45 Easiest DIY Projects with Wood Pallets, You Can Build
A home with all the desired sections, stylish furnishing and gorgeous embellishing is the dream of every homey person. An accomplished home with all the functional and beauty applications gives us a sense of satisfaction and pleasure and those who come with the silver spoon in their mouth spend a big fortune to get such a fancy house. But not everyone is born rich and wealthy, the majority of the people are those who live on budgets and monthly incomes and for such people, a dreamy house is somewhat impossible to achieve due to the inflaming prices of the furniture and decor things in the market.
But through the pallet projects we are to give you some useful and budget free ideas by the reuse of discarded pallets for a better home with all the stylish and functional furniture gain along with some creative and amazing decor ideas too. And today we are going to share with you almost 45 creative wood pallet projects and ideas ranging from indoor furniture and decor to outdoor improvement projects and they are easy and too feasible to deal at home with. So have a sneak peek into these 45 DIY pallet home improvement ideas and you would come to know that there is not even a single thing that cannot be attained from the pallets.
We have divided the 45 ideas into small roundups so that they are easy to brief about. In the first group of the pallet ideas we have included the gorgeous collection of furniture and decor items with a touch of rustic style in all, some of them belong to the basic home furnishing like a dining set with large table and benches, an XL size multi stained pallet coffee table, lounge chair made all from the slat arrangement and stacking method.
For the outdoor bar area stools with and without back have been yielded from 50+ Best-loved pallet bar ideas with lovely and bright hues of stain. To jazz up a bedroom dwelling a trendy bed with crate like hanging shelves and a super cool media table with drawers would grab your attention below. And for the walls there is cute clock made from dice section pieces and a big mirror with pallet plank frame adding more beauty and fun to your home decor and interiors.
These multi colored pallet stools are one of the easiest things that you can feasibly make from pallets at home with pallet slats,some nails and a hammer to enjoy a fun seat in the outdoors or indoor to enjoy some drinks on.
This pallet bed frame is really something unique and modern in its style and shape and can be easily adapted to a contemporary styled bedroom. The single face skids have been joined to form the bed platform and large boards have been turned into the headboards while the crates have been hanged on its top for book storage.
This bench seat for the kids is double functional as it would allow the kids to have a fun seat on it and to climb it up at the side stair steps and pergola and the purple color makes it look damn cute to attract the little girls.
This is a master piece from the pallets made with skillful and and talented hands with fine crafting when pallet slats have been stacked tightly together to shape up the giant table, benches and the stools at the sides to sit.
This coffee table is one of its type for for two main reasons one is its large size with double shelves and the other is its finish in the rainbow colors making it look quite a shabby chic piece of decor for your living or outdoor.
Pallet skids are when dismantled we get slats and dice sections and the small and cute dice section pieces have been stacked together here to shape up this utterly creative and unique clock for the decor of your walls.
To shape up this pallet made lounge chair first make a rectangular frame from thick pallet bars and then fill it with gap using pallet slat pieces same slat would be used as hinges to support the back at a tilted angle.
This cute and small size media stand would a proud part of your bedroom decor holding your tv on the top, remotes and Cd’s in the drawers and some other things like these int he base shelf being an entertainment center itself.
If you are working on pallets then you must have some pallet scrap of left out piece different in pieces don’t throw them away as they can be used to make such a gorgeous mirror for your hall or bathroom decor.
Apart from the sofa side tables and console table one more type of table is used in the living and that is this behind sofa like that of a console table to up grade the decor of the house by holding the candle jars, flower vases, photo frame and lot more on it.
How to Make a Better Strawberry Pallet Planter
Use a wooden pallet to make a Strawberry Planter
Full written and video instructions on how to make a strawberry pallet planter using a single wood pallet. Once made, you can paint it and use it for years to grow berries in your garden or on the patio. It’s a great handmade planter that not only looks great but is functional and inexpensive to make.
A Little Background on the Project
Over the past year I’ve come across scores of diy pallet projects, some of them intriguing and others not quite there yet but still having potential. One that I see time and again is the idea of using a single wooden pallet as a strawberry planter. Filled with soil and with plants inserted in the gaps they’re usually leaned up against a wall but sometimes bolted on to keep from tumbling over.
It’s a clever idea but I’ve steered away from trying it myself because I suspect that they’ll require constant watering and erosion control and also because I’m not convinced that they’ll work long term. Almost every image I’ve found of pallet planters look to be newly planted rather than a tried and tested design.
Still I was interested in the idea and with the gift of eight pristine wooden pallets, I started scouring the internet looking for alternative tutorials. Ones that offered increased stability, more soil capacity and better aesthetics. Eventually, after finding nothing that really jumped out at me, I came to the conclusion that I’d have to come up with my own design.
After thinking about the process for this post I’m quite sure that anyone who is comfortable using a hammer and hand-saw could complete this project too. Though I’ll be honest and say it’s much easier if you have a jigsaw and a few other extra tools.
It’s important to use safe pallets
First of all, choosing pallets for diy projects involves a bit of know-how. You need pallets that are in good condition, without rot, and which have not been treated with chemical insecticides. Most people are probably not aware of this but pallets that cross international borders must be either heat treated or sprayed to stop the spread of foreign pests.
Whether you think this is a good idea or not, you certainly do not want pesticide-soaked furniture or objects in your garden let alone your home. Not only can it kill off insects that eat your crops but it can indiscriminately kill all the beneficial insects too. There’s also the possibility of your plants absorbing these chemicals into their tissues and into your tasty strawberries!
