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45 DIY Wood Pallet Crafts

Updated on October 10, 2017
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Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and kid-friendly craft tutorials.


If you’ve ever searched for wood pallet crafts, you’ll know that there are a lot of projects shown, but so many of them don’t have instructions. In this article, you’ll find that all the crafts pictured also include the site address which takes you directly to the tutorial for the craft project.

Most of the projects are easy enough, but there are a few that are meant for someone carpentry experience.

You'll find the tutorial for making the charming, lighted sign shown above, at Scavenger Chic.

1. Crates with Transfer Images

I really love this project because, not only do you get a great tutorial for making the crates at A Piece of Rainbow, there are also instructions on how to transfer images onto the crates.

Plus, the author includes images that you can use. A whole lot of information freely given!

2. Stately Shelves

This rustic style of decor is really popular now. And imagine how inexpensive it is to decorate this way especially if you are a DIYer.

You'll find the instructions for making the beautiful rustic shelves on [the nest] site

3. Rustic Tray

You'll especially enjoy using this rustic tray with its branch handles when dining outdoors. Wouldn't trays like this be awesome used for carrying drinks, snacks, etc. at an outdoor wedding?

Go to Funky Junk Interiors to find the instructions for making this woodsy tray.

4. Photo Display

I'm sure just about anyone of us would be able to find a suitable wall to display this photo board. It looks so nice with the clothespin photo holders and the vinyl lettering "family" above.

SIMPLY + KIERSTE is the name of the site where you'll find the pictured tutorial.

5. Toddler Bed

Imagine how happy your little tyke will be to have a cute little bed like this. This project just amazes me, it's so cute and so useful also.

To find the tutorial for making this toddler bed, go to the Lori Danelle site.

6. American Flag

Even the broken pieces of the wood pallet can be used, and in this project, the look is very attractive. The country look is very patriotic.

You'll find the instructions for making this flag at the mylove2create site.

7. Saloon Door Stair Gate

If you have a little one who loves to crawl up stairs and then either fall or cry because he or she feels stranded, you might consider making one of these baby gates.

You can find the tutorial for this attractive gate at HOME DEPOT BLOG.

8.Rustic Wall Art

Although I find the font used in printing in this project hard to read, I think the overall wall art is very beautiful. The directions for this wall art project are found at diyready.

9. Patchwork Cross

Check out Beyond the Picket Fence for directions for making this patchwork cross.

10. Drop Leaf Wall Desk

How about an attractive wall desk like this one for the kitchen. How many times have you wished you had a desk in the kitchen but didn't want to give up the floor space?

Check out the tutorial at Infarrantly Creative to see that it's a whole lot simpler to make than it appears.If you don't need this desk in the kitchen, it would be useful in any other room too.

If you don't need this desk in the kitchen, it would be useful in any other room too.

11. Tree Photo Card Holder

The perfect place to display the Christmas photo cards that you receive from family and friends. I can also see this tree, with more clothespins added, as an Advent calendar holding little envelopes that carried a message about a treat or special activity leading up to Christmas.

The directions for making this Christmas tree photo card holder is found at Southern Revivals.

12. Pallet Wood Clock

This large, rustic clock is a great gift idea for just about anyone on your list. Do a light color wash for rooms like the baby's room or a girl's bedroom, leave it natural or use deeper colors for family rooms or kitchen or dining room.

Go to Thistlewood Farms to find the tutorial for making this outstanding clock.

13. Sweet Swing Bed

Talk about a dream place, for relaxing and reading a good book, on a comfortable summer day.

Start gathering your wood pallets and then go to The Merrythought to find the tutorial that will tell you all you need to know to make a sweet swing bed.

14. Workbench

A nice thing about making your own workbench is that you can make it the perfect height for you to work at. And it really helps to have a workbench rather than trying to do everything on the floor.

Find the tutorial for making this workbench at Little House of Four.

