Scrap or Pallet Wood Flower Box

DIY Garden Projects with the Farmhouse Hens

Today is our monthly Farmhouse Hens collaboration, this month’s topic is all about gardening and I am very excited to share what we have creat.  My post is about a  scrap and pallet wood flower box.  The other farmhouse hen’s posts are linked after mine, check them out I am sure you will enjoy it.

Our tiny backyard is a work in progress.   As you likely know I love our house, and the teeny tiny yard no so much.  Our backyard was a sea of grey with a grey fence, grey concrete patio, an old deck and not one tree or flower.  We have planted shrubs, flowering trees, added a fountain and some flower pots, but they all need time to grow.     I wanted something to add instant colour to the back corner and this pallet and scrap wood flower box is what I came up with.  The sweet peas still need time to grow  up the pickets, I will update the pic in July when they are in bloom.

 

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How to make a Colourful DIY Wooden Hanging Planter

To make this flower box you will need, the following total lengths.

6 – 4   foot lengths of 1″ by 4″ boards,  pallet boards work well.

1 – 4   foot length of  2″ by 6″ lumber

1 – 4   foot length of 1″ by 2″ lumber

8″ by  40″ piece of plywood (any thickness, or a scrap of pegboard)

Mod podge and a foam brush

Napkins in coordinating colours ( Mine came from the dollar store)

Paint

150 grit sandpaper

This is a scrap wood project,  I  was able to grab what I needed from a pallet and scrap lumber.   We used trim ends for our flower box.   The flower box can be made of whatever size lumber you have on hand.

Showing the final product of a tutorial on how to make a pretty flower box using scrap materials and mod podge

 

The Flower Pot Fence Background

Cut  6   1″ by 4″ inch boards into 4-foot lengths.    Sand them all very well to avoid slivers.  I cannot emphasize this enough, especially if using pallet wood.

Separate the layers of the napkins, keeping the top dyed layer only.  Tear the dyed layer into large raggedy edged pieces.

On each board, start with one side and the top, apply a thick layer of mod podge.  Layer the torn napkins on top,  lightly press into place.  Make sure the entire surface is covered.   Let dry several hours.

Flip over and do the other two remaining sides.  Let dry several more hours.

Once dry, hand sand the napkin covered wood with 220 grit sandpaper.  This removes the little bits of loose paper and lightens the colour.  Sand lightly until the wood is as distressed and shabby as you like.  Mine took about 15 minutes.  I love the subtle look of all the different colours.

Close of of mod podge and napkin covered wood, for a pretty diy pallet wood flower box. A pallet wood flower box for the back yard, DIY Wood Planter Plan, DIY flower box DIY planter, mod podge projects, mod podge crafts

 

Once you have all the wood sanded, cut the top of the boards to resemble fence pickets.

Lay the six pieces of wood squarely next to one another.  Cut a 1 by 2  20″ long and nail it across the back to hold the top portion of the pickets together.  Make sure each picket is well attached using short nails so they don’t poke through.

Making the Flower Box

Confirm the width of your flower box by measuring the width of the wood pickets attached together.   Cut a 1″ by 6″ to the same dimension.    Ours measured and was cut to 21″.   Cut two pieces of 1″ by 6″  9 inches long.

Attach the long front piece of the flower pot to the two shorter side pieces using screws.   Drill holes first and then using 1 3/4 screws attach everything together, forming a 3 sided box.

Predrilling lumber before attaching with screws on a DIY scrap wood flower box. A pallet wood flower box for the back yard, DIY Wood Planter Plan, DIY flower box DIY planter, mod podge projects, mod podge crafts

 

Once you have the box made attach it to the picked fence portion.   Screw from the back side of the picket portion into the upright portion of the flower box

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Hubs helped me figure out how to brace the bottom so it was strong enough to hold the weight of the potting soil.  Measure out the inside opening of your planter box. Cut four pieces of the 1 by 2″ lumber to the same dimensions.  Nail these along the bottom edge of the planter making sure the bottom edges are flush with each other.   This makes a bracket to hold the bottom in place without showing from the outside.

 

Shelf brackets on the bottom of a flower pot to hold up the weight of the soil. A pallet wood flower box for the back yard, DIY Wood Planter Plan, DIY flower box DIY planter, mod podge projects, mod podge crafts

 

Using whatever plywood or pegboard you have,  cut it to match the inside dimensions of your flower box.  Ours was cut to 8″ by 19 1/2 inches.

Fill the bottom of it with holes using a drill to provide drainage.

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Finishing and Hanging the Flower Box

The final step was to paint the flower box portion white.  We painted ours inside and outside.

These little sweet peas were started indoors in egg shells in March.  Unfortunately, our Winter lasted right through Spring so these little guys had to wait indoors until a couple of weeks ago.  I will add some photos once they are in bloom.

DIY wooden flower box planted with sweet peas.

 

As a final touch, I added a little birdhouse using a dollar store house and fairy accessories and added a hanger to tie strings to for the sweet peas.

Bird house accessories for a DIY pallet wood flower box.

 

To attach it to the fence Hubs simply added four large screws through the picket section into our fence boards.

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15 thoughts on “Scrap or Pallet Wood Flower Box

    1. Thanks Denise. I planted some vines this year for around the fountain, and this planter. I think in a year or two it’s going to be a nice little sunny spot.

    1. Thank you Stephanie. I was surprised how strong the mod podge held the napkins. I will find out how it survives the Canadian winter, but using scrap wood and dollarstore napkins its worth risking.

    1. When we first moved in I asked Hubs to remove this patio. He just laughed at me, so I have learned to work with it. Surprisingly because of the constant sun, I really enjoy hanging out there. I am always very cold so I sit out there and thaw. It’s also the most private part of the yard because you’re snuggled in the corner.

    1. Thank you Michelle. You can see in the photo how everything was so greyish, we planted an apple tree that is slowly growing and a lilac right beside the patio. Unfortunately, my puppy waters the lilac regularly and an apple tree is hard to grow here, so we need to be patient.

    1. Thank you Debra. I wanted something colourful without it being simply painted. You are so great for me, always commenting and providing feedback. Its very much appreciated.

  1. Decoupaging napkins onto the planter added so much charm and the birdhouse is a darling addition. I love this idea for growing sweet peas (I haven’t had any success growing them in the garden). Pinned

    1. In our yard almost everything needs to be full sun. I am hoping the sweetpeas do alright in this corner. They are my favorite climber.

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