DIY Tutorial: Pallet Planter

Image by Kat Phillips, TheGrayAttic.com

Image by Kat Phillips, TheGrayAttic.com

As mentioned in my Home Depot Style Challenge article, the pallet for my planter was a free gift from HD after they left it underneath the box my dining set was delivered in.  Score!

This project is super easy to do, and I can see it working well in many types of decor and settings.  I used mine outside, but I am dying to do this in a client’s home filled with succulents or herbs!

To prepare my pallet, I lightly sanded it and gave it a little nourishment with mineral oil.  (you can also use mineral oil on your cutting boards and knife handles – it brings them back to shiny, new condition!)  You only need a small amount – a little goes a long way!

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Mineral Oil from Williams Sonoma

I purchased some Weed Stop material from Home Depot and cut it into rectangles to make little pockets for my plants to sit in.  Weed Stop is the perfect material to use because it allows extra moisture to drain so your plants don’t get root rot.

 

Weed Stop from Home Depot

Weed Stop from Home Depot

Cut your fabric to size depending on the measurements of your pallet.  You can always cut a piece making it fit as you go along.  This is not an exact science.  Although I will tell you, I used one layer per shelf of the Weed Stop for my project, and I wish I had doubled up.  This material is strong, but thin, and you have to be careful not to tear it when you are pushing plants into the pockets.  So if I were to do it over, I would cut two pieces the same size, place them on top of each other, and attach them to the pallet.

To attach your Weed Stop to your pallet, first use your staple gun to attach the fabric to the BACK of the front panel of your first shelf.

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Then pull it taut and attach it to the back of the pallet.  You can see the staples on the back of the pallet here.

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Fill your newly created pockets with soil.  Add your plants, being careful not to tear your fabric when placing them, and water thoroughly.  Stand back and admire your work, you’re done!  Easy peasy.

Image by Kat Phillips, TheGrayAttic.com

Image by Kat Phillips, TheGrayAttic.com

I have a few more pallets in different sizes that I think would be so interesting on a long wall.

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This is actually one of my favorite spaces created by our porch makeover.  The rocking chair is SUPER comfy, my favorite book or magazine happily rests on the garden stool, the layered rugs bring a sense of coziness, and pretty greenery is nearby.  Love it!

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Where could you use this tutorial in your home?

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Come back tomorrow for my favorite photos from this experience that did not get published!

Written by Grace

3 Responses to “DIY Tutorial: Pallet Planter”

  1. Anna May 3, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    Love this pallet planter. Loved the plants you chose. Can we get to buy pallets from a store? Would love to try this, if I get a pallet. I had always loved the idea of a ladder filled with clay planters leaning against a wall. This looks just like that. Thanks so much for sharing! Have a great weekend!

    • Grace May 5, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

      Hi Anna, I’m not sure if you can buy pallets somewhere. I would call around to hardware stores and places like that to see if they will give you some. This might sound weird/sketchy, but I have found a few of mine behind dumpsters. Hope you can find some! Thank you for reading and your comment! G

  2. front panel designer May 10, 2013 at 3:58 am #

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