Upcycle old wooden pallets and make a raised planter bed. Place it on wheels so you can roll it around your yard throughout the day, to the spots that get the most sun. To make the box, take four pieces of wood and place four strips on the ground longways, and then another four until you’ve built a wall. Secure them together with nails until you have a tall garden bed (Kellogg Garden).
Using different colored paints or stained wood, you can create your very own custom planter box. This looks beautiful outside in your yard, and with tons of flowers and plants blooming from the boxes, you’ll have your very own customized yard decoration. They’ll also last for years on end, so you won’t have to worry about replacing them. They’re small enough that you can move them around your yard with minimal effort. It’s a great alternative if your backyard is too small for a garden wall (Pinterest).
Break up your living room sofa into sections using an ingenious hack, of wooden pallets. This is a great way to make extra legroom for you and your family, especially if you’re all constantly arguing over who gets the couch. A double layer of wooden pallets forms the base. You only have to spend money on the pillows and mats you place on top. Every time you sit on that sofa, you can relax into the knowledge of knowing you saved tons of money building your sectional sofa. One of the best parts is you can store things like books and other items underneath the sofa (Pinterest).
Your kids will love this one as much as you will! This is a fun weekend project for you and your family who want to get your hands dirty with paint. Grab your wooden panels, secure them together with a hammer and nails, and start painting! You can use a stencil to outline any decoration you want to add to the front. Whether your kid has a Batman-themed room or a princess-themed room, this is where you have a lot of leeway with creativity. They also make wonderful birthday and holiday presents (Houzz).
Building a coffee table for your porch is slightly different than for your living room. With your porch coffee table, you have a little bit more freedom with the colors and style you want to use, as you likely aren’t trying to match all your furniture to a certain aesthetic. Looking at a brightly colored coffee table you made yourself will surely make your day. Use stacked pellets and casters to make a coffee table that’s the perfect size for a seating area. Be careful not to make it too high, otherwise, it will look strange in your space. Choose whichever paint pops in your space, and add some throw pillows and other decorations to the couches surrounding it for an added touch. To take it to another level, you can carve out the center of the pallet and turn it into a stylish planter with rocks and colorful flowers, and plants (Pinterest).
Your coffee mugs need a home, too! Imagine waking up every morning and seeing your mugs hanging peacefully on a wooden pallet board you built yourself. That cup of coffee is well deserved! This takes about a day to build. All you need is to cut a wooden pallet to a smaller size, add hooks for the mugs, and then sand and paint it however you’d like. Leave the wood exposed for a captivating, eye-drawing piece in your kitchen, or paint it white for a more neutral, bohemian look (Crafty Chica).
Next time you invite friends and family over, you’ll want to impress them with this menu board. Your friends will love reading off this chalkboard menu board, hinting at the delicious dishes you have for them during your next birthday, engagement, or wedding event. You can wash the chalk right off and use it again for your next big outing. To get started, you’ll need to sand the wood to make it smooth and prepped for painting. Paint the pallet in whichever color you’d like, though darker colors are better for white chalk. Once that dries, you can add your menu items in a fun and cursive handwriting (HGTV).
If you don’t have proper garden tool storage, it’s likely your tools are lying all around your yard. Luckily, it’s an easy fix with wooden pallets. You can easily cut them to size and build a small storage unit housing your tools that fits perfectly next to your garage. This will keep your tools separate from the other things in your yard. Add a lock to the door for added safety and to keep the tools away from your kids. You’ll also have a cute little storage unit that you can paint and decorate however you’d like (Pinterest).
There’s nothing like telling the time with a wooden wall clock you made yourself! Piece together small parts of wooden pallets. Then, stencil on the numbers. This is where you can choose to have only four numbers on the clock, or all twelve. Sand the pallet and numbers afterward to give it a weathered look, and then add the clock mechanism. This is much cheaper than purchasing one at the store, and you have a full reign of creativity (Home Talk).
Put some personality into your dining room table with a wooden pallet centerpiece. This is a creative, inventive piece that can hold salt, pepper, spices, candles, napkins, and utensils. It’s a quick and easy afternoon project that will surprise your friends. Paint it white for a chic look, or leave the wood exposed for a more rustic look. All you need are three wide-set wooden pallets, and then finish it off however you like. You can take apart the wooden pallet so it’s hollow, and then add whatever you’d like inside (Easy Pallet Ideas).
Your dog will love these wooden pallets as much as you do. Why not make them something special? Stain the pallets dark brown to match the earthy tones of your backyard. This is a more involved project, as you’ll need to add weatherproofing sealant, scrap sheet metal for the roof, and exterior-grade silicone. You’ll want a home in which your dog can relax, no matter the weather. To build the house, you’ll start with the base, add the raised boundaries around the base, and create the roof’s design (DIY Craftsy).
Just as you want to build your dog something special, build your child something special. A reading nook might just be the thing their cozy room needs to make it complete. You only need several pallets and rolling casters for this project. Make sure the surface is smoothed out, and fill any holes in the wood with wood filler. Sand sway anything sticking out that might give them a splinter, and remove any extra staples. Place blankets, cushions, and pillows on top for added coziness (Recyclart).
