40 Free Scroll Saw Patterns for Beginners & Advanced Woodworkers

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A scroll saw patternThere is nothing worse than treating yourself to a new tool for which you have no immediate use. Some people will say that maybe you shouldn’t buy that tool. They just don’t get it. Every so often, you buy yourself a tool just because you want it.

A scroll saw is just such a tool. It’s not something most people will need every day, but it’s great to have around to turn what would be a mundane, basic wood project into something special.

But we also understand that when you buy one, you want to get to work with it: practice with it, get to know it. We looked around for simple pattern projects that you can make with it. We mixed basic patterns you can get started on right away, and some more advanced ones for once you start to get the hang of using it. A lot of these patterns are available in .PDF files so that you can print them and get started right away.


Here are our 40 Favorite Scroll Saw Patterns:

1. Colors and shapes puzzle from My Scroll Saw Projects

Colors and shapes puzzle from My Scroll Saw Projects

From: myscrollsawprojects.blogspot.com

This shapes puzzle from My Scroll Saw Projects is a perfect first project with a scroll saw. It involves cutting very basic lines and curves and creates a puzzle that’s great for very small children. You can also either place a backing on the puzzle to hold the pieces in place or leave them open. It doesn’t take very long, so it’s an easy pattern to learn on. A printable version is available.

2. Santa mobile from Craft Ideas

Santa mobile from Craft Ideas

From: craftideas.info

If you get your scroll saw as a Christmas gift, one way you could break it in is by making a Santa mobile. It involves very basic shapes from a pattern you can download and print from Craft Ideas. One thing that makes this an especially good project to get started using a scroll saw is that it involves shaping the exterior of wood, not trying to get simple internal cuts.

3. Cutting board from Steve Good

Cutting board from Steve Good

From: stevedgood.com

A cutting board based on this printable pattern from Steve Good is a great way to get used to making cuts. It also comes with a couple of curves, so you can practice turning the pattern and your workpiece to get soft, rounded edges. The best part is that it’ll make very little difference if you screw up. It’s just a cutting board, after all.

4. Bear Puzzle from Wooden Toy Plans

Bear Puzzle from Wooden Toy Plans

From: wooden-toy-plans.com

Once you’ve mastered following patterns to make straight cuts, you can try your hand at more difficult curved cuts. A scroll saw’s blade is small enough to make these a snap if you’re following a pattern for this bear puzzle from Wooden Toy Plans, but it might also be intimidating enough to make it a challenge. The end product is a delightful toy for the kids.

5. Autumn coasters by Scroll Sawer

Autumn coasters by Scroll Sawer

From: scrollsawer.com

At first, these coaster instructions from Scroll Sawer might be a bit intimidating. They are detailed and involved. But they are also precise and come with printable patterns. They offer a challenge that looks more difficult than it is. One great thing is that once you get the hang of it, you can figure out how to draw other shapes and make coasters for every season.

6. Family sign from Dreamingindiy

Family sign from Dreamingindiy

From: dreamingindiy.com

Now that you’re used to making curves, you can try your hand at something to hang on the wall to show off your skills. This simple cut sign with printable patterns at Dreamingindiy will take you some time and give you a chance to sharpen your skills.

7. Perpetual calendar from Craftsmanspace

Perpetual calendar from Craftsmanspace

From: craftsmanspace.com

This perpetual calendar with full downloadable plans at Craftsmanspace is a much more involved project, involving several different pieces of wood. It’ll take some time, but it’s a great way to build skills or work off some nervous energy in between major projects. It also makes a great gift.

8. Skeleton from Bearwood

Skeleton from Bearwood

From: bearwood.com

This skeleton is a lot easier than it looks, especially if you get the fully downloadable and printable plans at Bearwood. The trick to this one is looking at it not as the finished project, but as the sum of a lot of little projects. If you get your scroll saw for Christmas, you’ll have plenty of time to work on this for a great Halloween decoration.

9. Geometric square from Craftsmanspace

Geometric square from Craftsmanspace

From: craftsmanspace.com

This geometric square from Craftsmanspace is more an opportunity for you to fool around with your scroll saw creating something. On the other hand, it is a shape that might be something worth incorporating as you’re doing other projects.

10. Sheet music rest from Craftsmanspace

Sheet music rest from Craftsmanspace

From: craftsmanspace.com

The precise curves and interior cuts on this sheet music rest might seem pretty intimidating. It’s a great way to test your ability to follow the fully printable pattern at Craftsmanspace to turn out something that looks elegant.

11. Dual shade whale pattern from Protoolguide

Dual shade whale pattern from Protoolguide

From: cdn.shopify.com

As another project that looks a lot harder than it is, this dual-shade whale will give you a quick project to show off so people think you’re further advanced at using a scroll saw than you are. The downloadable, printable plans available at Shopify make it a stone-cold snap.

