Superb Garden DIY - 5 Steps to Make a Pallet into a Planter

October 15, 2020


If you’re pushed for space in your garden, a great way to grow some flowers or plants is to build upwards. Wooden pallets are ideal for this purpose. This is a brilliant garden DIY project and a great way to upcycle something that might have landed in the dump.

We’ve got a simple step-by-step guide on how to transform a wooden pallet into a beautiful garden DIY.


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Garden DIY Step 1: Find a Pallet

These can be discarded by local businesses or just left out in the rubbish. Wherever you find your pallet, make sure it is in good condition. You can always tighten loose nails, but if the wood is rotting, then you should look around for a better one.

Pallets are usually treated with chemicals to toughen them and keep them bug-free. Don’t use this garden DIY to grow edibles as it won’t be safe. If the pallet has been heat-treated, it should be fine to grow edibles. These types are usually much more difficult to find, and they are generally marked with “HT”.

Can’t find a pallet near you? Hire a carpenter to build a similar structure.


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Garden DIY Step 2: Gather Your Materials

Next up, you’ll need the basic DIY ingredients to create your planter. Gather some:

  • potting soil
  • a staple gun and staples
  • landscape fabric
  • sandpaper
  • seeds or cuttings of whatever you’re planning on planting

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Garden DIY Step 3: Smooth It Over

Use the sandpaper to smooth any nasty or abrasive edges off your pallet. You may want to paint it to make it more decorative. We think a nice pastel paint would work especially well and bring some colour to your garden.

Need help painting the pallet? Hire a local, professional painter on Bidvine.


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Garden DIY Step 4: Start Assembling

Next, you need to decide which sides will be the top, bottom, front and back of your planter. The landscape fabric will run alongside the back and bottom of each section of the pallet.

Double the landscape fabric to give it extra strength, measure it out and staple it on using the staple gun. Make sure it’s sturdy enough to hold a fair chunk of soil.


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Garden DIY Step 5: Fill It Up

Now it’s time to stand your pallet upright, fill the compartments with soil and get planting! Flowers will look the nicest in a planter, but we think succulents work well, too. Go for succulents if you’re a low-maintenance gardener!

The plants may take a while to grow but the payoff will be all the sweeter when you know you made the planter from scratch.

If you need professional help, don’t forget that you can hire a gardener with Bidvine. 


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