Simple Wooden Rings.

Today’s DIY project is by far one of my favorites that I’ve done on here. I apologize in advance to those of you that don’t have a dad with a garage full of tools that you can borrow…
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What you need:
-Scrap pieces of hardwood. I used cedar, cherry, mahogany
-Scroll saw
-Belt sander
-Some type of finish. I tried a few different types: homemade natural stain, Minwax stain, and a butcher block conditioner.

How to do it:
-Use a drill to make a hole about the size of your finger. I made some 5/8″ and some 3/4″.
-Use scroll saw to trim around the hole a bit so you don’t have so much to sand off. Make sure you leave a bit extra on one side if you want to make some sort of design rather than just a plain circle.
-Use a belt sander to shape the ring as you wish. Make sure you don’t make the band too thin!
-Use a piece of sandpaper to smooth the inside of the ring if you want!
-Use the finish of your choice and let dry.
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I wear mine all the time and they are such a fun handmade gift to give to friends (that they will actually like!)

After I made these, I was so pumped! And then my dad brought in some rings that he has been making for his etsy shop and I died! He is so incredibly talented it just overwhelms me. The man can make anything! Check out these beauties that he made:
The Red Bird Shop Rings
I mean… seriously! *Proudest daughter ever 😉 So if you don’t have the tools to make some on your own, or if you’re just looking for quality that some of us *ehem just can’t achieve… pop over to the The Red Bird Shop and buy yourself one!

xo. Caitlin

  • Marlene @ Jade and FernThursday, May 16, 2013 - 9:44 am

    These are gorgeous! I do have a dad with tools…but sadly he lives 6 hours away. Next visit!ReplyCancel

  • aaminrrThursday, May 16, 2013 - 2:28 pm

    OMG this are amazing! Absolutely love The Merry Thought. So glad to have discovered it thanks for Caitlin’s comment on my blog! You ladies are wonderful!

    xoxo. Andrea.

  • tepid teadropFriday, May 17, 2013 - 5:30 am

    So pretty! I have to try it with my stone age tools 😉ReplyCancel

  • gemmaFriday, May 17, 2013 - 12:13 pm

    I have a mom with tools 🙂
    and I’d really like to try this
    great ideaReplyCancel

  • Sister ThreadFriday, May 17, 2013 - 2:57 pm

    I love these! Very nice:)ReplyCancel

  • Jordan JenksSaturday, May 18, 2013 - 4:56 pm

    These are so great! Your family is just too beautiful and talented!ReplyCancel

  •, May 24, 2013 - 11:05 am

    Wow very extraordinary rings !
    We love it!
    Magda and Agnes:*ReplyCancel

  • ChingSaturday, May 25, 2013 - 9:40 am

    So super gorgeous!!! I’ve bought one before from Thailand, hope I’ll get to make one of my own one day. You and your dad are amazing!ReplyCancel

  • zamuilSunday, June 30, 2013 - 10:10 pm

    How did you finish them? Did you use an oil, poly, or just leave them the way they were? I’ve been interested in making my own to give as gifts for a while now, and I’m trying to get as much info as I can on it.ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathMonday, July 8, 2013 - 11:03 am

      I tried out a few different finishes. My favorite was the butcher block conditioner.ReplyCancel

      • zamuilMonday, July 8, 2013 - 11:51 am

        Cool, thanks. I’ll have to try it sometime.ReplyCancel

  • darbyWednesday, October 23, 2013 - 11:13 pm

    Hi. Very cool.. question, do you have trouble making all sizes? I was making some for my friends, and found that the drill bits (I used forstener bits), didn’t equal out to all sizes, there was only like two usable ones, equaled out to size 5.5 and 8.5 I think. Any suggestions? Coping saw? Thanks! DarbyReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathMonday, October 28, 2013 - 5:07 pm

      You can either sand or use a round file to make them a larger size. Or you can buy forstener bits that come in 1/16″ increments. If you want something in between a 5.5 and 8.5 try a 9/16″ or 11/16″ bit. Hopefully this helps!ReplyCancel

  • neil stevensSunday, January 12, 2014 - 7:05 pm

    Stunning. ReplyCancel

  • JazzieThursday, August 7, 2014 - 10:30 pm

    OMG i am in love!! I would love to try this but I’m so scared I’ll cut my finger.. ahaReplyCancel

  • Carmody TisdaleThursday, August 21, 2014 - 3:37 pm

    These are absolutely lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley WeedTuesday, September 16, 2014 - 11:50 am

    How durable are these rings? My future husband asked me if I’d make one for his wedding band and I’m wondering if anyone has any idea how they’d hold up over time? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathWednesday, September 17, 2014 - 10:36 am

      They have held up pretty well for me as an occasional accessory but I don’t think they would last long as a wedding ring. They can be cracked from heavy lifting or hitting your hand too hard against something. And I would recommend always removing the rings before showering/washing hands/swimming.

      The layered ones that my dad sells in his shop (they’re linked to in the post) are much more durable than a ring made from a single piece of wood like these but even those are not indestructible. They list some suggestions on the listings on how to make your ring last.ReplyCancel

  • PaolaSaturday, October 11, 2014 - 8:26 pm

    Hi! I’m eager to do them! But idk how thick the wood should be.. I have a scrap of wood but idk of it’s too thickReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathMonday, October 13, 2014 - 2:24 pm

      It shouldn’t be too much thicker than you want the ring to be. Anything thicker than an inch would probably be too thick unless you plan on cutting or sanding it down quite a bit.ReplyCancel

  • MathildeMonday, December 8, 2014 - 10:05 am

    Hello! I’m from France and I’ve been following your creations for some time now, and I looooove your wooden rings! Do you think I could order some but with your design? Your Dad’s rings are sublime but I think I would rather wear the ones you made. Thank you in advance and I think you’re incredibly talented!ReplyCancel

  • wolfandironMonday, March 23, 2015 - 3:38 pm

    Nice rings! I like the idea of laminating them together to provide more durability. I wrote an article using a similar process here I’ll try my hand at layering them with different woods and see how it goes.ReplyCancel

    • LaurenTuesday, September 8, 2015 - 1:37 am

      How did your dad get the different shades an color of woods?ReplyCancel

      • Caitlin McGrathTuesday, September 8, 2015 - 11:38 am

        He just uses many different types of wood in his rings.ReplyCancel

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