12. Name plaques from Jaimecostiglio

Name plaques from Jaimecostiglio

From: jaimecostiglio.com

If you’re looking to decorate your walls with something to personalize a room, try a name plaque. This allows you to create something with your saw that starts to take on three dimensions. The plans are downloadable and printable from Jaimecostiglio.

13. Filigree fretwork pumpkins from Scrollsawer

Filigree fretwork pumpkins from Scrollsawer

From: scrollsawer.com

Your scroll saw can help you make a perfect Halloween decoration with these printable pumpkin patterns from Scrollsawer. They are a good challenge after you have some experience under your belt, and can lead you to make all kinds of holiday-related decorations.

14. Noah’s Ark puzzle pattern from Scrollsawer

Noah’s Ark puzzle pattern from Scrollsawer

From: scrollsawer.com

You can challenge yourself with this self-contained puzzle of Noah’s Ark. It’s not just a challenge for you to put back together, but making sure that it all fits together will test whether you’ve mastered your scroll saw. The printable pattern is available at Scrollsawer.

15. Freestanding VW Beetle puzzle from Scrollsawer

Freestanding VW Beetle puzzle from Scrollsawer

From: scrollsawer.com

Another pattern from Scrollsawer worth downloading, printing, and using is a freestanding VW Beetle puzzle. It’s one part decoration, one part quick workout for the mind. The great thing is that if you screw something up, no one will notice. It’s a puzzle, after all.

16. Christmas Tree ornaments from Scrollsawworkshop

Christmas Tree ornaments from Scrollsawworkshop

From: scrollsawworkshop.blogspot.com

It’s a bit surprising that we’ve gotten this far into this list without touching on Christmas tree ornaments. Well, with these printable patterns from Scrollsawworkshop, here we are. Once you get the hang of them, if you have the sketching skills, you can probably freelance from the basic patterns.

17. Filigree fretwork hearts from Scrollsawer

Filigree fretwork hearts from Scrollsawer

From: scrollsawer.com

As another in our line of holiday-inspired scroll saw projects, these filigree hearts will give you something to make your Valentine’s Day memorable. Or, with a little fake blood, maybe you’ll have a super-macabre Halloween decoration. Plans at Scrollsawer are downloadable and printable.

18. Single board basket from TheKimSixFix

Single board basket from TheKimSixFix

From: thekimsixfix.com

You can start getting into three-dimensional projects with single board baskets. These plans from TheKimSixFix, printable and downloadable, show you how to turn a single board into a basket or bowl capable of holding fruit.

19. Scroll saw box from Craftsmanspace

Scroll saw box from Craftsmanspace

From: craftsmanspace.com

Making a box with a scroll saw is as simple as cutting out the four sides and then the top and bottom. These plans, downloadable from Craftsmanspace, give you the template for one that is pretty easy to make but looks pretty complicated.

20. Colorful butterfly magnets from Scrollsawer

Colorful butterfly magnets from Scrollsawer

From: scrollsawer.com

These butterfly magnets take little scraps you have lying around your woodpile and turn them into something that looks pretty sophisticated. These printable plans from Scrollsawer will help you make the leap into spring with just a little work.

21. Bookends by Steve Good

Bookends by Steve Good

From: stevedgood.com

Add a little class to your mantel or standalone shelf with these bookends to keep a few old-looking tomes in place. Detailed instructions that you can print and use your scroll saw to cut are available from Steve Good. They even tell you what kind of wood to use and how thick to make it.

22. Table marquetry decoration from Craftsmanspace

Table marquetry decoration from Craftsmanspace

From: craftsmanspace.com

If you’re into making your own furniture and want something other than a normal flat top for a table, this marquetry decoration pattern, downloadable and printable from Craftsmanspace, is a great option. It makes what looks very difficult pretty easy as long as you can follow a pattern.

23. Scroll saw baskets group from Scrollbench

Scroll saw baskets group from Scrollbench

From: scrollbench.com

Earlier, we shared printable plans for one basket from a single sheet of wood. Here’s a whole family of baskets with plans available for downloading from Scrollbench. It’ll take a little more than a single sheet of wood, but the end product gives you a lot more storage space.

24. Scroll saw coaster patterns from Craftsmanspace

Scroll saw coaster patterns from Craftsmanspace

From: craftsmanspace.com

One fun thing you can do with your scroll saw is make coasters to protect your wooden tables from water stains. You could spend a little money and get something that looks like what everyone else has, or you could practice with your saw and these downloadable, printable plans from Craftsmanspace.

25. Switch topper from Steve Good

Switch topper from Steve Good

From: stevedgood.com

Why bore yourself whenever you turn your lights on or off? These downloadable, printable frog-based switch topper plans from Steve Good can add a little bit of whimsy to the mundane. The best thing is that after you’ve mastered this and have the general idea down, you can freelance your own designs.

