12 Feasible DIY Projects Using Shipping Pallets

Upcycle shipping pallets into something useful for your home.

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Who knew there were so many great ways to reuse shipping pallets? There are countless projects that include everything from wine storage to cornhole boards to furniture.

The best part? You can pick up pallets for free or low cost, making it affordable to tackle these do-it-yourself ideas that transform plain shipping pallets into chic decor, furnishings and more!

Stylish Party Menu

Having an outdoor gathering? Use a pallet to jot down the menu for the evening. No need to waste paper on individual menus.

Finished Pallet on Deck

Write On The Pallet

Using chalk, start at the top, with a welcome to your guests, then follow with each course. If your handwriting isn’t perfect, that’s OK. That’s the beauty of changing up the script as you go.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Rustic Headboard

Easy to make and low on cost, this DIY headboard adds the right dose of rusticity to the bedroom. Use a stencil to create a one-of-a-kind design to match your color scheme and personal style.



Make This: Upcycled Headboard

Outdoor Succulent Planter

A reclaimed wood wall shelf provides the perfect home for storing succulents outdoors, but also works as a great storage solution for kitchen essentials and knickknacks indoors.

Wedding Guest Book

Let friends and family share their “key to success” on paper tags attached with small keys – these can be found at your local craft store. Be sure to add nails to the pallet so there’s a place for the tags to hang.

Wooden Pallet as Wedding Guest Book With Hanging Tags and Keys

Keys to Success Wedding Guest Book

There are many great DIY projects using shipping pallets. Why not use one for your wedding guest book? Let friends and family share their “key to success” on paper tags attached with small keys – these can be found at your local craft store. Be sure to add nails to the pallet so there’s a place for the tags to hang.

Chic Outdoor Seating

Create a comfy bench for the deck or porch using shipping pallets and outdoor cushions. Easily transform the area from summer to fall with different colored throw pillows and fuzzy blankets to cuddle up in. Complete the look with a portable fire pit.

Bench seat made from shipping palettes.


Use wooden pallets to build a sturdy seat for your deck. Colorful cushions and paint brighten the look.

Foyer Storage Bin

Perfect for the mudroom or entryway, a budget-friendly storage bin provides a place for guests to put their umbrellas on those rainy days. Make it your own by painting the bin to match your color palette.

Bring a rustic touch to your entry with storage made from reclaimed shipping pallets.

Photo by: Rustic White Photography, LLC

Rustic White Photography, LLC

Wooden Christmas Tree

Add rustic charm to your holiday decor with an easy DIY wooden tree. Decorate the tree with simple, red ornaments and some garland for a fun, festive touch.

Pallet Wood Christmas Tree

Pallet Wood Christmas Tree

This easy craft will add some modern yet rustic charm to your holiday decor.

Wine Rack

Make a chic, outdoor bar for entertaining friends and family. Complete it with this stylish wine rack to hold plenty of bottles of wine — and your glasses, too.

Make a Rustic Style Wine Rack Out of Pallets

How to Make a Wall-Mounted Shipping Pallet Wine Rack

Store your wine in rustic style by putting a new twist on a standard, wooden shipping pallet.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Decorative Sled

Give your front porch a dash of vintage holiday flair with an ornamental sled made from old pallets. Paint it red, green (or both!) to make it more customized with your exterior and other outdoor decor.

Pallet Transformed into Decorative Holiday Sled

DIY Decorative Sled

Repurpose an old wooden pallet into a charming vintage sled.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Make This: DIY Pallet Sled

Outdoor Sign

Is your family cabin nestled in the woods? Add this cute sign to point the way to the quaint log home. You could even personalize one or more signs for a charming, rustic wedding.

Turn an old wooden shipping pallet into exterior art using paint, pipe and pressure-treated trim.

Photo by: Rustic White Photography, LLC

Rustic White Photography, LLC

Cornhole Boards

Hosting an outdoor party or get together? Before it gets too cold for backyard games, make a set of cornhole boards to entertain adults and kids alike.

Red and Blue Corn Hole Boards

How to Make a Corn Hole Game From Pallets

Liven up your next backyard bash with this vintage inspired corn hole game made from old wooden pallets.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Cozy Dog Bed

Your beloved doggy needs a place to rest, too! Create a mobile dog bed that you can easily move from the living room to the bedroom to keep your best pal close to you at all times.

Blue And White Personalized Dog Bed

Personalized Dog Bed In Blue And White

A personalized dog bed gives pampered pooch Bernie his own spot to sleep when the family is gathered together.

