Picture of How to Make a Better Strawberry Pallet Planter
Over the past year I've come across scores of diy pallet projects, some of them intriguing and others not quite there yet but still having potential. One that I see time and again is the idea of using a single wooden pallet as a strawberry planter. Filled with soil and with plants inserted in the gaps they're usually leaned up against a wall but sometimes bolted on to keep from tumbling over. It's a clever idea but I've steered away from trying it myself because I suspect that they'll require constant watering and erosion control and also because I'm not convinced that they'll work long term. Almost every image I've found of pallet planters look to be newly planted rather than a tried and tested design.

Still I was interested in the idea and with the gift of eight pristine wooden pallets, I started scouring the internet looking for alternative tutorials. Ones that offered increased stability, more soil capacity and better aesthetics. Eventually, after finding nothing that really jumped out at me, I came to the conclusion that I'd have to come up with my own design. After thinking about the process for this post I'm quite sure that anyone who is comfortable using a hammer and hand-saw could complete this project too. Though I'll be honest and say it's much easier if you have a jigsaw and a few other extra tools.

For this project you will need the following materials:
- A suitable pallet as described in the next two steps
- A hand-saw or jigsaw
- Electric drill or hammer
- Two sizes of screws and nails - approx. lengths 4 cm (1-1/2") and 8cm (3")

- Heavy duty chisel/wedge and iron mallet
- Non-toxic paint and paintbrush
How do you fill the planter? I see straw but what else and in what order?

Lovely Greens (author)  BlasterMcDoogle2 years ago
Please visit my blog post on the project for planting information: http://www.lovelygreens.com/2013/05/how-to-make-better-strawberry-pallet.html
alyssa.hays6 months ago

I can't thank you enough for this guide! I just sourced a nearly endless supply of pallets and was trying to determine what I could use for which projects. Thank you thank you thank you!

GaRcia11 year ago
Looks awesome! Will try to make this in the upcoming weeks
LP21 year ago

Fantastic ! Thank you. I now have my summer Project.

rloco11 year ago

thank you very much, i realy like this planter. this was exactly where i was looking for.

ntp232 years ago
Best how to pick a pallet tutorial I've seen. Nice work.
oldwrench2 years ago
I appreciate all the thought that has gone into a planter made out of what is basically scrap lumber. What I don't see is just how you isolate and plants all levels. I do see the straw in a photo and wire mesh in the bottom. I guess because of being new to this type of thing, it isn't all clear to me. A clarification please.
Lovely Greens (author)  oldwrench2 years ago
It's pretty simple...there are instructions on my blog.
teenytinynj2 years ago
A great idea. I will be looking forward to doing this soon. Hope tonight is our last freeze! Thank you for sharing.
Love this, now to find some pallets. I always get there after they are gone...
you too?
Lovely Greens (author)  nmdispatchlady2 years ago
It seems like there's always a few lying around JUST when you don't need them ;)
ArticAkita2 years ago
Pets4me2 years ago
This article is excellent not only for gardner's that want to save space, but all of the info on pallets is truly helpful!
miguipda2 years ago

sincerely thanks for the quality of your explanations.
A good explanation on the safety pallet and last but not least a really precise explanation on how to cut it get it as a perfect box.

Have a nice day and let us know if you still have other instructables of this quality ;-)

Miguipda ;-)
Lovely Greens (author)  miguipda2 years ago
I have other diy's on my blog and am thinking of putting them on here as well.

Thanks for sharing this rather helpful bit of information, on top of the nifty strawberry planter.
Lovely Greens (author)  Dominic Bender2 years ago
You're welcome :)
SO cool!!
And yes! Excellent info on the markings! That's a great thing to share. This is so nice. Well done!
Lovely Greens (author)  FuzzyBearGeek2 years ago
You're welcome :)
rfakhre2 years ago
Really like the simplicity of this project in that it could be done without much more than just the pallet itself and some hand tools. thanks for sharing.
Lovely Greens (author)  rfakhre2 years ago
You don't even need a ruler :)
mainah2 years ago
To keep the wood from rotting prematurely a big box store (HD) sell a paint and stain called Ecowood and is is claim to not have a chemical base. I'have ordered some and give it a try.I hate to rebuild something every other year. LOL
Lovely Greens (author)  mainah2 years ago
Great to know!
mdeblasi12 years ago
Would you mind if I share the pallet info marking image on my facebook page?
I can do it any way you like,
With a link back to here, with your name, with a link to your fb page.
I'd just like my friends to have this information and your form is so simple and clear.
Lovely Greens (author)  mdeblasi12 years ago
Absolutely :) And you're welcome to send the link to the original post on my blog if you'd like. There's more information on there for planting the planter up with strawberries:

Carmasclar2 years ago
If you sealed the wood before you planted anything would that stop any chemicals getting into the plants?
Lovely Greens (author)  Carmasclar2 years ago
I doubt it.,,
GrissleFist2 years ago
Great info on the pallet markings. I had no idea!
Lovely Greens (author)  GrissleFist2 years ago
A lot of people don't...I only know because of a bad experience of eating food cooked on a fire using pallet wood. It made me really sick and prompted the investigation. Through a builder friend I also heard that in less developed countries chemical compounds that include arsenic are also used though I wasn't able to find any legitimate references to that online.
I know that pressure treated wood use to contain arsenic here in the US but supposedly it does not anymore. Now, supposedly it has a copper based treatment. Anyway, thanks again for the great info.
Very very nice. Well done
Lovely Greens (author)  coolbeansbaby682 years ago
Thanks :)
mortagaz2 years ago
Cool stuff
Did you do any post build sanding, staining or sealing?

Any idea what it weighs when filled with dirt?

Again, awesome idea. I anyways assumed I would completely disassemble my pallets before building things. This opens up a bunch of idea doors for me.
Lovely Greens (author)  mortagaz2 years ago
I've got more photos of planting it up on my blog at the below URL. Not sure how much it weights but it's still able to be moved around if you've got two people :)

Blog link