Day 5 – Pallet possibilities


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It wasn’t until a few months ago that I discovered the possibilities of pallets.


Yes, I am talking about wood shipping pallets you see stacked up behind Home Depot and department stores and in the trash heap on the side of the road.  After reading this post, you won’t look at them the same way again! Smile

When I started browsing home décor blogs and pinning projects on Pinterest (post coming soon all about the wonderful world of Pinterest!), I started seeing these amazing projects made of …

you guessed it…

FREE pallets or pallet wood!

So now my turn to inspire you – here are some amazing projects made from used pallets:

Pallet Headboard

Outdoor pallet table

Pallet pet bed

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I LOVE this pallet swing!  If I had the porch for it,  I would be firing up the saw this weekend. Smile

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Pallet day bed

Another pallet headboard


crafting    My pallet project: Pinterest knock off



Wall sayings

Vintage Crate Carts

Pallet carts

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Pallet garden

See I told you, you wouldn’t think of pallets the same way again!

For more inspiration check out this board on Pinterest.

I drove past this HUGE pile of pallet and pallet wood the other day at a recycling center and had to stop and drool a little over the endless possibilities! Smile


But don’t worry, we had wood for our deck delivered this past summer and guess what it came on??  A pallet!  So I have one that is getting all “weathered” and ready for me to use.  Now the hard decision, what should I make?

So the next time, you see a pile of trash pallets on the side of the road, stop and ask if you can haul it off for them Winking smile and take it home and create something amazing!

(By the way, you might want to ask at Wal-mart, Home Depot, Lowe’s – I have heard that they sometimes give pallets away for free! Smile)

Have you ever created anything with a pallet or pallet wood?

What project is your favorite?



  1. I’ve never made anything with pallets but I’ve sure been enjoying all of the creative things others have done with them! I’m just stopping by from tonight’s chat to say hi!

    • Christina says:

      I haven’t YET either! But I cast a longing glance at that lone pallet sitting in my back yard and will do something very soon with it!

      Thanks for coming over from last night’s chat! I really enjoyed it and picked up some good tips! Maybe we can do it again sometime! 🙂

    • We make pallett decks. When we lived in our camper while working in Williston, ND, we built a 12′ x 24′ deck in front of our camper for a patio set and the grill. We leveled the pallets, covered the top with OSB, put a 3′ fence with utility wire around it with a gate and created an instant yard for the dogs. “Grass” carpet made it a wonderful way to get outside and up out of the snow. Whole project cost under $200.
      In TX, we built one beside our pool. Kept445 us away from the chiggers. 🙂 Cost was under $60 for a 12×16 ft deck.

  2. Last summer I made a raised garden bed from pallets. We just went behind Home Depot and loaded our van full of the ones that were piled by the dumpster waiting to be trashed. The only thing I would suggest is that you get softwood pallets if you plan to take them apart for the wood. (You can usually tell which is which) Some of mine were hardwood and were difficult to take apart without splitting the boards. They were also hard to nail back together- screws might be better for a permanent project like furniture. I wanted my raised bed to be transportable and easily dismantled for winter (to store in the shed). It worked great for growing veggies!

  3. WOW! I love all of them, but my favorite is the swing, the book/photo shelf and the crates for toys! My hubby’s work place has a TON of those…now I know what I am going to do with them 🙂 THANK-YOU!

    • Christina says:

      awww – lucky you!! have fun with those pallets. 🙂 and there are many more ideas online – just google pallets or pallet furniture or do a search on Pinterest.

  4. Super excited just brought 2it quarter pallets home today i cant wait to stain them and make shelves thank you for some more great ideas! I love the swing! Sad part is i just threw one like that away at work because i wasnt sure what to do with it 🙁

  5. Judye Releford says:

    I loved the pet bed! Thanks! My husband has made a bench and a table from pallets. I love them. I’d love to have a pallet gardening bed but I’m concerned that pallets are chemically treated.


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