These outdoor pallet projects will sharpen your woodworking skills, while producing backyard accents the family will enjoy! Find one to start on today!
Outdoor Pallet Projects | New Pieces For The Backyard
Excited to start crafting some outdoor pallet projects? Awesome! These DIYs will not only add curb appeal to your home but they’ll also give you loads more reasons to spend beautiful days out under the sun.
1. Porch Swing
Lounging on my porch swing is one of the ways I spend my hours in the backyard. Dave says not to worry if your leftover pallets have dirt and grime on them. A thorough sanding will get you cleaner pieces you can use.
Pallet boards make an excellent structure for a DIY bar. By the way, don’t forget to place a 1×3 wooden piece to help make the base sturdier and to prevent the different pallet boards from budging.
Your kids will have loads of fun with their newly constructed sandbox! Want to save a few extra dollars with this DIY? Ask around for any spare tarpaulin posters that aren’t being used anymore. That way, you won’t have to buy a new one.
5. Kiddie Chair
Since your kids will be the ones using this piece of furniture, I strongly suggest thoroughly sanding each side of the pallets to be used. Doing so will avoid any unwanted cuts and scrapes from splinters.
When working with pallet boards, it’s always good to have a power saw nearby. Don’t have one? No worries. You’ll still be able to make the coffee table. All you have to do is use a hammer, a chisel, and a nail remover to help disassemble the boards.
Spoil your kids with a DIY teepee right in the heart of your backyard! By the way, if you live in a windy area, Dave recommends adding slats at the bottom to prevent the teepee from falling over during strong winds and storms.
Depending on the size of your backyard or the preferred couch, you may find the standard pallet size to be a tad big to your liking. To remedy this, simply use a hand saw to cut off the extra lengths.
9. Outdoor Table
Once you’ve thoroughly sanded your pallet board, add legs to the bottom to turn it into a table. Then, paint it however you’d wish. If you’d like, you can even copy this tutorial, by painting the legs a different color and placing a stain on top.
Begin by disassembling your pallets and sanding each board. Then cut the boards according to the size needed. Remember to cut the boards in a straight line. This is especially important for the base pieces.
11. Bench And Gambion Table
One of the reasons I love this gambion table so much is because it doubles as a storage area for a few backyard toys. Just don’t forget to fill the bottom with a few heavy rocks or pebbles first. These will act as a weight for the table, making sure it won’t topple over.
12. Space-Saving Gardening Table
Since this gardening table might be holding a few heavy tools and pots, it’s good to ensure you have heavy duty C screws to attach to the pallet. Once you’ve determined if they’re strong enough, place them on the top of the pallet, leaving a space of about 2-3” from the end.
13. End Table
If you need help prying the boards apart, grab a jigsaw or a circular saw to help cut off the ends. Don’t forget to pry from the center support as well.
14. Lounge Bed
When placing the hinges on your lounge bed, it’s important to attach them to the third slat from the top. Doing so will ensure your back rest will have ample support from the base.
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15. Crate Storage Table
This crate table tutorial uses a plywood board for the table top, but it’ll work well with a few pallet wood boards as well. Just don’t forget to bind the pallets together by attaching smaller pieces of wood on the other side. Another trick is to attach these pieces of wood in the opposite direction of your pallets.
16. Swing Bed
Make the appropriate measurements and cuts of your pallets, once you’ve decided on the size of your mattress. Then, insert 2×4 lumber pieces through the pallets. Attach the rope by drilling holes in the bed’s corners and placing the rope below the pallet boards and around the lumber pieces. Then, tie the rope to a tree and place your mattress in.
17. Succulent Planter Table
Display your succulents for everyone to see with this gorgeous succulent planter table. When making the hole in the middle for the succulents, don’t forget to leave a good amount of space on the sides. At least half a foot on each side would be enough.
Looking for more outdoor pallet projects? This video teaches you how to make an outdoor man cave:
I hope your family enjoys these outdoor pallet projects as much as mine did! To be honest, my family’s been staying outdoors a lot more because of these pallet accents, and Dave and I can’t help but feel ecstatic. After all, it sure beats a day spent indoors.
Which outdoor pallet projects are you stoked to make? Let us know in the comments below!
Before you begin, read up on this guide to find out if your pallet boards are safe and ready to be used.
Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in May 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.