The Pallet Project


What would a “do it yourself” blog be without a pallet or reclaimed wood project.

A while back, we built some benches for our outdoor dining table. With the remaining wood we built this planter, which has a double purpose. One, to look pretty and to protect the glass window.

Paloma On The Hill Bench

Time: One day, including drying time.

Level of Difficulty: Medium

Wood Remnats


  • Wood
  • Hammer and quality nails
  • Or Drill and screws
  • Saw blade
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • T square
  • Sander and sand paper
  • Paint or stain
  • Brush
  • Plastic bags
  • Soil
  • Rocks
  • Plants
  • Gloves

Let’s go!

  1. We started with the bottom part and frame, including the feet. If you have not included this on your design, it’s a good idea to have them. I will keep the bottom from rotting.Planter Base
  2. Then we built a center support. The center support is needed to support the “walls” and will keep them from warping. After that long boards were attached.Planter is built
  3. Once we tested the planter to make sure it was not wobbly, we painted the exterior as well as the interior. Let dry.Painted Planter
  4. After the paint dried, we put the planter in place and made some drainage holes. We cover the interior with heavy-duty plastics bags. The lining will help keep the soil in place and protect the wood.
  5. We added rocks to the bottom to ensure proper drainage. Then came the soil and thorny plants.Planter with Rocks
  6. Voila, now we have a lovely planter, which serves as décor and barrier for the glass window.

Planter with Flowers

Tips for success:

  • Unless you are a master builder, you will need to do a quick sketch. How long, tall and wide. How much material will you need? If this is your first project, keep it simple.
  • Before you start cutting, review the steps in your head. You may even want to keep your sketch with measurements and steps visible. I always do.
  • Make sure your wood is straight. Make your marks and measure twice.
  • We usually “stage” our wood to see how all the pieces fit together.
  • Painting the interior is necessary if you have untreated wood. It will keep it from rotting.