Re-Purposed Pallet Planter Project

By: Chris Lambton from
Re-Purposed Pallet Planter Project
Re-Purposed Pallet Planter Project
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Pallets are easy to find and often sit unused for long periods of time. This re-purposed planter provides a touch of green to your porch while upcycling an old pallet. This environmentally friendly DIY project creates a practical planter perfect for a green lifestyle. These planter box plans are budget-friendly with most materials available in your home. Your exterior will be livelier than ever with plants adorning your entryway. You can customize your planter with house numbers to display your address clearly and add decorative flair.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueRepurposing


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Nails
  • Pallet
  • Planting mix
  • Shrub of choice
  • Metal house numbers
  • IsoCore™ 22 oz Milled-face Framing Hammer (16")


  1. Locate a pallet and begin to carefully dismantle it. The IsoCore™ 22 oz. Framing Hammer will help you tackle this task quickly and without destroying the pallet. The rip claw pulls apart the pallet and the extended grip provides you with leverage to make sure you keep the pallet wood all in one piece and able to be used for the project you are about to create.

  2. After the wood is separated and the nails have been removed, sort your wood into piles of 1" x 4"s and 2" X 4"s.

  3. The 1" X 4" pieces are 4' long, so cut them in half to create 2' pieces. These will be the face of your planter, which will be a 2' square.

  4. With the 2’' x 4’' pieces of wood used as the corners, nail the 1’'x 4’'s up and around the entire box to face all sides of the planter. The framing hammer is lightweight and comfortable, ideal for pounding in the nails quickly and easily. The hammer is also designed to reduce the shock and vibration and the soft grip handle fits with the natural shape of your hand.

  5. Once the sides of the repurposed pallet planter are in place, the last step is to create the base.  After the wood pieces have been nailed together, it is time to place the box on the porch and fill with live goods. Add in planting mix, a decorative shrub and even personalize this planter by adding your house number to the front. With a few simple steps, you have turned an old pallet into a unique and upcycled planter that will welcome people into your home!

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