Upcycling Made Easy: Create a Beautiful Pallet Planter Box in 6 Steps

Pallet Planter Box
Make a pallet planter box for beautiful cascading flowers!

Here’s another easy project that will bring more colour and life to your home! With just one day of DIY magic, you can create a unique pallet planter box that will become your yard’s show-stopping centrepiece.

This easy DIY project is the perfect way to add some charm to your outdoor space. By simply drilling 2-inch holes into the panels of a pallet planter box, you can create a beautiful pallet planter box that is perfect for cascading flowers.

This endeavour is uncomplicated and demands only a small selection of tools and materials, rendering it an ideal choice for beginners in DIY. Dedicate a bit of your time and energy, and you’ll soon possess a captivating planter box that will infuse charm and visual appeal into your yard or patio.

It’s a really easy pallet project that anybody can build. You don’t even have to worry about making the planter look very pretty. When your flowers have fully grown, the entire flower box will be unseen and all you will see is a seeming explosion of colours. 😉

Tiered Pallet Garden Bed

When it comes to filling out your pallet planter basket, Wave Petunias are always a great option. But don’t feel like you’re limited to just these flowers – other cascading varieties can work well too, as can regular petunias. Just make sure to pack the soil in tightly so that your plants have plenty of support.

Explore various plant combinations to discover what suits your preferences, and savour the splendour of your handcrafted pallet planter box!

Talking about pallets – when it comes to creating your very own pallet planter box, safety is key! Don’t let toxic pallets ruin your plant party – choose wisely.

KING BIRD 101" x 36" x 24" Galvanized Raised Garden Bed

If you are unsure how to distinguish safe from toxic pallets, there are a few key things to look for. Toxic pallets are usually made from treated wood that has been infused with chemicals.

These chemicals have the potential to seep into the soil and, eventually, make their way into your plants. Conversely, safe pallets are constructed from untreated wood. Ensure you can discern between safe and toxic pallets.

If you can’t get your hands on some vintage pallets or you’re unsure of their origin, fear not! You can always opt for pine or cedar timber. Strut boldly, for these robust materials can bear your weight with class!

Though pine might seem like a promising option for your upcoming woodworking endeavour, it’s worth noting that if durability is your priority, pine may not be your top choice. It’s no secret that pine is more susceptible to decay and annoying bugs. In contrast, cedar represents a sturdier alternative that will provide greater longevity.

This flower box is not just an easy project you can do for your yard, it is also a great DIY gift idea you can make for your friends and family! With just a few supplies and some simple instructions, you can create a beautiful and personalized gift that will be cherished for years to come.

Is this pallet planter box going to be your next weekend project?

Land Guard Galvanized Raised Garden Bed Kit

How to Make a DIY Pallet Planter Box

Ready to breathe life into your garden with a dash of rustic elegance? This project is your ticket to creating a striking focal point in your outdoor space while upcycling pallets into a flourishing haven for your favourite plants.

Unlocking the secrets of transforming reclaimed wood into a stunning garden masterpiece! Start with knowing the perfect materials for the DIY pallet planter box.


  • Old Pallets
  • 2 1/2″ Wood Screws
  • 1 1/4″ Wood Screws
  • Potting Mix
  • Soil Moist
  • Weed Guard
  • Packing Peanuts (optional, as filler)


  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil Marker
  • Circular Saw
  • Cordless Drill (with 2″ Hole Saw)
  • Shovel

Here are other pallet planter ideas you can build for your garden:

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Tiered Pallet Garden Bed

Pallet Strawberry Planter

Pallet Herb Garden

Pallet Wheelbarrow Planter


Step 1: Choose and Prepare the Pallet

  • Select a pallet that’s in good condition, ensuring it’s free from chemicals. Mark the dimensions you desire for your planter box on the pallet. Use the circular saw to cut along these marks, separating the pallet into three sections: one for the back and two for the sides.

Step 2: Create the Planter Box Frame

  • Assemble the pallet sections into a rectangular frame, securing them with 2 1/2″ wood screws. This forms the basic structure of your planter box.

Step 3: Add a Weed Guard

  • Line the interior of the planter box with a weed guard to prevent unwanted growth. Trim any excess material as needed.

Step 4: Drill Drainage Holes

  • Using the cordless drill and 2″ hole saw attachment, create drainage holes in the bottom of the planter box. These holes will help maintain proper soil moisture levels.

Step 5: Fill and Plant

  • Begin by adding a layer of packing peanuts (optional) to the bottom of the planter box for drainage and to reduce the amount of potting mix needed. Combining some potting mix with Soil Moist and watch your precious plants thrive with hydrated delight. Plant your chosen flowers or herbs, ensuring they’re well-spaced and properly arranged.

Step 6: Enjoy Your Pallet Planter

  • Your DIY pallet planter box is now ready to grace your garden or patio. Water your plants as needed and watch them thrive in this rustic and eco-friendly planter box. Enjoy the beauty and charm it brings to your outdoor space!

Now, you have not just a planter but a beautiful pallet planter box that effortlessly combines rustic charm with practicality. This eco-friendly creation is not only a testament to your DIY skills but also a stunning addition to your garden or patio.

Special thanks to Amy at Her Tool Belt for sharing invaluable ideas on how to build a DIY pallet planter box!

Upcycled Haven

Unlock the magic of upcycling. The step-by-step tutorial takes you on a journey of transformation, turning old pallets into a rustic garden centrepiece. With just a few materials and some creative flair, you’ll craft a stunning planter box that not only adds a touch of eco-friendly elegance to your outdoor space but also provides a nurturing home for your favourite plants.

Embrace the art of sustainability and gardening in perfect harmony with this DIY pallet planter box that’s as rewarding as it is visually captivating.



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