Make your own Pallet Garden

Have you got a spare pallet knocking around? They are easy to get hold of if not…. and what a gorgeous project this is! Just follow the steps below to create your own repurposed Pallet Garden. Thank You so much to the ingenious Hannah at The Chimney House for the inspiration. You can check out her fantastic Blog using the link for Meeting, Making and Munching!

DIY Pallet Garden Front
DIY Pallet Garden Front

1- Find a pallet. They’re all slightly different. Look at their bottoms or underneath. This is the side you will have facing you to plant into. I chose ones with just four slats as I wanted a bit more space between each slat for the plants. Also, if you’re having a few side by side, check the ‘colours’ and fading of the wood match. I found one was very grey and one was a warm yellow, so searched though our pile until I had two similar in colour.

2- Turn them, so the underneath is facing you and slats are horizontal. Now you have two choices! You can either back the whole lot, fill with compost whilst lying on the floor, plant whilst it’s flat, then stand and secure to wall OR stand against wall (preferably a garden wall. If it’s against the wall of your house you must leave a gap and put a watertight membrane against the back of the pallet you so don’t end up getting damp! ) secure to wall, put in little compost holders and fill with plants.

DIY Pallet Garden
DIY Pallet Garden

A)
If you chose the backing and planting whilst flat, here’s what to do next…

Back (as in, cover the top/front, since the underneath is now your front) the pallet with a strong weed-stop membrane. I use a staple gun…not a craft one but a more substantial DIY one. You might also want to cover the sides to create an enclosed space. If you’re putting against a house wall I suggest you google how best to back it.

Fill all areas with compost.

Choose your plants…depending on the size of your pallet and your gaps, you’re looking for 2/3 per slat space/area. Choose a range to suit you. I have three types of fern forwards the bottom, a few herbs in amongst, a few pretty little flowers, some sedums that grow tall, some that will trail, and some taller plants (erysimum, wallflowers) for the top to make it pretty!

Plant as usual where you fancy. Shady, water loving plants towards the base.

Water and wait until all soaked in.

Raise pallet, leave a gap of 2/3 inches between the base of the pallet and the wall and lean gently!

I would definitely suggest securing the top of the pallet to the wall. I was lucky, there were already several screws in the wall and the perfect height. I used garden wire, wrapped around a top slat, round the screw, onto the next screw and back around the top slat of the next pallet.

Stand back and admire your new garden!

DIY Pallet Garden #1
DIY Pallet Garden #1

B…
If you chose the lean up and plant when in place option, here’s what to do next…

If you’re putting it up against a house wall I suggest you google how best to back it. You’ll need something like a waterproof membrane to put over the back of the pallet to prevent damp. But please do look it up properly. I use a staple gun…not a craft one but a more substantial DIY one.

Raise pallet, leave a gap of 2/3 inches between the base of the pallet and the wall.

I would definitely suggest securing the top of the pallet to the wall. I was lucky, there were already several screws in the wall and the perfect height. I used garden wire, wrapped around a top slat, round the screw, onto the next screw and back around the top slat of the next pallet.

Now you need little pouches for the compost and plants to sit in. I was lucky…each half (left or right side) was just the right length to use the bottom of a bag for life! Flatten the plastic bag, run a pair of scissors along about 3/4 inches up (leave it taller if you’re not sure, you can always cut down to size when you’ve tried it out) to cut the bottoms pouch section off. This will then sit inside each section and you use your staple gun to secure in place. I began with one staple in the middle at the back, then each end, then secured over the front lip of the slat at each end. It takes a little while.

If you don’t want to use plastic, weed netting or similar will be fine but you need something the water will drown through.

Stab holes with a pair of scissors through the bottoms of all the plastic pouches.

Fill each little pouch with compost but leave them shallow enough to top up with plants.

Choose your plants…depending on the size of your pallet and your gaps, you’re looking for 2/3 per slat space/area. Choose a range to suit you. I have three types of fern forwards the bottom, a few herbs in amongst, a few pretty little flowers, some sedums that grow tall, some that will trail, and some taller plants (erysimum, wallflowers) for the top to make it pretty!

Plant as usual where you fancy. Shady, water loving plants towards the base.

Water.

Stand back and admire your new garden!

DIY Pallet Gsrden #2
DIY Pallet Garden #2

Hope that helps everyone. I sort of made it up as I went along. If I did it again, I

think I’d go for the complete fill with compost and then lean up approach rather than the shallow ‘beds’…thinking it through, it would mean each plant has lots of space and growing room. What I might do as they grow is top up each section

with compost so it goes to the ‘top’ of each slat. I may even, at some point, take them down and redo if I find the plants aren’t growing strongly. But bear in mind, they’ll be a lot heavier if completely filled. I’ve also seen people used them as shallow raised beds laying flat!

DIY Pallet Garden Side
DIY Pallet Garden Side

Why not have a go yourself? We would LOVE to see your creations in our Facebook group Yes Bebe Babble! It’s a fantastic, friendly community full of ideas and inspiration like this!

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Raspberry Republic

These clothes are just pure JOY. Colour co-ordinate, clash, mix and match, Raspberry Republic looks great whatever way it’s worn.

