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DIY Pallet Ideas

Creating new items from wooden pallets has been a popular trend for some time now. Who wouldn’t love to easily make a pallet project since it’s a craft that is affordable and easy on the budget?

There are so many DIY pallet ideas here on this page!  Things to make with pallets range from wood pallet shelf ideas, to pallet planter ideas, to bars made from pallets, with so many more in between!

You’ve probably seen wooden pallets laying around. They are those horizontal platforms used to safely transport materials from place to place.

Many are destined for landfills, but as we crafters know, one person’s trash is another’s treasure!

For several years now, recycling, repurposing and upcycling have been trending in crafting. With nearly 2 billion pallets being used every day, plus those that are sitting around, no wonder so many DIY pallet ideas and projects are available.

Needlepointers.com loves to share trash to treasure ideas with other crafters.  For many more ideas on our site, be sure to check it out!

Looking on our page here, it is obvious that there are so many DIY pallet ideas!  We’ve gathered up a great list of things to make with pallets!

Free DIY Pallet Ideas

Some project links below are sure to get those creative juices flowing!  Just look at a few of our DIY pallet ideas!

  • Pallet Holiday Decorations
  • Wood Pallet Shelves
  • Pallet Planter Ideas
  • Bars Made from Pallets
  • Pallet Furniture like Desks, Tables, Dining Sets
  • Raised Gardening Beds from Pallets
  • So Much More!!!

Where to Find Pallets

Many wood pallets can be found for free!  I’ve seen worn and rustic pallets out by the road with “Free” right on them!

A good place to start might be using the internet to search for pallets nearby. Some common places to find them are home project stores that use the pallets to move their large and heavy items.

Clean pallets in good condition can often be found at masonry supply stores, construction sites, and flooring stores.  Sometimes the wooden pallets can be found behind shops and grocery stores.

Just pleasantly ask if they are going to reuse them or just get rid of them. Most times, they are offered up for free.

Wood Pallet Safety

One thing to remember is to check if the pallet is a good one for your DIY pallet idea. Not all wood pallets are equal!  

It is important to look for the HT stamp, which means that the pallet was heat treated as opposed to chemically treated. Pallets with the MB stamp means they have been treated with methyl bromide, a common pesticide!

Safe pallet wood is what is needed for the projects listed below!  Luckily, most pallets have been heat treated.

If you are new to DIY pallet ideas and projects, there is a great site below explaining how to disassemble a pallet. 

Most of the things to make from pallets involve woodworking skills; however, there are a few simple projects below that can easily be made without much knowledge of woodworking.

Browse this page to find a DIY pallet idea that is just right for you!

DIY Pallet Ideas

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Christmas Sign

Christmas Sign

With reclaimed pallet wood, make a lite Christmas decoration for your home. The Kim Six Fix

Coffee Mug Holder

Coffee Mug Holder

Upcycle a piece of pallet wood into a simple, farmhouse coffee mug holder. Reuse Grow Enjoy

Coffee Table

Coffee Table

This is an inexpensive way to make a unique coffee table using pallet wood. Looks stylish! Free instructions! DIY Candy

Dining Set

Create an entire dining set with recycled pallets. Brit + Co

DIY Easter Bunny Planters

Recycle a soda bottle into a bunny planter. Hello Creative Family

DIY Pallet Shelf

DIY Pallet Shelf

For your rustic or farmhouse home, turn a pallet into a unique pallet shelf with this easy tutorial. DIY Candy

DIY Standing Bunny

Yard Art! A DIY standing bunny from pallet wood is a fun DIY Easter project. Kippi At Home

Glamping Kids Tent

Glamping Kids Tent

How to make a tent for the kids with recycled pallet wood. Creative Green Living

Hose Holder Planter

Hose Holder Planter

Store your hose in the bottom of this flower planter. DIY Candy

Pallet Coat Rack with Shelves

How to build small coat rack with shelves, pallet style inspired. Ana White

Pallet Desk

A rustic farmhouse-style desk. Thristlewood Farm

Pallet Picture Frame

Pallet Picture Frame

This pallet picture frame is perfect for farmhouse or rustic decor. Learn how to make one or more with this free tutorial. Mod Podge Rocks Blog

