How to make a planter box out of a pallet

Updated April 17, 2017

Pallets are used for different purposes in the garden, including being transformed into planters boxes that are square, rectangular or triangular in shape. The pallet wood takes on a rustic look over time, making them perfect for a country garden. Planters made from old pallets will work well in the garden, or up on a patio. Wherever a planter is desired. These planters will hold flowers, herbs and other produce, making them a desirable part of any type of garden.

Draw up rough plans for the planter that you want to build. Look for a pallet that consists of good, sturdy wood rather than the cheap alternative. Take the pallet apart using the claw part of a hammer, putting the nails aside to be reused. Decide on the size of the planter. Measure out and mark the pallet wood. Cut the wood to the desired size. Sand the ends of each piece of wood, as well as any rough spots.

Lay two sturdy pieces of pallet wood on a flat surface, and nail wood over them to make the bottom of the planter. Be sure to line the wood pieces up evenly and straight, but do not worry about adding a frame around the finished product. Be sure the edges are sanded smooth so that you do not injure yourself while working.

Build the walls. Do this by nailing four of the pallet pieces together, nailing them end to end. Create these until you have enough to bring the sides of the planter to the height that you want. Attach the first part to the bottom of the planter by driving nails down through the lower part of the four sides into the bottom piece. Add the rest of the pieces by gluing them into place. Allow to dry before continuing.

Nail a pallet piece to either end of each side of the planter walls. Do this in a vertical manner to the outside of the planter, to hold the pallet wood together and create sturdy walls. Consider whether or not you want to nail another piece of wood to the top of each wall to form a decorative top. Hammer these into place flat.

Paint or stain the planter, if desired, or leave it the way it is so that the weather will be able to give the planter a rustic look over time. Consider stencilling designs onto the planter for a decorative touch, whether you paint the planter or not. Let the planter dry thoroughly before planting.

Things You'll Need

  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Measuring tape
  • Marking pencil
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Paint or stain
  • Brushes
  • Stencils
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Shannon Buck is a freelance writer residing in the small town of Milford, Maine. Her work has appeared on several sites including, where she writes The Green Mom column. She has written on many subjects including home improvement, gardening, low-income living, writing and homeschooling.