Introduction: Pallet Planter
Use pallets to make planters or plant pots.
Step 1: Basic Frame
The worst bit is first. Take apart a few pallets and de-nail them. I used a Pallet Reclamation Bar.
Cut 4 legs the same length.
Cut 8 side bars to the length you’d like the width of your planter.
Step 2: Frame Assembly 1
Build two matching sides as pictured.
The lower side piece shouldn’t touch the ground to avoid water, I left around an inch free.
Step 3: Frame Assembly 2
Use the 4 remaining side pieces to construct a very simple cube. I used screws for this whole process.
Step 4: Side Panels
Cut side panls from pallet boards. You’ll need a load if you’re building a big planter like this.
Since I was using lots of different pallets here, I attached the boards in a random order to give it that rustic look.
I used nails for the sides as they look nicer and aren’t load bearing. Try and re-use the nails you took out of the pallets if they’re straight enough
Step 5: Top
When you’re done with the siding, cut four more pieces for the top as shown.
Cut these pieces at 45 degrees to make a nice looking top.
Step 6: Done
These planters would rot pretty quickly if I put soil in them (not to mention I didn’t build a bottom).
Instead, I used an old bin to put the plant in. Hopefully whatever you plant will hide a bit of the bin or barrel.
The other pictures show another planter I build from half a leaky water butt.
rustrocket84 made it!
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I’d also suggest spraying the work with some water repellent to give the wood some ‘extra’ life – great with any outdoor project, after which you might consider painting (if desired)
if you think about a tub or liner before you start you can be sure your tub is covered because you can build it to size. measure twice cut once. 😉
Reply 5 years ago on Step 6
Totally agree, all that wasted space between the tub and the wood is a waste and makes it unnecessarily big
If you used something as simple as a thick Heafty bag as an inside liner, you could fill it with dirt without a real problem. At least as long as you were planting flowers or some such and not a tree, as the root system would most likely puncture the bag before long.
Otherwise I would recommend something like an old scrap from a swimming pool liner and caulk, if you want to save some money. A rubber membrane can be bought new at most Lowes and Home Depot stores too, if that is hard to come by.
Very nice job,like the pine tree also,looks like someone knows a little about pruning,
@peterbryenton, I was about to say the same thing. I cannot believe I didn’t know such things existed! I use a crowbar and rubber mallet when I take them apart, works pretty well. Nice instructable!
Good to see reclaimed wood being used. Please would you add a photo of your pallet reclamation bar? I have never seen one.
Reply 5 years ago on Introduction
Coincidence: I made a video demonstrating it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpLZgPt_K_k
Reply 5 years ago on Introduction
Very timely project! With the arrival of spring, many owners of summer cottages want to hide your rusty barrels, here in handy this project.
Strawberry Pallet Planter
Introduction: Strawberry Pallet Planter
For this project you will need the following materials:
– A suitable pallet as described in the next two steps
– A hand-saw or jigsaw
– Electric drill or hammer
– Two sizes of screws and nails – approx. lengths 4 cm (1-1/2") and 8cm (3")
– Heavy duty chisel/wedge and iron mallet
– Non-toxic paint and paintbrush
Step 1: Choosing Your Pallet
First of all, choosing pallets for diy projects involves a bit of know-how. You need pallets that are in good condition, without rot, and which have not been treated with chemical insecticides.
Step 2: Construction Begins
The premise of this project is to cut it into three pieces and reassemble them. You use spare parts cut off in the first step to build the sides and create the feet.
Step 3: More Details on This Project
The strawberry pallet planter will take you an afternoon to complete. Afterwards, paint it with non-toxic wood stain to extend it’s life. Full project and planting up details are on Lovely Greens.