We had a lot of scrap wood in our garage from recent home projects. Charlie piled it up to throw away, but the pile looked very beautiful to me... so we kept it. I decided to recycle the scraps into fun building blocks for the kids.
I sanded each block, painted each one, sanded again, then sprayed them to death with polyurethane. The result? A handsome stack of one-of-a-kind building blocks. Perfect for towers, roads, castles, etc. This project cost zero dollars. Boo-ya budget.