Papaya Power and Ignacio the Iguana
Raspberry Republic – Papaya Power and Ignacio the Iguana Red
Samba de Janeiro and Ignacio the Iguana Orange and Brown
Raspberry Republic – Samba de Janeiro and Ignacio the Iguana Red and Brown
Papaya Power Dress and Trousers, Ignaacio the Iguana Orange T Shirt and Brown Baggy Pants with Samba de Janeiro T Shirt
Raspberry Republic – Papaya Power Dress and Trousers, Ignaacio the Iguana Red T Shirt and Brown Baggy Pants with Samba de Janeiro T Shirt
Ignacio the Iguana Orange
Raspberry Republic – Ignacio the Iguana Red
Ignacio the Orange T Shirt and Brown Baggy Pants
Raspberry Republic – Ignacio the Iguana Red T Shirt and Brown Baggy Pants
Papaya Power Sleepsuit and Bonnet
Raspberry Repunlic – Papaya Power Sleepsuit and Bonnet

Papaya Power – Leggings

Papaya Power – Dress

Papaya Power – Sleepsuit

Papaya Power – Bonnet

Samba de Janeiro – T Shirt

Ignacio the Iguana (Red) – T Shirt

Ignacio the Iguana (Brown) – Baggy Pants

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Kite – Happy Me

The Happy Me Collection was always going to be a complete stand out. It combines unicorns, rainbows, suns and other nature inspired motifs in a colour palette that shouts SPRING. Kite do what they do best, creating clothes which can be mixed and matched without losing their impact.

The classic Kite dress design shines in this print. Made from 95% organic cotton with a smidgen of elastane for that comfortable stretch it features a shoulder opening fastened with coconut buttons. The dress is perfect for an occasion but equally dressed down for everyday wear,  it is paired here with Kite Flower Tights.

Kite Happy Me Dress
Kite Happy Me Dress
Happy Me Dress, Flower Tights and Dandy Ditsy Bowband
Happy Me Dress, Flower Tights and Dandy Ditsy Bowband

The print translates beautifully onto the leggings also, available in standard and ‘mini’ so even the smallest among us can join in the Spring Happy. The Happy Me T Shirt in Blue is  a joy, as is the Unicorn on Coral Pink.

Happy Me Leggings and T Shirt
Happy Me Leggings and T Shirt
Unicorn T Shirt
Unicorn T Shirt

Kite Happy Me – Dress

Kite Dandy Ditsy – Bowband

Kite Flower – Tights

Kite Happy Me – Leggings

Kite Happy Me – Mini Leggings

Kite Happy Me – T Shirt

Kite Unicorn T Shirt

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Piccalilly Alpaca

Alpaca! These cute and fluffy South American camelids are up there with their cousins the Llama for being everyone’s favourite fashionable friend right now.

Piccalilly Spring/Summer 2019 is right on the money with their collection so your little one can wear Alpacas in a variety of ways.

Alpaca Dress
The dress

The simple lines of this stunning summer dress create a loose, comfortable and cool outfit on it’s own. Made from organic cotton jersey this piece features the holy grail in dresses…..pockets! Two pockets for your little ones to collect treasures in while they play. Don’t forget to check them before you wash though! As always Piccallily create clothes to the highest standards, not just in ethics but quality too, so that machine washing keeps them vibrant.

The sleeveless nature of the dress is asking to be paired with a top underneath in cooler weather. We think the Ghita Blouse by Alba in the Seaport Mini Hearts colourway fits the bill perfectly. It picks up on the blues and pinks and with light rose lace details around the neck and raglan sleeves it’s a really versatile, comfortable blouse.

Piccalilly Alpaca Dress with Alba Ghita Blouse
Piccalilly Alpaca Dress with Alba Ghita Blouse

And in a third look, dress down and pick up the yellow of the Alpaca nose by adding this Mustard Stripe. From the same Piccalilly collection the colour match is perfect. It works so well as a wardrobe staple, pretty much a must have! (It’s such a staple in fact see more looks you can create with it here.)

Piccalilly Alpaca Dress and Mustard Stripe Top
Piccalilly Alpaca and Mustard Stripe Look

So that’s the dress….. but have you seen the skort? Yes you read that right! For all your little one’s cartwheeling needs! The integral shorts underneath are in a contrasting blue stripe and the waistband is fully elasticated. Quirky, cute and completely practical: a Spring/Summer essential. It’s hard to resist the matching T Shirt right? Our fluffy friend sits pride of place in beautiful applique and the short fluttery sleeves are a lovely additional feature. Handy hint- up to and including Age 2-3 have poppered shoulders, getting those wriggly little things dressed can be quite the challenge!

Alpaca Piccalilly Set
Alpaca Piccalilly Set

If dresses and skirts (even with hidden shorts!) aren’t your thing may we present the equally adorable Dungarees and Leggings. As with the whole range in this print they lend themselves perfectly to playing ‘Matchy Matchy’! And let’s face it who can resist that for cuteness and an excuse for double Alpaca! The leggings are paired here with the Alba Habian Hood Blouse in Beeswax colourway, a great combination to highlight the yellow in the Alpaca print. (Penguin is model’s own!)

Alpaca Twins
Piccalilly Alpaca

Browse the whole range here. We LOVE to see your little ones in their beautiful Yes Bebe clothing so please do share with us in our Facebook group or tag us on Facebook or Instagram.

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