12 Wood Pallet Projects We Love

Who could have predicted the wild success of pallets in the household décor field? These humble wooden shipping leftovers are being repurposed for all kinds of DIY projects inside the home, on the porch and in the yard. Here are 12 inspired examples from Hometalk’s incredibly creative contributors, grouped according to theme.


1. Cut-out Art – Sand & Sisal crafted her striking piece of pallet wood art with a unique technique. Using pallet boards disassembled and glued together, she traced and cut out a design in the shape of a shark silhouette. Very cool and beachy!


2. Bookcase Backing – Over the Big Moon used pallet boards for a dual purpose. They stabilized a formerly unsteady bookcase, while at the same time rescuing it from blah-dom with a gorgeous rustic look.


3. Photo Backdrop – A talented do-it-yourselfer who blogs about DIY, crafts and food, The Things We’ll Make put together a handsome pallet backdrop to enhance photos of her gourmet creations.



4. Flag – While her son was deployed to Afghanistan, Teressa Moyer painted a bright and bold American flag on a single pallet, ideal for commemorating Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. The flag is embellished with lyrics from the national anthem.


5. Pumpkins – Here’s a joint project …S. Ulmen F added paint and trim to pumpkin shapes after her husband cut them out of pallet wood. These are perfect front door ornaments for Halloween and all autumn long.


6. Tree – Fort Ledbetter’s trees are a bit time-consuming, requiring pallet boards to be cut to size, painted and screwed to their “trunks.” However, the cute results are well worth it, and she can use these green-friendly Christmas decorations for years to come.



7. Playhouse – Practips upgraded a falling-apart treehouse with pallet wood to make a sturdy, good-looking (and free!) playhouse for the kids. It’s such a success that her mother-in-law has asked to stay there when she comes to visit.


8. Birdhouse – Forestine M has built a whole pallet wood subdivision. She chooses only the cleanest pallets for her birdhouses and researches their technical specs with the National Wildlife Federation. A North Carolina hobbyist, Forestine has skills worthy of a professional Charlotte carpenter.


9. Horse Barn – Lonnie Cooke thinks big when working with pallet wood … so big that he was able to construct a handsome two-horse barn from extra-large industrial pallets.



10. Puppet Theater – Let’s hope Mom4real’s kids appreciate the expertise and love she put into making this pallet puppet theater. Notice the awesome attention to detail, such as the chalkboard-painted “Showtime” sign.


11. Child Stand – Although Camelot Art Creations originally intended this stand as a photo prop, her pallet structure has lots of play potential. It could become a kissing booth, lemonade stand or whatever a child’s imagination might dream up.


12. Popcorn Cart – Here’s a pallet creation, from LizMarieBlog, that says “fun,” “party” and “summertime.” Custom made for a family graduation party, this popcorn cart could be repurposed to suit all kinds of special occasions.

By Laura Firszt, Networx.

Want more inspiration? Check out 9 Pieces of Furniture Built from Shipping Pallets


Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe3 years ago

These are great ideas, but I love the tree the best - especially with Xmas coming!

Erin H.
Erin H3 years ago

Interesting article, thank you!

Rose Becke3 years ago

Wonderful ideas thanks

Alexandra G.
Alexandra G3 years ago

What a great ideas !!

Francesca A-S
Past Member 3 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill3 years ago

Love these ideas!

william Miller
william Miller3 years ago

I have made a lot of coffee and end tables from them

Noelle S.
Noelle S3 years ago

Thanks for sharing :)

Carol P.
Carol P3 years ago

Lots of these ideas are quite cool.

Kath P.
Kath P3 years ago

The fish looked neat. TY