Pallet Vertical Garden

Pallet Wall GardenToday Rachel is sharing an adorable project she recently created; a vertical garden from recycled pallets!Coffee Can Flower GardenThe chain link fence in our yard provides a few unsightly views of our lovely neighbors' weed-infested parking lot of a backyard. Since we are renters a new wooden fence was not an option and I didn't think I'd have the patience to wait on a dozen bushes to grow tall enough to block the view so I schemed an inexpensive way to at least draw attention away from the eye sore(s). A few trips to the hardware store and a local dumpster and I had created a new focal point that helped cozy up our little yard with bright colors and a bit of texture.Pallet Garden Tutorial1. Supplies: 3-4 pallets in similar sizes but varied colors. If you can't find colored pallets, consider painting a few for a similar look. Make sure they aren't rotten or warped. 6-8 empty (clean) paint buckets or large aluminum cans (think bulk sized beans) as planters. A hammer and nails for pulling planks off and nailing them together. A Dremel rotary tool is really handy for cutting through nails if you have one and want to make this a quick job. 1 bag of potting mix, flowers in two sizes, garden gloves, safety goggles, and 2-4 screw hooks if you have a chain link fence. If you are hanging this onto a wooden fence I suggest a screw hook and eye set. 2. Choose which pallet to use as your base and then pull all of the planks off except the ends and middle. Pull planks off the other pallets as well. 3. Then arrange them in a patchwork style. You may need to cut some planks to fit. Finally, nail them all down to the supporting planks. 4. Hammer nail holes into the bottoms of your paint buckets and cans for drainage. 5. Choose the side with the seam and nail two holes vertically into your paint buckets. It's okay if it flattens. One hole will work for the smaller cans. 6. Use your can holes as templates and mark where you'll nail into the pallet. To get your arrangement place the larger cans in an odd triangle on your pallet and then add smaller ones to fill in the gaps. 7. Add your nails on your marks and lean your pallet up against where you want it. Add your buckets and fill them with potting soil and plants. 8. Add hook screws to the back of your pallet to secure them to your chain link fence or hook-and-eye screws to attach them to a wooden one. Water your plants and admire your work.Pallet GardenI added bricks under my pallet to give it enough height to be flush with the top of the fence and to keep the base from rotting. I also changed out some of my flowers that weren't doing well in this climate but stuck to the pink palette as I like how it contrasts with the blue planks. Another way to add color would be to spray paint your cans and add a poly to seal them. Create a few patchwork pallets to cover your bare areas and you'll have a whole new landscape almost over night. –Rachel

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  • Wonderful post! Its really nice. Its a best way to recycle wooden pallets, instead of just burning.Wooden pallets can also turned as Patio furniture.You even try this and make your garden still more prettier.Thanks!

  • omg this is such an amazing idea! At present we don’t have a garden or balcony but when we do, i’m DEF going to do this!

  • Love love love this. I am attempting vertical gardening for the first time this season!

  • Looks fab! I saw this done in a hill-top village in Spain. The story goes that a lot of hippies decided to settle in the otherwise derelict village.

    If they ate tinned food, instead of throwing the tin away they would wash it out and screw it some fencing (like you’ve done here) and plant flowers in it.

    This was something they did for years until they moved on. Now the village is mostly hippy-free but full of stunning flowers left behind in their tin plant pots.

    I’ll have to dig the photos out!

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  • Wow, so creative idea! I’ll make something similar for my girlfriend’s birthday! Thx! :))

  • this is such a cute idea.
    just recently discovered your blog on a lazy morning,
    and now i am rampaging through your posts xD
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  • This looks great! I did something similar on my porch with a wooden trellis but I like the patch work look a bit better 🙂

  • This is such a gorgeous idea… I think it could really work for a little herb garden as well!

  • Great idea for renters. I will also use this when we buy somewhere to add a pop of colour among my veggie garden!

  • Wow i absolutely love this 😉 Looks amazing im deffo going to give it a try xx

  • This is fab! What a great idea! Might try this on the side of my shed. If only the sun would come out in Northern Ireland so I could get into the garden!!

  • What a wonderful upcycled gardening idea – love it!

  • Since I work in a company that uses pallets I am super excited, however, I do not have a garden right now. I will file for the future!


  • Smart ! It looks awfully cute !
    I love your blog, I`m so glad I ran into it !


  • Cool idea!

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  • What a great idea! Thanks for the post:)

  • wish i had this idea a few years back when my dog kept digging holes under my fence and escaping. LOL so cute and could come in handy for things like renting, dogs getting out and just a simple way so spruce up the outdoors

    many thanks

  • wow! just did some gardening on my tiny balcony as well, thank you for the inspiration!

