6 Upcycled DIY Projects You Can Do in a Weekend

By Amy Reyes


Upcycling old or found items is on-trend right now, and it’s no wonder why. Not only is upcycling eco-friendly, but it adds character and charm to otherwise everyday items in your home or garden. Better still is the pride you feel from having made something with your own two hands. The pieces you’ll learn how to create today are sure to be treasured for years to come. At the very least, you’ll impress your family and friends with your newfound mastery of carpentry Smiley Wink or at least some beginner level skills.

The great thing is that, unlike most tutorials you find on the web, these call for common household tools and supplies you either already have laying around or can easily pick up from your local hardware or grocery store:

Beams              Nails                     Paint Brushes            Sandpaper              Screws

Hammer          Nail Puller            Pallets                        Saw                          Tape measure

Hardware        Paint                     Planks                        Screwdriver               Wood sealer

You’ll also notice that half of these projects call for pallets. Far from being just a hot topic on Pinterest right now, pallet projects are great because you can find pallets just about anywhere and usually for free! Since most businesses toss them after they receive a shipment anyway, you would be surprised how many people are happy to just give them away if you ask.

So, without further ado, here are 6 DIY upcycled projects you can tackle in a weekend.

  1. Pallet Sofa
    Source: ScrapHacker

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    This effortlessly chic DIY pallet sofa features hidden storage in the back, perfect for any extra essentials you need to stow out of sight.

    Get the step-by-step instructions on how to build your own DIY Pallet Sofa.

  2. Pallet Pot Rack
    Source: A Greenpoint Kitchen

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    The perfect blend of form and function, this pot rack is not only practical, but it also acts as a statement piece for your kitchen.

    Get the step-by-step instructions on how to build your own DIY Pallet Pot Rack.

  3. Pallet Patio Makeover
    Source: A Piece of Rainbow

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    While a bit more labor-intensive, this pallet DIY project is the perfect way to completely reinvent a space without the risk of losing your security deposit if you rent. There’s no painting or drilling of walls required!

    Get the step-by-step instructions on how to build your own DIY pallet patio paradise.

  4. Knife Block Crayon Holder
    Source: Thrift Diving

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    This adorable craft station keeps supplies neat and orderly in one easy-to-transport location, perfect for little ones. Whether you are a teacher, parent, babysitter, or even just a crafter yourself, you need this in your life.

    Get the step-by-step instructions on how to create your own DIY Crayon Holder.

  5. Reclaimed Wood Bath Caddy
    Source: 17 Apart and eHow

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    This charming bath caddy puts a modern twist on an otherwise rustic piece. Best of all, it’s super simple to make. My favorite part of this DIY is that the tray includes a slot to hold your wine glass! What more do you need in life, honestly?

    Get the step-by-step instructions on how to make your own Reclaimed Wood Bath Caddy.

    Say you want to adapt this – or any! – project for your own needs. You can easily sketch up the plans in Catchbook and adjust dimensions and lengths to fit your ownbathtub. Download the attached .cb file and try this project out for yourself! 

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  6. Glass Bottle Chandelier
    Source: DIY Network

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    This beautiful chandelier adds unique charm to any bar or dining room. This is one of the more challenging projects on our list, but it is well worth the effort!

    Get the step-by-step instructions on how to make your own Wine Bottle Chandelier.

You can plan out each of these projects and record your measurements in Catchbook. Or better yet, get creative and come up with your own totally unique DIY project!

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