Pallet Pumpkin Trio

Decorate your home for fall with this DIY pallet pumpkin trio! The Handyman's Daughter

Pallet Shelves

A step-by-step guide for making shelves from pallets with a wine glass holder and a knife holder. The Experimental Home

Pallet Storage Bench/Coffee Table

Upcycle pallets into a useful project. Beyond the Picket Fence

Pallet Wood Bar - Part 1

Pallet Wood Bar - Part 1

Part 1 of this series on making a pallet wood bar explains about making the frame. Tim Rosanelli YouTube Channel

Pallet Wood Bar - Part 2

Pallet Wood Bar - Part 2

See the progress of the pallet wood bar and how he mailed the pallet wood to the sides. Tim Rosanelli YouTube Channel

Pallet Wood Bar - Part 3

Pallet Wood Bar - Part 3

Learn how to make a shelf for the bar and also a Herringbone top. Tim Rosanelli YouTube Channel

Pallet Wood Bar - Part 4

Pallet Wood Bar - Part 4

Learn about sanding the top and framing the edge of the bar. Tim Rosanelli YouTube Channel

Pallet Wood Bar - Part 5

Pallet Wood Bar - Part 5

Learn how the pallet bar was stained and how the Herringbone top will be secured to the base. Tim Rosanelli YouTube Channel

Pallet Wood Coat Rack

Pallet Wood Coat Rack

This DIY pallet wood coat rack should only take you 15 minutes to put together, not including the paint dry time, if you choose to paint it. Scrappy Geek

Pallet Wood Cubbies

Pallet Wood Cubbies

Learn how to make a wooden cubbie storage with pallets. Tim Rosanelli Channel

Pallet Wood Easter Egg

Yard Art! Create fun egg-shaped yard art as Easter decor. Rock-n H Woodshop

Pallets Tutorial

How to break down wood pallets. Saved By Love Creations

Patchwork Pallet Table

Beyond the Picket Fence

Patriotic Pallet

Show your patriotism by making and displaying an American flag painted on a pallet. Just follow the DIY tutorial. Debbie Doos

Phone Charger Station

Phone Charger Station

Turn some pieces of a pallet into a phone charger station with this free tutorial. No woodworking experience necessary! Craft Bits

Potting Bench

Potting Bench

How to make a potting bench from pallet wood. Tim Rosanelli YouTube Channel

Raised Planter Box

Raised Planter Box

If you could use some extra gardening space and don’t want to spend a lot of money, make this Wood Pallet DIY Raised Planter Box with this step-by-step how-to. Reuse Grow Enjoy

Rustic Butterfly Wall Art

Rustic Butterfly Wall Art

Combining butterflies with the rustic feel of a pallet board makes the perfect farmhouse-style spring decor. Learn how to make it with these instructions. Creative Green Living

Rustic Pallet Bookshelf

Jen Woodhouse has building plans and a tutorial for a DIY rustic pallet bookshelf that you can make. Jen Woodhouse

Rustic Pallet Crate

With this tutorial, a pallet and some common supplies make a crate. Fix This Build That

Threaded Rod Pallet Shelf

This step-by-step guide includes references to all of the fasteners we used to make this shelf so you can make one for yourself! Instructables

Wine Bottle Stand

Wine Bottle Stand

If you don't have woodworking experience, you can still make this easy wine bottle stand with these instructions. Craft Bits

Wine Cork Bulletin Board

Wine Cork Bulletin Board

Save those used wine corks and upcycle them into a real cool bulletin board. Creative Green Living

Wine Rack

Here is a tutorial for a wine rack from pallet wood. HGTV





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