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planter, pallet, wood, woodworking,
When I've seen these pallets alone in the DIY store, I decided to create something with them. I often see beautiful projects using pallets on pinterest... so I took the pallets and start to create a planter for my garden.

Posted by Mademoiselle Jo from Lille, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France • Published See Mademoiselle Jo's 21 projects »
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  • Step 1

    You will need two or three pallets ( it depend on if you want a bottom at your planter) . I found mine in a DIY store, the seller allowed me to take them for free.

    First step : you have to dismantle the pallets, it's a bit tricky to separate the planks.
    You have to saw the nails of the pallets... To do it, you can help yourself of a flat screw which you put between the planks with a hammer, this way you can separate the planks enought to insert your saw. You must have 15 planks, and 4 other planks (a bit wider)that you will use to build the leg of the planter

    I'm sorry, I have no photo for this step...

  • How to make a pallet planter. Pallet Planter - Step 2
    Step 2

    Step two :

    Your planks are ready. Almost. To avoid the wood to decay, you can paint the planks with woodstain.
    For this planter I used 5 planks for the long side, and 5 half-planks for the wide side.

    Prepare your drill, we use it at the next step ;)

  • How to make a pallet planter. Pallet Planter - Step 3
    Step 3

    Take
    one of the planks to build the panel of the planter, one of the planks to build the leg, your drill and a drill bit , smaller than the diameter of your screws.

    Mine is 3mm and the screws are 5mm diameter.

  • How to make a pallet planter. Pallet Planter - Step 4
    Step 4

    Put the plank on the leg, and make two holes in the wood.

  • How to make a pallet planter. Pallet Planter - Step 5
    Step 5

    Take off the drill bit and take the screw driver.

  • How to make a pallet planter. Pallet Planter - Step 6
    Step 6

    Put your screws in the holes, and screw them.

    Do the same at the other end of the planks, and do it for all the 5 planks of the side of your planter.

  • How to make a pallet planter. Pallet Planter - Step 7
    Step 7

    ... A little picture of the work in progress...

    Next step, we build the wide side of the planter.

  • How to make a pallet planter. Pallet Planter - Step 8
    Step 8

    Step 3 the side !

    There is many way to do it, but it's exactly the same method as the one you used for the first panel

  • How to make a pallet planter. Pallet Planter - Step 9
    Step 9

    Build the two other panels...

  • How to make a pallet planter. Pallet Planter - Step 10
    Step 10

    And here is the result.

    Now ! we're going to build the bottom of the planter. If we don't, the dirt will fall every where...

  • How to make a pallet planter. Pallet Planter - Step 11
    Step 11

    Take a plank, saw it so it can be insert between the two legs of the planter.

    Screw this plank to the lower plank of the side panel. I used 3 screw for this, one in the middle and one at each side.

    Do the same at the opposite.

  • How to make a pallet planter. Pallet Planter - Step 12
    Step 12

    To build the bottom, saw 4 plank at the same length, and screw them to the support planks

  • How to make a pallet planter. Pallet Planter - Step 13
    Step 13

    You have to put a covering in the planter, i used a mulching film in which i made some tiny holes, so the water could pass through.

    I've fixed the film with tacks ^^

  • How to make a pallet planter. Pallet Planter - Step 14
    Step 14

    Your planter is now finished, you can fill it with dirt and plant everything you want .

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Jeanne B.
Jeanne B.
Lovely idea, but really important not to use treated timber on planters if you are growing food, as the toxins can leach in to your soil or mix from the timber, thereby getting fed into your plants! Also very important to use a non toxic paint if you are going to paint them, same reason.
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