden ladder is made of MDF and other types of wood. You can make this cute ladder in just a few minutes because it’s effortless to do. Use this to reach high places indoors.
39 Wooden Signage
MDF is the perfect project material when you want to make striking signage. This project is very easy to do. You need a router or a handsaw, paint, and some wires to set up your sign.
40 Wooden Toothbrush and Toothpaste Holders
Keep your toothbrushes and toothpaste together in a compact holder made of MDF and other types of wood. This is an excellent project that you can do easily in just a few hours.
41 DIY Wooden Wine Holders
Keep your wine and other liquor in tip-top shape by using this wooden bottle holder. It is very easy to do and uses only a few pieces of MDF wood. You can also adjust the holders to fit the size of the bottle you want to keep.
42 Wooden Towel Holders
These towel holders are perfect for your rustic country bathroom or kitchen. You only need a few pieces of scrap MDF wood to make this holder. Add some cool country accents to impress your guests.
43 DIY Folding Stool
A folding stool is handy to have around. You can take it wherever you go and even when you commute. This stool is made from several pieces of thick MDF wood. This is a beginner project even a child can do.
44 MDF Bookends
Hold books together with these bookends. Cut MDF wood to your desired shape and size and paint or stain these to create an excellent bookshelf piece.
45 DIY Wooden Spice Rack
Place your spices within reach with this fabulous wooden spice rack. This is an easy project made only from small pieces of spare MDF wood. You can make a simple rack or expand this according to your needs.
46 Wooden Paper Towel and Tableware Holder
Keep your kitchen paper towel and tableware ready for your family dinner or guests in this simple wooden holder. You’ll only need a few pieces of MDF wood to make this lovely table staple.
47 MDF Gift Box
Instead of using cardboard gift boxes, use wooden gift boxes out of MDF. You can use thin MDF wood with wood glue to connect the box side pieces for this project.
48 Tic Tac Toe
Play tic-tac-toe with this wooden game piece. It is made from scrap MDF wood, connected, and painted. This project costs nothing to make and is 100% fun when you’re done.
49 Wooden Egg Holder
Keep eggs safe and ready for breakfast with this easy wooden egg holder. You need a router to make excellent egg cutouts on top. You can make a holder for only half a dozen or more eggs.
50 Tall Candle Holder
This tall candle holder is made of small pieces of MDF wood glued together. You can be as simple or complex with this project. You only need a router and some glue to make these.
51 Wooden Chopping Board
Make cool wooden chopping boards out of spare MDF wood. You can use a large piece, sand it, stain the surface, or cut the MDF pieces and glue them alternately for an artistic effect.
52 DIY Wooden Storage Box
This wooden storage box is too lovely to keep away. Use this to keep essential items but display them in your living space. It is made from MDF wood, so it’s solid and durable.
53 Christmas Tree Ornaments
Use a router or a jigsaw to cut thick pieces of MDF wood to make cute Christmas ornaments. You can make wooden stars, angels, Santa, mini trees, and more.
54 Bottle Opener
Grab a thick MDF wooden piece, install a metal bottle opener, and voila! Add paint and wise words, and you got yourself a vintage bottle opener sign!
55 Apothecary Burner
This apothecary burner is a DIY project made from two materials: an old spoon and some scrap MDF wood. Cut the wood into pieces, glue/connect, and attach a bent spoon.
56 Portable Laptop Table
Use this easy-to-make laptop table made from MDF wood in the bed. It is made from simple materials, plus it’s lightweight, so it’s easy to take anywhere.
57 Ribbon Organizer
Keep all your craft ribbons in one organizer. This is made from scrap wood and is very easy to make. You can make two, three, or more. Or, you can make a large one to keep large spools.
58 MDF Coat Rack
You need a thick piece of MDF wood and some hooks to make this easy and convenient project. You can also use this to hang hats, scarves, or sweaters.
