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In this instructable, user fake_faux shows us all how to transform two wooden pallets into this deceptively simple planter which is also a frog shelter. If you’ve got a dad who likes to take on projects, these plans and a couple of pallets could make a great father’s day gift.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).


  • John M.

    Aren’t pallets made of pressure treated wood? If so, they will leach toxic chemicals into the soil in the planter. Please don’t grow edible plants in there and it could harm the frogs also.

  • Becky Stern

    Not that Wikipedia is the ultimate authority on this, but it makes no mention of pressure treated wood in the “Materials Used” section of the pallet article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pallet#Materials_used

  • GabrielMcGovern

    Pallet beds don’t need to look ugly. Check out the bed I made for my wasabi: http://www.gabrielmcgovern.com/blog/2008/02/17/urban-lumberjacking/

    Oh, and most pallets are made from raw wood. Just don’t use the ones with even pucker marks. Those are treated.

  • Chris

    I’m pretty sure they aren’t pressure treated, but I can tell you there are much easier (if not cheaper) ways of getting wood. The “nails” that hold together pallets are weird hybrid nail-screw things without a screw head. I pulled apart a whole mess of them for wood for an art project, and I can tell you I’ll never do it again

  • Marian

    Hello,
    Not all pallets are treated, They need to be treated when shipped internationally, but not when shipped within country.