Every time we use a dinner plate, then wash and dry it, we’re recycling. Anytime something is re-used rather than thrown away, it’s recycling. We all know this is better than disposing things, and when you have to pay to get rid of your trash, re-using things is a darn good idea.
There’s a creative kind of recycling that is exciting because it makes new, useful things out of junk, which saves us from disposing of them, and saves money since you don’t have to buy new. It’s called “upcycling” and this month we’re featuring a fun and easy project you can do in a few minutes.
This project is the Wood Pallet Garden Table, and it couldn’t be easier to make. Find two wood pallets that are in good shape. If you like, you can cut one down to about half the size of the other. Then cut four pieces of two-by-four, connect the smaller pallet at the top with the larger pallet at the bottom using nails or deck screws as per the illustration. That’s it! You’re done. These are good as outdoor furniture for potted plants, a small work bench, or you can even use them inside to help you get organized. We’ll periodically print upcycling projects here, but if you’re hungry for a bunch of ideas do a search on Google for “recycle wood pallets” and you’ll find literally hundreds of ideas, from decks, patio furniture, wine racks, benches, tables, beds, sofas, and thousands more.