5 Easy Woodworking Plans And Designs For Your Garden

Woodworking as a beginner can be both exciting and daunting. On one end you have all these amazing ideas you want to try out. On the other hand, you pretty much have no idea what you are doing and/or where to start.


This is the case especially if you are doing it as a fun DIY project. Worry not my friend; for the truth is that easy and quick woodworking projects for beginners are all over the place.

One of the best places to start your magical journey of artistic discovery would be in your garden. The beauty in this case is that even if your work isn’t perfect, the pretty flowers and herbs will grow over the imperfections and complement them perfectly. So where should you start?

Below are 5 super easy woodworking plans you can use to flex your woodworking muscles and put your newly learned skills to good use.

1. A Natural Log Pathway

Log Pathway

About The Design

A natural log pathway is probably the easiest project on this list but the aesthetic effect is unbelievable. With a few planks of wood or even log cross-sections, you can give your garden the facelift it so desperately deserves.

It works whether you have a large garden or a simple small one serving as both an aesthetic and functional addition. You can also choose to set the path on a bare ground area or have it surrounded by grass.

Either way, this simple design will yield you some pretty awesome results.

The best part about this design is the fact that you do not need to invest a lot of time, money or effort yet you will get to put your woodworking skills to pretty good use.

Tools and Materials You will Need

How to Do It

STEP 1- Identify where you want the path and mark the margins.

STEP 2- Use the small hand shovel to remove grass, weeds, rocks or other debris over your future path site.

STEP 3- Use a ruler or tape measure to measure and mark the wooden planks based on the path’s dimensions. Cut out any extra wood. With the logs, this is not necessary as they come in already determined sizes.

STEP 4- Place the planks on the ground along the marked path. This works a lot better on damp earth so you can sprinkle some water on it before the exercise.

2. Wall Planter For Herbs

Wall Planter

About The Design

For all those woodworking DIY gurus out there who desperately want a garden but a limited by space; this is the project for you. A wall planter is something that pretty much every person should have without excuse.

It is a great way to work with limited space whether you live in an apartment complex or there is no space left in your already crowded back yard. For this woodworking design, you as the beginner will have to put in a bit more effort and time.

However, you can rest assured that the results will more than make up for the time and the potentially inevitable booboos suffered during the project.

Tools And Materials You Will Need

  • Wooden planks
  • A hand saw
  • Nails
  • A hammer or a drill gun or a hot glue gun
  • Soil
  • Gloves

How To Do It

STEP 1- Measure and mark 5 or more planks for use as the base. If you have one large single plank, you can use this. If not, use the nails or glue gun to join the individual planks to form the base.

STEP 2- Measure, mark and cut out smaller pieces of wood that will be used to make pockets to attach to the base. Once these are cut out, use the nails or hot glue to attach them to the base.

STEP 3- Fill the pockets with soil and your planter is ready for the herbs. To prevent a mess when you water, you have the option of layering the base of the pockets with plastic backs or paper wraps that will maintain the water or moisture within each pocket without leakage.

3. Tiered Garden Beds

Garden Beds

About The Design

If you pull this one off, then you should seriously consider dropping the ‘beginner’ title. The tiered garden bed design is possibly the most awesome of all garden woodworking projects.

As with all the other projects on this list, it offers both aesthetic and functional benefits. In this case, the shape, size and even tier height are limited only by your imagination.

So feel free to play around with shapes and colors to make your set unique and more appealing.

Tools And Materials You Will Need

Pretty much the same materials you had for the wall planter only with long wooden planks. So that will be:

  • Long wooden planks
  • A hand saw
  • Nails
  • A hammer or a drill gun or a hot glue gun
  • Soil
  • Gloves

How To Do It

STEP 1- The easiest to pull off is the triangular, square and rectangular shaped tiers. The first thing to do in this case is to create the bases. As with the wall planter, you can either use one large plank or fuse many small ones together. In this case, however, you will have the bases get smaller and smaller for the tier effect.

STEP 2- Using the base dimensions you will have to measure, mark and cut the planks that will be used to wall off each tier.

STEP 3- Fuse the wall planks to the bases using the nails or hot glue. What you will have by the end of this step is several open boxes of different sizes.

STEP 4- The next step is setting them up one on top of the other for the tier effect. In this case, it is completely up to you to decide the design. You can have them one literally on top of the other with a spiral design or you can go for a staircase design. With the latter, you would have to reinforce the topmost tier with a vertical plank for support against the ground.

STEP 5- Finally, fill it with soil and you are ready for business.

4. Garden Sign Posts

Garden Sign Posts

About The Design

This is yet another super easy yet super fun and functional garden woodworking idea. It works great on larger gardens and can be used to direct visitors to different parts of your natural paradise.

You can also use it on small gardens including fairy and gnome themed strips. In this case, you get to express your creativity not only through the woodworking but also through the paint and print work on the sign posts.

Tools And Materials You Will Need

  • Wooden planks
  • A hand saw
  • A chisel or a permanent marker pen
  • Nails and a hammer (or a nail gun)

How To Do It

STEP 1- Measure, mark and cut 2 sets of planks with 2 different sizes. The narrower of the two will serve as the stand whereas the wider one will be your sign board.

STEP 2- Join the two using a nail and hammer.

STEP 3- Use a chisel to cut out the script. Try this only if you are sure that you will do a good job. If not, you can use a permanent marker or paint to write down the instructions.

5. Wooden Bench For Your Garden Oasis

Wooden Bench

About The Design

Finally, you should consider trying to build a bench on which to relax while in the garden. In this case, you can go for anything from an elaborate multiple seat garden oasis bench to a simple old log curve-out.

As a beginner, it would probably be a better idea to start out small with the latter being the better option. But as time goes and your skills improve, you should seriously consider trying out the full garden nook woodworking project.

Tools And Materials You Will Need

  • A log
  • A hand saw or a power saw
  • A tape measure or a ruler
  • A pencil or wood marker

How To Do It

STEP 1- Measure and mark cutout points on the log.

STEP 2- Use the say to cut along the marked points until you have a wedge shaped gap along the length of the log.

STEP 3- You can use sand paper to smoothen the surface and polish to make it look shiny and new.

Bottom Line

After all, is said and done, woodworking, like any other craft, is a combination of skill and creativity. You know how to select and cut wood. You know how to drill and drive the nails through.

But it is you imagination that will help you take things to the next level. The 5 ideas above would be a great place to start as far as woodworking is concerned.

If you wish to spice things up a little and add a personal touch, you could always throw in your own ideas to make each project unique.

That way, whether it is a shelf-inspired floating garden or a soap dish made from reclaimed wood you will have a creative outlet for what can only be described as functional art.

About the Author Laura Bennett

Hello, I’m Laura Bennett. I love nature especially when it comes to flowers and different kinds of plants. I started a very small garden behind my house and I named it Humid Garden. So, I created this blog to provide aspiring and inspiring thoughts about gardening for gardeners and anyone who has the intention of keeping a garden.

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