DIY Pallet Wine Rack

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What’s not to love about a pallet project, especially when something that might get tossed in the garbage becomes a useful home décor item?  A pallet wine rack has been on my mind and now one is mine!Pallet Wine Rack


Our wine rack was only lightly sanded and the wood was left natural.  We may decide to stain this piece so that it’s a bit darker since the pallet used was a new one.

Pallet Wine Rack - View of Glasses


How did we make this?  Read on!


How to Make a Pallet Wine Rack

Start with a pallet.  This pallet is a heavy duty one and has two center pieces of wood.  One designed to hold a lighter amount of weight will only have one center piece.

Pallet for DIY Wine Rack


Use a hand saw to cut off the bottom two sections of the pallet.  (If you are wondering, Har-Tru is the surface applied to clay tennis courts.)

Pallet Wine Rack - Cut end


Remove the top board.

Pallet Wine Rack - Board Removed


Cut through the middle two boards and remove.

Use saw to remove middle vertical boards

Pallet Wine Rack -Middle Boards Removed


Use a jig saw to cut a decorative edge.

Pallet Wine Rack - Decorative Ends


Sand smooth with a belt sander.

Pallet Wine Rack - Ends


Screw the top board removed at the beginning of the process to the bottom of the rack.

Pallet Wine Rack - Bottom


Remove another board from the pallet to make a holder for the glasses.  We routed slots 3 1/4” wide for each glass.  (Not shown….Route a U shape in each slot to hold the glasses.)

Pallet Wine Rack - Routed Bottom


Screw the routed piece to the bottom of the wine rack.

Pallet Wine Rack DIY


I love the detail of the routed wine slots!

Pallet Wine Rack - Close View of Holding Glasses


The glasses shown above were my Great-Great Aunt Fannie’s and I’m sure she never dreamed that they would be displayed hanging from a pallet.  Granny, from whom I inherited these glasses, probably would be surprised, too.  I use these glasses as wine glasses but technically they are water goblets.

I’m very happy with this project and plan to make two more with the remaining section of pallet.


  1. So cool! Will have to share this with my dad…he loves to diy his own wine racks!

  2. I like the unstained rustic look of the wine rack, especially for use on the deck. By the way, I have antique water goblets that I use for wine also.

  3. This is so unique, Paula, and such a great idea!

  4. This is so cool! What a great way to entertain outdoors! Sharing & pinning!

  5. Very cool! Are you keeping it outside? Now you need to have a wine tasting party!

  6. Great way to make use of a pallet! I’ve always wanted to have somewhere to hang my wine glasses like that, I just don’t have any under cabinet space in the kitchen but this would be great out on the patio. Putting it on my DIY I want to Try when I Retire!

  7. Thanks for the detailed instructions and we will try these out at our Community wood work shop this summer.

  8. This is super cool! I found you through Dwellings linky party and so glad I did! I’ll show this one to my hubby! Nice to meet you!~~Angela

  9. How clever!! I love it! Wishing you a summer of lots of evenings making use of it with friends!

  10. Paula, I love this even though I didn’t drink wine. You can also make flower boxes too, huh? Anyway, Don loved the map you dropped off. The minute he laid his eyes on it he stopped in his tracks,  immediately recognized it and his first word was “cool!”. he studied it for a bit and then that night after dinner, we went through it together. He said it was an earlier map as it was missing some major areas of where he had been. He was still able to show me a lot.  Thank you again, it was such a pleasure to finally meet you. It’s like we’ve known each other for years. You are a very kind and thoughtful person. Have a blessed evening! Bev

  11. That was a great idea! And the wine glasses on the bottom are beautiful.

  12. I want one!!! This is ah-mazing!! I’d love it if you could link this up to our party, Give Me The Goods Monday! {1 party, 5 blogs}
    Have a great week!
    Jamie @

  13. This looks great. We have two pallets lingering around our house and now I know just what to do with one of them.

    This is a fantastic project! Would you consider linking this up at my Pinworthy Projects Party? I hope to see you there!

