Looking for a green way to decorate your walls?
Pallet planters are all the rage right now, and it's not hard to see why.
Not only are they a useful way to arrange your herbs and flowers, they also look great. The combination of upcycled wood and plants make for an impressive planter that can easily make the centerpiece of any garden, wall or balcony.
Though you could get fancy and build a pallet yourself from scratch (or order a new one online), we recommend re-purposing a used one. It feels great knowing you've given it a new life, and by asking around at local independent stores chances are very good you might even be able to get one for free!
Many places will send their old lumber and shipping pallets to be burnt, so by reclaiming it you not only get a free pallet, but you're also helping keep one more item from incineration, lowering your area's footprint. Win-win!
As you're about to find out, pallet planters are not only cheap, but also very easy to make.
To make your own pallet planter you will need:
First things first, you'll need to gather a few materials:
- A pallet in good condition
- Enough potting soil to fill the entire volume of the pallet (calculate this by multiplying the pallet's height x depth x width)
- 2 sheets of landscape fabric, each about 10 inches wider and longer than the pallet
- Blade saw (you could use a normal saw in a pinch)
- Staple gun
- Utility knife
- Measuring tape + pen (only if cutting the pallet down to smaller size)
Make sure you know the origin of your pallet.
Many pallets have been treated with chemicals that can be absorbed by the plants. Not ideal, especially if you’re planning on growing eadible plants or herbs.
See this article for more information on choosing and preparing a suitable pallet.
Though they may seem quite complex, pallet planters are actually remarkably easy to build.
Once you've assembled all your materials, it shouldn't take you more than an hour to put together. Though you may need a friend's help to mount it on a wall, building the planter itself is a straight forward process that you should be able to do by yourself.
Check out this awesome instructional video:
Though you could use a full pallet, this may be too heavy when filled with soil. A better option may be to cut it down to a smaller size. In this case, you want to ensure there’s a board running along each side once you’ve cut it down. Mark this line out before cutting.
Use a saw to carefully cut your pallet along the marked line.
Once you've got your pallet cut down to a size you're happy with, measure the width and length.
Cut out a piece of landscape fabric about 4 inches longer and wider than the pallet.
With the front side of the pallet facing down, use a staple gun to attach the fabric to the inside of the fabric. Staple the fabric both to the inside face as well as the sides.
If needed, use a hammer to tap the staples fully into the wood.
Repeat steps 3-6 for the outer face of the pallet. Make sure to leave an extra 4-5 inches to fold over each step. Staple it shut along the bottom and sides, but leave the top open for now.
Stand the pallet upright and begin filling it with potting soil. To prevent it settling unevenly, use a broom handle to tap it down every 6 or so inches.
Once it is filled to the top, staple the landscape fabric down, sealing the topside.
Lay the planter with the front side facing up, then use a blade to cut a “X” shaped cross everywhere you wish to plant.
Use your fingers to hollow out a little soil from each section, then insert the root ball into the hole. Start with small plants then move your way up.
If you plan to mount your planter on a wall you want to make sure it is properly supported. A good method is to use a mounting strip for extra support. Screw this into the wall right underneath where you wish the pallet to go. With another person helping you, lift the planter onto the mounting strip. Finally, attach the pallet to the wall by driving a screw through each corner.
We lied - there is one final step: sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour!
That's it! We hope you enjoyed building your own pallet planter!
Want to spruce it up some more? Or perhaps you'd just like a little extra inspiration on how to take your planter to the next level? We've got you covered - check out this list of 20 super-inspiring pallet planters.
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