DIY Pallet Wood Mail Holder

Creating a functional and rustic mail holder using pallet wood is a great way to organize your entryway and recycle materials. This DIY project is perfect for those who want to combine practicality with a touch of rustic charm. Below, you’ll find a step-by-step guide to building your own pallet wood mail holder.

For a visual guide, you can watch the build video at the end of this article

Materials Needed

  • Pallet wood planks
  • Wood screws or nails
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Stain or paint (optional)
  • Hooks (optional, for keys or additional organization)

Tools Needed

  • Circular saw or jigsaw
  • Drill or hammer
  • Measuring tape
  • Clamps
  • Paintbrush

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Preparing the Wood

  1. Disassemble the Pallet: Carefully disassemble the pallet to get the wood planks. Remove all nails and screws to ensure the wood is clean and safe to use.
  2. Cut the Pieces: Measure and cut the pallet wood into the following pieces:
  • Back panel: 2-3 planks side by side to the desired height of your mail holder.
  • Side panels: Two pieces for the sides of the mail holder.
  • Bottom panel: One piece for the bottom.
  • Front panel: One piece for the front to hold the mail.
  1. Sand the Pieces: Sand all the pieces to remove any rough edges and splinters.

2. Assembling the Mail Holder

  1. Build the Back Panel: Arrange the planks for the back panel side by side. Attach them together using horizontal braces across the back using wood screws or nails.
  2. Attach the Sides: Attach the side panels to the back panel using wood glue and screws or nails. Make sure they are flush with the back panel.
  3. Install the Bottom: Attach the bottom panel to the sides and the back panel. Ensure it is level and secure.
  4. Attach the Front: Attach the front panel to the side panels and the bottom panel, creating a box to hold the mail.

3. Adding Finishing Touches

  1. Drill Pilot Holes: If you plan to add hooks to the bottom for keys, drill pilot holes in the lower part of the back panel.
  2. Stain or Paint: Apply a stain or paint of your choice to protect the wood and enhance its appearance. Allow it to dry completely.
  3. Install Hooks: Attach hooks to the bottom if desired for additional organization.

4. Mounting the Mail Holder

  1. Choose a Location: Decide where you want to mount the mail holder. It could be in your entryway, kitchen, or office.
  2. Mounting Brackets: Secure mounting brackets to the back of the mail holder. Ensure they are level and properly spaced.
  3. Attach to Wall: Mount the mail holder on the wall using screws or appropriate fasteners for your wall type.

By following these steps, you can create a beautiful and functional mail holder that adds a touch of rustic charm to your home.


This project is a fantastic way to repurpose pallet wood and keep your mail organized. Enjoy your new DIY pallet wood mail holder and the satisfaction of creating something both practical and stylish!

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