My DIY No Cost Large Planters From Pallets

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I wanted some larger planters for the yard and decided to DIY something. In contemplating lumber and what I wanted to do I remembered we had some old pallets! Bingo!

So I started by taking apart the pallets and getting the pallet boards ready to use.

Then I made 2 end panels like above.

I cut the end boards (legs) at 22" and the interior boards at 19", then I simply cut

a board to go across the top and bottom portion to screw them to and secure them.

Then I added a board across the top and bottom to make a box shape, and filled that in with more boards.

I went ahead and added a simple top, as well as a bottom on the inside to hold the dirt in. :0)

Next I chose to go ahead and paint them white.. however I really like the rustic look as well. (*I used a exterior fence/barn paint)

Here is a photo of them before/after paint..

(*I also chose to seal the interior of the planters as well as the underside/legs with poly)

The next thing I did was line the interior with heavy duty landscape fabric and my staple gun.

Then I just added my potting soil and planting my flowers.

Loving these! They are doing so well.

update pic: one month later

Here is a quick update photo of how they look after one month going through several spring storms.. so far I am really happy with them. (and the plants are doing great)

update pic: approx 7 weeks later

Here is another quick update on how the planter/plants are doing.

I thought you would enjoy seeing the progress. Have a blessed day!

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  • Lisa Lisa on Jun 24, 2019

    How is the white chalk paint holding up outside? Did you seal it? If so, what sealer did you use?

  • Lori Rouch Lori Rouch on Jun 24, 2019

    If i were to plant Succulents in it what kind of soil would i use?

  • Tammy Mayer Novak Tammy Mayer Novak on Jul 26, 2019

    Can you tell me again what fertilizer you use and then the 2nd additive you used before planting your flowers and plants?

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  • Sassycoupleok Sassycoupleok on Jun 18, 2020

    Great idea, simple to do and a very nice repurposing of old wood. THX for sharing.

  • Bonnie Bonnie on Jun 18, 2020

    My brother made me one similar to this. I set a pot inside mine to keep it lighter and put wheels on the legs so I can roll it around to different places.