8 Simple Pallet Projects To Transform Your Patio
A furnished patio can be the perfect place to relax at home — an area where you can read, enjoy the fresh air and maybe even have family over for a socially distanced al fresco dinner. But depending on the size of your patio, a well-constructed set can range anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars. With a bit of elbow grease and DIY savvy, you can actually make your own durable, comfortable and eco-friendly patio furniture, art and more with wood pallets. Not only are they versatile woodworking staples that you can turn into pallet furniture, garden walls, bar carts and more — you can usually get them for free. Here, we’ll share eight spring pallet projects that can turn your patio into your own personal haven.
1. Wood Pallet Herb Garden Wall
Growing your very own herb garden doesn’t have to take up a ton of space. In fact, a vertical pallet herb wall can be a low-footprint option that leans attractively against the wall of your house. Aside from basic woodworking tools, all you’ll need are a bit of paint, landscaping fabric, staples, and potting soil to get started. Once your garden wall is up and running, fill it with your favorite herbs and greens that you can pick fresh to add to your favorite meals. For visual learners, check out this video tutorial.
2. Wood Pallet Cool Box
Tired of schlepping back and forth from the kitchen just to bring out fresh ice and cold bottles? A wood pallet cool box is perfect for beverages and snacks alike and doesn’t require expensive or hard-to-find materials and tools. You’ll need a cooler (obviously) that you build the cool box around, and prop it up on four legs for easy access. So whether you’re chilling IPAs or storing sandwiches for a backyard picnic, this is a great addition to your patio corner. Check out the instructions here.
3. Wood Pallet Patio Chairs
Your options for wood pallet chairs are pretty much endless: Adirondack, love seat, chaise lounge, swing, bench. With some paint and DIY upholstery (burlap coffee bean sacks are great, or standard outdoor pillows and cushions), you can have your own pallet chair within a few hours. Pro tip: take a bit of linseed oil and varnish to waterproof your pallet wood. Simply remove the cushions and bring them in when the forecast spells rain. Check out this tutorial for building a pallet chair.
4. Wood Pallet Table
A set of pallet chairs wouldn’t be complete with a patio table to match. You can use a single pallet — or attach several of them together — to create a farmhouse dining option or a low-to-ground coffee table centerpiece. Splash on some paint, set a few planters on top and you’ll have a perfect level surface for wine glasses, books, and more. This video can help you get started.
5. Wood Pallet Bar
A patio bar can be a pricey investment, but if you make one yourself with pallets, you’ll stay in complete control of the shape, size and cost. This is a project that may take a bit more planning (after all, you’ll need to consider how many shelves you want or whether your bar has a foot rail and wheels), but the outcome will bring the party to your backyard (though not for a while, since we’re still isolating at home!). While you’re at it, set aside some time to build a few pallet bar stools as well. Tutorial here.
6. Wood Pallet Cart
Why not avoid excessive back-and-forth trips between your kitchen and patio? Having a compact kitchen cart makes for the ideal storage option that you can conveniently roll between indoors and outdoors to keep roundtrips to a minimum. This can double as an effective actual kitchen island or pantry storage option during the colder months. Follow some of these tips to get started.
7. Wood Pallet Statement Art
A bit of statement art can elevate your patio and add much-needed color and flair. When it comes to pallet art, your options are endless: you can create picture frames mounted to the wall, cut out and create letters and designs from pallet planks, paint landscapes or affirmations across a pallet slab, and even use pallet sections to mount vases and planters.
More Pallet Projects and Pallet Ideas
Pallet projects can save you money and give you the chance to create the patio and backyard of your dreams. While the pallet ideas above are meant to get you started, check out this list of 122 DIY projects for more inspiration, as well as these tips from Earth911 on how to tell whether your pallets are safe for reuse.