Kids in the garden: DIY vertical wall pallet planter

You may have seen my last Kids in the garden post with a tutorial for origami newspaper pots?

If you did, then you'll know that me and the kids love getting stuck in with all things gardening.

Last year we were lucky enough to be given a ton of wooden pallets.

I say we were lucky, because it seems that something that was once  freely available are now sought after and can fetch a fair bit on eBay.

Pinterest is absolutely full of creative ways to use pallets in both your garden and home and I suspect opportunists have caught on to this.

P had already made me pallet seating towards the end of last summer (which I still need to add cushioning to) but we still had come left and I wanted some prettiness.

I had a browse on pinterest and decided I wanted a wall planter overflowing with colourful flowers.

How pretty are these ones?

If you are lucky enough to come across some pallets, here's how you and the kids can make your very own planter like ours.

You will need one full pallet and 3 planks of wood from another.

Stand the pallet up against your wall with the 3 stand out rows facing outwards (these will be your areas to plant in!) and screw to the wall securely.

To make your three planting areas, simply take your spare plank of wood and screw to the underside of each row.

I wanted my planter to be colourful to match the rest of the garden so I used up some waterproof paint I had lying around to paint each row in pastel shades. 

I only did one coat because I quite like it being a little rustic still.

The wood we screwed to the underside of the rows wasn't quite wide enough so we nailed some polythene to it to ensure the soil didn't just fall straight through!

LL loved getting involved in this part and being a 'proper workman with a hammer'!

Then it was time for LB to get planting!

We chose lots of different trailing plants to add variety and colour to our wall.

We are hoping with lots of sun and watering they will all start to bush out and trail over the sides.

It should look beautiful - I'll keep you updated!

And there we have it. 

Minimal effort and very low cost.

And most of all, we all really enjoyed getting stuck in with this mini project together and it kept us out of mischief for a few hours!


  1. It's gorgeous. We took some pallets from our local builders merchant, can you believe they burn them! We used them last year at our wedding. My dad made wooden crates out of them and I made a large sign. Sarah #WhateverTheWeather

  2. I wonder where we could get out hands on some pallets as this is just one of so many amazing things you can do with them. #whatevertheweather

  3. This is such a creative idea!!! There are so many uses for pallets aren't there. My hubby built a little playhouse for our daughter out of pallets a few weeks ago. #whatevertheweather

    1. Wow - clever hubby! That's far too skilled for P to manage just yet :-P

  4. WoW! Thats an amazing project! SOmething that would work here as I only have small terrace for my potted plants! Now I would be on the lookout for pallets =)


  5. This is so creative! What a wonderful idea. I love the colours of the pallets too and a great way to get the little ones involved. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatevertheweather x

  6. Oh I love this! It's so creative and pretty at the same time. We have used pallets for a couple of things (wall shelf unit inside and a shoe rack), but might need to make something like this with the next one we get hold of. Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather :) x


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