Meandering around my neighborhood with my baby in tow, I’ve spotted a pallet or two at numerous homes. Even the “neat” and “tidy” people seem to have one or two propped up against their garage door with a purpose in mind. Pallets get a ton of use in gardening, not only as unique planters but also re-purposed into raised beds. They make stellar planters for herbs and even some veggies like cucumbers, peppers and lettuce. But first, I want to highlight my favorite use for a recycled pallet. Shovel and spade storage. Yup. You can’t beat it. In what seemed like less than five minutes, Tom turned a pallet into a storage rack for my tools and I love it. Simple yet profound, I now have one central place in my garage to store all my handled tools. It looks great and functions even better. It’s wonderful not to waste time looking for the tool I want. But I have lots of ideas of how you can use pallets now. Pictures included to inspire you today because to some extent, aren’t we all visual learners? Let me know what you think you’d try first!
How do you get free pallets?
Free pallets are everywhere if you know where to look. Businesses get all sorts of shipments on them and are constantly purging the excess pallets. So on garbage day, keep your eyes peeled. Homeowners who get building shipments in also might have a few they put out on garbage day. This is where we got our pallets. The neighbors were remodeling and got supplies on two pallets that I swiped before the garage trucks could whisk away.
We live about two minutes from a pool store. They are always throwing out pallets. And pallets can be so useful for various DIY projects. Don’t you think?
The Internet can be a treasure trove for pallet seekers. Go to Craigslist and type in “free pallets” and see what comes up. Or google free pallets. You’re sure to find some without much effort. Of course, asking friends and neighbors or the local business is just as effective. They are always purging pallets they no longer have use for.
A few nails and you have the ideal spot to store some of your smaller garden tools. And why not dry a few flowers and herbs why you’re at it!
Yep. Still marveling at this bad boy. You know how it is…anything that simplifies life makes it better. This DIY pallet storage rack does that for me every day.
Freshly water, I even appreciate the soil dripping over the side. This piece gives the yardscape a rustic, garden-y feel. It’s cute without being tacky but still gets the done done right.
Pallet bench. Wow. Needs some comfy pillows so your butt doesn’t get sore. Or your back for that matter. Other than that, this is going on Tom’s DIY to-do list.
By removing a few boards, you can pot in a pallet….rustic style of course! You have an instant raised bed with little cost and looks great too. It’s vertical gardening DIY pallet style.
Hammer a few pallets together and you got yourself a compost bin. And it’s not bad looking either! Having a place to compost will actually force you to do it. That’s always the issue with me, I need some incentive to actually practice what I preach. So when I have a spot to compost, both inside and outside my home, it gets done.
There’s no cheaper way to make a raised bed than recycled pallets. You can take them apart quite easily and use them as trellises to stake those tall growing plants like cukes and peas.
Succulents growing up a pallet? Yes please! Instant pallet glamour.
Plants in a pallet. Yup.
Paint them white and hang up on a rustic wall for stunning long-term appeal. We love the idea of hanging pots off of them! And the windowboxes. Swoon with delight.