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