I recently came across a pile of free pallets on Craigslist and I knew the perfect way to use them. I have had this Pallet Planter and Privacy Screen in mind for quite some time, I was finally able to bring it to life and I love the final outcome!
Pallet Planter and Privacy Screen
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The idea came to me last summer. We were walking through some side streets in Chicago and I notice a number of outdoor cafes that had privacy screen planters along the street. Not only were they beautiful, but they were made using simple materials.
The plantings themselves were simple as well. Ferns or other similar leafy plants are perfect for privacy. I decided I’d like to have something similar for our home one day.
Fast forward a few months, I had not forgotten about these planters. When I came across a pile of free pallets on Craigslist, I knew they would be the perfect material for this low budget project!
- 2 full size pallets for each privacy screen (Plus a few half pieces to use for extra wood here and there.)
- 30″ plastic planter box
- 8 ft. 2″ x 6″
- 4″ coated screws
- electric drill
- circular saw
- large ferns or other plants to provide privacy
First cut the 2″ x 6″ into (6) 7/8″ pieces, 3 for each side of the planter.
Next, mark the pallet wood along the edge 4″ from the side for even assembly. We also had a broken board or two on the pallets. We removed the broken boards and replaced them with boards from one of the smaller scrap pallets.
Assemble the pallets in sandwich style, using the pieces of 2″ x 6″ at the top, middle, and bottom side areas. Be sure to line your pieces up evenly before you screw them together. The gap that is left in the middle is just the right size for the planting box to slide in.
We assembled the pallets in sandwich style, using the pieces of 2 x 6 at the top, middle side and bottom side areas. Be sure all pieces are lined up before you screw them together. The gap in the middle is made just the right size for the planter box to easily slide in.
Using a 6″ screw driver extension to reach between the boards, screw the pieces together. Use 2 screws in each one, then turn the pallet sandwich over and screw the other side together for extra durability.
Here is a helpful sideview to see how the three pieces of 2″ x 6″ hold the pallets together.
I’m very happy with the height of the pallets. It will look beautiful in our backyard while still giving us a bit of privacy from the neighbors.
I was originally planning on painting the pallets by hand, but after assembly I realized that that would be tricky task. I dug out may handy paint sprayer and went to work painting the finished planter.
We had some storms come in and I was only able to get a one coat of paint on it. I will repost more pictures when the weather clears, although I may decide to leave the more rustic look. We will see how I feel about it once it’s dry.
Summer can’t come soon enough! I was really tempted to buy some ferns at the store, but it is too early to plant things out in our zone 4-5 climate. I wanted to get a good final picture to share so I stuck these tulips in the planter as a temporary filler…then back inside they will go. The real planting will have to wait a few more months!
(I’ve also seen planters similar to this one used as a small herb garden. Although this wouldn’t provide as much privacy, I love the idea of using the space for something you can use in the kitchen!)
I still have enough materials for another planter and will finish it soon. Since this was so easy to assemble, I think I can manage to do it all by myself and surprise my husband. We will see!
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