25 DIY Pallet Wood Projects

Written by Lee WallenderUpdated 01/28/21

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bookshelf made from a wood pallet
 The Spruce / Michelle Becker

Free for the taking and bursting with raw style, pallet wood has quickly become a favorite building material for savvy do-it-yourselfers. Pallet wood board is unique and there is rarely a need to distress this wood since most of it gains a natural, rich patina from exposure to the elements.

Without a doubt, you will absolutely relish making these do-it-yourself wood pallet projects. They are a fun and economical way to create a lively home and garden with a style that straddles edgy and traditional for truly a modern rustic look. Accessible to anyone with the motivation to source street-side pallet materials, most projects require only tools that you may already have on hand. With little more than a prybar, hammer and nails, cordless drill, and saw, you’ll be able to construct most of these do-it-yourself pallet projects in a day or two.

  • 01of 25Pallet Herb Garden WallPallet Herb Garden Wall Messy ArtYou’ll break Instagram the minute you post this utterly charming pallet herb garden wall. Artist Zina and her husband mounted a full pallet on the backyard side of their house. Plastic potting trays fit neatly between the slots. The finishing touch: herb names painted on the garden wall in fancy script. Pallet Herb Garden from Messy Art
  • 02of 25Wood Pallet Entryway CeilingEntryway Pallet Ceiling Cape 27 BlogSelf-described “interior design fanatic” Jessie at the home lifestyle blog Cape 27 spent next to nothing on a wood pallet living room wall, which left her extra materials. What to do? She continued the rustic look by tacking up the pallet boards to her exterior porch ceiling. This oh-so-simple project was as easy as taking down the light, power nailing a perimeter and field boards, then replacing the light. Exterior Entryway Pallet Ceiling from Cape 27 Blog
  • 03of 25Wood Pallet Outdoor Table With Succulent GardenPallet Outdoor Table Morning ChoresDo you have an old, disused table? You’ll have this upcycled pallet project done in a snap. Face-nail or screw pallet boards to the top of the table, clear coat them, and you’re done. For a delightful extra touch, omit a center pallet board and replace with a low, 2-inch high potting tray and fill with succulents.Outdoor Table from Morning Chores
  • 04of 25Wood Pallet Bed HeadboardPallet Bed Headboard StylizimoSatisfy your inner rustic-chic soul with this inventive pallet bed headboard. Source two pallets, thoroughly pressure wash them, and let dry for several days before attaching to your bed frame. You can clear coat them with satin polyurethane or leave the wood unfinished for a mixture of the primitive and the sophisticated.Pallet Headboard from Stylizimo
  • 05of 25Wood Pallet Radiator CoverPallet Radiator Cover LantlivRadiators rank high on the list of unsightly home fixtures that cannot be removed. One way to hide your radiator is with possibly the least expensive radiator cover ever: a wood pallet. Simply knock off one side of boards with a hammer or pry bar. After cleaning it, you can place it in front of your radiator for instant coverage.Pallet Radiator Cover from Lantliv
  • 06of 25Wood Pallet Kitchen BacksplashShipping Pallet Backsplash Circa DeeWant a real conversation piece in your kitchen? This do-it-yourself wood pallet backsplash fits the bill. Entrepreneur and antiques dealer Dana, of the design blog Circa Dee, wanted to spiff up her dated galley kitchen. A few pallets later, she had an inventive backsplash that got friends and family talking. She cut the boards into 18-inch sections and left the wood raw for maximum weathered effect. Alternatively, you may choose to seal the pallet boards for protection against moisture.Pallet Backsplash from Circa Dee
  • 07of 25Wood Pallet BookshelfWood Pallet Bookshelf The House of WoodGive your treasured books a new home with this quick and easy bookshelf made from free wood pallet boards. Mom, musician, and military wife Jen Woodhouse banged together this utterly charming bookcase in no time at all with four pallets and some extra pallet parts. You’ll have a blast doing the same with the help of Jen’s detailed instructions.Wood Pallet Bookshelf from The House of Wood
  • 08of 25Wood Pallet Living Room SectionalWood Pallet Sectional HomeditEase back in this sectional sofa with a glass of wine, in the secure knowledge that you paid far less for this than if you had bought it at a furniture store. That’s because a double layer of free wood pallets form the base, with your only expense being the tatami mats and pillows on top. As a bonus, the pallets provide two layers of storage for flat items.Wood Pallet Sectional from Homedit
  • 09of 25Nearly Free: Wood Pallet Bed FrameWood Pallet Bed Frame Wonder ForestThey held up hundreds of pounds of tires; surely they can hold up a bed? Those were the thoughts of Dana Fox when she sourced free wood pallets at her local tire store. After removing a few pallet boards and screwing the remainder together at the center braces, she now had a practically-free bed frame that was ready for her full-sized mattress.Wood Pallet Bed Frame from Wonder Forest
  • 10of 25Wood Pallet Compost BinWood Pallet Compost Bin The Real FarmhouseThe compost bin that makes itself? Almost. Perfectly sized, wood pallets are practically made for compost bins. Compost bins always need a generous number of long slots to aerate the organic matter, so pallets form the perfect four walls of the bin. Besides the pallets, the only other material used: zip-ties. This is easy, fast, and you don’t even need a farm to begin composting your kitchen matter.Wood Pallet Compost Bin from The Real Farmhouse
  • 11of 25Wood Pallet Potting BenchWood Pallet Potting Bench A Piece of RainbowTwo wood pallets and one coat of robin’s egg blue paint were all that was needed to make this lovely garden potting bench. Home and garden designer Ananda, over at the design blog A Piece of Rainbow, spent just one afternoon making this beautiful and functional potting bench for her garden.Wood Pallet Potting Bench from A Piece of Rainbow
  • 12of 25Easy to Build: Wood Pallet Outside ChairWood Pallet Outside Chair Funky Junk InteriorsVirtually bursting with personality, this wood pallet exterior chair is a fantastically unique twist on outdoor furniture. Donna, at Funky Junk Interiors, calls this “the easiest build in the world.” And yes, those are real coffee bean sacks as upholstery on top of 5-inch rubber foam mattress material which Donna ordered cut to size. Any patio chair that combines wood pallets and coffee sacks is sure to be a conversation piece at your next outdoor party.Wood Pallet Outside Chair from Funky Junk Interiors
