Reclaimed wood has become a hot topic among the arts and crafts crowd, the home renovation and decoration junkies, and even the gardening scene. There’s the glamorous idea of finding shiplap in your home and repurposing it, but a more common theme now is to find ways to use old pallets, which are in much greater supply.

In the interest of helping you get creative with reclaimed wood, we’ve created this list of garden ideas with pallets to spark new thoughts and ways to design your garden and yard using an element that is cheap or free but can be insanely beautiful when done well.


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One of the easiest ways to use old wooden pallets in your garden or other outdoor area is to create a nice planter box. This is especially useful if you’re looking to plant a small tree and worry that putting it in the ground will lead to disaster – animals marking it, soil not being firm enough, flooding making the base rot.

By inserting your tree into a pallet made box, you make sure that it’s in a healthy place with nutrient rich soil and no chance of Rover coming to make it his territory. You also avoid bending and kneeling to care for the tree while also enjoying a beautiful wooden addition to your yard space that likely didn’t cost you a penny!

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