7 Creative Uses for Leftover Siding

If you’ve just finished an exterior renovation and have some siding leftover, don’t put it to waste! There are tons of fun DIY projects you can undertake with leftover siding so you don’t have to throw it away. Seeing as you likely used top quality siding for your home, whatever you make out of the leftovers is sure to last you for years to come! From projects for your kids to home upgrades, here are seven creative uses for leftover siding!

1. Nameplates for Kids’ Rooms

When you’re a kid, there’s nothing better than a personalized room, and with leftover siding you can create unique nameplates for each of your children. Cut a piece of the siding and stencil your child’s name onto it, letting them paint and place stickers on the nameplate to make it their own.

2. Baby Mobile

Another creative way to use leftover siding is to make a baby mobile! Use a circular saw to cut out geometric shapes (or get even more creative if you can!), to hang from your ceiling. Remember to drill a small hole through each of the pieces so you can string the shapes onto some string to hang it from the ceiling.

3. A Vanity Cabinet

Have you always wanted a unique vanity cabinet for your bathroom? Use your leftover siding to create one, and it paint in any colour that matches your bathroom colour palette. It’s a great way to add character to your bathroom as well as additional function.

4. Coat Hanger

Cut a piece of siding your desired length and place it up on the wall in your entryway or mudroom. Attach hooks along the front of it, and ta da, you have a coat hanger. You can also create a towel hanger in your bathroom the same way, or attach vintage door knobs to the front to hang towels on.

5. Dog House

Have you always wanted to build a dog house for your favourite four-legged friend? Extra siding provides you with the perfect chance to make that happen! Especially if your dog spends a good amount of time outside, it’s a great way to keep them comfortable and protected. And since quality siding is weather resistant and maintenance free, you won’t have to worry about it weathering or rusting.

6. Treehouse or Playhouse

If you have a considerable amount of siding left over, you may want to consider building something on a larger scale, like a treehouse or playhouse for your kids. If you’re building a treehouse, check with your city to see if you need a permit. You won’t need one for a playhouse, so if you want to get started right away, that may be the better option!

7. Statement Wall

Have a small wall area in your home and always wanted to create a statement wall? Use the leftover siding from your renovation project to cover your entire wall in siding. If you have siding pieces of varying thickness, it’s a great way to add visual interest to the space.

There are plenty of ways to use leftover siding! Get creative and don’t let it go to waste!


DIY Fun: What to Do with Leftover Siding

If you’ve just completed a siding project for your house, you likely have some leftovers. Instead of getting rid of it, why not create a fun DIY project for your home? If you used a siding contractor, you shouldn’t have too much leftover siding, but if you do, there are DIY projects big and small! DIY siding projects are fun to do and won’t require as much labour as covering your house with siding.

Vinyl siding would be perfect for these projects. Gentek’s vinyl siding is strong, durable and maintenance-free, providing you with quality for whatever project you take on! So buckle up and let’s get started!

1. DIY Birdhouse

Do you often find birds flying around your yard? Why not create a matching birdhouse that compliments your exterior? Not only will this bring life into your backyard, it will also give the birds some extra protection and shield them from the elements. It will be so much less labour-intensive than covering your own home, and your chirpy friends will love it! Start with making a plywood structure, or use an existing birdhouse, cut out 2” inch strips of siding and layer the pieces one on top of another, nailing them in as you go!

2. DIY Mailbox

Old school, stand-alone mailboxes are so incredibly charming. If you have a Victorian or traditional style home, a mailbox would compliment it perfectly. Using your leftover siding, you’ll be able to create a sturdy long-lasting mailbox that will act as a shield for your important mail, plus it will add gorgeous curb appeal to your exterior.

3. DIY Dog House

You’ll need a little more siding for this project, but if you have a hefty amount of leftovers, a dog house could be the perfect solution for your four-legged friend! If your dog spends lots of time outside, you’ll be able to provide comfort for them and protection from the elements. Since siding is weather-resistant, they’ll be comfortable in most temperatures, and the durability of the siding ensures your dog house will be long-lasting. You can also paint it whatever shade you choose and you won’t have to worry about the paint chipping off like it would with wood!

4. DIY Garden Shed

You don’t have to make an entire garden shed out of siding, but you can add siding and trim to your garden shed so it matches your house. This will give your space unity and make you feel right at home while you’re gardening in your yard.

5. DIY House Numbers

DIY house numbers are the perfect if you want a minimal siding project. Your house numbers should be uniquely yours and this is a creative way to make them just that. Cutting your own house numbers allows you to design them any way you want – choosing your own font, size and colour to compliment your exterior.

Leftover siding allows you to create fun and beautiful DIY projects around your home. Use your creativity and put that leftover siding to good use!