Rather than wear tracks into your lawn, consider building a platform for entertaining. Here, pallets were taken apart and put together again so the slats butt up against each other, making it easier to walk over.
Gather your supplies
• Recycled pallets (11)
• Outdoor paint (we used Dulux Weathershield low sheen in Velvet Rose)
Note Ask around your local warehouses and factories for any wooden pallets that are no longer needed, or check online classifieds like gumtree.com.au
You’ll also need Set-out paint; spirit level; shovel; paintbrush; hammer; nails; reciprocating saw (optional); safety equipment (if using saw)
Step 1 Choose area in your backyard, ensuring it’s large enough to accommodate pallet deck and seating around it. Using pallets as a guide, mark dimensions of pallet decking area using set-out paint so it is 3 pallets long by 2 pallets wide.
Step 2 Excavate turf in marked area and level ground. Position 1 pallet in corner of excavated area and check level, adjusting if necessary. Repeat for entire area.
Step 3 Remove pallets from area. Remove nails from slats on front face (side with more slats) of each pallet, or use reciprocating saw to cut off nails. Remove slats from excess pallets.
Step 4 Position slats on front face of 1 pallet, butting them up against each other for a full surface. Secure using nails. Repeat for all pallets.
Step 5 Cover pallets with at least 2 coats of outdoor paint, allowing to dry between coats. Once dry, position pallets in excavated area. Consider alternate placement of pallets so slats are facing different directions for a patterned look.