Introduction: DIY Outdoor Pallet Plant Shelf
I started this project because my family have an abundance of plants so we decided to buy a plant shelf. However, plant shelves are expensive and the delivery during this pandemic is another story all together. So, in order to keep busy and not waste any money we made not one, but two of these plant shelves. They not only increase space for your garden but they are surprisingly appealing and attractive considering how they are made of discarded items.
I use mine to place edible herbs and flowering plants. The plant shelf isn't too short so I can easily cut the herbs I need for cooking (I'll share some recipes if this gets more than 100 views). All the materials used in here are free or very cheap and are readily available almost everywhere.
The project is made of pallets and bricks! No adhesive required. As you may know, pallets are used to carry heavy items so they are more than capable to hold more than a dozen flower pots. The bricks are... well... bricks so I guess they're strong enough??? JK of couse they are!!!
I hope you enjoy my first instructable!!!
Step 1: Find Your Materials/tools
You will need:
- Whole wooden pallet (any number you like depending on your requirements)
btw Cut it into two if you want it to be taller, but it's your project so you can improvise to any other width you want eg. a whole pallet, this means you'll need more bricks.
ratio of wooden pallet to bricks; 1:2 OR 1:4
- A few or more bricks - any size will do as long as you have a matching pair
- A handy saw
- Gloves - in case of splinters by the pallet
Step 2: Build the Foundation
Position any amount of bricks at the bottom. I placed 2 smaller bricks at each corner of where the pallet will go on.
This done to prevent the wooden pallet coming into contact with water which may lead to rotting. it also prevents a very wet environment for the base of the plants which may eventually lead to root rot.
Step 3: First Storey...
Simply place 1 pallet (or in my case half a palllet) onto the foundation, that it fits nice and snug.
Step 4: Second Layer of Bricks
So here I used the larger brick type. I placed it at the end to create space for flower pots at the front. The holes in the bricks create nice crevices to place smaller plants needing shade. Or you could use it to store gardening tools!
Step 5: Second Storey!
Place the other pallet (or half a pallet) onto the second layer of bricks, ensuring it is stable. You don't want your flowerpots to fall!
Step 6: Add Your Plants!
Start adding your beloved plants! Correctamundo you're done. You can see its quite a jungle in this particular shelf. I put my Salvia rosmarinus (Rosemary), indian and thai jasmine flowers (not yet flowering as you can see), as well as my Ficus elastica (rubber plant). You've got to admit, it looks really good and the satisfaction is like...OMG, especially if you make it yourself (what are you waiting for? Go make it!)
I also made another one filled with CACTUS!!! (And the occasional common plant)
Participated in the
Recycled Speed Challenge