DIY Pallet Wood Succulent Planters

Let me start this post by saying that whatever the opposite of a green thumb is, I have it. I am a professional plant killer, and no, I am not proud of it. Well, this week I stumbled across a collection of succulents and I fell in love. However, I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to give them the love and care that they needed to survive. After talking to a very helpful associate at The Home Depot, I was reassured that succulents were actually the plant for me… and now I’m head over heels. Now that I am the proud parent of three adorable succulents, I knew it was time to make them some cute homes. Hence, where the leftover pallet in my backyard came into play. I created fun and recycled planters for my new babes in about an hour — and they were FREE!

How could you not be stoked over these cute things? All together they cost me around $8!

Making their planters was simple! This is a great project for beginners and experts alike!What You’ll Need:
Miter Saw
Nail Gun
Tape MeasureMaterials
Pallet Boards


The Steps:

1. Use your tape measure to mark the desired size of your planters’ planks. For this tutorial I worked on a planter with 1″ planks. Because I wanted planks in the back and the front, I penciled four 1″ markings.

2. Next, measure the sides of the planters. Because I used two 1″ planks on both sides, the sides of this planter would be 2″. You will need two of these.

3. Make your cuts.

4. Once you have your pieces cut, sand them down to create a smooth surface.

5. Use your nail gun to attach the planks to the sides. It helps to do one side at a time.

6. Once your final side is attached, use the completed box and an extra pallet board to trace a bottom piece.
7. Make cuts slightly outside of the markings for your box (this will make room for a tight fit).

8. Tap the bottom piece into place with a hammer.

9. Add some well-draining soil and plant your succulent.

How To Care For Your Succulent:

I felt like it was important to share some tips I learned about caring for succulents, as I am new to the process, and I’m sure some of you might be as well.If you intend to keep your succulents inside it’s important that you give them a light spray of water every 3-4 days.Additionally, make sure to keep them in a well-lit area, as they require a lot of sunlight.

Lastly, make sure your succulents have ample room in their planters to spread their roots. Right now, mine are rather small, but if they grow I’ll have to build larger homes for them and their growing roots.What do you think about succulents? Do you have any in your home? If not, does this tutorial help?Share your gardening tips and tricks with me on social media. Tag your projects to #diyhuntress.I can’t wait to see them!

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  2. Hi Sam! I love this idea and definitely trying it out!

    Question, did you line the boxes with anything to protect from moisture? Have you noticed any problems with the soil being moist since you created this project?

    Let me know!

    1. I’m so happy you love it! I haven’t noticed any moisture problems, to be honest. My plants also don’t get too much water, just a few sprays each week. If you’re going to build these planters for a plant that may need a lot of water, you can line them with a plastic bag – I did it for my plants in my Wicker Basket Planter tutorial – you can check that one out if you need some advice!

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