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23 Easy DIY Pallet Wood Projects For Beginners

Pallet wood projects are perfect for beginner woodworkers. A little imagination can go a long way to creating DIY home decor that you will love. We love this list of easy pallet wood projects you can try today.

easy pallet projects with 5 different images of pallet wood DIY projects.

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Where to find pallets?

I love that you can find pallet wood just about anywhere. Sometimes companies will let you have the pallets for free. Or you may have had something delivered to your house and now you have a pallet that needs a makeover.

I have even seen the pallets listed in Facebook selling groups (here are some tips on how to score free items for makeovers). 

two wood pallets leaning against blue truck.

Tips To Taking A Pallet Apart

The biggest pain of making anything out of pallet wood is breaking it apart. You have a few options to take the wood apart.

Two claw hammers break apart a pallet.

Options For Taking Pallet Apart

  • Use a reciprocating saw to cut the nails off of the side as seen in this video. This way you only have to pry up the nails in the middle.
  • Make sure you are using the right blades for cutting nails
  • I have read that if you spray the nails with silicone spray, they may come out easier (we did not do this, but it might be worth a try)
  • Or use a circular saw and just cut right inside of the outside wood piece. Using a crowbar to lever out the nails in the middle.
  • Use two claw hammers to take the pallet apart. This method works well if you don’t need too much wood.

You may even want to check out this video about different ways to break down a pallet.

Our Favorite Pallet Projects 

Easy Pallet Projects For Beginners

Pallet wood is the perfect material for beginners to work with. Have fun experimenting and trying new DIY projects from this list.

Pallet Wine Rack

pallet wood wine rack with bottles on wine sitting in it.

Turn your old pallet into a wine rack. My husband was able to complete this wine rack with only pallet wood. After breaking down the pallet, he cut the side pieces so that the bottom was the width of the pallet wood. 

front view of pallet wood wine rack with wine bottles and glasses hanging.

You do need to sand the pallet wood down to get it smoother. You may not need to sand it as much as we did if you are going for a more rustic look. After this pallet project was put together we stained it with our favorite stain color (see more DIY projects in Red Mohogany stain).

DIY Pallet Wood Mail Holder

DIY pallet wood mail holder on wall.

Use pallet wood to create a space where you can store your mail before opening. We had the perfect spot by our refrigerator to put this. This was a great DIY project to help us stay organized.

The sides and front were made from pallet wood and the back was just a scrap of plywood that was stained.

Looking for more DIY projects you can do this weekend?

Pallet wood projects are perfect for beginners to learn from. We all love using the free wood and supplies we already have.

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