25 Best DIY Pallet Projects That Will Transform Your Home and Yard


Most DIYers find it hard to resist a pile of wood pallets, and with good reason – they are ripe with potential and usually free. From tables to fences to walkways, the sheer number of DIY pallet projects with instructions are seemingly endless... so today we’ve curated a list of the best projects on Hometalk!

DIY Pallet Projects
DIY Pallet Projects

Learn how to put this versatile raw material to good use with these incredibly clever DIY wood pallet projects.


1. How To Build a Pallet Fence

Who knew that a pallet could be so pretty? This Hometalker swapped a few upcycled fence pickets for pallet pieces to create a gorgeous white picket fence for their yard.

Pallet Fence Ideas (Crafting Stuff)
Pallet Fence Ideas (Crafting Stuff)

See post: Crafting Stuff|Pallet Fence: Repurposing Pallets


2. Make Your Own Pallet Bench and Table Set

If you’re in need of new outdoor furniture, grab a few pallets and a can of deck paint to create a sturdy matching outdoor living room set for your patio. This project can be customized to fit your space - adjust the dimensions according to your patio and choose a paint color that complements your decor. 

Pallet Bench & Pallet Coffee Table (Darren Van Winkle)
Pallet Bench & Pallet Coffee Table (Darren Van Winkle)

See post: Darren Van Winkle|Pallet Bench & Pallet Coffee Table


3. Create a Large Outdoor Pallet Sectional

Keep your outdoor furniture budget in check with this epic outdoor pallet sectional by Hometalker Angela East. She recommends using pallets from grocery stores because they are less likely to be treated with pesticides.

Build A Pallet Sectional – Pallet Furniture DIY (Angela East)
Build A Pallet Sectional – Pallet Furniture DIY (Angela East)

See post: Angela East|Build A Pallet Sectional – Pallet Furniture DIY


4. Spruce Up Your Garden With A Pallet Walkway

For this project, you’ll need a few pallets that are made without spaces in between the wood, sometimes called close-boarded pallets. Simply place them on top of your leveled soil for a unique walkway idea. This is one of those easy DIY pallet projects that will make you wonder why you didn’t think of it yourself!

Cheating With An INSTANT Full Pallet Garden Walkway (Funky Junk Interiors)
Cheating With An INSTANT Full Pallet Garden Walkway (Funky Junk Interiors)

See post: Funky Junk Interiors|Cheating With An INSTANT Full Pallet Garden Walkway


5. Transform A Pallet Into A Beautiful Garden Gate

When you think of DIY wood pallet projects, they’re often stationary – but this handmade pallet garden gate is a fully functional door that’s attractive to boot. Simply pull apart a pallet and add some hardware to recreate your own version of this unique garden gate. 

Garden Gate Via Pallet Boards (Diane H.)
Garden Gate Via Pallet Boards (Diane H.)

See post: Diane H.|Garden Gate Via Pallet Boards


6. Outdoor Organizer Rack

Pallets can be handy organizers as well… simply make a few changes to the structure and add hooks to create your own iteration of this functional piece. This one is used outside to hang up sports gear and wet clothing, but you might also consider using a similar design indoors in your entryway or mudroom.

Outdoor Organization Rack From A Pallet (Rob & Courtney M.)
Outdoor Organization Rack From A Pallet (Rob & Courtney M.)

See post: Rob & Courtney M.|Outdoor Organization Rack From A Pallet


7. Pallet Coffee Table With Storage Compartments

While pallets might not naturally lend themselves to storage, this Hometalker made a few adjustments to create large openings for baskets. She also added casters to the bottom, making it the perfect small-space coffee table solution. 

Vintage Style Coffee Table From Pallet (PaintyCloud)
Vintage Style Coffee Table From Pallet (PaintyCloud)

See post: PaintyCloud|Vintage Style Coffee Table From Pallet


8. DIY Hinged Pallet Door

Wood might be one of the most versatile DIY materials available, thanks to its variations in color and texture. Case in point – this crafty builder arranged pallet pieces in a specific pattern to create a unique herringbone design. They then turned it into this one-of-a-kind hinged door for their living room cabinets.

