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Summer Garden Pallet Ideas

14 Jul 2017

Summer is a great time to work on some garden projects, and some crafty upcycling means that you don’t have to spend a fortune while you do it either. Simply get your hands on a pallet or two and use these versatile packing materials to re-imagine your outdoor space.

Garden Planters

Garden ideas can be as simple or as complex as you choose. For example, you can find used wooden pallets and recycle them as garden planters. Identify an area of your garden that you would like to use for a bed. Prepare the ground underneath as you wish. If it’s a lawned area and you want your new bed to sit above it, then dig out the grass and any weeds first. You could place a membrane over the top too. Use the wood from your reclaimed pallets to create a basic square or rectangular structure, nail the planks together and place the new planter in place before filling it with a gravel layer and compost. This planter will certainly be far more cost-effective than buying one from a garden centre, and you will be displaying your eco-friendly recycling credentials too.

If you feel more ambitious for summer pallet ideas, then you can use the same store of recycled wood to make elevated planters. Just remember not to overfill them, as they can become very heavy and difficult to move. Why not make square planters of different sizes for a backyard or decking area? They will create great visual interest for your plants and flowers. You can grow vegetables and fruit too as part of your five-a-day.

A Garden Shelter

If you started to feel quite ambitious, you could turn your recycled pallets into garden shelters. Use the planks to create a simple arch structure and perhaps make an accompanying bench too so that you have somewhere to retreat from the sun with a cold drink – or the rain during a more British summer afternoon.

Table and Chairs

More advanced woodworkers could also use the recycled planks of wood to make garden tables and chairs. Protect them with garden varnish so that the elements don’t destroy the wood, and you can enjoy your own bespoke seating area for the seasons ahead. You’ll find plenty of ideas online. You could even make smaller versions for the kids so that everyone can enjoy al-fresco dining.


Many urban and smaller spaces benefit from having garden shelving that allows you to store and display items vertically. Use the wooden planks from reclaimed pallets to make simple shelves on a fence or a wall and display hanging or trailing plants, garden art or even small planters. Solar lights and anti-insect candles would also look very nice displayed in this way.

Start to Think Differently

If you can start to visualise a small space garden upwards, it will free up space on the ground for you to enjoy and relax in. Look for more pallet garden ideas in your local community, allotment, garden groups and garden centres to get that inspiration flowing. You’ll find the materials widely available and easy to work with. It’s a great way to recycle and get more use out of wooden materials that would otherwise go to waste.

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