To help you find the right type of pallet for your project I’ve put together a diagram of what to look for when you spot one. By international law, a pallet must be stamped twice with certain information which includes whether it’s been sprayed. Keep clear of any pallets that have been printed with the letters MB.
For this project you will also need to look for a pallet that has six or nine planks making up its main surface. The reason for this is that the first major step will be in slicing the pallet up into three equal sized pieces (both six and nine are divisable by three). If there’s such a thing as a pallet with twelve planks then all the better because that means you can build an even larger planter.
For this tutorial I’ve tried to use a series of photos to illustrate the various steps. As a beginner wood worker, it’s easier for me to understand what I’m meant to be doing if there are visuals – I hope they’ll help you too. After the main construction sequence I’ve also listed more in-depth instructions.
How to Make a Better Strawberry Planter
The dimensions of my pallet planters are: 47″ wide, 16″ across, and 19″ in height
You will need the following materials:
– Heavy duty Splitting Wedge and Iron Mallet
– Non-toxic paint and paintbrush
Step 1: Cut the pallet into three equal pieces
The easiest way to do this is to cut lay the pallet so that the long planks are in parallel with your own position. If your pallet has nine planks, like mine did, then count over three planks and then saw the wood between the third and fourth planks. Saw right in the middle, to keep things easy and to ensure that all of your proportions remain correct. Continue another three planks and cut again. Remember that you’ll have to saw in the exact places on both the front and back of the pallet.
Step 2: Trim and remove excess wood pieces
You’ll have three pieces of pallet now, all of the same height and width. Two of the pallets will be formed from the top and bottom and will have chunky blocks securely fixed to them between one of three planks on the front side and the single one left on on the other. You’ll want to trim off the excess wood jutting up from each one of these wooden blocks. Please refer to images for step one and two. Though I chose not to do it in this project, you could also remove that single plank on the back side. If you do this then you could have a deeper planter – it’s up to you.
The piece that made up the centre part of the pallet also has thick wooden blocks sandwiched between its front side and stubby planks on the other. Pull these blocks and stubby planks off but keep them in reserve – you’ll need them to complete the project. If there are nails sticking up after removing these pieces then either hammer them flat or remove them completely.
Step 3: Fix the two end pieces to the middle part of the pallet. Screw in from the other side of the middle (bottom) piece.
The two end pieces will be the sides of your planter and the middle piece is the bottom. Though the image shows the structure right way up, it’s actually easier to flip it over in order to fix the bottom piece to the sides. You’ll want to screw or nail the bottom piece into the wooden blocks still attached to the side pieces.
Step 4: You should have three to four of these pieces that were removed from the centre piece of the pallet. Separate them into individual blocks and planks.
This is easier said than done if you don’t have the right tools. Since pallet wood that has been heat treated can be brittle if you try to pull the plank off with the tongs of a hammer. If you have a heavy Splitting Wedge then I recommend that you use it to separate the block and the plank and sever the nails in two. If you’re planning on doing any more pallet projects you could really save yourself a lot of tears and invest in one along with an Iron Mallet down at your local hardware store. If any of your pieces have bits of nails sticking out then try to hammer them flat.
Step 5: Use planks to create the sides and the blocks for feet
If you’ve followed the directions in step 1 and sawed in the middle between the long planks, then the little planks leftover from step four should all be approximately the same length. They will also be the same width you need to create the shorter sides of your planter. If your original pallet was the same size as mine then you’ll have four of these planks to make up two pieces for each side. The bottom planks for each of the shorter sides can be created by re-using the bits of wood you cut off the side pieces in step two. For a more pleasing and symmetrical effect, line the small side planks up with the planks along the front and back pieces.
Attaching the wooden blocks as feet can be a bit tricky and in the end I drove very long screws in sideways to attach them to the bottom of the planter. Putting feet on the piece will help with drainage and slow down the process of the bottom rotting. I think they also make the planter look nicer.
I can foresee some people finding pallets of slightly different sizes to mine and being left with less small planks and blocks in this step. In fact it’s more likely that you’ll end up with three of each rather than four, especially if you’re using a smaller pallet. In this case you’ll be cobbling together more scraps to make and additional side piece and having to find a fourth block to use as the last foot. In this case I’d look at removing one of the inner blocks from the side pieces to use.
Step 6: Project Completed!
Well almost. Turn your planter right way up and have a look at it. Does it feel sturdy? Are the feet wobbly? Are there extra bits of wood sticking up that you could trim back? Once you feel the planter is complete then either plant it up as is or use a non-toxic outdoor wood paint to paint the exterior. Being wood, this piece will eventually rot down but some tlc now can help extend its life.
Step 7: Plant it up
Soil and compost will erode through any unprotected opening in the sides or bottom of the planter. Putting down your choice of barrier materials will help keep that soil where it’s supposed to be. I chose to line the bottom of my planter with scraps of wire then a layer of Landscaping Fabric or plastic that will let water out but keep matter in. Since I placed my planter against a hedge I also chose to roll the black material up the back since I won’t be planting any strawberries on that side. On top of the fabric and running up the sides I used straw as an organic erosion barrier.
For full planting instructions for this planter, including a video, visit this article.
Update on 14/07/2013
Here’s a before and after shot of how my planter looked on the day of construction and how it looks today. In two months the plants have grown enormously and I’m picking ripe berries every day. I’ve planted my container with two types of strawberry and the most prolific are the ever-bearing variety that should produce fruit for most of the summer.