12 Ideas for Upcycling Reclaimed Pallets

Roxanne Kwiecinski
Updated October 21, 2016
patio table set made from wood pallets
This outdoor patio table and bench seating was handmade using repurposed pallet wood. Grok Landscapes by Design displayed the project at the Indianapolis Home Show. (Photo by Frank Espich/Angi)

Repurpose wooden pallets with these DIY projects.

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The creative ideas that DIY bloggers invent for recycling old pallets always amaze me. Reusing old pallets has become quite popular on Pinterest and in blogland. And why not? The wood is reclaimed, rustic and free!

I have noticed piles of pallets outside local stores while driving around town, so they shouldn’t be too hard to find if you are looking to score some. Just ask the local stores that you visit regularly. They will likely be happy to get rid of them.

The only downside of reusing pallets is the process of disassembling them, which requires some patience. But once you’ve gotten that out of the way and you have a pile of free rustic wood to work with, the possibilities are endless. If you’re ready to get creative, here are 12 amazing pallet projects to get you inspired!

1. Upcycled pallet pumpkins

Pallets are great for seasonal decorating since they don’t cost anything. These pallet pumpkins from Little House of Four are adorable.

2. Reclaimed wood clock

This really cool pallet clock from Little Red Brick House is one of my favorites, and the instructions include a really smart tip for getting a perfect circle.

reclaimed pallet becomes upcycled clock
(Photo courtesy of Little Red Brick House)

3. Sliding door made from pallets

This genius idea to use pallets to make a pallet sliding barn door from Lehman Lane came to be when the blogger needed to free up floor space for her son to play.

sliding door from pallet wood
(Photo courtesy of Lehman Lane)

4. Reclaimed wood drying rack for herbs

This creative rustic chalkboard herb drying rack from Houseful of Handmade combines a few of my favorite things — rustic wood, chalkboards and greenery.

5. Repurposed pallet trim

Or try reclaimed pallet crown molding from The Weathered Fox for a natural, earthy vibe.

crown moldiing made from pallets
(Photo courtesy of Weathered Fox)

6. Halloween pallet decorations

This festive front yard features a Halloween pallet graveyard and fence from Twelve on Main.

7. Seasonal décor made from pallets

Extend the use of your pallet even further by making reversible seasonal décor, from The Magic Brush. See how she got the perfect burnt orange shade while you’re there.

DIY thanksgiving sign from pallets
(Photo courtesy of The Magic Brush)

8. Upcycled pallet planters

This geometric pallet planters from Love Create Celebrate would compliment any porch or patio and can be made in an afternoon!

DIY pallet wood planters
(Photo courtesy of Love, Create, Celebrate)

9. DIY pallet porch swing

This pallet porch swing from Grillo-Designs is an ambitious and amazing idea!

10. Pallet Christmas décor

Another favorite of mine is this merry and bright Christmas art from a pallet by Craving Some Creativity!

Merry Christmas DIY pallet sign
(Photo courtesy of Craving Some Creativity)

11. Christmas pallet art

Another Christmas project from a pallet is this Christmas trees wall art from Two Purple Couches. She shares a great tip for hand-lettering in this post!

christmas trees sign from pallet
(Photo courtesy of Two Purple Couches)

12. DIY pallet bar

This pallet bar from Our Crafty Mom is so cool, and I love the live edge bar top counter. Be sure to check that out!

reclaimed pallet becomes upcycled bar
(Photo courtesy of Our Crafty Mom)

What do you think? Your imagination is your only limit when you have a big pile of scrap wood. Or, is that just us bloggers who feel that way?

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