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DIY Vertical Pallet Succulent Garden

Creating a Succulent Garden from a Recycled Pallet

Pallet gardens are the ultimate gardening display and an easy DIY project. Pallet Gardens are the perfect choice for small spaces, urban gardens, feature pieces in an outdoor area or another addition to a succulent lover’s landscape! After only a few simple steps, that Pinterest board dedicated to vertical and pallet succulent inspiration can become a reality!


  • Pallet (The one I used measures in at 40 x 48 x 5)
  • Landscaping Paper / Landscape Fabric (The price of landscaping paper can be quite expensive, consider using multiple layers of weed control landscape fabric instead.)
  • Staple Gun + Staples
  • Hammer + Nails
  • Potting Soil (I used 100 dry QT or 3.8 cubic ft. to fill the pallet)
  • Succulents, of course! (The bulk of this pallet comes from a 30 plant variety pack and a few extra add-ons. All can be found at the bottom of this post.)
  • Scrap wood (Optional – to strengthen the pallet)
  • White paint + sponges (Optional)


  1. Begin by stapling the landscape fabric across the back, bottom, top, and sides of the pallet. Double up on the landscape paper and staple as taut as possible. Take care to fold corners and – if your pallet is a bit rough around the edges like ours – do your best to cover the broken wood.
  2. If you believe extra support is necessary, find scrap wood to strengthen the pallet. Simply use a hammer and nails to attach.
  3. Optional step! We wanted a whitewash look for the pallet. To achieve, dilute white paint with water and use sponges or cloth (or both!) rather than paintbrushes. I truly love how it turned out!
  4. Lay the pallet flat and pour the soil in through the slats. Make sure it is firmly packed to reduce the amount of soil loss when you pick the pallet back up.
  5. Begin planting! Add more soil as needed and make sure to allow space between the plants to let the cuttings grow!