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

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?

 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.

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

  1. 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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