40 Fun and Functional Woodworking Projects to Do With Pallets or 2x4s

By Trista
40 Fun and Functional Woodworking Projects to Do With Pallets or 2x4s

With spring in the air, it’s hard to resist the call of the garage and power tools. What is more fun than a Saturday spent creating a beautiful new piece of decor for your home, all with your own two hands! Reclaimed pallets and 2x4s are both cheap, simple woods that are versatile enough to be used in countless decor projects from candle holders to picnic tables. Read on for 40 ideas on how to use both sources to create fresh, fun items for spring.

Safety note: when looking for pallets, always stay safe by reading the stamps in the wood that determine the country of origin and any treatment provided to the wood. If you see [MB] stamps, avoid these as they are treated with the broad spectrum pesticide Methyl Bromide and are not safe for indoor craft use. Similarly, do not use chemically treated 2x4s meant for outdoor use for indoor crafts or furniture.

Making Joy and Pretty Things

1. Floral Centerpiece

Small pieces of 2×4 lumber can be combined in any number of creative ways to make a decorative centerpiece for your table. A centerpiece is a great starting project, as it will introduce you to make mitered cuts and the general principles of assembling wood pieces together. Once you have a shape you like, holes can be drilled or cut into the wood in various sizes to hold bud vases for fresh cut flowers. Your imagination is the only limit for this simple, fun project!