Learn to Make a Pallet Garden in 5 Easy Steps

Apparently this summer I am all about DIY’s using wood pallet’s. Before summer officially started I wanted to finish our patio and make it more homey. Even though I am notorious for killing plants, I have always wanted to have my own little garden. I had one extra pallet left over from my DIY pallet day bed (Check out my last post) so I thought what better way to recycle the pallet than to use it as a garden. Continue reading if you want to learn how to make a garden out of a wood pallet in just 5 easy steps.


Step 1: Find the perfect wood pallet for what you’re looking for. In my last blog post, I talked about luckily having a friend that had a few extra so I didn’t have to do much searching to find myself a pallet. The fun thing about this is every pallet is different so you will have your own unique pallet garden.

Step 2: Take off some of the horizontal wood slats. Figure out how you want your garden to look before doing so. Some pallets you might be able to skip this step. I wanted two rows of plants, but my pallet had too many slats so I had Alex take off the second and fourth slat.

Step 3: Paint the horizontal slats either with an awesome color or chalkboard paint like I did. I used chalkboard paint so I could label whichever plants and herbs I planted.

Step 4: You will need some burlap or weed blocker. This is what will hold your soil and plants into place. I went to Home Depot and picked up some burlap because I liked that look better. Cut the burlap a little bigger than the width of the wood slat that way you will be able to build a pocket for the soil and plants. You can always cut the length and width after. Use a staple gun and tightly staple the burlap onto the back of the pallet and the bottom of the pocket onto the back of the horizontal wood slaps. Make sure you do this tightly or else it might sag and break with the weight of the soil.


Step 5: Add the soil and plants and you’re good to go! I had a bunch of succulent trimmings so I added all of those to the bottom of the pallet. The top portion of the pallet I added more plants and herbs like Aloe, Basil, Oregano, and Rosemary.

We also had this ugly patch of dirt on our patio so we bought some sod to cover it up and give our pups a nice little place to do their business, which they love. Emma loves it too. Now let’s see if I can keep these plants alive.


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