Home Recycled Home: The Magic of Pallets

Every day holds the introduction of a new pallet recycling project online, or so it seems. The endless supply of wooden pallets at recycling centers, warehouses, and offices alike has lead to an equally never-ending supply of ideas on how to reuse them. Below are just a few of my favorite patriotic pallet recycling ideas that are fairly simple, nearly free, and really cool!


  • Wooden pallets
  • Paint
  • Twine
  • Handsaw
  • Wood glue or staple gun


11: This project is simple; grab a pallet and paint a flag on it! If the pallet has truly seen better days, the end result will be rustic and may look like the flag is waving in wind. (Be creative with your stars—using your child’s handprint will personalize the message.)

22: You may want to draw your star first with a pencil and then fill in with paint afterward. Alternatively, you can create a star stencil using an old cardboard box or poster board. This front porch display will be perfect for your 4th of July picnic.

33: For this sign, you will want to use a handsaw to carefully trim the pallet to size. Using two or three boards will allow enough space for your favorite patriotic quote! Secure twine to the back of your sign using wood glue or staples and hang.

Note: Having a hard time finding pallets? Responsible Recycling Services LLC of Kutztown is always advertising that they have free pallets available. Find them on Facebook or call 484-641-5156 for more information.

Do you have an item (or a collection of items) that you are looking to recycle? Send a picture of your products over and I just might use them in a future project! Pictures should be emailed to awanamaker@townandcountrygazette.com. Please be sure to include your name and contact info.


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