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How to upcycle a pallet into a planter

upcycled pallet wooden planter

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A couple of weeks ago we were left with a wooden pallet after the children’s playhouse was delivered. I knew I wanted to keep it and upcycle it and, after a quick search on Pinterest, I decided on upcycling the pallet into a planter for the garden. We have a lovely garden but there are no flower beds. I’m not particularly green-fingered but I thought it would be fun to have something for the children to try growing some flowers or vegetables.

Wooden pallets can be made into lots of things. There are some issues with what the wood may have been treated with, but on the whole, they are a great source for upcycling. We obviously already had the pallet so we just headed to Asda to purchase a couple of bags of soil and some seeds. Take a look at my Google+ album to see how much fun we had shopping!

How to upcycle a pallet into a planter:

The first step was to cut the pallet into three sections. Each end became the body of the planter, whilst the middle planks were cut in half to form the sides or laid inside to support the weight of the soil.

wooden pallet

It was a little difficult to photograph as it actually came together really quickly.

wooden pallet planter1

The pallet had been painted blue and we’ve decided to keep it like that for now, perhaps stencilling our surname along one side at some point.

wooden pallet planter2

We finished it off with a large piece of weed barrier, not to keep the weeds out, but to keep the soil in! We filled it with a couple of bags of multi purpose compost from Asda and planted some lettuce and carrots which the children have been enjoying flooding watering.

wooden pallet planter (1)

From start to finish it took about 4 hours to make the planter from the old pallet and we love the finished result.

Pin for later:

pallet planter


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    July 8, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    We did this too, I think they look fab! x

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    Slummy single mummy
    July 9, 2013 at 11:50 am

    It looks fab! The blue paint really adds to it too – gorgeous!

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    July 9, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Oh what a fab idea!

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    July 9, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Brilliant! Now to hunt down a pallet!

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    Sammie Hodges
    July 12, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Oh wow, this looks fab! Who would of thought it was that easy to make?!

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    July 12, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Oh I love this! We have an old pallet in the garden, may have to try this out!

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    Lisa Gillies
    July 13, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Love this, I’ve wanted to have a go for ages but yet to have a pallet!

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