HOW TO – planter from reclaimed pallets

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HOW TO – planter from reclaimed pallets


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.

10 thoughts on “HOW TO – planter from reclaimed pallets

  1. John M. says:

    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.

  2. HOW TO – planter from reclaimed pallets Becky Stern says:

    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:

  3. GabrielMcGovern says:

    Pallet beds don’t need to look ugly. Check out the bed I made for my wasabi:

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

  4. Chris says:

    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

  5. Marian says:

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

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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