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How to Make a Picket Fence from Pallets

Building this picket fence from recycled pallets is my favorite project we’ve done so far in our new home. We got all the pallets for free on Craigslist, so for about $20 we were able to build this adorable little garden fence.

We had already built all the raised beds and wanted to make our veggie garden its own little world. Hubby took the pallets apart the old fashioned (and HARD) way with a sledgehammer. We recommend investing in a reciprocating saw if you’re planning on working with pallet wood! The pallet wood was the perfect size for our pickets.

pallet picket fence

We started out nailing each picket to two firring strips, using wooden spacers we cut to keep them uniformly spaced. Once we had all our pickets on each section we trimmed the bottom to make it straight, and we cut the corners off the tops and sanded them to get the cute dog ear shape.

pallet picket fence

After the section was finished I painted it this perfect lilac color which looks so cute and whimsical in the yard.  Some of the pickets were more receptive to the paint than others which contributed to the quaint, imperfect, rustic look.

pallet picket fence
DIY pallet picket fence
We used 2x4s as posts and put it together right around the garden and, not to waste anything, we made a little potting bench from the left over pallet wood.
The garden is now rewarding us with cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans, green and yellow bell peppers, serrano, habanero and jalapeno peppers, strawberries, eggplant and watermelons.
In the galvanized buckets at the entrance are lavender, mint, rosemary, sage, boxwood basil, oregano, parsley and thyme.
What’s growing in your garden?
new beginnings in the garden

My little purple garden fence


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Jen Leeman

Jen Leeman is a working mom whose passion is writing. She lives at the Jersey Shore with her husband, daughter, 2 dogs and a cat. She writes about her love of family, home and garden, casual entertaining and shore living at her blog Driftwood Gardens. Instagram: jluvsa911

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Lisa Gortler

Thursday 19th of February 2015

What a beautiful fence. I love picket fences, as far as fences go... there's no denying that they are classy. I'm loving that you painted it purple. Seems like an easy enough project... I might have to give this one a try! Lisa |

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