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I’ve decided to spend this spring/summer season working on my front yard. It’s had the same landscape for the past 40 yrs and last year I thought it was time to change that. So I, being the all or nothing person that I am, had *everything* pulled out except for the hydrangea bush that played a major role in many childhood mother day presents to my grandma and 2 bee stings. I thought I knew what I was getting myself into, but I no idea! No worries though, I’ve grown a bit since last year as a novice diy gardener and every setback is helping me learn 🙂

So a couple of weeks ago while perusing around Pinterest, I came across this adorable cute pallet planter from Kelly Moore.

I loved the general look and rustic-ness of an old wood pallet being complimented by beautiful flowers, not to mention it didn’t involve working with a saw, which was great since I don’t have one (yet).

Thanks to Kelly’s instructions, I now had a general idea of what direction to go in and I was ready to make one of my very own, of course I would have to shnazzy it up a little bit to make it my own. Please keep in mind that I am completely new at this, so what I did may not be correct.


DIY Pallet Planter

Diy pallet planter

I started off by using my hand sander to sand down the face and sides of the pallet with 120 grit, medium sand paper, then I went over it again with 220 grit, fine sand paper so it could feel soft like a baby’s butt…or somethin like that 😉

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Although the original was left plain, I decided to varnish the pallet with 3 coats of Min-wax Fast-Drying Polyurethane to help protect it from any further weather damage. This stuff is no joke! It literally took an hours for each coat to dry. Perfect if your as impatient as I am. I left the 3rd coat to sit overnight

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Next, I go to what I thought would be the easy part…screwing in the Hose clamps. I did mention I was a noob at this right? Ok, just checking. Let’s continue.

From reading Kelly’s instructions, I thought that getting a screw through the small holes of the pipe/hose clamps would be a piece of cake. Nope. Those tiny holes were not budging at all to the full force of my 18v Black and Decker drill. After hours of frustration, I finally came up with a successful plan of attack!

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First thing I did was tighten the clamp up around my flower pots to make sure I wasn’t gonna place the screw on the flimsy side that gets longer and you tighten the clamp.

Next I drilled a hole a little bigger than the size of the screw into my desk… Yea I said my desk, don’t judge me! I would advise y’all, however, to use a scrap piece of wood that is secured very VERY well. Also, don’t make the hole too deep.

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Then I placed the clamp hole that I wanted the screw to go in, over the hole I drilled in my desk, and got a drill bit about the size of my screw and started drilling on the clamp hole. If you try this, you have to be extremely careful! The drill bit will slide from where you’re drilling and pieces of metal dust will fly a bit so wear safety glasses. Also be sure you have a good grip on the clamp, or it will spin with the drill. When I first did this I used regular steel drill bits and wood screws. It took me a while to get the holes to gap wide enough for the bottom of the screw to get in. However, the second time, I tried an old set of titanium drill bits giving to me buy a friend and my uncle told me to use self-drilling/tapping screws and it worked much faster!


Once the clamp hole was gapped just wide enough to get the bottom of the screw in, I switched out my drill bit for a Phillips head driver bit and drove the screw down the desk hole (your scrap piece of wood hole). Then, I unscrewed it from the desk hole but left it in the clamp hole.


After I was finished placing screws in all the clamps, I screwed them in to the pallet in a checkerboard-ish type style, one clamp on each pallet board. All that was left to do now, was to plant some pretty annuals in the pots and drop em in the clamps

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Originally, I was going to leave the pallet looking like this but when I went to go add my blog’s tag to the bottom of the pics, I had a great idea to use my Silhouette Cameo that had been an early Christmas present back in December which since then, has just been sitting on my desk in its original packing, collecting dust. I bet some of you silhouette fanatics have your mouth opened at that huh?
I bought some heavy duty vinyl, learned how to use the machine enough to cut out, “Bless This Home with Love & Laughter.”

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I really enjoyed working on this project. Being my first project working with wood and screws, I felt totally empowered, exhilarated, and to be quite frank…like a total bad ass! I’ve officially been bit by Diy Fever! I hope you guys enjoyed this little “How I” tutorial on this pallet planter. If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments! Until next time ♥



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16 comments on “DIY Pallet Planter”

    • Thank you Jessica 😀 I love how easy it is not to mention it adds a lot of character to your yard/garden!

  1. I love it! I just planted last week some flowers from seeds, and we have a bunch of small bright colored plastic pots now with them in it, and they are starting to grow. They would look great on a pallet like this. Please come share at the Anything Goes linky party.

    • Thank you Pam and you’re right, there’s like a billion things you can do with this! I’m currently in the process of making another one but its gonna be a little bit different 😉 Thanks for taking the time to comment & host!

  2. My dear, adventurous Christal; I haven’t enjoyed a “How I” tutorial as much as I enjoyed yours in a very long time. You are so down to earth and seem like a ‘yeah, as a matter of fact I did’ type of person to just tell it like it is or was. I have done the same thing, I mean like I narrate the job, errors, oops’s and ‘will ya look at that’s’ as I go along like I am talking to someone (no one there). Too funny. I laughed at both of us all the way through. My favorite was the ending, with the stenciling. It was a great little finish to a beautifully put together project. Well done lady! Congrats!

    • Thanks Cheri, I’m really glad you liked it! It’s funny how you say you narrate like you’re talking to someone because that’s actually how I write too. I pretend that I’m talking to my bestfriend so I can sound as authentic to me as possible. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, it seriously made my entire day♥♥

  3. You did an amazing job! It is one of the cutest pallet planters I have seen. Don’t you love your Silhouette now? Going to go explore your blog now and can’t wait to see what’s next. 🙂

    • Thank you so much Martha! Ya know, I can’t even lie, I’m a bit obsessed with my Silhouette now haha! I’m pretty sure before this month is over, everything is gonna have vinyl on it!

  4. Wow, that looks fabulous. My sister and her hubby have made something similar to this but they didn’t attach pots. I bet they would like your version with the pot plants. I’ll have to share this with them.

    If you have a minute to spare I would be thrilled if you could share this post at my weekly Say G’Day link up. It’s on now and this would be a fabulous addition.

    Best wishes for a great week,
    Natasha in Oz

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