DIY Pallet Wood Planter Box {Summer Celebration 2015!}

It hardly seems possible that Chelsea, from Making Home Base, and I are co-hosting our third annual Summer Celebration!  We’ve invited some new and old blogging friends to join us in a three-day celebration of summer crafting and DIYing.  Over the next three days, 18 bloggers will be sharing their best summer DIYs!

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My Summer Celebration projects seem to follow a theme: planters.

For my first Summer Celebration project, I made this three-tiered summer planter.  Last year, I created these repurposed summer planters.  This year, I stuck with the theme and created a pallet wood planter box!

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It’s funny that I keep making planters, as I am NOT a green thumb.  At all.  My mom came over to my house to plant all of my flowers for me, and then patiently reminded me that I have to water them to keep them alive….Thanks, mom. 😉

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To make this pallet wood planter, I started with a rectangular plastic planter box.  I figured that it would be easier to build the wood planter around the plastic planter, rather than build the wood planter, then try to find something to fit inside of it.

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Making the planter was a pretty simple 2-step process.  First, we built two L-shaped end pieces that would support the plastic planter from underneath.  We used a brad nailer to nail the pieces together.

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Next, we cut four pallet wood pieces that were the exact same length, and nailed them to the 2 L-shaped end pieces.

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The shot above shows what the pallet wood planter box looks like from the bottom, and how the longer pieces of pallet wood are nailed to the end L-shaped pieces.  You can also see that this is a very “imperfect” piece.  When you’re using old pallet wood, you just have to accept that the wood is going to be full of imperfections…which is fine with me!

  I created some vinyl stencils using my Silhouette Cameo. Then, I painted over the stencils, and over the entire piece.  I used a dry-brush technique because I wanted the piece to look rustic and worn.  When I peeled the vinyl letters off, the original wood was left showing, which creates a cool wood lettering look.

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I gave this pallet wood planter a few coats of polycrylic sealer to make it as water-proof as possible.

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I love the way this planter looks on my newly made-over deck, which I’ll be sharing later in the week!


I’m not the only summer-ready blogger!  Be sure to check out these amazing projects this week as part of our Summer Celebration Series!

Monday, June 1 Collage

1. Making Home Base 2. House By Hoff 3. Life on Virgina Street

4. Everyday Enchanting 5. The Happy Housie 6. Tell Love and Chocolate

Tuesday, June 2 Collage1. Rain on A Tin Roof 2. The Blissful Bee 3. The Turquoise Home
4. Just A Girl and Her Blog 5. View From The Fridge 6. making it in the mountains

Wednesday, June 3 Collage

1. Bless’er House 2. Delineate Your Dwelling 3. Maison de Pax

4.Up to Date Interiors 5. The Wood Grain Cottage 6. Migonis Home

You can join us in the summer celebration by using the hashtag #summercelebration on Instagram!

Happy Summer!




You can join us in the summer celebration by using the hashtag #summercelebration on Instagram!  We’d love to see your summer projects!

Happy Summer!

I’m linking up at:  Thrifty Decor Chick, Furniture Feature Friday


  1. says

    Love it friend! Matt just planted a bunch of stuff in a raised garden bed. We moved in on Friday and by Sunday his garden was DONE. You can see where his priorities are. I’ve been begging for a small herb planter. I’m just going to make my own now that you’ve showed me how easy it is! <3

    • April Hoff says

      Thank you, Ronnda! I used some left-over chalk paint by American Accents, and a dry brush technique is basically just dipping the end of your bristles into the paint, dabbing off the excess, then “dry brushing” you piece. It’s a great technique to use when you want a weathered finish!

  2. says

    Hi, April ~ This is such a cute project! I’ve been saving up for a Cameo and am getting really impatient to get my own after seeing so many fun summer projects. Maybe I should stay off of Pinterest for awhile…nah, I’ll suffer through the frustration. :0) Thanks for sharing!

  3. says

    It’s darling April! I have a plastic rectangle planter that could definitely use a planter box. I never thought I had a green thumb but I think it’s near impossible to kill plants out here in the sub tropics. lol


  1. […] This Wooden Planter will make a great gift for someone who loves to recieve gardening gifts. This project  is easy enough for the beginner woodworker and the step by step tutorial is easy to follow. This project costs very little as it is made from wood pallets. This tutorial also shows you how to transfer vinyl letters onto wood. Follow the link for the tutorial; […]

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