How to Make a DIY Wood Filler

DIY wood projects are extremely popular ways to repurpose old wood. The only issue with old wood is that it is sometimes full of holes and cracks that have to be repaired. This is where you would use a wood filler. There are plenty of wood fillers that can be bought, but it’s so easy to make your own perfectly-matching wood filler that there is no reason to buy one.

Making Your Wood Filler

The best reason to make your own wood filler is that it will be the absolute perfect match to your wood project. Wood filler is made with sawdust left over from cutting the wood and a binding material. 

An easy DIY wood filler recipe is this:

  • Pour your sawdust onto a paper plate. Make sure the paper plate is all white.
  • Add some clear shellac to the sawdust. Since you aren’t working with exact measurements, add only a little shellac at a time. If your mixture ends up too wet, you can add some more sawdust.
  • Make sure that your mixture is firm enough to from a small ball that doesn’t lose its shape but is soft enough to flatten easily.
  • Pack the wood filler mixture into any holes and cracks that need it. You’ll want to wear gloves to do this because shellac is super sticky.
  • When the filler is dry, sand it until it smooths.
  • Apply stain as you planned, and you have a beautifully finished wood project!

See how to make your own wood filler here: 

There are other binding agents that you can use for your filler, like wood glue. However, the end result is expected to be the same – a thick, putty-like substance that feels like dough. Make sure to work quickly with it, though. Your DIY wood filler will dry within about 15 minutes, so it needs to be applied to the damaged wood right away.

A Finished Project

Finishing a DIY project is a prideful moment, and knowing that you’ve created a wooden masterpiece without needing fancy store-bought fillers makes the project that much more personal. You can proudly show off your handiwork, knowing that it is beautiful and well-done.