14 DIY Pallet Projects

There are lots of clever ways to put those old pallets to good use in the garden.

Photo By: Photo by Mick Telkamp

Photo By: Photo by Mick Telkamp

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Purple Pallet Garden

A wooden palette gets a pop of color with vibrant purple paint and colorful blooms shown here in this vertical garden shared by HGTV Gardens member Mardi. 

Pallet Potting Bench

HGTV Gardens member Barbara assembled this patriotic potting bench using recycled wooden pallets. Fresh paint camouflages any wear and tear.

Pallet Compost Bin

Composting breaks down organic materials into a rich fertilizer that can benefit any garden. Follow these steps to build your own pallet compost bin. 

Pallet Herb Garden

Pallets, by design, make great rows for edible gardens. HGTV Gardens member ZimmermanZoo filled rows with a variety of herbs.

Recycled Pallet Garden Tool Rack

This tool rack uses recycled materials to hold eight long-handled tools and at least ten hand tools with plenty of space left over for small pots, potting soil, gloves and other gardening items. See the full how-to.    

Pallet Wood Christmas Tree

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

Pallet Pathway

HGTV Gardens member Lara got creative and used pallet boards to create a walkway in her garden.

Pallet Planter

For garden beds and decor, recycle and reuse pallets. The form of a pallet makes excellent rows for seed plants, such as radishes and lettuce, says Georgia teacher Shawna McGrath.  

Pallet With Trim

Amy Stewart, author of "The Drunken Botanist," grows a cocktail garden complete with this spruced-up pallet planter. "I've added trim to dress it up and some bits of Victorian gingerbread on top from an antiques salvage place," Stewart says. 

Vertical Pallet Garden

Vertical pallet gardens are a great way to maximize space on decks and patios, as HGTV Gardens member Arcata.liquor shows us in this photo.

Pallet Bench

HGTV Gardens member Sarah upcycled wooden pallets into a functional place to sit and enjoy her garden.

An Earth-Friendly Playhouse

LEED AP architect Andy Creath and his firm, Green Roofs Colorado, collaborated on this earth-friendly playhouse as part of a Boulder-based fundraiser for Growing Gardens, which benefits the city’s community garden education center. The recycled-pallet structure has a sliding chalkboard door, botanical boxes and even a little porch. 

Handmade Signs

Pallet wood proves useful for many DIY projects and is a perfect choice for outdoor signage. Lead wedding guests from vows to cake if you have a larger venue with separate areas. 

More Pallet Planters

Colorful flowers pop in HGTV Gardens member Linda's vertical garden, kept rustic with raw wood from recycled pallets.