The coolest things we have seen for a while are inexpensive wood pallet projects that you can make at home for free, or next to nothing if you can get your hands on a few of them. It is just discarded wood, no? We find them in abandoned parking lots, by dumpsters, and just calling around you can find them for nothing-or next to it! In all seriousness though, there are some people out there – and they’re far craftier than I am – that are making incredible decor from old wood pallets. So if you’re broke because of the economy…or Wall Street…or because you prioritize alcohol over putting money into a high-interest savings account, you can still gift and decorate for the low price of spray paint and string lights.
I’ve rounded up some of the most inventive and remarkable DIY projects made from repurposed pallets. From patio couches to doggy beds to playhouses, some are quick and easy while others will need some serious dedication, but there’s no doubt that they’re all magnificent and wallet-friendly when you consider that the main component—the wood—didn’t cost a thing. There are few things in life that I love more than turning would-be trash into something that is both beautiful and functional. Be sure you check out the FINAL FIVE projects. We saved the best for last!
Glass Table and Chairs.
With two pallets for a table and one for each chair, you can make your very own outside dining table set. I love the addition of the glass tabletop because it really gives the whole thing a very elegant look. This is simple and an easy project for any reasonably handy carpenter.
Relaxing Lounger Chair.
I am seriously considering making this one for my home! I just love the extensions on either side of the actual seating part since it gives you that extra space – you could put cushions down for kids to sit on or use it as a place to rest your drink; and it also just offers something of a dramatic flair. Who wouldn’t want to lounge around on one of these on aa lazy Sunday afternoon?
I’ve seen my fair share of pallet chair tutorials, but I have honestly never seen one as awesomely creative, clever and truly unique as this one. It’s almost like a hammock, but from wood. And although that may sound uncomfortable, the wood panels actually conform to your body when you sit, so it’s very comfy. This one’s definitely going on my ‘To Do’ list! I would love to hang around on this thing.
Bar With Stools.
What I really like about this project is the way that the stools were constructed – I love the boxy look which deviates from the usual open-legged stools. The design is simplistic, neat and bold, and of course, a fantastic addition to any outdoor area. I just think this would look cool in about any backyard.
Gabion Table and Bench
A gabion is like a cage that is usually filled with rocks or concrete; in this case, it’s the gabion that makes this bench and table combo so unique and eye-catching. And I just love the clever, subtle pop of color. This looks like the perfect way to enjoy your morning coffee (or tea, in my case)! Who is building this? I need to know how to make a gabion with plans.
The Outdoor Swing Bed
There’s something about an outdoor swing bed – it’s relaxing, luxurious, calming; the perfect way to spend a lazy, lounging summer’s day, enthralled by your latest book. It’s like a little slice of heaven right outside your house. If you like this one, make sure you check out #23.
The Succulent Table
What better way to decorate an outside table than with a striking nature-themed feature in the middle? The planting box in the center is just magnificent, and the use of succulent plants is very clever because not only do they look great, but their also very low-maintenance. I love gardening, and this needs to happen at my house.
The Pallet Day Bed
What’s better than spending a lovely day outside relaxing on your day bed, taking in the beauty of the nature around you, enjoying your solitude or perhaps watching the kids play around? This pallet day bed is perfect for this scenario. What makes this specific bed really cool, in my opinion, is the use of PVC piping as a rail. This probably isn’t going to make a showing at my house, but for some people it could work.
When electricity rates go up, so do light-less rustic wood pallet Christmas trees!
I’m not sure how it could get much easier than this. Does this give you any inspiration for some of the other options? Click Next For More cool ideas. Not a huge fan personally, but others may like it. Wait until you see #23 though!
These Patio Benches Are Very Cool.
This project is perfect for those of you who have a nice big patio area and love to entertain, since these benches offer a lot of seating space. The completed project cost just $40 and took about six hours to make, so there’s really no excuse not to make these! I am a huge fan of these patio benches.
Corner Lounge Suite.
This finished project just oozes modern chicness; it’s absolutely beautiful! And what’s great is that you can rearrange the seats if you get bored. This project is ideal for any balcony or patio that you’d like to put to good use – you’ll be spending a lot more time out there once you have this lovely furniture to relax on. I wonder how much all of this would cost?
