Pallet Crafts: 5 Clever Examples of Upcycled Shipping Pallet

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We love adaptive reuse and the imaginative recycling, upcycling and repurposing of discarded objects.  Wooden shipping pallets are a great resource for the DIY-minded – their simplicity and versatility ensuring their adaption to all manner of projects big and small.  We’ve reported previously on pallets turned into instant DIY bike racks and even bug mansions. Check them out below, in addition to several other inspired examples of pallet crafts.

Temporary Theatre

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The Jellyfish Theatre on London’s South Bank was a temporary arts and performance venue during the summer of 2010, constructed primarily from repurposed pallets and other recycled materials. Overseen by Berlin-based architects Kobberling and Kaltwasser, the project explored how a sustainable society could flourish in a world altered by climate change.

Fishing Stand

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This fishing stand at Harleton Water in Herefordshire, UK, was constructed from several pallets stacked one on top of another. Combined with a rustic handrail, the simple design blends well with the surrounding countryside and offers a pleasant and functional addition to the riverbank.

Grouse Butts

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From urban to rustic and now to rugged, these recycled pallets have found a new lease of life on Britain’s rugged moorland as grouse butts. The simple but effective design uses an existing wire fence to hold the pallets in place for shooters. (Explore Scotland’s hidden “Grouse Moor Line”.)

Bike Rack

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The ultimate DIY bike rack – this simple yet inspired design was adapted from two unaltered pallets, one laid on the ground, the other leaned against a wall. While slightly crowded, the makeshift rack can hold four bikes in a workable arrangement. Read more at Treehugger.

Bug Mansion

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If you’re not a fan of insects, the former West Grinstead railway station may not be the place for you! Standing on the disused platform is this intricate-looking bug mansion, constructed from recycled carpet, cardboard, bricks and – of course – wood pallets. Creating a homebuilt habitat for spiders, beetles and butterflies, the bug mansion is part of a picnic site and wildlife area at the former station.

Keep reading – explore more inspired designs in our Adaptive Reuse section, and don’t miss these Creatively Recycled (and DIY) Boeing 747s.


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