How to make an upcycled festival picnic table

We all love to watch the sun go down (or up!) at a festival – make sure you have the perfect companion. Discover how Max upcycles a festival picnic table from some pieces of wood and jam jars and try it yourself for a weekend to remember.

You will need:

  • 1 x wood pallet
  • 1 x scaffold board
  • 2 x jam jars with lids
  • 1 x metal pole
  • 1 x centrepiece


Step 1: Mark a line 300mm on the scaffold.

Step 2: Use a miter or hand saw to cut the base out of the scaffold.

Step 3: Using the hand saw, put your forefinger in the groove to keep the saw steady steady, and cut 2 pieces from the pallet wood.

Step 4: Use electric sander, or sand paper, to sand the wood.

Step 5: Raise the base by 10mm between the 2 ends so you can drill the jam jar lids to the underside of the base.

Step 6: Drill the pallet wood to the side of the scaffold board so the ends and the base are connected.

Step 7: Drill a centrepiece into the middle of the underside of the base.

Step 8: Drill jam jar lids either side of the centrepiece.

Step 9: Cut a piece of metal pole, using a miter saw or a junior hack saw, and make sure that there is an angle on the end so it will stick in the ground easier.

Step 10: File the edges of the metal pole with a metal file so there are no sharp edges.

Step 11: Screw the pole into the base on the bottom of the picnic table.

Don't forget the below:

  • Wear goggles
  • Wear the right grade of dust mask
  • Gloves – only when handling sharp items
  • Have fun!