Make This: Mobile Dog Bed

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Serving Tray

Step up your hosting game by serving guests drinks on a chalkboard serving tray while putting your cocktail ingredients on display. Get the instructions here.

Labeled Toy Storage

Create easy storage even the kids can get behind by adding simple chalk labels to toy boxes, buckets or bins.

DIY Gift Tag

Save money on store-bought gift tags by creating your own crafty chalkboard canvas, a special detail gift recipients are bound to notice.

Chalkboard Pavers

Welcome friends and family to your home with adorable chalkboard pavers. You can write out a sweet message or leave the artistic displays to the kids. Learn to make chalkboard pavers here.

Painted Planters

A trendy update for the classic terra cotta pot, these chalkboard-covered planters can be decorated and redecorated depending on your mood. Simple plant names or a cool design? The decision is all your own!

Wine Charms

Wine charms are a great idea when they aren't hiding in cluttered kitchen drawers; but to make life a little simpler, Sabrina Soto decided to paint the bottom of her stemware with chalkboard paint. Now each guest will have no problem keeping track of their glass.

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Upcycled Art

Found objects make for some of the most interesting decor. Give your object new life with a coat of chalkboard paint and a favorite quote as seen on the salvaged door featured here.

Chalkboard Lunchbox

This cool chalkboard lunchbox is a smart way to let kids update their own lunchbox or a great idea for road trips. Just fill the box with chalk, paper, crayons and stickers, and you've got the perfect artbox to keep kids occupied. Learn to make a chalkboard lunchbox here.

Custom Dresser

Give each family member a place to drop their hat, gloves, etc. with a custom dresser in the entryway. Make things even simpler by creating a chalkboard label for each drawer.

Photo By: Susan Teare ©Joanne Palmisano

Wall Cover

Give your home a scholarly quality with an entire chalkboard wall. Leave it plain for a modern matte look, or chalk it up for a fun, laidback vibe.

Chalkboard Placemat

Doodle while you eat with this fun placemat. Just cover any cloth placemat with clear chalkboard paint to achieve the same effect.

Fridge Art

It's easy to keep track of your grocery list and keep the kids' artwork on display when you give an old fridge a new chalkboard finish.

Photo By: Helen Norman

Chalkboard Advent Calendar

A chalkboard wall makes it easy to update the home for every holiday or event. Create a simple advent calendar by tacking up a few treat bags and outlining with a Christmas tree shape. How easy is that? Learn to make a chalkboard Advent calendar here.

Personalized Headboard

Make your own headboard by painting a cut piece of wood with chalkboard paint. Add a pretty silhouette like designer Maureen Toribio did here for a pulled-together look. Silhouette image courtesy of Susie Harrington of Petite Prints


Permanent Placemats

Keeps kids polite and occupied while at the dinner table by giving them an appropriate outlet for creative energy. These pretty chalkboard placemats are a step above crumpled paper tablecloths and crayons.

Meal Plan

Maintain an ongoing shopping list, or let family and guests in on the dinner plan with a quaint chalkboard display.

©Susan Teare

Chalkboard Fireplace

Who said you have to have a fireplace to enjoy a gorgeous mantel? Just attach a chalkboard to any old mantel for a cozy look without the soot. Learn to make a chalkboard fireplace here.

Chalkboard Canisters

Keep track of snacks and add a little flair to glass canisters with a chalkboard label and delicate details.

Giant Ornaments

Festive on their own and even more fun with an ever-changing holiday greeting, these oversized chalkboard wall ornaments are the perfect accessory for decking the halls. Learn how to make them here.

Kid-Proof Side Table

Transform a plain wooden cube end table into a unique display for kids' art or more adult designs. Once you've landed on the perfect look, simply cover with removable acrylic panels to keep your creation looking fresh. Learn to make a chalkboard side table here.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn ©Copyrighted

Kitchen Cabinets

Keep the kids from drawing on the walls, and let them draw on the kitchen cabinets instead!

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Thought Bubble Signs

A great way to mix up a friendly message, chalkboard signs designed to look like cartoon thought bubbles are a whimsical way to spread the word. Find the instructions here.

Chalkboard Stocking Name Tag

These easy-to-make burlap stockings with chalkboard name tags are the perfect way to decorate for a rustic Christmas. And they're so easy to make, you may want to use them for all your gifts! Make your own with these instructions.

Pink is the New Black

With all the creative ways to use chalkboard paint, one of the best has to be the traditional chalkboard itself. Paint your board in a vibrant color for a fun spin on the classic look. Learn to make a colorful chalkboard here.

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