How To: Make a Pallet Playhouse for the Kiddos in Time for Summer

The internet has been home to plenty of DIY projects that involve pallets. In fact, we've featured quite a few here on Curbly as well. I don't think I've ever seen one used to create a playhouse for the kiddos though. Until now. Check out this clever way to build a cozy fort-like oasis for kids.   

Tina Fussell came up with weekend playhouse project idea for A Subtle Revelry recently, and I can't think of a kid between the ages of 3 and 13 who wouldn't love one of these in their own backyard. Continue Reading

How To: Make a Vertical Garden from Reclaimed Wood

created at: 07/18/2012
This project combines the idea behind paint can planters and garden walls pretty perfectly, don’t you think?    
While Rachel from Smile and Wave used pallets as the support for her vertical garden, you could easily use scrap wood from other sources if you’re concerned about the safety of pallets. One element I really love is the colorful patches of weathered paint throughout! Check out how to build one of these vertical garden walls over on A Beautiful Mess.

Make a Compost Bin from Shipping Pallets!

created at: 10/28/2011

Remember my DIY paver stone patio and walkway project from the summer? Well, those paver stones came to us stacked on (what else?) wood shipping pallets … 'lotsodem. For a couple months, those pallets sat out behind our garage while I mulled over what to do with them. Neighborhood bonfire? Wild turkey shelter (yes, we have dozens of wild turkeys around)? Skate ramp (wait, I don't skateboard)? 

Then I stumbled on this post by John over at Young House Love and thought “Hey, I know! Continue Reading

Pallet Craft: Rustic Baby Nursery

created at: 10/24/2011

Instead of the run-of-the-mill baby nurseries that are in every catalog out there, this mom-to-be wanted her little guy's nursery to have something extra that would stand out and grow up with the baby.  That called for something a little more masculine than Winnie the Pooh.   

Using untreated pallet lumber and a good deal of problem solving, this nursery on the Bower Power Blog has a rustic and awesome accent wall.  Because the wood was free and they had a gift card on hand, it was a whopping $15! Continue Reading

How-To: Turn a Pallet Into a Mod Outdoor Lounger

created at: 06/02/2011

Now that you've got your vertical pallet garden up and growing, it's time to sit back and soak in some rays from the comfort of a super cool pallet lounger!  

DIY extraordinaire Titti of the blog Shoestring Pavilion created these hip garden loungers from a pile of discarded pallets and 2x4s.  Oh, and some bright red paint, of course!  If you're looking for a new outdoor project to kick off the summer season, this is it!   Continue Reading

DIY Idea: Make a Mudroom Shoe Rack from Pallets!

created at: 05/09/2011

As with mason jars, there seems to be no limit on what you can do with a discarded pallet.  We've shared quite a few projects in the past, but this may be the simplest/easiest of the bunch!    

Tel Aviv-based design studio Junktion focuses solely on creating new things from old stuff.  They've upcycled a car trunk hood into a sofa, a collection of metal teapots and collanders into a chandelier, and old suitcases into medicine cabinets.   Continue Reading

How To: Make a DIY Honeycomb Mirror

created at: 04/22/2011

My friend Rebecca got handy this weekend, and whipped up an awesome room centerpiece and focal point from an upcycled shipping pallet. Though it’s large, the inclusion of honeycomb mirrors (IKEAhack!) allows the piece to reflect light and color, making the small room seem bigger.  

Pretty cool, huh? Also, nice job on the photos, Rebecca. There’s no reflection of you anywhere!

Small Space DIY: Make Your Own Honeycomb Mirror [Loving.Living.Small]

How-To: Turn a Pallet Into a Vertical Garden

created at: 04/18/2011

Vertical gardens are all the rage these days, but buying everything you need for a decent looking setup can get quite expensive.  Fortunately, where there's a will there's a way (and a cost-effective DIY version): a space-saving vertical garden is as easy as finding a pallet!  

created at: 04/18/2011

Fern Richardson of the blog Life on the Balcony shares this tutorial for making your own vertical garden from discarded pallets*.  It's a pretty simple project that would be a great thing to tackle on one of these fine Spring weekends!   Continue Reading