Creative Ways to Recycle Your Wooden Pallets

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Before you throw away that wooden pallet the landscaper used to deliver your mulch, give it another look. You’ve probably never given much thought to wooden pallets. Very few people do. But if you’ve ever gotten stuck with one and had no idea what to do with it when you were finished, here are a few ideas for next time.


Did you know you can use these pallets in your garden? Wooden pallets are the perfect size and look amazing when used as a base for climbing plants like ivy or wisteria. You can mount them on the wall of your patio and put the plants behind them and through the slats, or build a free-standing structure and show off your plants that way. You can also use them to build a planter box or a pallet garden.


Use them as a base for a futon or a couch. Even a mattress is fine. You can use smaller pallets as entertainment stands or turn them into coffee tables. You can use them to display photos or show off trophies in your kids rooms. Bookcases are a natural fit for wooden pallets; with just a few tweaks, they can be ready to display your collection. Dog beds are another option. One great idea is to use the slats and build a box for your cooler. It’ll look a lot better sitting on your deck or porch than that blue plastic cooler you currently have back there. Porch swings, trunks, benches, basically anything that’s mainly flat surfaces can be made out of wooden pallets.

And speaking of using the slats – deconstruct the pallets. This is where wooden pallets get really fun. If you’re willing to take the time and use the energy to take the pallets apart, there’s no end to what you can do with them. A quick Pinterest search will bring up thousands of pins related to decorating with wooden pallets, and the possibilities are endless. You can use pieces of them as window boxes for plants, especially if you paint them bright colors to make them really stand out. Use slats to build a hanging rack for your pots and pans.


There are so many options available for decorating with wooden pallets. Use the slats in decreasing sizes to build a Christmas tree decoration for your home or porch. Paint the slats in bright colors and use them to hang your coats and keys. Take them completely apart and build your kids a playhouse out of the wood.

There’s almost no limit to what you can make with a wooden pallet and a little time and paint. If you have more time (and more paint) you can take it further and use that one wooden pallet to make dozens of different projects to beautify your home and garden.