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
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 😉
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
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!
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.
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
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.”
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 ♥