With spring in the air and summer just around the corner, now is the time to get outside and brighten up your garden, yard or patio. This does not necessarily have to be done with a large budget. For example, pallets offer an inexpensive and easy way to create a plant-filled outdoor space or to build original outdoor furniture. Reusing and upcycling are two popular DIY strategies, and today’s post is packed with creative techniques for giving pallets a second life. We have collected many photo examples below for you, as well as added some detailed DIY instructions and links to them. So you can try those ideas that catch your attention. Are you ready to take the plunge into the creative world of garden decor with pallets? Well then, here we go!
DIY vertical planter made from pallets
There are numerous ways to turn pallets into planters, but the following approach avoids sawing or additional wood, making the process easier. Instead, the design relies on the so-called weed cloth, which can be bought in rolls at any garden center.
You will also need:
- a tape measure
- a scissors
- a stapler
- two large bags of potting soil
- plants you want to use
And this is how it’s done:
- The goal is to line the inside of the pallet with the cloth, creating large pockets that will hold the soil.
- Measure the length and width of the pallet to determine the size of the pockets. Divide the width by two since you will be lining each side of the pallet with a separate piece of fabric. Double the length so the fabric is long enough to cover the front and back of the palette.
- Add a few more inches to each measurement so there is a bit of extra fabric on all sides to pin to the wood and cut two pieces of fabric to that size.
- Stand the pallet up at one end so that the center spine of the pallet is facing up. Pin the narrow end of one of the pieces of fabric to the top edge of the wood on one side of the center back.
- Slide the fabric into the inside of the pallet so that it lines up with the inside of the wooden slats on either side of the pallet. Making sure the fabric lies flat against the slats with no wrinkles or ruffles, then pin the other end of the fabric to the top edge of the wooden slat opposite where the other edge was pinned.
- After basting, trim off the excess length at the end of the fabric.
- Pin the edges of the fabric to the wood on the right and left sides in the “pocket” every 15-20 cm to prevent soil from escaping.
- Repeat the process for a second pocket on the other side of the center back.
- Fill both pockets with potting soil and pack it into the pallet with your hands to keep it from settling later.
Worn pallets add a nostalgic touch to the garden
Extra tip: You can put the planter on the ground and lean it against a wall. Screw it into a wall though, tie it up so it doesn’t fall over. However, if you want to mount it off the ground, you’ll need two large L-brackets to support it. Screw a pair of galvanized 10cm brackets to the wall at the height you want the bottom of the planter.
You can also use the pallets to hang up the flower pots
DIY pallet bench swing
- 5 x 10 cm wide wooden boards
- tape measure
- Vinyl mattress covers
And this is how it’s done:
- Before you begin, measure the size of the mattress you will be placing on the pallet. Also, determine how many pallets you’ll need to use to reach the size of your mattress. Consider the space you need for the rope at the ends.
- Slide the wooden planks through the inside of the pallets, one on each inside edge of the pallet and one through the middle.
- Screw these to the sides and center of the pallet, then trim off the overhang.
- Drill holes in the four corners of the pallet, both the top and bottom boards. Make sure the hole is big enough for the rope to fit through.
- Thread the rope through the hole, making sure the rope goes under the bottom of the pallet and around the wooden planks. Tie as tightly as possible.
Would you like a nap?
- Then tie the rope securely to the tree.
- Protect your mattress from moisture and bad weather with the vinyl covers. And finally, place the mattress on your fabulous pallet swing.
Now all that remains is to lie down and enjoy the relaxing vibes of life! We wish you a wonderful summer and wonderful moments outdoors!
For example, read a good book in the afternoon
Research even more pallet furniture ideas and transform your garden or patio into an eco-friendly and creative upcycled relaxation haven!
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