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.


Image Credit

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.

Gardener Price Guide

Thousands of people ask Bidvine for help with their projects every year. We track the estimates they get from local professionals, then we share those prices with you.
Price Range

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

Wooden Pallet

Image Credit

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.

Gardeners near you
Thousands of people across the U.K. ask Bidvine for help with their projects every year. Tell us what you need so we can bring you the right local professionals for your project.

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.

Pallet With Flowers

Image Credit

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. 

Further Reading

Featured Image Credit

Related Articles
Our Top 10 Tips for Hiring the Best Local Gardener

Unless you have green fingers and lots of time on your hands, getting your garden in shape for the summer can be a challenge. If so, why not consider hiring a local gardener?

Yet hiring a local gardener can be a challenge in itself. Read these tips to learn how to hire a local gardener easily!

1. Don’t Make an Expensive Mistake

If it’s a small garden job, it might be enjoyable to carry out yourself. If you trust yourself to do the job right, gardening is a great way to spend your weekend! If it’s a bigger job, hiring a gardener may prevent you from making expensive mistakes. This is true, especially for big projects.

If you attempt a large project without the right tools or know-how you could run into problems. Then you would have to spend even more time and cash trying to fix it. If you think it might be too difficult, Bidvine can help you find the right professional.

2. The Standard Checks

When hiring a gardener, you need to perform all the standard checks you would when hiring any person working inside your home. To get a better idea of what these checks are, visit our handyman post.


3. Bids

The gardener should be willing to provide a bid from the top. Keep in mind that the size of the job will have an effect on the final price. Make sure to decide on all the details before you submit a final bid. more
9 Beautiful Gardens in the UK That You Need to Visit!

The nice weather is finally here! There is no better way to spend your day than by taking a nice stroll through some beautiful gardens with your loved ones. To help you plan your warm-weather adventure we’ve gathered 9 beautiful gardens in the UK that you need to visit!

After you’ve finished touring your favourite UK gardens, why not update your own? A landscape designer can help you optimise its layout then a gardener can help you keep everything looking vibrant and green. Before you know it you’ll be relaxing in your very own stunning garden.

 Blickling Estate, Norfolk

Image Credit

1. Blickling Estate, Norfolk

Blickling Estate has a rich history from medieval to modern history. In the middle ages, Geoffrey Boleyn, Anne Boleyn’s grandfather owned it. More recently it was owned by Lord Lothian, one of Churchill’s key advisors during World War Two.

Today, its gardens are famed for their beauty. Bursting with flowers like bluebells, hyacinths and tulips Blickling Estate is a must see.

Nymans, West Sussex

Image Credit

2. Nymans, West Sussex

Do you like wandering through old ruins? How about surrounding yourself with enchanting floral masterpieces? Then Nymans Estate is the ideal day trip for you. This 13-hectare estate grows around 7000 plants each year!

It also boasts the second largest collection of South American plants in the UK. Its features include flower-covered meadows, manicured lawns and luscious topiary.

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Dorse

Image Credit

3. Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Dorset

The Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens are an excellent family adventure. The Gardens show off plants and flowers from a variety of ecological environments. Stroll through a tropical jungle or a glade of plants from the Himalayas. This is undoubtedly a top place to visit if you enjoy tropical flowers!

As well as its gardens, this Abbotsbury attraction also hosts a children’s farm and a swannery. Visit all three for a fun-filled family excursion! more
7 Tips for Maintaining Your Garden Through the Harsh Winter

Your garden needs a little help to thrive through the winter. Put a little love and care into your outside space and it’ll come up in spring all the more beautiful. Here are our top tips for taking care of your garden over the winter.

Planning on hiring a gardener to help with the upkeep of your outdoor space? Submit a free request to find a top gardener on Bidvine!

Frozen Flowers

Image Credit

1. Have a Clear-Out

Make sure your plant beds are clear of all dead foliage and cut away any dead stems. This will prevent the spread of rot. It will also stop insect eggs from growing and spreading.

2. Take It Inside

If you have green tomatoes, bring them inside over the winter. They will not be able to survive the cold weather of winter.

3. Tidy It Up

Winter is a great time to give your garden a tidy up. Clean and sharpen your gardening tools and perform any repairs needed. more

Why Bidvine is the best place to hire experts

Answer a few questions and we match you to the right pros.

Get custom bids from pros who match your needs.

Compare bids, send messages and hire the right pro for you.