See post: Nickell Morgan|DIY Pallet Barn Door On Hinges


9. Simple Pallet Pet Bed

Even your four-legged friends can get in on the pallet fun with this custom pet bed made from pallet wood and stain. Fido will love his new digs, and you’ll love the affordable price tag. 

Pallet Pet Bed
Pet Bed From Pallet (PaintyCloud)
Pet Bed From Pallet (PaintyCloud)

See post: PaintyCloud|Pet Bed From Pallet


10. Easy DIY Wood Pallet Compost Bin

By default, compost bins are often ugly – they are holding decomposing food after all. But this clever Hometalker has created a beautiful compost bin out of a few free pallets and some stain. She dressed it up with some colorful pansies around the perimeter so visually it looks more like a raised garden.

How To Build A Wooden Pallet Compost Bin In 6 Easy Steps (Hoosier Homemade)
How To Build A Wooden Pallet Compost Bin In 6 Easy Steps (Hoosier Homemade)

See post: Hoosier Homemade|How To Build A Wooden Pallet Compost Bin In 6 Easy Steps


11. Painted Pallet Console Table

This savvy crafter has used a pallet in a different way, by taking advantage of its narrow silhouette when it is oriented on its side. When placed flush against the wall and topped with a piece of stained wood, it becomes the perfect console table for a small unused area in the hallway.

Pallet Console Table (Gina Kleinworth)
Pallet Console Table (Gina Kleinworth)

See post: Gina Kleinworth|Pallet Console Table


12. Rainbow Pallet Flower Planter

This is one of those DIY wood pallet projects that doesn’t require a whole lot of woodworking, so this may be perfect for those of you who prefer working with paint. Simply gather a handful of your favorite acrylic paints and let the rainbow be your inspiration for this colorful pallet flower planter.

DIY Upcycled Pallet Rainbow Flower Garden (Crystal Allen)
DIY Upcycled Pallet Rainbow Flower Garden (Crystal Allen)

See post: Crystal Allen|DIY Upcycled Pallet Rainbow Flower Garden


13. DIY Pallet Planter Boxes

If you’ve ever driven through the nicer neighborhoods in your area, odds are many of the houses have large wooden planter boxes out front – now you can replicate these big planters and give your curb appeal a serious boost.

DIY Large Pallet Wood Planter Boxes (Remodelaholic)
DIY Large Pallet Wood Planter Boxes (Remodelaholic)

See post: Remodelaholic|DIY Large Pallet Wood Planter Boxes


14. Ultimate Pallet Tool Storage Shelf

Pallets can even be handy in the shed or basement as organizers for tools and hardware. Here, a small pallet has been flipped on its side and mounted on the wall – and it is the perfect spot for drills, nails, screws, scissors and any other small items that need a home.

From A Lowly Pallet To The Ultimate Tool Storage Shelf (Funky Junk Interiors)
From A Lowly Pallet To The Ultimate Tool Storage Shelf (Funky Junk Interiors)

See post: Funky Junk Interiors|From A Lowly Pallet To The Ultimate Tool Storage Shelf


15. Easy Pallet Wine Rack

And for those of you who like to drink wine, there’s a pallet project for you too! This pallet wine rack holds both glasses and the wine itself, making it a great space-saver for those of us who lack square footage. The key to this project is to make sure you have a good quality drill bit to cut holes for the wine glasses.

Pallet Wine Rack (Becky W.)
Pallet Wine Rack (Becky W.)

See post: Becky W.|Pallet Wine Rack


16. DIY Kids’ Pallet Bookshelf

Let the kids get in on the pallet trend too! This unique bookshelf is made especially for kids’ books so that the front of the books face out and they can be easily accessed by little hands. The words “little library” add a whimsical finishing touch.

DIY Pallet Bookshelf For Kids (Dinah)
DIY Pallet Bookshelf For Kids (Dinah)

See post: Dinah|DIY Pallet Bookshelf For Kids


17. Modern Pallet Wall Planters

Most DIY wood pallet projects end up with a rustic sensibility thanks to their often worn wooden surfaces, but these pallet wall planters are an exception to the rule. Thanks to the clean lines and crisp charcoal gray finish, these planters are the perfect modern accent for a white wall.

From Pallet To Wall Planters (Rhonda B.)
From Pallet To Wall Planters (Rhonda B.)

