Simple and Elegant Hanging Wall Planter from Orange Box and Pallet Wood

These planters are very easy to make with hand tools, look stylish, can be finished with earth pigments to suit your colour scheme and despite their delicate appearance are robust and long lasting. The boxes pictured are in their fourth year of use and have all been kept outside.

How to make a reclaimed wood hanging planter

Not only are they decorative but practical too in that they can be used to grow edible flowers, herbs and other compact food plants. They are also good at retaining water and encouraging root growth because their design allows for a substantial depth of soil.

How to make an easy and elegant reclaimed wood hanging planter


The ubiquitous untreated pallet and fruit crate wood, the latter is the sort that contains oranges and we find it easily at our local organic shop but any similar scrap wood will work. 
Wood glue
Small nails or panel pins

How to make an easy and elegant reclaimed wood hanging planter

How to make a easy hanging pallet wood planter from recuperated wood DIY recuperated wood hanging planters How to make pallet wood and orange box wood hanging planters


Start by cutting four side pieces from the box wood, you can cut the square for the base at this point or if you'd rather, wait until you have assembled the sides.

Hanging planters work in progess

Use a pallet block as a support when gluing and nailing the sides.

Hanging planters from recuperated wood
recuperated wood hanging planterMake the planter box in two halves and then join these together. The reason for this is to allow the two right angled sections to support each other for the final assembly.

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The base of the box can now be cut to fit and then glued and nailed.

On some of my later boxes I used a power stapler, which I found to be quicker.

The boxes can be coated with linseed oil or with a water-based acrylic varnish and we used natural earth and mineral pigments to obtain the colours. We have an article on mixing and using these pigments on this blog (link at the end of this article).

Cut a piece of pallet wood to use as the backing board for the hanger and also cut a supporting piece, from a square section of pallet wood, make it slightly narrower than the backing board for aesthetic reasons.

Drill holes into the backing board and screw the supporting piece in place.

Drill a hole at the top of the backing board to enable you to screw it to your chosen support.
Drill a hole at approximately a 45 degree angle into the top of the planter box, so that it can easily be screwed into the backing board.

Lay the box onto the backing board, making sure it is resting on the supporting piece. Then screw the box to the backing board. Thus the vertical weight of the planter is held by the supporting piece.  The single screw in the box is just there to hold it in place on the backing board.

Fill with soil and plants.

Screw the planter to the support and then sit back and watch it grow!

And now sit back and watch the film.

How to make a recuperated wood hanging planter

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Until next time!

Cheers, Andy

© Andy Colley 2017


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  1. Hi Andy, these are great, is there a reason why you don't treat or paint the pallet wood?


  2. Hi Andy, love your work
    Are you living in France?
    if so where?
    We're living in NZ but thinking of moving to France