DIY Mini Picket Fence from an Old Pallet

Who doesn’t want a little picket fence… it’s part of the American dream, right? So this past weekend, the hubs and I set out to create our very own little picket fence!

DIY Picket Fence from an Old Pallet by Vintage News Junkie

Now, I am not talking about a picket fence to go around our yard. (Although, we do need to fence in our yard. Do you know a guy??) I am talking about a mini picket fence that I can use to decorate for Fall! That’d be cute, right?! So, we hit the garage for some wood to make our fence. And this is what we found…

Stuff to Make with an Old Pallet

The hubs is a good pallet-picker-upper and loads ’em up any time he sees a free one, so we have a few piled up in the garage for projects just like this! So, like always, we created an assembly line. The hubs tore apart the pallets and I was the nail-remover!

How to Take a Pallet Apart

Use a Saw to Disassemble an Old Pallet

Do you remember the doozie nails that I pulled from my salvaged steps that I turned into Chunky Shelves? Well, these bad boys were right up there with ’em.

Remove Rusty Nails When You Take Apart a Pallet

Once we disassembled our pallets… look at our stash!! All different sizes and colors. You can’t buy wood like this anywhere!

Where to Find Old Wood for Free

Free Wood from Old Pallets

Did you see those blocks?? Oh, yeeeeah. I got a big plan for those bad boys! Stay tuned. Once I picked out the pieces I wanted to use for my ‘lil mini fence, we started measuring and trimming the tops to give them that ‘fencey‘ look. Fencey? Is that a word? (Spellchecker Mom: Is that a word?)

Mark Old Pallet Boards for Fence Posts

Cut Corners of Old Pallet to Create Picket Fence

Oh. Oh. Oh. Look at those little triangles… remember those… nothing goes to waste in the Vintage News Junkie household! Once all of our boards were cut, we lined them up and put a couple boards on the back to mount them all together. “Nellie” my nailer, came in handy for this job!

Use Nail Gun to Build a DIY Fence

Make a DIY Picket Fence Out of Old Pallets

And there she is… who says your picket fence has to be white? I like mine old and rustic looking!!! And the hubs does too!

How to Make a Picket Fence out of an Old Pallet by Vintage News Junkie
I hope you enjoyed our little weekend project! Now, to make her pretty!! I can’t wait to give her a little Fall flare!!
What did you whip up this weekend?

Until next time,

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  1. janet price says:

    What a good idea:)

  2. LOVE IT! Love picket fences and pallets, I need to start collecting them so I can do a fence in my front. I love the nail gun too, it makes me feel productive so quickly. Thanks for the great post and putting it out on SNAP show and tell.

    • I’m with you on the pallet love, Heidi! It was a lot of work tearing them all apart in one day… but now I have a sweet stash of old wood to use whenever I want! I love that! Oh… and Nellie… she saved my life! I can’t believe I used to use that thing called a ‘hammer’. The nail gun is for sure the way to go!!! Thanks for stopping by!! 🙂

  3. What a cute project, Candace! I just did my first pallet project a couple weeks ago and it was so fun! I think I’m hooked!

    • Yay, Allison, you stopped by!! So happy to see you here!! Oh… I loved your pallet project and those teensy weensy clothespins… they were cah-ute!! Oh… and I was going to share… I don’t know what your plans are for the mirror that you took out of that frame, but I have one similar and am going to put rope around the edges. I saw one at Hobby Lobby that was over $150!! I thought… I could totally make that! Okay… that’s enough ‘dot-dot-dots’ and exclamation points for one comment. I think I got carried away! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  4. Hi Candace, don’t forget to make a planter box that mounts to the front of that picket fence! Pallet wood would be perfect for that and then it can be placed anywhere in the house or outside to give new looks to areas. Live plants in their pots work well in these type of planter boxes as you can take them out to water them! I love working with pallets. I make all kinds of decorations with them. I have a huge stack of them outside, about 50 pallets or so! Love the work you and your hubby are doing here!

    Jim Rusk
    Farmington, NM

    • That’s a great idea, Jim!! I am thinking as time goes on that I will probably give it a coat of paint, perhaps a white wash and I may have to take you up on the idea of a planter box! How pretty would that be, come Spring, with some hydrangeas?! I, too, love old pallets! There are just so many thing you can make with them… and the patina of a lot of those pallets just can’t be beat!! Thank so much for stopping by and for the great idea!!

  5. Yes, fencey is most definitely a word! I declare it so. Cannot wait to see how you incorporate this into your fall decor and also, I’m very curious about those cutie wood blocks! Thanks for the sneak peek!

    • Yay! It’s official… fencey!! I hope you liked how I used our little fence on the mantel in our Fall decor. I don’t think it will be long before I slap some paint on her! And another reader, Jim, suggested that I attached a planter box! How cute would that be?

  6. Love this!! Can’t wait to see what you do with it!!
    Jamie @

  7. So cute, Candace!! I absolutely love it! I’ve got a stash of pallets in my garage, too, just waiting for me to use them up. 🙂

    • Ooohhh, Laura! Too bad we don’t live closer we could have a pallet party!! I am loving the patina of all these old pallets!!! It’s a lot of work to tear them all apart but I think that makes the project all the more special!!


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