  14. now that looks great! and too funny about your granny’s glasses!

  15. Now this is the most clever use of a pallet I’ve ever seen. Love it. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  16. Such a creative idea and looks GREAT too! You are so clever, how do you come up with such great ideas?! Great-great Aunt Fannie would be so proud of you for making this and so happy you are using her glasses!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday!!!

  17. ummm i love everything about this project! great job!!!

  18. this is too school for school, now I just need a deck

  19. Very rustic chic. Love it!
    Thanks for sharing.

  20. This is so cool! Great upcycle project!

  21. Paula this is an incredible project! Seriously, it belongs in a magazine!

  22. Very clever and creative 🙂 Love it !

  23. What an awesome idea!!!! I’m all about pallets and this is one of the coolest projects i’ve seen. Pinned for sure. Great job!

  24. How innovative! I hope you get lots of use of your wine rack this summer entertaining with friends and family! Thanks for sharing at Project Inspire{d}!!

  25. This is a crazy good idea!! Must try it! Sara

  26. I just love this! Wanted to stop in and let you know that I’ve chosen this as my main feature tonight from last week’s Project Inspire{d} party!

  27. I’ve seen so many pallet projects but think this is my favorite! Perfect for backyard entertaining!

  28. Thanks for sharing your ingenuity and overall super cleverness with this gorgeous pallet wine rack at Project Inspire{d} linky party last week!! Hope to see you at this week’s party up now : Pinned your post to our group linky party board! Heather

  29. This is so cool! One of the most creative projects I’ve seen in a while. What a perfect addition to your deck. Great tutorial, too.

    Thanks for linking up to Home{work} Wednesday.

  30. Hi Paula!

    We love pallet projects. You should put a clear waterproofer or waterproofing stain on the wine rack. We have a new aerosol wood stain for outdoor projects, and I’d be happy to send you a sample to try if you’ll get in touch with me. Look forward to hearing from you!

  31. love love love this paula! featuring you tonight, pinning and sharing on FB later today!

  32. Thank you for linking up to Home{work} Wednesday! We love pallets at our house. You did a great job on this project!

  33. Gorgeous! I love it! Thanks for sharing on The Creative HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you again today!

  34. JuliAnne says:

    Thanks for the inspiration! Added some color (light yellow) and little birdies (white and gray) on the front! 🙂

  35. Oh wow I love it! I just did something similar and made a shelf for our liquor bottles out of a pallet, but I love that you put a wine glass holder onto the bottom. That’s genius! I’m pinning this for sure, maybe I can use the other half of my pallet to make a second shelf like yours! If you want to see the one I did, it’s here:

  36. that’s a pretty awesome idea! i love how rustic it looks.

  37. Alicia MacDonald says:

    How do you mount this to the wall. Once you use to place wine bottles I imagine this would be heavy?

  38. You had me at wine – cheers! Sharing on my FB page today – and then I’ll go have a glass of wine!

  39. I love that rack. The cups on the bottom are a great touch too.

  40. You really inspired me as I was looking for something original made with pallets. Thanks a lot for posting the whole DIY process.

  41. Maybe I missed it but there is no instructions for the hanging of the rack. Any suggestions as I would prefer not to screw this to my deck.

  42. Hi, great idea and I’ve started making my own. Only problem is I’m having problems getting the wine glasses to stay and not slide out- how did you get round this problem please?!

  43. Your wine rack is fantabulous!! I will have to make a few of these for my son (he’s over 21) one of these days. It’s a great idea for any kind of room, but certainly works for a “him”. Love and pinned ~ Amy

  44. Great ideas Great up-cycle pallets project

  45. first of all such a genius project! If I were doing it, and I’m pretty sure it’s going on my list, I would make less cubbies and seal the wood to make it waterproof and ready for ice! I also noticed the chilled bottle of Sweet Mountain Laurel… Yumm 😉 great job on this project!
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    • Thank you! I actually ended up staining the wine rack later on. I agree that fewer cubbies would be better. I hope you’ll share pictures of yours after you make it!



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