With everyone looking for ways to develop a green lifestyle, the idea of making use of old pallets has become a popular approach. Pallet recycling is a great way to repurpose wood and plastic that would otherwise end up in a garbage dump. By using recycled pallets in simple building projects around the house, it is possible to save a lot of money and help the environment at the same time.
Homeowners can easily use recycled pallets to build doghouses for their favorite friends. By collecting several used pallets made of wood, it is possible to disassemble each pallet into usable sections that can form the walls and roof for a basic A-frame doghouse. Even the nails used in the original pallets can be used in the new construction, which further reduces the cost for the project.
A doghouse is not the only type of building that can be constructed using recycled pallets. It is also possible to design and create extra storage around the house. For example, it is possible to build a pallet shed that is ideal for holding lawn or garden equipment. The harvested wood can be augmented with framing and a few shingles from a local building and supply store. With a little paint, it will be very hard to tell the shed was created using harvested sections of wood.
Another example of pallet building involves using the recycled pallets without dismantling the components. Using wood or plastic pallets, it is possible to create a simple but practical chicken coop. The pallets are joined using wood glue and nails to form the walls and roof for the edifice. It is even possible to use old pallets to construct a ramp for the chickens to enter and exit the coop.
Different types of hobbies can also be employed to make use of recycled pallets. Artists can create primitive art objects by painting directly onto the harvested planks. Woodworkers can use etching tools to create rustic signs for use on mailboxes or house numbers with those same planks. With the use of a hobby saw, the planks can be trimmed to make planters or small storage boxes. It is even possible to cut the sections into small geometric shapes and create country-style holiday ornaments.
The range of uses for recycled pallets is only limited by the imagination. Ideas for craft projects as well as some building projects are available at hobby shops as well as a number of online craft sites.