Make Your Own Upcycled Pallet Planter

Upcycling is all the rage just now. Not only does it help save money, it can turn something old and unwanted into something new and unique. We love a bit of upcycling at Vialii, whether it be creating an upcycled garden for clients or simply adding a few new features into our own garden – from containers and sand pits to sheds and gates, pallets have been put to good use at Vialii Towers! It’s cheap, it’s easy, it’s fun and it’s hugely satisfying. In our latest blog we give you a step by step guide to make your own bespoke upcycled pallet planter…

Personalised, bespoke upcycled pallet planter

Personalised, bespoke pallet planters

1. Deconstruct your pallet

Discard any pales which won’t be of use in the container you are building.

Deconstruct your pallet

Deconstruct your pallet

2. Get cutting

Cut your pieces of pallet to size so that you can start to create your uprights and your end panels.

Start cutting down your pallet to size

Start cutting down your pallet to size

3. Make your sides

Add pieces of pallet to make the sides of your upcycled pallet planter.

Make your sides

Make your sides

4. Make the bottom

Once you have your four uprights and sides secured you can create the bottom of your planter.

Make the bottom

Make the bottom

5. Sand your planter

Your carcass of your container is now ready for sanding down.

Sand your planter

Sand your planter

6. Personalise your planter

We like to add personalisation to our planters. We simply print the wording onto card then cut it out.

Personalise your planter

Personalise your planter

You can then use your template to spray the words onto your planter.

Spray your wording onto your planter

Spray your wording onto your planter

7. Line your planter

You need to line your planter with polythene to help protect your wood. Remember to add drainage holes at the bottom.

Line your planter

Line your planter

8. Add compost and plants to complete your upcycled pallet planter

Fill the planter with compost (and water retaining crystals if you wish) and then choose whatever plants you want to put in it.

Add compost and plants

Add compost and plants

And here’s the finished planter, perfect for growing herbs near the kitchen door.

The finished planter

The finished planter

There you have it. Our cheap and easy pallet containers. If you want more information on these containers, would like to commission us to make one or have any gardening queries please get in touch.

Best wishes

All at Vialii

Vialii Review of 2013

Happy new year to all our lovely readers. As we move forward into 2014, we take a moment to have a review of 2013 and some of the highlights for Vialii and the trends that we saw…

Review of 2013: A lovely visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh in 2013

A lovely visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh in 2013

The year of the garden room

2013 saw our clients wholeheartedly embrace the outdoor room. From designer offices to simpler summerhouses we had several clients wanting to introduce outdoor living areas into their gardens. One of our favourites was this custom built garden pod which provided shelter from the rain and prevailing wind whilst still making you feel part of the garden. And with two more garden rooms already lined up for 2014 this trend doesn’t look like it’s going away…

The garden "pod" is a great focal point in this garden as well as somewhere to shelter from the weather

The garden “pod” is a great focal point in this garden as well as somewhere to shelter from the weather

The year “Lulu’s Garden” launched

Our very own Lulu started up her own gardening blog for our sister company Vialii Garden Services in 2013. She puts us at VGD to shame with her regular, fun and educational blogs on all aspects of gardening. Click here to catch up on what’s happening in Lulu’s Garden…

Lulu's Garden Blog

Lulu launched her own blog, all about fun and interesting things to do in (or related to) the garden

The year of the Community Garden

2013 saw us being involved in two community garden projects. Our design of Provost’s Park in Bridge of Allan finally came to life in October and we completed our designs for the Jupiter Urban Wildlife Garden too. It was an honour to be involved in both projects and we look forward to spending time in both gardens in 2014.

The construction of our Provost's Park design got underway in 2013

The construction of our Provost’s Park design got underway in 2013

The year of the Vialii team

Our talented Vialii team sprouted new buds and grew well in 2013. Corrie and Gordon were joined by Neil on the maintenance side while both Connor and Kenny came on board for VGD in 2013. Jill also officially joined Michael working in the business in 2013 and with Lulu busily blogging away, Vialii became a true family business. We look forward to the team growing from strength to strength in 2014.

The Vialii team on a well earned night out

The Vialii team on a well earned night out

The year of upcycling

From a garden in Glasgow featuring lots of upcycled items, our own upcycled products made from old pallets to the “Upcycled Garden” for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, 2013 was the year for making the most of what you had.

Bespoke garden planters made from upcycled pallets

Bespoke garden planters made from upcycled pallets

The year of the garden visits

Well to be honest, every year is packed full of garden visits at Vialii Towers and 2013 was no exception. From Glendoick and Branklyn to Logan and Alnwick we had our fair share of wonderful gardens in 2013, not to mention the wonderful centenary of the Chelsea Flower Show.

Lulu providing a tour of Logan Botanic Gardens

Lulu providing a tour of Logan Botanic Gardens

The year of artificial turf

We laid many new lawns with artificial turf last year – whilst it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, the quality these days is great and can be a wonderful solution for gardens with issues with soil and light and for those with children and/or dogs.

Artificial turf can transform an area where real grass struggles

Artificial turf can transform an area where real grass struggles

The year of the sunshine

OK, the start of the year was pretty miserable but who cares when we get such a glorious summer?! The long, hot sunny days were wonderful for sitting enjoying gardens but also a lovely change when working outside building them too! Here’s hoping to a repeat in 2014!

An escape to the beach in the glorious summer of 2013

An escape to the beach in the glorious summer of 2013

So, there you have it, 2013 in a nutshell (or a blog!) Here’s hoping that 2014 is as much fun.

Happy 2014 everyone.

From all at Vialii