To us, part of being a homesteader is to always Repurpose and Reuse when we can. It’s a wonderful way to reduce waste on the homestead but also saves quite a bit of money. One of our favorite recyclables are pallets.
Pallets have an almost limitless R&R potential, and they’re relatively easy to get a hold of. You can find them listed on places like marketplace, Craigslist, or local buy and sell pages ranging from free to $4 a piece. Here’s a couple of recent projects we have used them for on our homestead. ***I am no carpenter****😂
Just need some hardware to hang the door and the gates and some rubber roofing to finish the job. In all we’ve spent about $400 (including the estimate for needed supplies). Not a bad deal. finished space is approx 8×16. Compared to a kit you can find at our local home improvement stores: 8×8 kit runs about $800. I’ve doubled our space for half the cost.
You can also make a nice looking garden fence with them. If you have deer issues you can stack them two high. A roll of heavy duty deer fencing (8x330ft) runs between $300-$400. I’ll be using some left over chicken wire and other salvaged materials to block off the bottom 18 inches to keep the rabbits out. I also like our homestead to be pleasing to the eye. So with the money we saved by implementing R&R we will grab a gallon of paint and throw a pop of color on to it.
Repurposing and reusing is a great habit to practice in all aspects of our lives. Spring is here so let’s get creative!