15. Hanging Planter

Rustic and beautiful are the first two words that came to mind when I saw this wood pallet project.

The instructions for making this planter can be found at House by Hoff. A stunning was to display your favorite flowers.

16. Jack-o-Lantern

The directions that you'll find for making this Jack-o-lantern are found at HGTV, and they suggest using a battery operated votive to light up the lantern. I believe I'd try to figure out a way to add the "light" part of an inexpensive solar yard light instead. That way the jack-o-lantern would light as soon as it got dark. I wonder if that would work?

17. Photo Frames

This is a project that I'm going to have to try. I love working with Mod Podge, and that's how these photos are added to the pallet frames.

For all the information that you need to do this craft, go to Southern Revivals.

18. Sofa

I would love to have a shabby chic looking sofa like this one on my deck. This is a great project for anyone who knows, at least a little, about woodworking.

A really informative tutorial is given at Funky Junk Interiors. Who would believe wood pallets could look this good!

19. Rustic Frame

Although in this example the frame displays a vintage seed bag, I think the frame would be great to use with inspirational sayings or photos. Find the tutorial for this project at Knick of Time.

20. Pallet Tree

See how easy it is to make a wood pallet Christmas tree by going to The Turquoise Home to find the tutorial.

Imagine how many ways this tree could be used.

21. Crate Boxes

Once you find a great tutorial for making crate boxes, like this one found at My Love 2 Create you can customize the boxes any way that you wish.

Consider stenciling, painting or staining depending on what you want to use the crate for, or who you want to give one to as a gift.

22. Merry Christmas Stocking Hooks

The first thing I thought of when I saw this project was how useful this would be if you didn't have a mantel to hang Christmas stockings from. This sign, with hooks added, would be a great alternative.

Go to Beyond The Picket Fence to find all the information that you'll need to make this sign.

23. Painted Signs

For any of the wood pallet projects where the boards are placed flush against each other, you'll find that the Kreg jig is used. It looks like that is a tool to buy if you want to make many projects with flush boards.

For the tutorial to make the beautiful inspirational signs shown above, go to The Turquoise Home.

24. Thanksgiving Turkey

This little turkey just makes me feel happy. I love the "little less than perfect" look of the turkey feathers. Making a turkey decoration like this will bring many smiles to the neighborhood.

You'll find the Thanksgiving turkey instructions on the Premier Handling site.

25. Home State Sign

When you go to the Create Babble site, you'll find the tutorial for making this home state sign.

26. Patchwork Star Ornament

You'll find a great tutorial for making this patchwork star ornament at Made to be a Momma.

27. Wood Christmas Tree

This wood Christmas tree would be a little easier to see if it weren't sitting in front of a wood background, but if you look closely you can see how very pretty it is.

The tutorial for making this wood tree is found at Thistlewood Farms. Very impressive!

28. Garden Tool Hanger

This is a very useful idea, and there really isn't much that you have to do to prepare the wood pallet.

To make a garden tool hanger like the one shown, go to Our Little Acre for the directions. This is one of those "why didn't I think of that" projects.

29. Cornhole Game

If you've never played this game, let me warn you that it can be addictive. I've seen guys spend whole afternoons throwing those little corn filled bags.

If you'd want to make this game, go to the Instructables site for a very good tutorial.

30. Bird Feeder

Not only will this feeder look beautiful in your backyard, the birds will enjoy the seeds and you'll enjoy watching the birds eat.You'll find the instructions for making this bird feeder at

You'll find the instructions for making this bird feeder at Home-Dzine.

31. World Map

Need an idea for wall decor for a boy's room or a man cave? This world map is both masculine and vintage looking. Of course, I like it too and wouldn't mind seeing this in an office or den either.

Instructions for this wall decor is found at The Idea Room.

32. Planter Covers

I noticed when reading the instructions for making these planter covers that they used brads to nail the boards to the plastic pots and then crimped the brad ends down on the inside of the pots. I wonder if a gorilla glue would make the boards adhere. Seems to me it would be easier to glue the wood on.

