I love decorating with mums in the fall, and it is well know that I am a wood pallet upcycling kind of DIY blogger. Today’s project combines the two for some easy, inexpensive wood pallet hanging planters. This is a great way to use up your scrap wood, and is a perfect project for those new to woodworking since it doesn’t require any fancy techniques. The metal chain and hardware with the wood give these planters a rustic, industrial feel that I adore. Let’s get started!
4 – 2×2 pieces 6 inches long for the side posts
8 – 1×3 pieces 8 inches long for the side panels
1 – 1×6 piece 1o inches long for the bottom (this doesn’t have to be exact – you can use whatever scrap wood you have on hand to make the bottom)
Metal chain and eye screws
Kreg screws 1 inch and 1.25 inches
I made my planter to fit the plants I had on hand. You can adjust the size to fit your plant.
*I always use wood glue!
Begin by assembling the side panels with two pocket holes (I show you how to use the Kreg Jig here). Set the depth of the jig to match with thickness of your pallet wood. My pieces were 1×3 (which is really .75 inches thick) so I set the depth to 0.75 inches. Use 2 – 1.25 inch screws to connect the sides. Drill pocket holes one both sides of each side panel for attaching to 2×2 posts later.
Next, attach the four posts to 2 of the side panels as shown. I made the posts by cutting 2×4 to 6 inch pieces, then ripping those in half, all with my mitre saw.
Attach the bottom piece to the remaining 2 side panels with 2 pocket holes in each end. Knowing what size kreg screw to use can be a process of elimination, but a general way to gauge pretty closely is to add the widths of the two pieces you are attaching and subtracting 0.25 from that to get your screw length. So in this case 0.75 for the bottom piece + 0.75 for the side panel thickness – 0.25 equals 1.25 inch screws.
Finish the planter using the side panel pocket holes you drilled for the side post to attach the three pieces you assembled.
Add eye screws into the 4 posts for chain and enjoy!