Pallets can be turned into awesome serving trays, too!
These are really handy and can be used to hold, well, just about anything. These trays could double as a crib for a baby Jesus nativity display, or provide a nice base for a pet bed! Safety Tip:
Some pallets may be treated with chemicals, and this can be dangerous to you. When seeking out your pallets, look for those that have an “HT” marking – this means that they’ve been heat treated rather than chemically, and are therefore safe to keep and use. This is kind of creative – I wonder who thinks about these?
This is a truly innovative project – of all the things that you can make from pallet wood, a self-contained sandbox is not something I would’ve ever thought of myself. The closing lid ensures that it doesn’t get littered with leaves or other debris, and when the lid is opened it creates a nice little seat for the playful kiddies. Absolutely brilliant! I really need a new sandbox in my backyard.
End Table and Planters.
What I really like about this project is the simplicity of it all. If you don’t have a big porch but still want a small table to rest your drinks or books on, then this small pallet end table is just the thing you need. I like the planters a lot – the end table I wouldn’t necessarily need.
This is a relatively easy little outdoor table to make with just two pallets. I love the idea of attaching the wheels so that you can move it wherever you want it, from the porch to the patio or the garden, or even inside if you need an extra surface. Who is handy and needs this cool project completed for their backyard?
You only need one single pallet to create this beautifully simple and rustic outdoor chair. You just need to download the model to get started, and for those of you who have concerns about dismantling the pallet properly, there tutorial features a link to some helpful tips for this important step. Hammer and nails for a few minutes and you have a cool project done in an hour or three.
This is one frosty that’ll definitely melt…your heart.
Confession: you can actually buy this pre-made, or, use it as DIY inspiration–your choice! Heck, let me know and I’ll make you one. Not really my style, but it could be for you! Frost the Snowman wood pallet designs can be done easily and quickly. If you are good with painting, this could be done for just a few dollars.
Okay, even without a crafty bone in my body, this seems almost TOO easy!
Not too shabby. Three more pics and it really gets good though.
This one is certainly minimalist’s dream tree.
Ya, so not for me. It would work well in a college dorm though. Are there any college kids that are handy and want to work on a few projects for me?
With this beautiful sign, yes, yes it is.
I know this one wouldn’t take too long to put together. Here is another easy wood pallet project that anyone could do in a few hours.
This one is for the mathematically disinclined because sometimes, we run out of fingers and toes.
Yes, ma’am – easy to make project here. I don’t think I need this one in m life.
This is one for the kids to work on with you! How fun!
Yes, folks. How simple for a cool idea to work on. Cool, cheap wood pallet idea for kids to make at home.
Now, this is one for the “grown-up” kids to work on–probably after the kids are asleep 🙂
Love, love, love this idea. Who wouldn’t want to work on this project?
These pallets help you countdown (or technically, count UP) to Christmas!
Countdown to your Christmas season. Easy changes could be a cool birthday celebration for kids too.
How nice are these? Love them!
Here is a cool, easy to make wood pallet project to do in your spare time.
This sign says it all. Remember though: be careful what you wish for!
Be careful what you wish for!
Santa goes vintage in this pallet project!
Santa going vintage with his pallets.
Will you add a painted red nose to yours?
Very cool idea, and really unique to give as a gift. I think a lot of crafty folks could give these out for pretty cheap projects.
It’s awesome because it’s simple.
Easy to put together, but make sure you check out the next one too. It gets better. You will like these last ten wood pallet project ideas.
Christmas Anytime of Year.
For the Christmas season – or for a good present any time of the year. The next gardening project is much cooler.
I like this project because instead of disassembling the entire pallet, you’re using its regular shape to your advantage and simply adding a few things to improve it. What you get is a fantastic organizer to keep all your tools safe in one place and out of the way. This wood pallet project is perfect for your gardening tools.
Gardening Fold-Out Table.
This little fold-out table for your gardening supplies and potting is just adorable! I love the fact that you can close it up when you’re not using it, so it doesn’t waste space, and it’s a relatively easy project to do, too, so you won’t have to sweat too much! And for the finale, and my personal favorite, this fold-out table made from wood pallets.
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