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22 DIY Wood Pallet Ideas (with Pictures)

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Wood Pallet project-pixabayIf you have pallets sitting around your home, you may be looking for some ways to recycle them. Used pallets are also easy to get at local grocery stores and other outlets, so they are an easy way to get cheap lumber if you are a beginner woodworker, and you may be wondering what kind of projects you can create with them.

We’ve searched the internet for as many ideas as we could find, and we are going to present them to you here with pictures and a description telling you a little more about it.divider 9

DIY Pallet Projects

Here are several projects we’ve been able to round up for you to try out.

1. The Spruce Tool Holder

DIY wood pallet garden tools rack
Image Credit: Fix Lovely

The Spruce design is probably the easiest on this list to create, and it only requires a single pallet. It can hold several long-handled tools like your rakes and shovels and provide you with an easy way to access and store them. You can improve it more with some paint or stain, and polyurethane will help keep out the moisture for added durability.

2. Allison Whelan Laundry Helper

DIY wood pallet
Image Credit: Kitchen Fun with my three sons

With a single pallet, a saw, and some nails, you can create this handy laundry basket holder from Allison Whelan. It holds up to three baskets, so you can pass them out for easy collection.

3. Rustic Gate

DIY farmhouse baby gate
Image Credit: Catz in the Kitchen

If you have small children or pets that you need to prevent from going up or downstairs or going into certain rooms, you need to try out the Rustic Gate project. You can build this gate with a single pallet and a few hinges, and it results in a durable gate that’s more stable than many you can purchase.

4. Rustic Dog Dish

DIY rustic dog dish
Image Credit: Easy Pallet Ideas

The Rustic Dog Dish is perfect for people with pets, and it makes a great gift. It’s easy to build and has a space for food and water, and raises the bowls off the floor, making it easier to eat and creating less mess.

5. Sliding Barn Door

DIY pallet sliding barn door
Image Credit: Lehman Lane

If you have a storage shed or closet that needs a door, the Sliding Barn Door is the perfect project. It makes use of at least two pallets and some steel pipe, but it’s easy to build and results in a unique and attractive solution.

6. Entryway Coat Rack

DIY entryway coat rack
Image Credit: Mobile Home Living

The Entryway Coat Rack is a little more challenging to build and will require at least three pallets, but the finished product provides guests with a great place to store their coats and shoes while they visit. It even provides a bench so they can get their shoes back on when they are leaving.

7. Dart Board

DIY pallet dart board
Image Credit: 1001 pallets

The Dart Board project is easy to build and will provide you with years of fun. It’s customizable, so you can build it to suit your needs, and several finishes will look great on it. You shouldn’t need more than a single pallet to complete it.

8. Rustic Table

DIY pallet wood side table with rustic style
Image Credit: Making Mazanita

The Rustic Table is a functional piece of furniture and a great way to recycle an old pallet or two. It’s lightweight and has many uses at the cookout or in the workshop. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself building more than one.

9. Stylish shelving

DIY pallet shelf
Image Credit: One Little Bird Blog

The Stylish Shelving project is perfect for beginners. It only requires changing a few boards and results in several shelves with a back, so it’s perfect for gardening supplies, books, and much more.

10. Country Chick Cottage Shelf

DIY pallet shelf
Image Credit: Made with Love that Can be Felt

The Country Chick Cottage Shelf is another upright shelf with a backing that’s a little more difficult to build than the earlier versions on this list but more stable and durable. This design looks great as it is, but you can improve it with paint or stain.

11. Coffee Cup Holder

DIY pallet coffee cup holder
Image Credit: One Little Bird

The Coffee Cup Holder is a brilliant design that’s easy to create. You can apply several different finishes to customize it to your kitchen, and you can add as many hooks as you need. You can also label the hooks to keep your cups in order.

12. Plant Stand

DIY outdoor plant stand
Image Credit: Handmade Weekly

The Plant Stand is a moderately difficult project that looks great when complete and can hold several larger sized plants up to 15-pounds for display or watering. A thick polyurethane or paint will make it last longer outdoors.

13. American Flag

DIY american flag pallet
Image Credit: Riss Home Design

The American Flag project is similar to the Sign we mentioned earlier, but pallets are so well suited to making flags we thought we needed to point it out. This project is perfect for the 4th of July and any displays of patriotism.

14. Pallet Bar

DIY pallet bar
Image Credit: Happily Hughes

The Pallet Bar is so simple; you’ll wonder why you didn’t come up with it yourself. It requires two to three pallets, depending on if you want a swinging door and some nails. You’ll need a few boards to make a wider shelf on top and some paint or stain to make it look nice.

15. Farmhouse Coffee Table

DIY farmhouse pallet coffee table
Image Credit: Design and Build

The Farmhouse Coffee Table is quite easy to build and only requires placing two or three pallets on top of each other and nailing or gluing them together. You can finish it with any color paint or stain you like, and the best part is that it rolls on four caster wheels, so it’s easy to maneuver around the room and makes cleaning a breeze.

16. Outdoor Trash Bin

DIY pallet garbage bin storage shed
Image Credit: 1001 pallets

The Outdoor Trash Bin is another hide a can type project that allows you to hide two garbage can in a chest style box with a lift-up lid. It’s perfect for patios and decks to improve the appearance and prevent the trash from blowing around the yard before you empty it.

17. Tool Tray

The Tool Tray is the perfect project for anyone with a lot of tools. It’s easy to build, and you can customize it to any size to fit your tools. You can give it any finish, and it will be a durable and lightweight way to transport your equipment.

18. Rustic Sconce

DIY rustic pallet sconces
Image Credit: 1001pallets

Learn how to build a sconce with this plan! The Rustic Sconce is easy to build and allows you to hang candles from your wall in glass jars that are safer than placing them on a shelf and is more attractive. You can also lift the candle off the Sconce to carry with you like a lantern.

19. Wall Clock

DIY wall clock
Image Credit: Upcycled Stuff

The wall Clock is an inventive way to use your spare pallets, and it’s easy to build. You only need a few boards, and the timekeeping mechanism I available at any large hardware store.

20. Outdoor Bench

DIY reclaimed pallet wood herringbone outdoor bench
Image Credit: Instructables

This Outdoor Bench is easy enough to build in a single weekend but durable enough to last several years outdoors. It also features a unique sitting space design that is more attractive than the long straight boards of many other projects.

21. Store

DIY outrageous pallet bar
Image Credit: 1001pallets

This small Store project is great for selling products at the Flea Market or Farmers Market, and it’s also good for the backyard to keep your food and drinks out of the harsh sun. It’s easy to build, and the shingled roof will protect it for a long time.

22. Bench Swing

DIY pallet projects for manufactured home
Image Credit: Mobile Home Living

The Bench Swing is a little more complex to build and will require several pallets, but the result is well worth it. The Bench Swing is comfortable and will provide you with many hours of relaxation.

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We hope that this long list has provided you with a few ideas to get started with woodworking or eliminating junk pallets. If you are new to woodworking or have limited tools, we recommend starting with one of the wall shelves to get some experience cutting, measuring, planning, and finishing. Once you gain some experience, you can try your hand at the easier and harder projects on this list or use the ideas to invent something new.

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