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Picture of Pallet Planter
Use pallets to make planters or plant pots.

Step 1: Basic Frame

Picture of Basic Frame
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The worst bit is first. Take apart a few pallets and de-nail them. I used a Pallet Reclamation Bar.

Cut 4 legs the same length.
Cut 8 side bars to the length you'd like the width of your planter.
 
rustrocket84 made it!11 months ago

Miter saw, sander, and a little time. I used all pallet wood, and left over stained wood from a previous loft bed I built for my daughters. End result is a nice planter box that will be getting a bird of paradise in it before too long. I built it the frame 18"x18". Used some left over roofing nails that were still in the coil nailer and pow. Done lickety split. Through this in for good measure and since there is a couple of pallets worth of these at my house. http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Brick-Planter-Box/

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jsakutu1 year ago
I'd also suggest spraying the work with some water repellent to give the wood some 'extra' life - great with any outdoor project, after which you might consider painting (if desired)
if you think about a tub or liner before you start you can be sure your tub is covered because you can build it to size. measure twice cut once... ;)
sladek (author)  spectaculareyedcat2 years ago
Totally agree, all that wasted space between the tub and the wood is a waste and makes it unnecessarily big
Devenger2 years ago
If you used something as simple as a thick Heafty bag as an inside liner, you could fill it with dirt without a real problem. At least as long as you were planting flowers or some such and not a tree, as the root system would most likely puncture the bag before long.

Otherwise I would recommend something like an old scrap from a swimming pool liner and caulk, if you want to save some money. A rubber membrane can be bought new at most Lowes and Home Depot stores too, if that is hard to come by.
spylock2 years ago
Very nice job,like the pine tree also,looks like someone knows a little about pruning,
@peterbryenton, I was about to say the same thing. I cannot believe I didn't know such things existed! I use a crowbar and rubber mallet when I take them apart, works pretty well. Nice instructable!
Good to see reclaimed wood being used. Please would you add a photo of your pallet reclamation bar? I have never seen one.
sladek (author)  peterbryenton2 years ago
Coincidence: I made a video demonstrating it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpLZgPt_K_k
Thank you.
racoontnn2 years ago
Very timely project! With the arrival of spring, many owners of summer cottages want to hide your rusty barrels, here in handy this project.
foobear2 years ago
gorgeous pretty!
Gareth01232 years ago
Nice project!
sladek (author)  Gareth01232 years ago
Small World Gareth! I bought the tool I used to dismantle these pallets from you last August!
Eye Poker2 years ago
Make sure you know where your pallets come from and don't use one's labeled MB.

http://www.organicauthority.com/sanctuary/repurposed-wood-pallet-toxic.html
sladek (author)  Eye Poker2 years ago
Apart from rot, this is why I have separated the wood from the soil by use of a container as I know that some of these pallets were treated with methyl bromide.
This is totally adorable! I love it! Thank you so much for posting this project.