Repurposed Pallet Planter:

Despite the recent S-N-O-W (nasty little four-letter word there) that found its way into the forecast recently, summer is just around the corner.  Seriously – we’re staring down Memorial Day Weekend in the short-term future.  If you’re like me, you like a dash of color in your landscaping which is easily accomplished by some flowers.  

But, what happens when you live in a rental space?  What happens if you are horrible at tending a full-blown garden?  

Fear not.  We have a simple option to help bring some color and function to your outdoor space.  And, it’s not built-in, which means you can easily change things up without having to commit to a “permanent” alteration which your landlord may not go for.

Full warning, this project does require a nice outdoor space (i.e. a porch or balcony).  So, if your apartment doesn’t have a space you could use, this project isn’t for you.  (Sorry.)  Also, this project requires some elbow grease and hand dirtying.  If you’re not a handy person, you may want to get some assistance from a friend who is.  

Now that the formalities are out of the way, let’s get you building!

For starters, you’re going to need a wood pallet and a hammer.  You’ll also probably like to have some durable handyman gloves (to help protect you from some nasty splinters).  Otherwise, prepare to roll up your sleeves and get busy!

Repurposed Pallet Planter:

  1. Locate a pallet and begin to carefully dismantle it.  A framing hammer will help you tackle this task quickly and without destroying the pallet. The rip claw pulls apart the pallet and the extended grip provides you with leverage to make sure you keep the pallet wood all in one piece and able to be used for the project you are about to create.
  2. After the wood is separated and the nails have been removed, sort your wood into piles of 1" x 4"s and 2" X 4"s.
  3. 3. The 1" X 4" pieces are 4' long, so cut them in half to create 2' pieces. These will be the face of your planter, which will be a 2' square.
  4. With the 2’' x 4’' pieces of wood used as the corners, nail the 1’'x 4’'s up and around the entire box to face all sides of the planter. The framing hammer is lightweight and comfortable, ideal for pounding in the nails quickly and easily. The hammer is also designed to reduce the shock and vibration and the soft grip handle fits with the natural shape of your hand.
  5.  Once the sides of the repurposed pallet planter are in place, the last step is to create the base.  After the wood pieces have been nailed together, it is time to place the box on the porch and fill with live goods. Add in planting mix, a decorative shrub and even personalize this planter by adding your house number to the front. With a few simple steps, you have turned an old pallet into a unique and upcycled planter that will welcome people into your home!

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