Figuring out what to do with leftover pallets is always a struggle. You don’t want to be wasteful and trash them, but they take up so much room in your home. So, we’ve compiled 10 exciting ways to use your pallets in your home and garden. Try them out; we’re sure you’ll find at least one you love!
1. Storage boxes
Storage boxes are a great way to clear up clutter inside and outside your home. These pallet storage boxes will keep you tidy in a decorative way.
All you have to do is cut up your sanded-down pallet into even square-shaped pieces using your desired measurements. Then, nail them together into the shape of a box. When you’ve achieved your desired box shape, decorate it with paint and decor, such as handles or ropes.
Now you have your storage box! These work great indoors or outdoors. Storing your garden tools here will be ideal to use with some of our other DIY projects.
Building a planter out of your old pallets is a great way to give back to Mother Nature. Not only will you be creating a new life with your plants, but you’ll be creating a more sustainable garden.
All you have to do is cut your wood to the correct length while making it as square as possible. Build up as high as you want it using leftover wood. Use your screwdriver to fix it together with your frame. Then, attach wood to the bottom to be the bottom of the planter, don’t worry if there are gaps between. Finish it up by adding more wood where needed and planting your garden.
3. Coffee table
A pallet coffee table gives a rustic feel to any home. This piece of furniture can be outside or inside and adds a certain charm to the room you choose to put it in.
Simply grab your pallet, cut it to size, and sand it down. Next, stain the wood to the shade you want it using an old cloth. Then stack the pallets on top of each other to your desired height, screw them together, and you’re done!
A great way to personalise this table is by choosing a unique stain and decorating the top of it with decor personalised to your family.
When decorating your porch, a must-have is some seats to relax in. Creating wooden seats out of pallets is an interesting way to reuse old materials. You can create your dream seats in just a few easy steps. Even match them to your decorated coffee table made from pallets depending on how many pallets you have that need repurposing. If you have multiple pallets to upcycle, we recommend this!
For this, you’re going to stack pallets on top of each other. We suggest three. The nicest looking pallet should be at the top. Flip it upside down and nail in some support planks. Then attach the back pallet at an angle so that you can lean back in the chair. Support this by nailing in two boards from the pallet. Then you’re done!
We recommend sanding down the wood and adding cushions to stop it from being uncomfortable.
Similar to the planter, you can create an entire garden with your old pallets. Use the pallets as dividers between your plants in the ground so your plants can stay rooted in the grass and expand easier.
Create this the same way you created the planter, but don’t put a bottom to the wood so your plants can go directly into the ground.
A birdhouse is a sweet way to give back to nature with your upcycled wood. If you have a small pallet or a little bit of leftover wood, you can make a birdhouse to give your friends a cozy place to relax during the day. You can even add a birdfeeder to complete the look.
Sand your wood and cut it into the perfect shape for a bird to make his home in there. Then, attack the planks with a nail gun while also adding a little roof to keep him safe. This one is fun because you get to be creative with the paints and decor you use.
This is a fun craft to get children to help with. Just be sure you’re keeping tools out of reach, so it’s safe.
7. Pallet compost bin
This can go along with your garden. Create a compost bin out of pallet wood as a natural way to compost. This is an ideal way to house compost as other methods can be challenging to use, clean, and take up too much space. Keep your garden sustainable all around with this DIY hack.
This one is simple. All you have to do is connect five identically cut pieces of wood into a rectangular shape, and you’re done. You can sand the wood if you don’t want it to be too rough, but since this is housing compost it doesn’t have to be perfect.
8. Tool station
A wooden tool station is a great way to house your tools. Tool stations can get messy and clunky, but with this DIY project, you can customise them to your specific measurements. You can choose how to decorate it depending on how you need it to function.
9. Wall art
Creating wall art is the perfect way to decorate your home and use that pesky leftover wood. There are so many options when it comes to wall art.
You can use flags, quotes, and more to personalise the style of your home. They look extra stunning in children’s rooms when matched to a theme.
Cut two planks of wood from the pallet and attach them to increase sturdiness and make it easier to hang up. Be sure to sand down the wood. Then all you have to do is decorate! Use various paints and patterns to create a unique design that’ll be sure to stand out to your guests.
10. Office desk
This quick-to-make, simple desk is a perfect look for a more rugged office. Wooden desks are all the rage at the moment, and a homemade one, made out of old pallet wood, can be just the look you’re going for.
Simply pick out the pallets you want to use. Don’t mind if they’re not perfect because when you’re done with them, they’ll look better. Use a saw to rip apart the pallets so you are left with long wood planks. Next decide what size you want your desk to be and cut your wood to size. Sand and stain it to the colour you want.
Next, glue your planks together and find wood to use as legs. Then attach them all together. When you’re done, you should have a unique looking desk to use as the centrepiece of your office.
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