I was scoping out Craig’s List recently, looking for a new project. I happen to come across a pile of free pallets, and I was thrilled to pick them up. I have had this Pallet Planter and Privacy Screen idea in mind for quite some time, just needed the right materials to make it all happen!
The idea came to me last summer. We were walking through some side streets of Chicago and I notice a number of outdoor cafes that had privacy screen type planters along the street. Not only were they beautiful, but they were made from simple materials.
The plantings were simple as well, I love the look of ferns or other leafy green plants for privacy. As lovely as these planters are, I had a simpler solution, to make them out of pallets.
I brought home 2 full size pallets for each privacy screen, plus a few half pieces to use for extra wood here and there. I also picked up a 30″ plastic planter box at the local home improvement center, along with an 8 ft. 2″ X 6″ and some 4″ coated screws for assembly.
The 2 x 6 was cut into 6 7/8″ pieces, 3 for each side of the planter.
The pallet was marked along the edge 4″ from the side for even assembly. We also had a broken board or two on the pallets. These were removed and replaced with boards from one of the half size scrap pallets that I brought home.
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 planting box to slide in.
We used a 6″ screw driver extension to reach between the boards and screw the pieces together. After we put 2 screws in each one on this side, we turned the pallet sandwich over and screwed the other side together for extra durability.
The planter box fit right into the top.
You can see how the three side pieces of 2 x 6 hold the two pallets together.
I like the height of the pallets for privacy, it will work great on our patio area to screen us from the neighbors.
I dug out my handy paint sprayer and went to work painting the 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. 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. The planting will have to wait!
I have 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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