DIY Planter Boxes From Pallets

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Building a wooden pallet planter adds a personal touch to your home's exterior without costing too much. You can increase growing space for flowers and plants by recycling old shipping pallets. The wood acquires a rustic look over time which enhances the charm of the planter, making it suitable for a country garden or cottage. Place flower pots containing your favorite tall or trailing plants into the pallet planter box to brighten up the landscape with natural color.

Things You'll Need

  • Shipping pallets
  • Crowbar
  • Hammer
  • Glue
  • Clamps
  • Hand drill
  • 2 1/2 inch galvanized screws
  • Potted flowers
  • Take the wooden bards apart from the pallet frame using a crowbar. Place each dismantled board aside until you remove them all from the pallet. Although wooden pallets vary slightly in size, most measure 1-inch thick and 4-feet wide.

  • Inspect the wooden boards for nails and pull them out with a hammer or pound the pointed tip of the nail to release it from below.

  • Determine the height of the planter and cut eight boards to the desired length to form four posts for the inner corners. Also, decide the width and length of the planter to determine the number of boards needed for the four sides and base. For instance, if you are making a rectangular planter that measures 8 inches tall, you need four long and four short boards for the four sides, along with three short and two long boards for the base.

  • Glue two cut lengths together to form each corner post. Apply glue evenly over the face of the two joining boards and press together using a clamp. Leave the clamp in place and let the glue dry for two to three hours.

  • Lay two posts parallel on a table and lay a long board over them. Adjust the long board so it falls flush over the posts, and its lower edge is in line with the ends of the posts. Drill two pilot holes through each corner of the board and attach it to the post with 1 1/2 inch screws. Lay another board over the posts, with its long edge tight against the long edge of the board you attached and repeat the process to form a wall. Repeat the process of joining two boards to the other two corner posts to form the second wall.

  • Hold a short board perpendicular to a wall to form a corner, starting at the bottom. Drill two pilot holes and screw the board to the post. Join the other finished wall to the other corner of this short board and repeat the process of joining the pieces.

  • Attach the bottom short board for the last wall of the planter the same way. Add the upper board to the two short sides to form the planter.

  • Flip the planter over and lay a long board against the lower edges of the two posts and screw it in place. Also, attach the remaining long board to the other two posts the same way. Screw the short boards to these two long boards at even intervals. Flip the planter box back over and add your flower pots.

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