Hammering, sawing painting and gardening, all in one project.
These upcycled pallet shelves would be great to display plants outside your classroom on a fence. They are useful for starting off succulent cuttings, too, as it keeps them out of reach of slugs and snails. You could cable tie a shelf to a wire fence or screw it to a wooden fence.
Tin pots planted with pansies or on the right in plastic containers, an ideal garden for anyone who forgets to water their plants. I left the shelf with the branch on it unpainted and added some succulent cuttings in plant pots. I just need to find a space to fasten it to now.
Ask an adult to help you get the pallet ready. I removed all of the front panels from a small pallet, and then the middle ones from the back, too. I nailed two of the cross sections onto the pallet structure to create a frame.
Make the uprights taller than your tins. I sat one of my tin cans on the frame to see how tall the upright sections needed to be.
To stop the tin cans falling off the shelves I nailed a thin piece of timber and a branch from a pruned tree across the front. You can fit lots of tin cans or plant pots on your shelves.
Drainage holes are important. If you are using tin cans only use ones without a sharp edge on the top. Create drainage holes in the bottom with a nail.
Painting the shelf. I wanted my tin cans to look really bright so I painted the pallet shelf black. Leave the paint to dry.
As always, be gentle with the plant. Half-fill the cans with potting mix and plant with a small potted colour plant (the six-cell ones have nice small roots that fit well in a can).
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