Monday, July 8, 2024

Create A Hanging Pallet Planter with Vintage Glass Bottles





Do you have an empty wall or a balcony railing that could use a bit of greenery and charm? Here’s a simple DIY project that combines the rustic appeal of old wood pallets with the delicate beauty of vintage glass bottles.

Creating Your Hanging Pallet Planter

Start by sourcing an old wooden pallet. You can often find these for free or at low cost from local businesses or online marketplaces. Look for one that is sturdy and not treated with harmful chemicals if you plan to grow edible plants.


Next, gather several vintage glass bottles. These bottles, often found in shades of light blue, light purple, or amber, add a touch of nostalgia and elegance to your planter. They can be used as charming bud vases for small flowers or herbs. If you want to plant plants in soil, you will need to use wider-mouthed jars such as mason jars.

Clean the pallet thoroughly and sand down any rough edges to prevent splinters. Decide how many rows of bottles you want on your planter. Using a saw, carefully cut the pallet to the desired length, leaving enough space between the slats for the bottles to sit securely. Remember to always wear safety glasses and a dust mask.


Attach sturdy hooks or metal brackets to the back of the pallet. These will serve as the hangers for your planter. Make sure they are evenly spaced and securely fastened to support the weight of the pallet and the plants. 

Now, arrange the vintage glass bottles along the slats of the pallet. You can secure them in place with wire or twine for a more rustic look, or use clamps if you prefer a cleaner finish.

Fill the bottles with water and add small flowers or herbs of your choice. Succulents, trailing vines, and small ferns work particularly well in this type of vertical planter.


Once everything is in place, hang your pallet planter on a sturdy hook or nail on your chosen wall or railing. Make sure it is securely attached and can support the weight.

Maintenance and Care

Water your plants regularly, taking care not to overwater as pallet planters can dry out quickly. Check the bottles regularly and replace the water as needed to keep your plants healthy and happy.


Consider the location of your planter; plants that need more sunlight should be placed in a sunny spot, while shade-loving plants can thrive in a more sheltered area.


Final Thoughts

Creating a hanging pallet planter with vintage glass bottles is not only a practical way to upcycle materials but also adds a unique and charming touch to any space. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, this project is simple enough to tackle in an afternoon and versatile enough to adapt to your personal style and space constraints.


So gather your materials, unleash your creativity, and transform a humble pallet and some old bottles into a stunning vertical garden that will be the envy of your neighborhood!

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Laura

Article and images copyright ©Laura Beth Love 2024 and may not be republished in print or other media without express written permission from the author.

Sunday, July 7, 2024

Small Pool Designs for Small Backyards



In urban and suburban settings where space is a premium, opting for a small in-ground swimming pool can be a game-changer for homeowners seeking both relaxation and functionality in their outdoor spaces. Unlike their larger counterparts, these compact pools fit snugly into modest-sized yards without overwhelming the landscape. Their size not only conserves space but also simplifies maintenance and reduces water and energy consumption. 




One significant advantage of a small in-ground pool is its versatility in design and integration with other backyard features. With careful planning, a seating area can complement the pool, creating a harmonious outdoor retreat. This seating area can range from a simple arrangement of lounge chairs and umbrellas to a more elaborate patio with comfortable sofas and tables. By strategically placing these elements around the pool, homeowners can maximize both relaxation and socialization spaces in their backyard.




Integrating a seating area enhances the poolside experience, providing a place for lounging, dining, or socializing with friends and family. This setup not only optimizes the use of limited space but also transforms the backyard into a multifunctional oasis. Whether it's unwinding after a long day or hosting intimate gatherings, the combination of a small in-ground pool and a well-placed seating area offers both practicality and enjoyment without compromising on comfort or style. 



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Laura

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Laura

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