Small Space Flower Garden {DIY Pallet Project}

Pallet Project

Small Space Garden

Update: Below, here is how it looks today!

See the Pallet Garden update here! 


As you might remember, I’m working on some simple updates to my small back deck this summer. Since our yard is not landscaped yet (darn those new houses) the deck off of our kitchen is exposed to the neighbors and not private at all.

I don’t know about you but sitting on a deck in my pj’s where the world can see me just doesn’t sound like a pleasant way to spend the morning. So I set out to solve that issue with some simple, inexpensive and creative ideas.

A few weeks ago, my husband and I spotted a FREE pallet on the side of the road. After schlepping it home with us, I decided it would be the perfect solution for creating a bit of  inexpensive privacy on my deck.

I felt like it needed a pop of color to give the pallet more personality, so I picked up some exterior Valspar Paint at Lowe’s and went to work giving the pallet a rough coat of this cheery yellow paint (Earthen Sienna, Valspar). I did not prime, prep or sand first, I wanted it to be rustic.

I originally thought about creating a hanging herb or vegetable garden with this pallet, but because I really wanted to use these French flower buckets leftover from a wedding a few years ago, I decided the safest idea was to make a flower garden (I wasn’t sure that planting anything edible in metal buckets would be the best idea).

I think this garden project turned out pretty cute, if I do say so myself!

These pansies were so cheap and on discount at a local garden center (they were imperfect but I still found them charming) so I didn’t have to spend a fortune on flowers. I won’t feel bad at all when I have to replace them. In fact, I think it will be kind of fun to be able to change out the flowers from time to time. It would even be cute to use small ferns or succulents! I might try that next!

You could even do this project INSIDE for the winter!

I added a little moss to each of the buckets to cover the dirt and give it a little more texture and color. I loved how it turned out!


Thank you to Lowe’s for providing the Valspar paint for this pallet project!

Annnd, you might want to head my advice on this post.… just sayin’.

More of my porch makeover on the way!

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  1. I thought it was cute until I saw the moss on top….then I knew it was ADORABLE!! Love it!! And the moss should help keep them from drying out so quickly.
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  2. Melissa,

    Very creative use of a pallet and clever way to provide a privacy fence! The pansies look so sweet hanging in galvanized sap buckets.

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  3. This is adorable! What a great way to add privacy and “cuteness” :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm
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  4. Who wouldn’t want to spend the morning in her PJ’s with those sweet-faced pansies?!! That time away must have been the ticket to all your inspiration. Yaaay! And I must say…ferns would be totally perfect…but they can be a bit pricey.

  5. Cute idea!
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  6. This is exactly the kind of thing I’ve been wanting for our deck for herbs! What a great use of free materials!

  7. That’s absolutely gorgeous! Gaelle on the Natural History blog was talking about gardening in a tiny space yesterday too – – I must tell her to read your post!
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  8. You are just too darn smart!!
    cute idea!

  9. Great idea! I actually have a pallet in my backyard, and I’ve been wondering what to do wtih it. Might have to try this…
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  10. Oh that’s sweet! So very innovative and clever of you. Great way to gain privacy and use vertical space. (I just talked my hubby into installing a gate between house and garage so our back deck will be private once again. I’m so happy about this I can’t tell you.)
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  11. You are so clever—I love it! Especially the fact that you didn’t spend much to do it.
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  12. Alexandra says:

    WHAT a cute idea. I have very small garden spaces, so I’m always on the lookout for new ideas. Loving this… and that shade of yellow is just gorgeous.

  13. My hubby just brought home a pallet and turned it into something fun this weekend. I haven’t decided where to put it, so I’ve yet to post about it. This is pretty darn cute. Definitely puts a smile in that corner. The succulents would be good in those pots, since the size and metal will dry out pretty quick. Cute, cute.
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  14. oh man, that is so cute! i love those little flowers, but succulents would be amazing, too. great idea!

  15. A-dorable!!!
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  16. What a cheery addition to your deck! Love the purple of the violets against the yellow of the pallet! Looks terrific! Thanks for sharing.
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  17. creative use of a pallet! concerning your need for privacy…a great solution for us was an metal gazebo that we fastened to our wooden deck. :)

  18. Super Idea! Love it and the color!
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  19. What a wonderful way to use an old pallet…we have tons of old pattets sitting around at our plant….I’ve used them for lots of different thing….even made a sofa table this year out of them…your idea is brilliant and its so cute too!
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  20. Who knew!?! I love the idea. I think I’d try spider plants. You’d get some height and some draping. Oh Honey, could you find me a pallet? ~~~~

  21. Cheap and Easy privacy screen — and Pretty too!
    Can’t beat that.

  22. Such a fun project that will allow you to enjoy your morning coffee in your pj’s. Yeah.


  23. This is such a great idea! And would be great for a little privacy as well!

  24. Northern Belle says:

    We’re on the verge of transitioning from a toddler bed to a little girl bed and I’m looking for a way to use the sides from the crib. This is great! [The other idea under consideration is turn them into “magazine” racks for storage of children’s books.]

  25. this is adorable Melissa!!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up

    Have a fabulous weekend!

  26. So cute! I want to mention this post in Five Star Design Tips blog

  27. This is so cheerful, I love it! :) I’ve featured this post on Craft Gossip here:

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  28. Love it Love it!!! Now to set it up to get watered everyday :( LOL

  29. Jerri Dyke says:

    I must have missed it….how did you attach them to the pallett? I see the ropes, but do not see how they attach? Guess I am too A.D.D.!!

    Thanx for helping out the really DIY challenged! :)

  30. I think this is just awesome! Sharing it on my facebook page.

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