Check out the tutorial at Make The Best of Things to make a wood covered planter

33. Towel Ladder

See how to make a wood pallet towel ladder by going to the Home-Dzine site for the tutorial.

I've always admired the racks that hold beautiful handmade quilts. It appears to me that these same instructions could be used to make a quilt rack. Or a rack, or ladder, for any other handiwork you wish to display.

34. Rustic Bench

The shelf holding shoes is a terrific idea for an entry way or porch. It looks so much neater than shoes kicked in a pile!

You'll find out how to make this rustic bench by going to My Sophia Ryan. A very attractive, and useful bench.

35. Wine Rack

I like this wine rack attached to the railing of the patio or balcony idea. I'm sure it can be used inside the home also, but for an outdoor party this seems like a grand idea.

Go to the Sweet Pea site where you'll find a great pictured tutorial to guide you through all the steps of making a wine rack from pallet wood.

36. Halloween Fence

Check out this spooky looking fence made especially for outdoor Halloween decorations. You'll own the best neighborhood Halloween look with this fence.

By going to the Sew Woodsy site, you'll find all the information you'll need to build a fence like this.

37. Roadside Lemonade Stand

The best part of selling lemonade is having your own lemonade stand. And this lemonade stand has to be one of the finest around. Could even add a little color with paint if you wanted to.

The plans for making this roadside lemonade stand can be found at This Charming Life.

38. Book Shelf

The kids will learn about keeping their books in a safe place when they have book shelves made especially for that purpose.

Directions for making the book shelf shown above are found at Creative Outlets.

39. Coastal Whale Art

Are you wondering what to use to decorate your beach themed home or cabin? You'll love this coastal whale wall art. The tutorial to guide you on this project is found at Fox Hollow Cottage.

If whales aren't your love, consider other coastal or beach images.

40. Giant Wooden Star

I guess this isn't actually a wood pallet project, but it's too neat to pass up. And I think you'll be able to make the pallet woodwork to make this giant star.

The directions at Unskinny Boppy will make this project easy to do.

41. Pumpkins

I'm always looking for unique ideas for pumpkins because I love the looks of a grouping of different style pumpkins. Imagine these along with others on your front step this fall.

Go to Little House of Four and you'll see how to make these pumpkins.

42. Pontoon Boat

Although this is a really intense pallet project, if this is what you love......what a party platform! Or I guess you could fish from it too.

All the pictured instructions to help you make a pontoon boat can be found at Imgur. Good luck and have fun!

43. Xmas Tree

Every time I see a different wood pallet Christmas tree I think, "this is my favorite." Well, I think there are about three "favorites" listed in this article.

To make the Xmas tree shown above, go to Scavenger Chic. You'll see a few variations for decorating the tree also.

44. Pallet Planter Box

I like all the pallet planters that I've seen and I feel that there must be other uses for them besides being planters for flowers. I'm thinking about putting one on the bathroom counter to hold washcloths or a planter filled with Xmas tree balls and a few sprigs of greenery and holly.

Anyway, first to make the planter box, go to Blooming Homestead. Then, think of alternative ways to use them.

45. Make a Bird House

Build a Birdhouse From an Old Pallet

46. How to Photo Transfer to Wood

How to Photo Transfers

© 2015 Loraine Brummer

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      Loraine Brummer 2 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Your welcome, ThelmacC. What I like best is that all the links go to sites that share tutorials for making pallet projects. When I find an item I particularly like, I appreciate it if there are instructions so I can try my hand at making the item also.

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 2 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      Amazing ideas! Thanks for sharing all of the links.

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      Loraine Brummer 2 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Thanks for the visit and comment, WiccanSage. I wish I felt more comfortable using electric tools. Then I could make that cool clock.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Wow, amazing stuff! And now, I want a pallet desk. So cool! Thanks for sharing, I love these.