DIY Pallet Wood Crate

Amy Wadsworth
by Amy Wadsworth
2 Materials
20 Minutes

I had a part of a pallet leftover with enough boards to salvage so I literally slapped together a wood crate for my fall table décor. I assembled this crate using brad nails because I wasn't interested in making a long-term piece. The great thing about this DIY project is that you can make it any size you want.


pallet wood

pine slat

jig saw or table saw

brad nails

measuring tape



1. Measure and draw cut lines on pallet boards. You will need four boards of the same length. Measure and draw cut lines for two end pieces.

2. Use a jig saw (not perfect cuts) or table saw (for clean straight lines) to cut two small end pieces. The length of the end pieces will determine how wide your wood crate will be.

3. Cut two to three pieces to stabilize the bottom of the crate. I used 1.5” thick pine boards.

4. After all your boards are cut, use a brad nail gun to attach and hold the bottom of your crate together. Use several brad nails. This is the foundation.

5. After the bottom boards are connected, attach a long side pallet board using several brads to attach it. Then attach the other long side pallet board.

6. The final step is to attach the end pieces. I measured my boards to fit inside the long side boards. Use several brad nails to attach the end pieces. You may need to sand any rough spots to avoid slivers.

The pallet wood crate is just the right size for these mini pumpkins!

Mark all the cut marks after you measure the desired length.

You'll need 4 long boards, and two short ends later.

You can use a jig saw or table saw to cut along your marks.

Next, cut your pine slats to hold your bottom boards together. I cut three slats after marking the cut lines.

Using a jig saw or table saw, cut your slat pine boards.

Use a brad nail gun to attach the pine slats to the bottom boards. Use several nails.

Here are the pine slats cut and lined up, ready to be nailed.

After the bottom is done, attach the long side boards. Use several nails.

After the sides are up, measure the length of your short end boards, make your cut markings, cut, and attach.

I used a blanket scarf to protect my table (even though the pine slat boards are very smooth), and then I filled the crate with mini pumpkins! I can move this crate anywhere in the house and it looks great!

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