See post: Rhonda B.|From Pallet To Wall Planters


18. Pallet Wood Dog Wall Art

While most of the items on this list are functional, we would be remiss not to include this impossibly adorable dog wall art made of pallets. She found a large dog shape online and then printed it out and traced around it on top of the pallet wood to create a unique piece of canine-approved wall art.

My Pallet Wood Has Gone To The Dogs (Scavenger Chic)
My Pallet Wood Has Gone To The Dogs (Scavenger Chic)

See post: Scavenger Chic|My Pallet Wood Has Gone To The Dogs


19. Easy Pallet Message Board

If you hate dismantling pallets, then this project is for you. All you’ll need to do is make a few cuts, and there is very minimal prying or hammering. And once you’re finished, you’ll have the perfect spot to keep your family organized, no more pesky sticky notes allowed. 

Easy Pallet Message Board (Kammy's Korner)
Easy Pallet Message Board (Kammy's Korner)

See post: Kammy’s Korner|Easy Pallet Message Board


20. Industrial Cart Coffee Table

This rolling coffee table has a more industrial style feel to it than most of the other projects on this list, thanks to the black metal hardware. This piece has a special logo hand-painted on the side, giving it a vintage feel even though it’s not all that old.

Industrial Cart Pallet Wood Coffee Table (ScavengerChic)
Industrial Cart Pallet Wood Coffee Table (ScavengerChic)

See post: ScavengerChic|Industrial Cart Pallet Wood Coffee Table


21. Patriotic Pallet Flag

Show your patriotic side by making one of these clever pallet American flags! The primary material for this project is painter’s tape - simply mask off the stripes with tape and then paint the stripes in between. It’s a great way to add some patriotic flair to your space.

Obsessed With The Fourth of July And Flags! (Ruth)
Obsessed With The Fourth of July And Flags! (Ruth)

See post: Ruth|Obsessed With The Fourth of July And Flags!


22. Easy Pallet-Backed Bookcase

Sure, you can make an entire bookshelf out of pallet wood… but what if you already have an existing bookcase that you’d like to use? This clever idea combines the two perfectly by adding pallet wood to create a unique background for the items that are placed on the shelf.

DIY Pallet Bookcase (Noting Grace)
DIY Pallet Bookcase (Noting Grace)

See post: Noting Grace|DIY Pallet Bookcase


23. Bluebird Birdhouse Made From Pallets

Even the birds get a chance to take advantage of the pallet trend with this beautiful birdhouse design. It is sized especially for bluebirds, and special attention has been paid to the aesthetics of the exterior… birds need curb appeal too!

Bluebird Birdhouse Made From Pallets (Mark)
Bluebird Birdhouse Made From Pallets (Mark)

See post: Mark|Bluebird Birdhouse Made From Pallets


24. Easy DIY Pallet Coat Rack

Any 20-minute project is appealing, especially something handy for the entryway. And this pallet coat rack even has a shelf on top for small baskets or other storage containers. It only involves a couple of cuts and some paint to get the shabby chic look.

Fast & Easy DIY Pallet Coat Rack (Brooke Riley - Re-Fabbed)
Fast & Easy DIY Pallet Coat Rack (Brooke Riley - Re-Fabbed)

See post: Brooke Riley–Re-Fabbed|Fast & Easy DIY Pallet Coat Rack


25. Pallet Candleholders

Pallet projects tend to have more neutral hues, but this last project shows that any color is fair game when it comes to pallet DIYs. Grab a scrap from one of your previous pallet projects to make one of these simple candleholders.

Pallet Candleholders (Ronja Lotte)
Pallet Candleholders (Ronja Lotte)

See post: Ronja Lotte|Pallet Candleholders


As you can see, there are many different ways to use pallets to create furniture and accessories that will transform your home, both indoors and out. The only limit is your creativity. The key is to choose a project that will fill a need in your home, and then to customize it so that it enhances your existing space.


If you’ve done any DIY wood pallet projects, don’t forget to share them in the comments section below. And if you enjoyed your fellow Hometalkers’ ideas, consider sharing this article with other crafters on Pinterest!


Written for the Hometalk community by: Faith | Design Fixation

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