DIY: Chalkboard Pallet Planter

Take an old pallet and make it into a three-tiered outdoor planter with this easy project. All you need is a pallet, a hammer and nails, a staple gun, some landscape fabric, chalkboard paint and a few of your favorite plants. Get the full DIY below with step-by-step instructions and photos. 

Clean up your pallet

Using a scrub brush or old rag, wipe down your pallet, removing dirt and any debris that may be attached to it. If necessary, you can also lightly sand the pallet to give it a smoother texture.

Remove back middle board

Remove one board from the back of the pallet (we used the one in the center). You will need a hammer or crow bar to do this. Carefully hammer the board out of place and, if needed, use the crow bar to pry the piece of wood off. Be careful not to split the board or damage it as you will need to reuse it on the front of the planter. Once the board is removed, remove old nails using a hammer.

Reattach board

Reattach the board using a hammer and nails to the front of the pallet in the center. This should create three distinct sections on the pallet: One section at the top comprised of one board, one section in the middle comprised of three smaller boards and one section at the bottom comprised of one board (see photo above).


Paint the three board sections on the front of your pallet using chalkboard paint or chalkboard spray paint. You may need to apply more than one coat. Allow to dry.

Cut and fold landscape fabric

While the paint dries, work on cutting and folding your landscape fabric. You will use the fabric to create pockets that will act as pots/planters for your plants. Roll out your landscape fabric and measure a roughly 12″ by 26″ rectangle. Cut the rectangle out and use as a template for the rest of your fabric pieces. You will need six fabric rectangles total.

Fold the short ends of each piece of fabric into points, then overlap them so that the end becomes closed. Staple the fabric over each fold to hold the end together. Repeat on the other side. You should have both ends folded and stapled so that the fabric creates a rectangular pocket deep enough to plant in. Do this for all six of your fabric pieces. You should end up with six fabric planter pockets.

Attach fabric planter pockets

Attach fabric pockets to the pallet using a staple gun or hammer and small nails. Make sure that the pockets are securely attached to the pallet so that they can handle the weight of the plants and soil.

Add plants and potting soil

Place plants in the pockets, spacing them out and arranging them as you would like. When you’re happy with their placement, fill pockets in around the plants with potting soil. Be sure to water all of the plants once you’re finished planting to help them establish their roots in the new soil. That’s it! Lean your new planter against an outside wall, fence or on your deck and enjoy your plants.




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