  • 13of 25Weathered, Distressed Wood Pallet Accent WallWood Pallet Accent Wall Diva of DIYBecause of their rich, complicated texture, wood pallet boards might be overkill for covering every wall in your house. But for an accent wall? Absolutely. The nail holes, chipping paint, and variegated colors of these pallets make this accent wall a true focal point. Leanne Lee, of design blog Diva of DIY, says that the secret to varied colors is to wet the boards with bleach and water, leave them outside, then pull boards out of the sun in stages. Doing this in separate batches creates boards in a wide spectrum of colors.Wood Pallet Accent Wall from Diva of DIY
  • 14of 25Wood Pallet “Wild Things” Beast SignWood Pallet Wild Things Sign Weekend CraftScare them or kiss them: which is it? You’ll never know with this Where the Wild Things Are themed do-it-yourself sign made from wood pallets. Maurice Sendak’s classic story comes alive in vivid detail with this amusing project that anyone can make with just a few pallet boards, hammer, and nails. You don’t have to be a graphic artist, since Weekend Craft creator Michelle includes a stencil with her instructions.Wood Pallet Wild Things Sign from Weekend Craft
  • 15of 25Wood Pallet Triangle Reading NookWood Pallet Triangle Reading Nook Kojo DesignsYour child will just adore wiling away the hours with books in this wood pallet triangle reading nook. Just a couple of pallets, a few scrap pallet pieces, and rolling casters are enough to get started on this cheerful addition to any nursery or child’s bedroom. Because this is for a child, take special care with the pallet boards’ surface condition. Fill in holes with wood filler, remove staples, and plane or sand away splinters and other sharp spots.Wood Pallet Child’s Reading Nook from Kojo Designs
  • 16of 25Wood Pallet Chevron Coffee TableWood Pallet Chevron Style Coffee Table The Merry ThoughtChevron pattern wood pallet boards inject lively visual interest in this DIY coffee table from crafters Caitlin and Manda at The Merry Thought. All pallet boards are glued and brad-nailed directly onto a plywood base for structural support.Wood Pallet Coffee Table from The Merry Thought
  • 17of 25Rustic, Low-Cost Wood Pallet Home BarWood Pallet Home Bar Infarrantly CreativeWhen you have a large home bar to build and you’re on a strict budget, should the default choice be ultra-expensive solid hardwood? Of course not. Do like Rebecca Farrant did when a friend asked her to build a home bar for almost no money. Rebecca used weathered pallet boards to instantly give it the look of a decades-old pub.Wood Pallet Home Bar from Infarrantly Creative
  • 18of 25Wood Pallet Board Rustic Table CenterpieceWood Pallet Board Table Centerpiece Happy at HomeYour table guests will be buzzing about this inventive and dead-simple rustic table centerpiece. To round off the shabby chic look, paint lightly with white, then scrape down with a putty knife. If you find the prospect of taking on wood pallet projects a bit intimidating, this is an easy way to get your feet wet. It’s also a project that allows you to concentrate more on the decorative finish than on construction.DIY Rustic Wood Pallet Board Table Centerpiece from Happy at Home
  • 19of 25Wood Pallet Coffee Mug HolderWood Pallet Coffee Mug Holder One Little Bird BlogBuild your beginner pallet crafting skills with this one day DIY project. Start with your cleanest wood pallet, cut to a smaller size, then add metal hooks. The “Coffee” logo was made using a stencil, paint, and a paint sponge.Simple Wood Pallet Coffee Mug Holder from One Little Bird Blog
  • 20of 25Wood Pallet Garden Tools RackWood Pallet Garden Tools Rack Fix LovelyDo you find that your long-handled garden tools like shovels, rakes, and hoes are always falling down? This instant hack is the ultimate lightning-quick do-it-yourself project. Since wood pallets don’t always come in mint condition, this is a great way to use up one of your dirtier wood pallets. Attach the back side of the pallet to your shed wall with four screws and that’s it, you’re done. With this kind of do-it-yourself pallet project, organization feels great!Wood Pallet Garden Tools Rack from Fix Lovely
  • 21of 25Wood Pallet Fireplace SurroundPallet Fireplace Surround Addison Meadows LaneWarm, cozy, and definitely one of a kind, this wood pallet fireplace surround is a weekend project that lets you exercise your creative skills. Stacey, over at the design blog Addison Meadows Lane, gives you detailed instructions, down to the very last screw and nail. But you can do whatever you want and make it your own. Pallet Fireplace Surround from Addison Meadows Lane
  • 22of 25Wood Pallet Porch SwingWood Pallet Porch Swing Twelve Oaks ManorHang this wood pallet swing from a porch ceiling, a stand, or the limb of a backyard tree. Whatever your heart desires, this DIY project is as cheap as the cost of​ a heavy-duty chain, cushions, and some paint or wood stainWood Pallet Porch Swing from Twelve Oaks Manor
  • 23of 25Wood Pallet Bar CartDIY Pallet Wood Bar Cart My Pinteresting LifeNot all wood pallet creations must have the weathered look. You can purchase new pallets or, like Holly at the blog My Pinteresting Life, you can search long and hard for that elusive find: clean, new pallet wood. She found these at her local post office and turned them into a charming bar cart.Pallet Wood DIY Bar Cart from My Pinteresting Life
  • 24of 25Wood Pallet Room DividerWood Pallet Room Divider My Friend StaciDo you need a little privacy? After making this super-simple wood pallet room divider, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do this sooner. Just four pallets form this self-supporting divider. Tons of space on the divider give you ample room for screwing in binder clips to display favorite family and vacation photos, as well as curios, postcards, and theater tickets. Wood Pallet Room Divider from My Friend Staci
  • 25of 25Wood Pallet Outdoor Double Lounge ChairWood Pallet Outdoor Double Lounge Chair Freckles and FluffFair weather was made for chilling out with a friend in your do-it-yourself double wood pallet lounge chair with matching cocktail table on rolling casters. Liberally coat this pallet chair with your favorite exterior latex paint both for color and for protection against the elements.Wood Pallet Double Lounge Chair from Freckles and Fluff

