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Shipping pallets may be junk to some, but they are a treasure trove for DIY enthusiasts. They are a free or extremely cheap and widely accessible source of wood for countless projects. Wood pallets make excellent material for designing your living spaces on your terms and well within budget. Instead of shopping for new furniture, nab some wood pallets and create your own. Give your home a makeover with these simple ideas. Little or no woodworking experience is needed.

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1. Sandbox

Let your children dig into loads of fun with a sandbox in the backyard. Wood pallets let you design a self-contained sandbox that doesn’t require digging. You can even build a lid to keep out debris and form two seating areas when folded up. Convert the sandbox into a little lounge deck with an umbrella.

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