Friday, March 29, 2013

DIY Pallet Wood Planter Box

Several months ago a friend gave me a pallet. 
My husband rolled his eyes while I hauled it out of the truck. 
And it's been sitting under our deck ever since. Until now!
I was inspired by Laura at Make it Lovely to make this Planter Box. You can see her tutorial here
And I'll let you in on how I made my adorable planter box. 
My turned out quite small because I ended up using 
the pieces of wood off my pallet in between the nails.
And they turned out to be a little smaller than I had planned. 
If you don't have a pallet, you can get some wood cut or use what you have.
So I started out with this worn out old pallet...
 Grabbed my saw (You can use any kind of saw. 
I got this for my birthday a couple years ago and it's great for working with pallets!)
 I sawed off all the wood on both sides of the nails.
I knew I didn't need all of it for this project, but as long as I was cutting...
 And I ended up with a pretty good amount too! 
Most of it will have to be cut again because the edges are even, 
but getting it off the pallet is half the battle.
 Here's the stack I ended up with. Can you imagine what I could create with this... Stay tuned!
 I pulled out the circular saw and a pencil 
and cut each end of three pieces of wood so everything lined up evenly.
 For the planter box you'll need three pieces of wood the same size and two end pieces the same size. As you can see in the picture above.
 Here's an idea of how I planned to put the whole thing together.
 I bought a couple packages of L brackets from 
Lowes/Home Depot and used the drill to put the planter box together.
Here's a view after I put all the L brackets on.
And the underside (iphone pics). You'll notice I did not put a screw in one of the L bracket holes because it would end up being in the middle of the joint and that wouldn't help at all!
 After a light painting and some sanding my planter box is ready for some spring!
How adorable is that?!
 My plan all along was for this to be a little rustic. So no worries that the joints don't meet up exactly. 
Happy Spring! And more importantly, Happy Easter. He has Risen!


  1. Love your box and the lavender you planted.

    1. Thank you Carol. It was really fun to make. The flowers are actually Grape Hyacinths. They are one of my very favorites!

  2. This is GREAT!! I love the flowers you chose for it too!

    I just commented under your comment on Sasha's blog. I wanted to let you know we're in a MAJOR limbo period right now too. It STINKS! We're also clinging to the promises we know and are waiting to see what God's going to do for us. Hang in there!


  3. I love your take on my planter box! Great idea to use wood from a pallet!

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