26. Halloween plaques from Scrollsawer

Halloween plaques from Scrollsawer

From: scrollsawer.com

Here’s a spooktacular little project for your scroll saw: decorative downloadable plaques from Scrollsawer. Stained black and backed by a smoky-looking dark wood, they add a touch of rustic charge that goes perfectly with chilly autumn nights.

27. Intarsia butterfly from Scroll Saw Paradise

Intarsia butterfly from Scroll Saw Paradise

From: docs.wixstatic.com

A project as intricate and delicate as the insect itself, this intarsia butterfly is a good way to challenge both your skills handling a scroll saw and your ability to stay on task. The downloadable, printable instructions from Scroll Saw Paradise make it as simple as following a pattern.

28. Tool patterns from SunCatcherStudio

Tool patterns from SunCatcherStudio

From: suncatcherstudio.com

If you like to keep close track of your tools, you might have them hanging from pegboards. It might also drive you just a little bonkers when they’re out of place. Using your scroll saw to cut patterns, downloadable from SunCatcherStudio, is a great way to stay on top of things.

29. Shelf bracket patterns from Craftsmanspace

Shelf bracket patterns from Craftsmanspace

From: craftsmanspace.com

Why settle for boring shelf brackets when you can cut your own? This assortment of patterns, available for download and print from Craftsmanspace, gives you a wide variety to choose from. They range from simple ones based on an L-support to downright complex ones that’ll have your guests wondering how they work.

30. Country birdhouse from Scrollsaw

Country birdhouse from Scrollsaw

From: scrollsaw.com

You can make homes for your avian friends with these printable, detailed plans from Scrollsaw. One thing that will challenge you is making sure that you have all four sides, the roof pieces and the floor cut to the right dimensions so they all fit together.

31. Welcome cat plaque from Saw4Fun

Welcome cat plaque from Saw4Fun

From: saw4fun.com

Your cat won’t be able to read this plaque, but anyone who stops by your house will know that it’s feline friendly after seeing it. The plans are downloadable and printable at Saw4Fun and require making some interior cuts, which can offer an interesting challenge.

32. Old car patterns from Craftsmanspace

Old car patterns from Craftsmanspace

From: craftsmanspace.com

These four patterns of classic automobiles are perfect to make decorations for your garage. The plans are downloadable from Craftsmanspace, and you can print them off for free. They require some highly detailed work and are perfect to hone your skills making delicate cuts.

33. Fancy alphabet monographs from SunCatcherStudio

Fancy alphabet monographs from SunCatcherStudio

From: suncatcherstudio.com

SunCatcherStudio has patterns for fancy alphabet monograms that you can adapt for just about any purpose that requires big, flowery lettering reminiscent of the first word of an old book. The plans are available for download and printing for free here.

34. Clock hands from Craftsmanspace

Clock hands from Craftsmanspace

From: craftsmanspace.com

These aren’t for actual clocks, which require carefully machined, precise clock hands to stay accurate, but they make great components for other woodworking projects like models. They also make nice little accents to put on top of shelves. Plans are available for printing from Craftsmanspace.

35. Make Tea Not War sign from Baggetta

Make Tea Not War sign from Baggetta

From: baggetta.com

This decoration might look simple, but with its many curves and angles and its internal cuts, it can pose a challenge to even a hobbyist who knows how to use a scroll saw. The pattern is downloadable and printable for free at Baggetta.

36. Lattice picture frame from Saw4Fun

Lattice picture frame from Saw4Fun

From: saw4fun.com

Once you’ve developed some skills and are in between major projects, a lattice picture frame is a great way to pass some time while making something that looks complicated. The plans are available for free from Saw4Fun and are printable.

37. 12 Days of Christmas ornaments from SunCatcherStudio

12 Days of Christmas ornaments from SunCatcherStudio

From: suncatcherstudio.com

Finding it difficult getting into the holiday spirit during a long, dark December? These ornaments from SunCatcherStudio are just the thing to help pass the time, make something great, and get into the holiday spirit. An entire set would even make a great gift.

38. Teacher apple pattern from Baggetta

Teacher apple pattern from Baggetta

From: baggetta.com

It’s not the most complicated pattern, but is there any better way to let your kid’s teacher know they’re the apple of your eye than with this simple gift? The pattern is available for free download and printing from Baggetta.

39. Stars from Knowledge of Axminster

Stars from Knowledge of Axminster

From: knowledge.axminster.co.uk

These stars are more a learning pattern than anything, a way to develop and hone skills making basic curved cuts, transitioning into patterns. They’re a great way to use up little pieces of scrap wood sitting around the shop while making shapes that you can hang on to until you find a use for them. The pattern is free to print from Knowledge of Axminster.

40. Circular pattern from Craftsmanspace

Circular pattern from Craftsmanspace

From: craftsmanspace.com

When cut, this intricate circular pattern can be used for a lot of different things, from coasters to a trivet in your kitchen. In the meantime, it offers a challenging pattern to cut with internal cuts and shapes. The pattern is available for free at Craftsmanspace.