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Back when I used to work in a big bookstore, I’d often see wood pallets littering the receiving room. Pallets are indeed useful for shipping goods, but their use doesn’t have to stop there. According to Yahoo!, they’re the latest DIY craze with searches for “pallet furniture”, “wooded pallet projects,” and “pallet ideas” spiking. Want to get in on the trend? Take a look at these five fab uses for pallets and see which one inspires you to recycle with style.

SAFETY NOTE: Before crafting with pallets, be aware of the potential hazards like loose boards, bacteria and wood that may have been treated/come into contact with toxic chemicals like preservatives, fungicides and/or pesticides. Read here for more info, get smarter pallet crafting tips from Funky Junk Interiors and please craft responsibly!

wood pallet bar


It may be after Labor Day, but as Liz pointed out, there’s still plenty of outdoor entertaining time to be had. Which means there’s still time to whip up this hanging outdoor pallet bar. The bottom shelf folds up, giving it a sleek look when you’re not hosting a happy hour. Head to our tutorial to get all the instructions.

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wood pallet shelf

These pallet shelves add a rustic coziness to a kitchen setting. I can envision putting mason jar vases and cookbooks in them, can’t you? Check out our step-by-step breakdown to see how they come together.

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wood pallet tv stand
Speaking of Funky Junk Interiors, once you read Donna’s excellent pallet wood safety post, check out what she’s done with them in her own home. I’m especially fond of this embellished TV stand. The milk and soda crates underneath? They’re DVD storage bins!

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pallet coat rack

If you’ve got plenty of coats but are running low on closet space, a coat rack (like this one from Shelterness) is the natural solution. And the color gives it a dose of playfulness that reclaimed materials sometimes lack.

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rustic towel bar
Who said you needed to use the whole pallet? Why not just a single board? This rustic towel bar is a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll and a whole lot of cool. See more photos in our how-to article.

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Which pallet project wood would you try? And are there any household items or scraps you’re wondering how to turn into crafts worth displaying? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

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54 Responses

  1. Carey says:

    I'm always surprised at the different things people can create from common things. All these pallets have been turned into really NICE useful things. Love this blog.

  2. raj says:

    Love the coat rack.

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  4. Amy says:

    I think wood pallets are beautiful – so much you can do with them! Here's another great read with different DIY projects that you can do with pallets.
    http://blog.purehome.com/2012/diy-roundup-5-proje

  5. Kayla@HGTV says:

    Love these, especially the outdoor bar! Beautiful! I have a challenge for you: coat hangers.

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  7. dhanamura says:

    Pallets are a great source of free lumber, they are upcycled, and they have such a lovely aged patina. You can get lots of inspiration from http://www.thedesigpallet.com – just click the Pallets section of the website. They also have a terrific etsy shop.

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  9. J. Even says:

    Pallets can be great in the garden too. Laid flat on the ground, they make perfect planters for strawberries. Fill the spaces between the slats with good amended garden soil, then plant these "rows" with strawberries about 1 foot apart. As the plants grow, the fruit is kept off the dirt because it rests on the slats. Or try a pallet of lettuce with each row a different variety. It's not only healthy and tasty, but looks decorative too.

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