Your wine bottles need a home, too! There’s nothing better than looking at your collection of wine bottles from a pallet shelf you built yourself. It’s important to make sure the rack is sturdy enough for the weight of the wine bottles. You’ll have to measure out the appropriate curves and space for the bottles and stems of glasses. Install it in your living room or kitchen for easy access during parties and romantic dinners (Pinterest).
Bedframes can cost up to a few thousand dollars. Luckily, you can save these costs and build your own using wooden pallets. The pallets are durable and can hold hundreds of pounds. You’ll have to reorganize the pallets to create a frame the size of your mattress, but with minimal effort, you’ll have something that will last a lifetime. For the more creative, you can even build a bed frame without any nails or screws (Pinterest).
Summertime calls for fun, and outdoor games. Buying all these games can be costly, which is where wooden pallets come in. You can easily up-cyle wooden pallets to make a game of corn hole. Simply disassemble the pallets and rearrange them to build new frames. Make sure the holes are big enough for the bean bags to fall through and there are no rough patches on the board, and then start painting! Once it’s dry, let the competitions begin (Lehman Lane).
You don’t have to dread the chilly winter nights any longer. It just means you’ll have time for tons of DIY projects, including winter sleds. Grab pieces of shipping pallets and install aluminum into the bottom of the board for easy movement on snow. If you want to go all out, stain the wood bright red and add jingle bells. Joy is calling with your pallet sled, and your kids will love the holiday spirit. At the first sight of snow, it’s time to get building (1001 Pallets).
Now that you’ve built your pallet coffee table, it’s time to build a chair to match. This chair is bursting with its character and will pair well with your brightly colored coffee table. Put your twist on outdoor furniture. Once you have the structure built using a saw, crowbar, hammer, tape measure, and marker, you can use whatever pillows and cushions you think best suit your yard’s personality. In this case, this person used real coffee bean sacks as pillows. You could take it a step further and use real flour sacks, or other quirky material you might find lying around or at a local shop (RK Black).
Christmas is on its way. Santa will be happy to see this project! You can easily build your very own Advent Tree before the holidays even begin. This is a great gift to give your friends and family at holiday parties. If you want this in your home, you can hang gifts and small trinkets from the tree to get your kids excited about Christmas. Another idea is to add tiny numbered structures on the tree, indicating the day of the month, with a small hole inside. Have your kids move a Santa doll from one number to the next, counting down the days until Christmas (Shelterness).
It’s hard to keep up with so many different schedules, especially as your kids get older. That’s why it’s important to stay as organized as possible and to stay on top of your and your kids’ lives. With a message board, you can easily hang schedules, tasks, chores, and important events that you and your family need to see. There’s no need to stress out about remembering your child’s soccer match or ballerina recital, this message board will cover all the organization for you (Pinterest).
Wooden pallets are the perfect material for compost bins. They allow the compost material to breathe and keep the organic matter contained in one box. You don’t need to be a farmer to have a compost box, you can turn the compost material into feed for your plants. This is an environmental way to feed your plants, reduce waste, and limit the number of chemicals you have in your home. To start, you’ll need four pallets of equal size. Make sure the pallets have the logo IPPC or EPAL, which means it doesn’t have harmful material that may leak into your compost (Grow Veg).
If you need a little bit of privacy in your home, this wooden pallet room divider is your lifesaver. Let’s say you have an office space in your living room, but it’s completely exposed to your couch and TV area. You can make a private room using wooden pallets. You’ll only need four pallets secured together to make this divider, which reaches toward your ceiling. Better yet, you can add binder clips and post-its to the structure to make it a family space with photos, reminders, and paintings (Pinterest).
Upcycle your old tables for a DIY succulent garden you can put in your backyard. You’ll need a few pallet boards, screws, and face nails. Once you build the structure, clear-coat them and start adding your succulents. Ashley, from Mountain Crest Gardens, created her succulent garden. She said, “I used ground or weed cloth and stapled it to the back and on the inside. I then filled the pallet with soil and cut holes for the plants. Then, once the plants were in I watered the whole thing. Now, we will have to wait at least a month to hang it, so that the succulents can root.” Eventually, your succulent garden will be sprawled with beautiful, vibrant plants (Mountain Crest Gardens).
This one will get your friends talking. If something is missing in your kitchen but you can’t quite put your finger on it, then a wooden pallet backsplash might be your answer. Spiff up your kitchen with a few panels of raw, exposed wood. To keep the pallet boards protected against moisture, you can seal the boards. If you love the look, you might want to have the exposed wood across your entire counter (Home Talk).
It’s time to put your favorite backyard tree to use! Build an outdoor swing using leftover pallet wood you have in your garage. All you need is the wood, screws, a drill, a saw, durable strings to throw over the branch of the tree, and a comfortable mattress. A little bit of material goes a long way. Once you layer the pallets together, attach the strings. You can decorate the swing however you’d like, and add weatherproof blankets, cushions, and pillows. Your weekend morning coffee just got a whole lot cozier (Homedit).