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12 DIY Balsa Wood Projects You Can Do Today (with Pictures)

Wood saw on green cutting board with balsa wood

Wood saw on green cutting board with balsa wood_Zenith Pictures_shutterstock

Balsa wood comes from the Ochroma pyramidale, a small tree that grows in Central and South America. The wood is very soft, lightweight, and easy to work with, so it’s great for crafts and woodworking projects. If you are looking for some projects to get you started, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve searched the internet for every balsa wood project we could find, and we’re going to list them for you here so you can get some ideas. We’ve also included images and a short description to let you know how difficult it is.divider 4

The 12 DIY Balsa Wood Projects

1. Balsa Bridge

The balsa bridge is very popular and is often one of the first projects that people undertake. It’s not that difficult to build, but the hard part is designing something stable, and many contests are looking for the best design.

2. Balsa Wood Model House

The balsa wood model house is a design that you can make as simple or as complicated as you want. It’s a great way to learn the delicate art of building the frame and will result in an attractive building that you can use as part of a larger project.

3. Balsa Wood Water Tower

A balsa wood water tower is a little more advanced and will require plenty of patience, but the result is stunning and will help you work on your wood bending technique.

4. Balsa Wood Airplane

Learning how to make a balsa wood airplane is one of the most popular uses for balsa wood, and most of us have seen one for sale, if not owned one. They are very inexpensive, but you can create it yourself by using the one in the store as a template.

5. Balsa Wood Structure

The balsa wood structure is a moderately-difficult project that will test your ability to make neat, strong corners. If done correctly, you will create a fairly tall piece of art that will amaze your friends.

6. Balsa Wood Tardis

If you are a Doctor Who fan, you will love creating the balsa wood tardis. This project is not very difficult and demonstrates several important techniques you will need when working with balsa. The resulting project looks great on any desk or shelf, and it’s lightweight enough to use as a tree ornament.

7. Balsa Wood Military Truck

The balsa wood military truck is easy to build if you don’t go for all of the fine detail. You can make it the easy way and add detail as your skills improve. The truck in this image is laser etched, but you can do the same thing with a woodburning kit.

8. Balsa Wood Sparrow

The balsa wood sparrow in this design also made use of lasers, but you can create the same shapes with an Exacto knife. Once you cut the shapes, the project is easy, and the hardest part becomes getting it to stand up.

9. Balsa Wood Mobile

The balsa wood mobile is one of the easier projects on this list, and there are no set patterns or plans to follow. It’s the perfect project to tackle when learning how to bend wood, but you can also cut out shapes of stars, butterflies, and other objects to make it look how you want.

10.  Balsa Wood Animals

Balsa wood animals are easy to make and are a great way to master your Exacto knife skills. The easiest way is to trace your favorite animals onto the wood and cut them out. Start easy with no tight spaces and gradually work your way up.

11. Balsa Bunny Basket

The Balsa bunny basket is the perfect project to tackle after making a few of the animals from the last idea. This plan is a little harder but nothing you can’t handle once you have the animal carving down.

12.  Balsa Oldie

We wanted to make sure there was at least one good project for experienced woodworkers to try out and give the rest of us something to work toward, and that is the balsa oldie. When you create one of these, you’re ready to open up shop.divider 1


Balsa wood projects can be great fun for children and adults. There are projects available for beginners and experienced woodcarvers. Once you have an idea like creating balsa wood animals, you can expand on it to include any characters in a coloring book or comic book. It will give you experience cutting and painting, and before you know it, you’ll be moving on to more complex projects. The same idea goes for other projects, like the balsa bridge. You might build several before you find a design you are happy with, and by then, you will have perfected the skill.

We hope you have enjoyed reading over our list ideas that teach you how to male Balsa wood projects and have found the one you will try. If you know other people interested in these kinds of crafts, please share these 12 Balsa wood projects you can do today on Facebook and Twitter.

Featured image credit: Zenith Pictures, Shutterstock

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