  • I love this idea!

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  • Looks lovely! I would like to do something similar on my balcony, I’m running out of space 🙂

    Thanks for a inspiring blog!

  • What a wonderful idea! You guys are amazing.

  • I’ve had trouble with cans pictured in this post rusting, do you have a prevention method?

  • I just love this! Thanks so much for sharing! Looks pretty easy to do too 🙂

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  • I love love LOVE this idea!!! Super great if you don’t have a lot of space!

  • Rachel, I love this SOOO much! *And I am happy that I got to catch a glimpse of it in person;)

    Great job – your DIYs are always so inspiring!

  • This is one of the cutest, most practical outdoor ideas I have ever seen! I don’t have a ton of outdoor space, so this is ideal for me. Thanks for the idea!


  • she is gonna give credit to pacing the panic room as well right? this is clearly a take on their garden wall….

  • such a great application for an old pallet when you don’t have a lot of horizontal space 🙂 Just shared this on my new blog 🙂

  • Will totally try to recreate this once the cold months down under dissapear! I tried to make an outdoor-sy coffe table out of pallets last summer, but the ones I got were so hard to take apart I gave up.. but got quite an exercise out of it!

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  • Brilliant idea! It’s very frustrating renting when you would love so much to change things! This is so clever though, and you can take it with you if you move!

  • This looks so beautiful- what a great simple garden DIY

  • that’s so pretty! i love the contrast of rough wood and shining tin! great.

    I linked to this tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!

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  • Cute! Definitely perfect for those of us with a not so giant back yard!
    xo Heather

  • I’ve always been such a fan of vertical gardens. I have the perfect spot for one too in my backyard just calling my name. One day I’ll get around to it 😉

    – Sarah

  • Love this! What a great way to utilize space. I need to do this!

  • Cute, and I love how it’s eco-friendly too!

  • will totally be doing this with the free pallet I grabbed a few weeks ago! Looks lovely!

  • That’s such a great idea. I would love to add herbs in there too! The blue pallet planks are beautiful. What an inspiration. Thanks!

  • Rachel, thanks for sharing! I fell in love with your chevron trellis diy earlier this day and now there’s another project which is perfect for our balcony!

  • I absolutely LOVE this. I am going to have to make one. Cutest thing EVER.

  • I just love your blog! I want to do all the DIY projects!

  • This is a great idea for making fences look better, too! Definitely plan on doing this.


  • This is a wonderful idea! I love potted plants so much and this puts a twist on it (in a good way of course)! I haven’t graduated college yet but you guys are everything i aspire to be! I would love to start a business like yours and I’m so glad you have those wonderful e-courses!


  • I love vertical gardens so much! When I have my own house, I am DEFINITELY making one! Or two…or more…. 🙂

  • Love this Rachel! I was wondering when you would share this DIY. It looks awesome!


  • I love this idea!! I’ve been wanting to create a garden of sorts of my fire escape. Love the idea of using recycled cans!

  • How lovely. I love the mix of painted wood planks and the natural wood.

  • In love with this! This is also a good backdrop for a little lounge area in a backyard wedding! Probably gonna have to do that for mine in November! Thanks for sharing 🙂
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  • Rachel knocks it out of the park every time! I love it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • This is such a great idea! It would be a perfect way to add some color and personality to my little apartment patio. I’m going to start gathering the materials right away!

  • Oh, I have just the fence (and neighbors I would like to block out!) for this! Love it. 🙂

  • so sweet! this would be a great way to have an herb garden, especially in a city 🙂

  • Such a cute idea for gardening. Now I really wish apartments had gardens…

  • wow , I like the colours! it’s summer time. thanks for sharing
    xoxo Luisella

  • what a fantastic idea! could use this on my terrace too!thanks for sharing! 😀

  • This is amazing!!! I love this! We’ve got a little chain-linked fence area and this would be so great to showcase some new plants!

  • Rachel, you have the greatest garden ideas ever! Love this one!!

  • how cute! and it’s space efficient!

  • Wow, this is such a cute idea! I love that pallet used here aswell, it’s got a beautiful worn look. This would be idea for my ‘balcony’ area 🙂

  • This is a reall cool idea for all those city dwellers with limited space, or even if you just want tO block out the neighbors.

  • What a great idea for us renters! We have chain link fence too and this might just be the perfect way to hide it!

  • Wow, such a great and cute idea! I definitely got inspired to do something similar in my own backyard!

  • So genius for condo or apartment living! I really like how you made it extra special with the alternating touches of blue 🙂

  • This is such a great idea! When I get a little place of my own I’ll have to do this!

    Xoxo Sarah

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