59 Outdoor Plant Holders
Give your garden a much-deserved overhaul with these cool outdoor plant holders. These are very easy to make and are made from scrap pieces of MDF wood.
60 Monogram Planters
These monogram planters are so cute and very artistic. These are made from small pieces of MDF, cleverly cut and connected with glue and small nails.
61 Wooden Crucifix
This lovely and straightforward wooden crucifix is made from small pieces of MDF. You need a router to make perfect shapes. You can make a simple cross or an elaborate one.
62 Electronics Charging Station
Dock all your electronics here for charging. This creative and practical project is made from MDF and other wood scraps. You can make two or more holders if you have more phones and gadgets to charge.
63 Triangular Flower Pot Shelf
Decorate that bare wall with this triangular flower pot shelf. This creative project requires only a few pieces of scrap wood. You can make many pot shelves if you want to decorate a room.
64 Cat Playground
Your cat will love you for making this cool cat play area. Aside from this wooden pole, add ropes, felt, and other toys to keep your pets preoccupied for hours.
65 Rustic Signs
Sign up for these lovely rustic signs. These are made from spare MDF pieces, cut, painted, and decorated with text and designs.
66 MDF Scrap Wood Easter Bunnies
What a great idea for Easter! These cute bunnies are made from MDF wood and some paint. Place these on your Easter table to greet your guests.
67 MDF Scrap Wood Snowmen
These MDF scrap wood snowmen will be the best Christmas décor on your tree. These are made from scrap wood and some paint and are very easy to do.
68 MDF Scrap Wood Scarecrow
Don’t throw away those scrap MDF wood! Use these to make scarecrows, something that will fright and delight your guests on Halloween!
69 Glasses Holder
There is no need to look for your glasses because they are here on your DIY glasses holder. This is made from scrap wood and takes only a few hours to complete.
70 MDF Ledge Shelves
These great shelves are perfect for keeping small trinkets, books, small plants, etc. Use thick pieces of MDF wood to make these shelves to ensure they can take the weight of all the stuff you want to display.
71 Easy Garden Chairs
Use scrap MDF wood and other types of wood to make these easy garden chairs and center tables. You can stain these or paint these according to the color you want.
72 Wooden Toy Telephone
This toy telephone is a fantastic toy to gift. It is easy to make, and the materials are readily available from your scrap MDF woodpile.
73 Wooden Banners
A fiesta deserves the best ornaments. These wooden banners can be used and reused as many times as you need. These are made from small pieces of MDF, a string, and some paint.
74 MDF Wooden Dolls
You can make these wooden dolls even when you’re in a hurry. Use a router to create precise shapes and sand the edges to protect those little hands as they play.
75 Side Table Made of MDF Scrap Wood
You can make this MDF scrap wood side table and place this in your living room or bedroom. Cut the wood to size and connect with some glue and nails.
76 MDF Plaques
This plaque is made from thick pieces of MDF wood and some paint. You can make this in just a few minutes with a router or a handsaw.
77 MDF Plant Stand
Show your lovely collection with this plant stand. Don’t throw away spare MDF wood. Construct these handy stands and set these indoors or outdoors.
78 Welcome Signs
Greet your family and guests as they enter your home with this lovely “Welcome” sign. You can make a simple sign or an extravagant one as this is made only from small pieces of MDF wood.
79 Organizer Tray with Legs
This is a practical wooden project made of MDF wood. Use this organizer tray near your nightstand to keep your phone, clock, and other nightly items nearby.
80 Tapestry Hanger Stand
Keep your lovely tapestry pieces tip-top shape with this wooden hanger and stand. You can also use this to display your pieces instead of keeping them tucked away.
MDF is one of the most suitable types of wood you can use for projects. If you’re using scrap wood, make sure that these are durable, dry, and free from damage. Recycling wood is a good idea but clean and dry it before use. Use only paint or stain that’s good for MDF wood to get the best results.