When summer rolls around, all I want to do is surround myself with flowers and other greenery. Though I have a vegetable garden, perennial bed, and planters upon planters of herbs, I felt I was still lacking in the flower department. This quick and easy DIY helped solve that problem and gave me a cute way to display some punchy plant color without shelling out big bucks for large flower planters.
Here’s how you can make your own pallet planter.
Tools and materials
- Wood stain
- Paint and water
- Paint brush
- Steel hanger strap (I used 3/4″ x 10′)
- Wood screws
- Pots with flowers and herbs
Step 1. Wipe down your pallet and sand any rough patches if necessary.
Step 2. Apply stain. Let dry and apply a second coat. Bruce Struve, of Struve’s Paint & Decorating, recommends using an exterior stain or paint, as it with resist weathering. And as an added bonus, you don’t need to varnish the finished piece.
Step 3. Create a wash of paint. In a small container, mix about 1/4 cup paint (I used leftover gray paint from an old project) with 2-3 tablespoons of water. Mix well until the paint thins.
Step 4. Use the paint wash to paint your palette.
Step 5. Let sit for 2-3 minutes, then, while still wet, come back with a rag and wipe the paint off. Remove as much or little as you want, creating a distressed/whitewashed look. Let dry completely.
Step 6. Decide how you want your planters to sit on the palette. Make small marks where each should be. This will guide your next steps.
Step 7. Take your steel and measure around each of your pots (especially if you have different sized pots), making sure to leave some overlap.
Step 8. Screw the steel to the pallet in 2-3 places where you made one of your pot markers. This makes a more secure hold for the pots. Repeat as many times as needed to fill your palette with pots.
Step 10. Place your pallet outside, add your pots and enjoy even more flowers all summer long!
Outdoor project tips
Bruce Struve, owner of Struve’s Paint & Decorating, has some tips to help your outdoor DIY projects last longer.
- Use exterior stain. “They protect the wood, (and) you don’t have to maintain them,” he says.
- Don’t use varnish. “Varnish is subject to maintenance,” he says. “It looks good for the first year but if it’s not properly taken care of, it will come off.”
- If you want color, think about how it will age. “White is going to look bad quicker. If it’s not maintained it’s going to get black spots,” he says.
- Paint all sides of the wood. This will help the piece weather evenly all around, instead of letting water seep in from the unpainted back and causing problems on the front.