How to make a garden gate from pallets
I can’t believe this is my first pallet project. I have been wanting to make a gate for our garden for two years now. Last year the deer helped themselves to my strawberry plants they need to stay out.
To make my gate I used two pallets and a few 2 x 4’s that we had left over from tearing down a shed.
Then I added a 2 x 4 to the cut end.
I do realize that deer can jump my gate if they want to. Hopefully they are too lazy.
That gate is TOTALLY awesome. It’s really pretty actually! (I don’t usually say that about pallet projects. cool, yes, but not pretty), but that gate is pretty! You totally have to do a trellis over the top!
Hmm. now i’m thinking because I need a fence to hide my neighbors yard. (love her, but she has way too many abandon cars back there!), and the whole cyclone fence, with neighbors junky yard doesn’t always work well when selling a house. lol
* I don’t think the potting shed link is working, or it could be my computer??
Well done, Well done. I love a resourceful woman!
Super nice touches on your gate – love the crosspieces. Great job Mimi!
Mimi, this is SO cool! Like Katie said, it’s really beautiful and the cross pieces on the back remind me of a Union Jack! I just pinned it and am going to see if my husband might build me one. 🙂
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Brilliant and free. Love it. My husband is fascinated with pallets.
Well that’s just awesome!
I love this! It looks perfect. just the right amount of rustic.
that is simply genius, mimi!
This is so clever! I love it!
This is down right incredible!! WOW. Im so inspired by your creativity!! Awesome idea and Im so going to find a place to use this,thanks! Deidre
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So VERY clever. love it! Laurel
I have two pallets in back just itching to be used for something. I wish I needed a gate somewhere because yours is the best I have seen! I’d love it if you shared this over at You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday here: http://www.kathewithane.com/2012/05/youre-gonna-love-it-tuesday-5.html
Have a beautiful day ♥
Your gate is fabulous. I appreciate that it repurposes something that might just be tossed. But, more than that, it looks incredible. Also love your potting shed and your gorgeous dog!
This is totally cool. I need a gate and taller fence around for my garden since the bunnies have decided that I am growing them a buffet. This may be just the ticket to get me started. I would love it if you would share on my linky party Tout It Tuesday. http://www.claimingourspace.com/2012/05/tout-it-tuesday-7.html
What a great idea, and a great blog!
This is so clever!! Love how it turned out! great way to use a pallet! the little dog is adorable too! Thank you for linking up to Uncommon!! Featuring this over at our FB page today!! 😉
I love how you reused the pallets–something that might have ordinarily ended up in a landfill–and created something beautiful and functional for your garden–very well done!
I have seen pallets being repurposed for so many things, but love the idea of using them for a garden gate! Thanks so much for sharing over here at Fishtail cottage’s garden party! i’m sure many of us gardeners will be inspired by your fabulous idea! xoox, tracie
great gate! haven’t seen a pallet gate– EVER!
I’ve seen lots of uses for pallets. Way to go for thinking outside the box. you could use pallets I suppose for the small portions that are needed on either side. You’ll think of something lovely I’m sure!
Great idea to build a gate out of the pallets! They are so popular right now. Your gate looks really good, even if the deer can still jump over it ;0)
Totally FBing this tomorrow!
That is awesome!! I need something like that to keep my dog out of the garden!! He likes to eat the strawberries, which is all we have right now:P
How clever is that? I have not seen the gate project and it is wonderful. They will be sturdy. I am visiting for the first time, drop by for a visit. Kathy
Hi! This is a great idea! I love the stuff you can do with pallets – for free!! When my mom was fighting cancer, she had a dirt path across her yard to her back steps that would always be muddy when it rained and she would have to zig zag around the puddles. My aunt and I were making a trip to the store and I saw a stack of pallets by a hardware store. I asked if I could have some and explained why and they helped me load some good ones up in my van. I laid them butt to butt along the path making sure they were level and, voila’! she had a nice, stable walkway to get from house to truck!! They stayed in good shape the last year she was alive and made her so happy!! Thanks for bringing back that memory!!
That is a very creative project.
Love your gate Mimi. I am making many things out of pallets at the moment. Right now I need to make two gates, one for each side of the house. My wife wants them to not be see thru like yours are. Any suggestions on that besides using a piece of paneling?
PS: I will send you a photo of my newest creation – a potting table!
