How to DIY a light-up outdoor bar using pallets & solar fairy lights

* New post – How I repurposed the original pallet bar to create a plant bar!*

If you’re planning a festive get-together over the coming months, this light-up bar would make a great focal point to serve up cocktails. And even better, it’s made from pallets! So get out the drill, pop open that pot of paint and have a go at DIYing it for yourself…

Although most of my garden renovation plans have been put on hold while hubby’s fractured arms healed, one project we did manage to make together was this outdoor pallet bar. It’s wall-mounted, self-supporting and has solar-powered fairylights that spell out the word ‘BAR’ – what more do you want?

If you can get hold of 3 identical pallets, you’ve got all the wood you need to make this project yourself. Add a couple of left-over paint tins and you’ll have a rather swish garden bar on your wall in no time. Hang it beside your patio as the ideal spot to serve drinks to your guests.

It can be used in the summer for garden parties and BBQs, in the autumn for Halloween and Bonfire Night events and in the winter for festive gatherings and New Years Eve celebrations. You need an outdoor pallet bar now, don’t you?

ย If you fancy DIYing this project for yourself (honestly, it doesn’t take long to make!) you can find my step-by-step pallet bar tutorial on the HandyMano blog. There are plenty of photos to guide you through every stage of the project and lots of snaps of the finished bar for you to enjoy.





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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

26 thoughts on “How to DIY a light-up outdoor bar using pallets & solar fairy lights

  1. Thanks Kev! We used some really strong screw eye bolts through the back of the pallet bar and then used sturdy carabiners to clip it to the screw-in masonry anchor hooks ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hi Vicky, I’m so happy to hear you’re going to have a go at building your own pallet bar! The final measurements will depend on what pallets you are able to get hold of from building yards or skips etc (be sure to ask permission before taking anything) – just work with the wood you have available and make it whatever size you like! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hi Cassie!

    I love this so much! Iโ€™m just planning what we need and where ours will go and it would be so useful to get the final measurements if thatโ€™s ok? Especially for ordering the pallets xx

  4. Hi Natalie, I used some solar-powered fairy lights that I got from Waltons in the colour ‘amber’ – although you could use any solar-powered lights or outdoor Christmas lights ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Hi Dave, behind the top portion of the pallet bar is where the cables for the solar fairy lights are – we drilled holes through the word ‘BAR’ and poked the fairy lights through from behind to illuminate it and the solar panel is on the top of the unit. If you don’t wish to add lights, you could always adjust the project to suit your needs ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

  6. OK found the pink link, but I don’t get why you haven’t utilised the space above the fold down section for storage?

  7. Hi Cassie, I signed up for the newsletter but can’t see the plans? Does the top half lift up too? If not, does it have a purpose?

  8. Hi Rich, we used some really sturdy screw eye bolts through the back of the frame and then used carabiners to clip it to the wall hook. That way we can unclip it when not in use and store it in the garage over winter. Hope this helps ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Hi Cassie, could you provide a photo or link to the hooks you used to mount to the wall please as I really like the way you did it. I can find the wall hook just not the hook attached the the wood frame. Many Thanks

  10. Hi Stewart, sure thing – you can mount the bar any way you like to suit wall/surface you have. For our brick wall, we drilled and screwed into the brickwork to provide an anchoring point on which to hook the fixings that we added to the back of the pallet bar ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. This is amazing !!

    Can I ask how you mounted it on the wall? It didn’t mention in the guide and don’t understand how the too would screw in with the planks on the front.


  12. I was shown your post of the bar ,which got my brain working overtime,so I decided to build a wall mounted BBQ. It is now mounted to the wall,and just a couple of things to add,and I’ll be done. It was built out of an old carpenters carry case,and bits and pieces from my shed.

  13. OMG this is fabbbbb can’t wait to make always wanted my own mini bar without take up room or been costly this is brilliant I look forward to more of your great ideas thank you

  14. I love the bar it looks fabulous. I love the touches of copper too!. Being from Hong Kong originally I’m also a sucker for a lucky cat!

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