Make your own Boho Pallet Planter Shelf
Made from reclaimed pallets, these bohemian planter shelves are perfect for the garden, even within the popularity of small space living. Taking inspiration from our signature shelves, this piece adds an outdoor alternative to the mix. Dressed with succulents, terrocota pots and painted in vibrant hues, these shelves are sure to add a real centre piece to your outdoor space, whether that be a balcony, patio or window shelf.
You will need:
Pallet Breaker or Crowbar
Combination Square or straight edge
Hole saw and drill
Sandpaper or electric sander
30mm pin nails
Good Quality masking tape
Chalk paint in your preferred colours. (You can use alternative paint here)
Ronseal non-yellowing outdoor varnish.
Try to find wider pallet boards for the shelves, so they will fit the holes to slot your plant pots in. Check the size of your plant pot to get a guide for what you will need. A variety of widths for the back also give the best effect, but ensure they're all the same thickness.
Note! If you don’t have all the tools and materials in the list then please improvise! If you don’t have holesaws still give it a go! You could use this as a shelf in the house or just to stand potted plants on! We like to see you make it your own so don’t be afraid to think outside the box.
Step 1) Break up your pallet using your pallet breaker. As you will see in the following steps, it is better to have a variety of pallet widths, you especially need wider pallets for the shelves to unsure your holes for your plant pots fit. Try to source pallets which are all the same thickness.
Step 2) Remove the nails from your pallet wood, this can take some time so be patient. Use a hammer to nock them through on the reverse side and the claw of your hammer to remove them. Some snips or pliers can also be helpful to remove nails.
Step 3) Measure your pallet wood for cutting. We measured our shelves at 450mm/45cm, but these can be smaller if you wish. If you would like your back pieces to also have a straight cut (the bottom of our back pieces are straight cuts) then measure these at this stage too (for angled cuts on the top see the next step). Always use a combination square to get a 90 degree angle. Experiment with the heights of your back pieces, try quirky uneven effects by having some higher than others.
Step 4) Use your combination square at the 45 degree angle setting and mark the top of your back pallets at various heights. Note: if you do not have a combination square, you can use the handle of your saw to mark 90 degree and 45 degree angles.