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12 Amazing ways to recycle wooden pallets

Kim Grundy is a mom, writer, expert laundry folder and sandwich maker, not necessarily in that order. Raised in Oklahoma, she is now a West Coast gal and lives in California with her husband and two sons, along with one dog, two fish (oo...

Recycled wood pallet projects to do this weekend

From creating outdoor seating and dog beds to a free-standing herb garden, there are so many amazing ways to repurpose a wood pallet. We have rounded up the coolest photos and ideas to transform and give new life to wooden pallets.

Who knew wooden pallets could be so versatile? There are so many ways you can recycle an unassuming wooden pallet into something pretty darn amazing.

Wooden pallets can be picked up for free (yes, for free!) at many hardware stores, garden or landscaping nurseries, automobile shops and even on Craigslist. Some of these pallets can be dirty or contain toxic pesticides, so ask and make sure they are clean, especially if you plan on using these pallets inside of your home. The best wooden pallets contain a stamp that says "HS HT" which means they have been heat treated and not treated with toxic chemicals.

Wooden pallet book shelf

Recycled wood pallet projects to do this weekend

Image: ThrivingHomeBlog.com

If you are like me, you never have enough space for books — especially kids' books. This is such a clever way to transform a wooden pallet into a usable book shelf. Check out TheThrivingHomeBlog.com for the entire tutorial. I love how she added knobs (perfect for hanging aprons or hats) and stained it a dark, rich color.

Standing herb garden

Recycled wood pallet projects to do this weekend

Image: DIYshowoff.com

This herb garden is what got me interested in the whole "wooden pallet project" craze. This free-standing herb garden is not only gorgeous and functional, but it has wheels so you can move it around. How cute would this look on your patio? DIYShowOff.com planted a variety of herbs, including basil, parsley, dill, rosemary and oregano — the sky is the limit as far as which herbs you decide to plant. You can also plant pretty flowers for a colorful touch.

Wooden pallet swing

Recycled wood pallet projects to do this weekend

Image: 101pallets.com

This wooden pallet lounger makes me long for carefree afternoons reading outside in the garden. The colorful cushions and cute lamps would make a nice addition to your outdoor seating.

Pallet headboard

Recycled wood pallet projects to do this weekend

Image: Homedit.com

This wooden pallet project is perfect for the beginner DIY’er. You don’t have to have any special tools or take apart anything to create this chic headboard. This headboard has the original structure and they didn’t even need to stain it. Easy, chic and cute — which is my kind of wooden pallet project.

Pallet wine rack

Recycled wood pallet projects to do this weekend

Image: DIYready.com

In addition to extra book storage, I’m also always needing more wine storage. This pallet wine rack is not only functional, but would look amazing hanging in your kitchen. Check out DIYReady.com for the complete tutorial.

Wooden pallet sign

Recycled wood pallet projects to do this weekend

Image: ThinkingCloset.com

Wooden signs are one of my favorite ways to dress up a wall, but they are surprisingly expensive — which is why these wood pallet signs are at the top of my list of projects. Not only do they look cool, but you can personalize them to say exactly what you want.

Pallet bed

Recycled wood pallet projects to do this weekend

Image: diyandcraftsideas.com

Your kids will flip over this idea in which you switch out their bed frames for wooden pallets. This would also be a great way to transition your toddler from a crib to a regular bed because the pallets are lower to the ground than a traditional bed frame.

You can even add some lights underneath to add a nice warm glow to the room. Love!

Recycled wood pallet projects to do this weekend

Image: diyandcraftideas.com

Wood pallet rolling coffee table

Recycled wood pallet projects to do this weekend

Image: palletfurniturediy.com

This rolling coffee table would not only be perfect for outside, but also inside the home. You can stain it to match your existing furniture for a seamless look.

Plate storage

Recycled wood pallet projects to do this weekend

Image: designrulz.com

A wooden pallet is transformed into a rustic way to display your plates. Brilliant!

Wooden pallet hanging decor

Recycled wood pallet projects to do this weekend

Image: Designrulz.com

Spice up your outdoor living space by painting wooden pallets a bright color, filling with plants and hanging outdoors.

Wooden pallet dog bed

Recycled wood pallet projects to do this weekend

Image: 99pallets.com

Your pooch will look stylish and feel cozy lounging in her wooden pallet dog bed. You can stain the wood and stencil on her name for a personalized touch.

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