This post is sponsored by EcoScraps and Walmart. Regardless, all content and opinions are true to my experience with the product.
I am so excited that warmer weather is finally here, and so is my youngest daughter Isabella. She has been begging to plant flowers. With the way our rental house is landscaped, it isn’t really feasible for her to be able to plant a flower bed (aka mommy doesn’t have the energy to dig up and rope off an area of the house). Plus, since we rent, I don’t want her to have to leave it behind if we move. Rather than run out and buy a planter, I opted to create one out of pallets. I do have to say I am very thankful for my friend Jenn who is super handy because she helped create this. It was way easier to do than I thought it would be!
DIY Pallet Planter Box Supplies:
- 1 Pallet
- 12 1.5-inch wood screws
- Power drill
- Miter saw
- Outdoor paint *optional
- Paint roller *optional
- Eco Scraps Potting Soil
- Flowers to plant
DIY Pallet Planter Box Steps:
Separate the pallet. We used a hammer to act as a crowbar to separate the slants from the block (basically, take the long, flat wood off the top).
Using a hammer, remove any nails that remain in the wood. We found that standing the wood with the nail pointing down, then hammering softly on the wood beside the nail helped to push the nails from being flush with the wood. It made it easier to remove using the claw of the hammer.
We picked the most solid piece to be the bottom of our planter and then picked out the sides. We decided to go two slants high to give depth for the soil.
Using your miter saw, cut a slant to make the end of your box. Using a pencil, we measured ours to be one slant high and two slants wide, then cut along the pencil lines. You will need two of these pieces to create the ends of the pallet planter boxes.
Using a drill, assemble your planter boxes. Start with your base. Screw the end piece into one end by using one screw coming up through the underside of the base. Do that on the other end as well. Then, make the sides by screwing each long piece of wood to the end of the pallet. One screw through each side piece into the end piece will work. Do one slant on each side. Once both “bottom” long panels are secured on the piece, do a second “top” layer on each side by, again, using one screw through the side piece into the end piece.
Flip the box over and drill a screw into the middle of each side to further secure into place.
Now you can leave your planter box as is for a more rustic look. Just use EcoScraps potting soil and plant flowers and be done.
But Isabella wanted to paint ours and truly, the possibilities for decorations on this is endless. You could use stencils, hand prints, almost anything to put designs on it and make it a great gift!!
I was excited that we were able to pick up EcoScraps at Walmart. I looked online to compare the options to see what best fit our needs for our pallet planter box! It was super easy to do!! Plus, with us following up on Earth Day last month, my kids are still talking about what is important to our Earth, especially when it comes to our food waste.
Did You Know:
• Between 2011 and 2015, EcoScraps recycled 75 million pounds of food waste. The brand is matching that number in 2016 with projected recycling of another 75 million pounds of food waste – this time in just 12 months.
• Since 2010, EcoScraps has been working to be a part of the solution by reusing this waste and keeping it out of the landfills. The brand wants to make sustainability mainstream.
• Individuals can make a significant difference in the food waste crisis by just by simply changing shopping habits. Bagged salad, for instance, is one of the #1 foods wasted. Consider buying bagged salads only on the days you plan to use them.
• In the United States, we waste 40% of the food produced. That is enough to fill the Rose Bowl every day. It sits in landfills producing methane, which is 20X more harmful than CO2.
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