How to Prune in Early Spring

from This Old House

Prune these specimens in the late winter or early spring for thicker foliage later on.


In zones where winter has put plants in sleep mode, now’s the best time to prune certain specimens. Use heading cuts to prune back to a healthy bud and promote side branching, and thinning cuts, which take the branch to the nearest limb, to maintain the plant’s shape. Snip smart, and you’ll see more blooms and thicker foliage.

What to Prune in Early Spring

Summer-flowering deciduous shrubs

These are shrubs that bloom on new growth, such as butterfly bush, rose of Sharon, and crape myrtle.

When and why: These are still dormant in late winter/early spring, making it easy to see your cuts—and they’ll heal up quickly with the flush of new growth in spring, which is when the shrubs set the summer’s buds.

Examples of conifer trees and shrubs include arborvitae, juniper, yew, and holly.

When and why: Prune in early to late spring, once lighter-colored new growth appears, which gives time for cuts to heal and new buds to form. Use thinning cuts back to the main stem to tame overgrown shrubs; for heading cuts, prune back to a branch that has needles or leaves on it so new growth can sprout.

Deciduous perennial vines

These types of vines bloom on new growth, such as trumpet vine, climbing hydrangea, and Boston ivy.

When and why: Heading cuts in late winter or early spring control growth and encourage branching. Ivies can be trimmed anytime, but save heavy shaping of deciduous varieties for late winter/early spring, before leaves appear.

Wait on Pruning These Specimens

Prune azaleas and rhododendrons in spring or early summer, after flowers wither, so as not to remove next year’s buds and reduce blooms.

Traditional mophead hydrangea sets buds on the previous year’s growth, so while it’s safe to snip spent flowers and dead branches, avoid major shaping until summer’s end.