Bring Out Your Green Thumb With This DIY Planter

DIY recycled wooden pallet for flower pots. Storage industrial pallet used in gardening for a wall decoration as a shelf for flowerpots. Garden with planters made of recycled wooden pallets

Don’t throw out those old pallet boards; spruce up your back with this DIY planter idea from Chalking Up Success. You can use this wooden pallet to make the perfect planter to display your plants. It’s also an excellent planter for plants with long vines or to have a place for all your herbs. So check out how to make your planter from a pallet with these easy and simple steps that won’t break the bank.


  • Stencil Brush
  • Water and Scrubbing Brush (You can substitute for high-pressure cleaner)
  • Stencil
  • Wooden Pallet
  • Handheld Electric Sander
  • Chalk
  • Sanding Mask
  • Staple Gun
  • Safety Goggles
  • Black Planter Lining or Pool Liner
  • Wire Brush
  • Paint Brush
  • Chalk Paint


Step 1: Clean the wooden pallet with water and a scrubbing brush or with a high-pressure cleaner. This help removes any cobwebs, dirt, or grime on the pallet.

Step 2: After you’ve cleaned the pallet, take your handheld electric sander and sand down the wood. Make sure that the pallet is smooth. NOTE: Don’t forget to wear your safety goggles and mask to avoid sanding dust getting in your eyes or mouth.

Step 3: Choose the stain or paint color and paint the pallet board. This gives the pallet the refresh it needs to look good as new. NOTE: Two coats of paint are usually enough to get full coverage on your pallet.

Step 4: First, to make the planting pocket, you need to measure the length of the liner that will go in the pallet. Then cut the liner to the desired size. NOTE: Use the first liner as a template for the other five.

Step 5: Attach the planting pockets by laying one black piece over the top of the first pocket and push it down inside the gap.

Step 6: Then fold the edge of the liner over and, starting from the middle, tack it to the pallet. NOTE: Depending on which liner you use, you may need to add some drainage holes in the plastic.

Step 7: You can make signs for your planter so you know which plant or herb is in which slot. Measure the desired length and then tape it before painting it with chalk paint.

Step 8: Once your chalk dries, you can write which plants go where.

Step 9: Add planting soil and add your plants to your new pallet.

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Build Your Planter Today

This is an easy and unique way to grow your plants, so grab the keys to your Jim Taylor Ford vehicle and head to the store to gather all the supplies to make this pallet planter. Following these simple steps, you’ll turn your brown thumb into a green thumb.

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