If you want to protect your precious residential and commercial properties, then it would be better to install the gates that are durable, good looking, fulfil the security purposes and matches with your style as well.
Seek more advise from Benny
That is absolutely ingenious. I’ve been struggling with how to make a gate square and since pallets are already square this idea will work. It should keep my chickens out of my garden!
Pallet Compost Bin
Introduction: Pallet Compost Bin
Going green and creating your own compost bin isn’t as hard as you might think. All those grass clippings, plant prunings, and other yard stuff is easily recycled into compost. The project is simple.
You need pallets, wire (to bind them together), some simple tools, and any extra hardware you would like to add for ease of use.
Step 1: Getting It Together. The Lay Out.
Your going to need 4 pallets minimum. If you decide on a slanted base (floor), you’ll need another pallet. Some people may choose a slanted base design to catch the "tea" that your composter produces when watering your compost. The "tea" can be diluted and sprayed on your plants.
We don’t have a slanted base in this design. Simple is easier. We’re going with 3 sides and a door.
Choose your lay out. I don’t need a huge bin, so I opted to stand the sides up to narrow the bins depth. Plus, it gives me a 2×4 side to attach my hinges to.
Step 2: Piecing It Together.
I’ve purchased 14 gauge wire, hinges, and a latch for my bin. If you want to pass on these items, you can still get by with just the wire to bind the pallets together. A make-shift hinge can be made from the wire.
Start with cutting the wire to a workable length, roughly 18", and strap the side and back pallets together by twisting the wire tight. Be careful not to over do it. Too much tension and the wire will break. Two lengths twisted on each corner should be plenty.
Step 3: Adding Some Stability.
I’ve opted to add a landscape pole to the hinge-side of the bin. These pallets are not light and I wanted the hinges to support some of the weight of the door pallet. I had originally thought I was going to put pole in both side pallets, but figured I only need the hinge-side to be supported. I hammer into the ground about 12".
Step 4: Adding the Hardware
Once you’ve finished tying the pallets together. It’s time to add hinges. My hinges were about $6.50 from the Depot. A little better than constucting wire hinges.
Now, we’re ready for the door.
Step 5: The Door.
Before adding the door to the bin, I added a spacer to the bottom by using the left over scrap from the landscaping pole and attaching it with screws. This will provide some ventilation for the compost since all other sides sit on the ground.
Next, attach the door.
Step 6: Optional, More Hardware.
In most cases, you would be done. I, however, need more bling for my bin. I’ve added a latch to keep my 2yr old out the bin.
AND YOU’RE DONE. Or are you.
Step 7: More Stuff.
If you live in a climate that has good to mild humidity, you would be done at this point. However, I live in hell, Phoenix, AZ. Mesa to be precise.
We don’t have much humidity and moisture is what helps to break down the organics in your composter. To effectively do this, we need to add some heavy duty plastic to the bin to help keep some of the moisture in the bin. Moisture and heat are a compost bin’s best friend.
Step 8: Start Your Compost.
I’ve left the plastic off the door. I will have to experiment to see if it works with or without it.
My wife has already been starting a compost bin with a large storage bin from Walmart. Its done a great job. Just not big enough for our needs.
Good luck. I hope this helps you in your green endeavors.
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i would have turned all flat sides to inwards so the content has less chance nesting into areas where it needs advanced efforts to be removed again.
else – pretty cool idea!
I have a couple of questions. (1) i live in new york and its pretty humid and it rains occasionally. would it help to put a tarp over it to keep out the rain? Because ive heard that it (the rain) can drain nutrients into the soil. (2) would the compost decompose the pallets?. (3) would it help to staple tarp or plastic to the out side? Thanks
Reply 3 years ago on Introduction
No, you want your compost to be wet (think of a moist sponge). The drier it is, the longer it will take to break down, so it’s best to keep it moist, and allowing it to be rained on is a great way to do that. Don’t worry about any lost nutrients. there are plenty more! And the water filtering down into the soil beneath your bin will encourage worms to move up and help break it down, so that’s a good thing, too. And nailing or stapling on some wire mesh (like 14" hardware cloth from Home Depot) on the inside of the bin will help keep the critters out. The pallets are made from treated lumber and will last for years. My only concern about using pallets is that the chemicals used to treat the wood might leach into the compost. This is why I bought a "Soil Saver" compost bin.