Wooden Pallet DIY Projects That Steal The Upcycling Show

Monica Gray - April 15, 2023

Build A Doghouse

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).

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Build A Reading Nook For Your Child

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).


Build A Home For Your Wine

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).

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Build A Bed Frame

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).


Build A Game Of Corn Hole

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).


Build A Winter Sled

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).

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Build A Fun Chair

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).


Advent Tree

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).

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Message Board

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).

The Real Farm House

Sustainable Compost Bin

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).

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Room Divider

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).

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DIY Succulent Garden

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).


Wooden Pallet Kitchen Backsplash

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).

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Build A DIY Outdoor Swing

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).