DIY: Vertical Pallet Garden

April 22, 2013

The warmer weather has got me movin’ and groovin’ outdoors.  This past weekend I got my DIY mojo on for this months Lowe’s challenge and created (what I think) is something pretty cool.  Check out my newly created Vertical Pallet Garden using colorful pots…

DIY: Vertical Pallet Garden by @Jenna_Burger,

Though the flowers are finally starting to peak through around the yard, I was in need of color NOW to start decorating my front porch for Spring.  I, of course, hit up my local Lowe’s garden center to get my color fix.  It’s still the early days of Spring, so the selection (at my local Lowe’s in NY) was limited, but I was able to find a few perennials for shaded areas that would be ideal for under the front covered porch.  I chose a few colorful perennials & vines because they could easily be transplanted to the garden at the end of the season (smart & savvy thinking).

Pallets have been all-the-rage for a while, but I just don’t get tired of them – probably because they’re free.  I’ve created so many DIY projects with pallets and I just love their old, worn texture and aesthetic.  When thinking about this seasons porch, my major desire was to add height.  Height = drama, and that was my goal. 

DIY: Vertical Pallet Garden by @Jenna_Burger,

For this project, the materials I used were:

  • Pallet (which I snagged – with their permission of course – for free in the back on my local Lowe’s)
  • (4) Eye hooks for 100 lbs+
  • 3′ of metal chain
  • Plastic pots (I used lime green and turquoise from Lowe’s)
  • Drill with 1/4″ drill bit
  • 3″ S hooks (found in the outdoor section of Lowe’s)
  • Vise Grip

DIY: Vertical Pallet Garden by @Jenna_Burger,

Here’s the DL (downlow for short) on how I created the Vertical Pallet Garden

1. At the top of the pallet (slats oriented horizontally), screw in (1) eye hook at about 2-3″ in from each end. It’s best to start out by using a large nail to start the hole.  Once the hole is started, screw in the eye hooks with the help of a vise grip to get leverage.  Unless you’re the Hulk, it’ll probably be impossible with just your bare hands.

2. With the Misters help, we then unlinked one of the chain links and linked it through the eye hook. (one side only – the other side has to wait until hung)

DIY: Vertical Pallet Garden by @Jenna_Burger,

3. Heading over to the house, we installed the eye hooks (using a drill to start the hole) through the siding and into the house about 2″ below the ceiling plane at the same distance apart as the hooks in the pallet.

DIY: Vertical Pallet Garden by @Jenna_Burger,

4. Once the eye hooks were in, we took the loose end of the chain of the pallet, slipped it through the eye hooks, and secured the chain on the other side.

DIY: Vertical Pallet Garden by @Jenna_Burger,

The pallet base is complete!

DIY: Vertical Pallet Garden by @Jenna_Burger,

Then it was time to create the “garden”.

5. Using varying sized plastic pots in fun colors, drill a 1/4″ hole about 1″ down from the top rim. Using a 3″+/- S hook, slip it through the hole.

DIY: Vertical Pallet Garden by @Jenna_Burger,

6. Plant the pretty flowers…

DIY: Vertical Pallet Garden by @Jenna_Burger,

…And it was complete!

DIY: Vertical Pallet Garden by @Jenna_Burger,

DIY: Vertical Pallet Garden by @Jenna_Burger,

DIY: Vertical Pallet Garden by @Jenna_Burger,

The vertical pallet garden adds so much color to the front porch.

DIY: Vertical Pallet Garden by @Jenna_Burger,

S-hooks make it easy to move the flower pots around or bring them into the sun.

DIY: Vertical Pallet Garden by @Jenna_Burger,

A beautiful focal point for the porch.

DIY: Vertical Pallet Garden by @Jenna_Burger,

If you’re wondering about the pretty white wreath, that was a DIY project that was featured on Jen’s blog.  It was created for Valentine’s Day, but I took off the paint chip flowers and just hung the wreath plain and simple.  Who knows how I will transform it for another holiday or season to come.

DIY: Vertical Pallet Garden by @Jenna_Burger,

I’m still working on the rest of the porch since it’s still in need of more color and pizazz.  By late May, I hope to have that done and ready to share.  Right now we’re still getting alot of rain and most nights are still way too chilly to get my gardening-on.

DIY: Vertical Pallet Garden by @Jenna_Burger,

I couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome of this fun and easy DIY project.  It’s brought gorgeous height and beautiful color to my Spring front porch.

To see more creations of mine using pallets, click on the links below:
How-To Make a Pallet Shelf
Monogrammed Pallet Chevron Tray
Pallet Picture Holder
Eclectic Family Gallery Wall

Disclosure: I am part of the Lowe’s Creative Team and was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to purchase items for my project.  I was also compensated for my time to use the products.  No one told me what to create, what to buy, how to use the product, or what to write.  All opinions are 100% mine!

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  1. I really love this! What a great way to take advantage of vertical space!
    Amber recently posted..Join Us for the MassMutual #MoneyMami Twitter Party

  2. I love this idea – and – I love how it turned out, too! Such pretty pops of color, not only from the plants but from the pots as well!
    Laura / The Shed blog by Pet Scribbles recently posted..Spring Flowers Close Up: Purple Crocuses, Narcissus, and Star Magnolia

  3. Very cool! I’ve been thinking of getting pallets to create some vertical gardens to hide the chain link fence behind my house and give my family some privacy for our patio. You’ve got me inspired now!
    Lauren @momhomeguide recently posted..Review: Werther’s Sugar Free Hard Candies

  4. Love it! Great job on creating an original garden wall display!
    kim- Today’s Creative Blog recently posted..Outdoor Potting Planting Area

  5. Love it! The pops of color & use of wall space are great! :)
    Sara @ Mom Endeavors recently posted..Clean Baby, Happy Baby #HuggiesTester

  6. I have been wanting to make one of these. I love how you added the colorful pops hanging from the pallet! It looks great and brings some fun color to your space!
    Amy Huntley recently posted..Organize Garage Clutter

    • Thanks Amy. It really was so easy to create and I love how it brings so much height and color to the front porch!

  7. I love this! I have been thinking that I need to add some color to my front porch too! What a great idea!

    Rachel from FarMorePrecious

  8. Wow! What a great idea. Love it, and I even have pallets. Thanks for sharing. Karie

  9. What a great, colorful porch! Would love to have you link up to my party and follow along!

  10. Love this. I’ve recently become obsessed with pallet projects and I’m trying my hand at gardening. This is a great combo of both!

    Stump Grinding Granby, CT

  11. Very nice! I have a few spots on my back deck where I could do this.
    Great idea!


    (found you on The 36th Ave)

  12. I love it! Thank you so much for linking up to my party… I am featuring you tomorrow :)
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