This DIY pallet wood planter box is the perfect summer outdoor project!
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!
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 for the garden!
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 designed my garden, and then patiently reminded me that I have to water them to keep them alive….Thanks, mom. 😉
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.
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.
Next, we cut four pallet wood pieces that were the exact same length, and nailed them to the 2 L-shaped end pieces.
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.
I gave this pallet wood planter a few coats of polycrylic sealer to make it as water-proof as possible.
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!
You can join us in the summer celebration by using the hashtag #summercelebration on Instagram!