Our sundeck balcony is SAD. I haven’t figured out a grand design plan for the space yet (I’m hoping we’ll replace it before I even have to decorate it!!), but in the meantime, here’s my quick fix! My One-Hour, $15 Balcony Pallet Garden!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Small Pallet
- Sandpaper or a Sanding Block
- Can of Metallic Spray Paint
- L-Brackets (UPDATE: Last year, I rehung it using Wall Cleats = much stronger!)
- Wood/Deck Screws
- Various Terracotta Pots
I discovered that you can call warehouses to see if they are getting rid of pallets for FREE. I called around to our local Habitat ReStore and I found the perfect one. About 30″ square. Before heading home, I swung by Home Depot to pick up two $1 L-brackets, some terra cotta pots and, of course, some plants. I selected some basic, sun-worshipping herbs.
I sanded down the pallet to get rid of all the broken bits and splinters. Then I gave it one solid coat with the spray paint. I think it warmed it up perfectly!
Using the L-brackets I attached my pallet to my balcony wall.If you’re doing this, your situation will probably be different, so hopefully you have a nice flat surface to work with. I did not, so I used a 2×4 I found in the wood pile to shim my pallet into place and hold it in nice and tight.
Then, all I did was pot up my plants!
With that in mind, I grabbed another piece of scrap wood and some white craft paint to make my new little garden a sign.
By my math, that’s $15 buckaroos… and this whole project took me about an hour start to finish!