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How to make a DIY Mini Pallet Planter Stand from repurposed wood pallets

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  This past winter I’ve been collecting wood pallets. I need a few weathered pieces of board for this new project I'm about to start. I found this awesome piece of wall art on Pinterest that I've been dying to make. Since the weather started warming up a bit I decided to take inventory on my stash of pallets. As it turns out I've accumulated way more than I need for this wall decor piece. You might say I've taken wood pallet hoarding to a new level.  I decided to come up with a new project.
  I was starting to get my yard ready for spring and remembered the planters I had on my lawn last year. I needed to make something to put on my lawn to "anchor" them on the ground and give the planters a more organic feel. I knew just what to do. I would disassemble the larger pallets and turn them into mini pallets. Keep reading and I'll show you exactly what you need to do...

DIY Wood Pallet Plant Planter Container stand

  • Hand saw or circular saw
  • Wood Pallets*
  • 1x2x8 furring strips
  • Hammer and crowbar
  • Medium 80-120grit and (optional) extra fine 220grit sandpaper
  • Reciprocating saw *optional

If you have a reciprocating saw taking apart a pallet is super simple. There are actually a bunch of great tutorials on Youtube. Unfortunately my saw is currently not cooperating. And by that I mean it's either A) completely broken or B) I just don’t know how to use it... I’m betting on B.  Anyway I decide to just go at it the old fashioned way using a hammer and crow bar. 
So as it turns out, wood pallets are made a little bit stronger than they appear. Those suckers are definitely build to last. Fortunately I discovered that it’s not as difficult if you go about it the right way. Here is a great video showing you different options for disassembling a pallet.

Ok so now that you have a few good pieces of wood from your pallet you’re ready to begin. 

You need 5 pieces of pallet board each 12" long. You'll also need 3 pieces of 1x2 each 13" long....you can find them near the 2x4s and are sometimes referred to as furring strips. They're very inexpensive (about $2) Make sure you sand off any splintering pieces of wood. If you want your mini pallet to have a more refined look you can follow up with a finer 220 grit sandpaper

I designed this quick and easy printable to take with you outdoors for reference. For most PCs you simply right click on the image and  choose Save or Print.

Last year I had the planters right on the lawn and I didn't really like the way they looked. They needed an anchor, something to tie them into the lawn and look like they belong there. This year I think they'll be perfect. These mini pallets are going to do just the trick. Now I just need to get my lawn back in shape. I found Scotts® Turf Builder® Weed & Feed at Walmart  while I was there picking up some some sandpaper. I figured I'd better pick up a bag while I was there. You can't miss them, they're right in aisles in special displays as well as in the garden department.

  I like the one in the yellow bag called Weed & Feed. What makes this specific Turf Builder® my favorite is that you apply it now as opposed to traditional feeding in the fall. It gets rid of the weeds you see starting to sprout up. It also stops new ones by growing thicker grass to crowd them out. Best of all is that one bag covers up to 5,000 square ft. Now it will only be a matter of time before I can sit back and admire my planter pallet and my beautiful lawn!

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 *When looking for wood pallets first try local independently owned hardware stores. Often times they have to pay someone to take away their shipping pallets so they'll welcome the chance to give you a few. Also don't be afraid to try the big box stores such as Lowe's or Home Depot. Each store’s policies vary but generally if you ask someone in the outdoor department or customer service they’re more than happy to let you take a few at no cost.


  1. This is such a fun idea! I am definitely going to have to try this! (client)

  2. Yes it's pretty easy to make also! Be sure to post if you try it, I'd love to see!