If you are looking for a super simple way to add a trellis to your garden, this wood pallet trellis is easy to make and you most likely have all of the supplies on hand!
We upcycle as much as we can here on the homestead, always try to buy used or DIY anything we can to save as much money as possible.
Pallets can be used for so many things around the homestead including a compost bin, fencing, in the chicken coop, and much more!
When we expanded our garden, I needed more trellises for support and I didn’t want to have to go out and buy cages or pre-made trellises.
We had a few pallets lying around so I put them to good use and whipped up these wood pallet trellises.
You can make these with just two pallets, two pieces of scrap wood, and a few screws. You can even go further by adding any leftover hog wire or poultry netting for extra support for creeping vines.
Where can I find wood pallets?
You mights be wondering where can I get free wood pallets near me? Wood pallets can be very easy to find!
We live in a pretty rural area, but have been able to find pallets without a problem. You just need to know where to start.
First, check out the app Next Door. You can post that you are looking for pallets and will hopefully have people reaching out who have some available. People will also post if they have some to give away, so check back regularly.
You can also ask your local businesses if they have any they are looking to get rid of.
What pallets are safe to use for gardening?
Not all pallets are made the same! You want to make sure they are not treated with any kind of chemicals if you are using them in the garden. Most pallets are actually stamped to let you know how they were made:
- HT – Heat treated and safe to use in the garden
- DB means Debarked – Untreated and safe to use
- KD means Kiln Dried – Untreated and safe to use
- MB means Methyl Bromide – Toxic and avoid
- If it is unmarked, it is most likely safe BUT we still avoid in the garden just incase.
All of our garden pallets are heat treated and safe for using around food.
How to make a wood pallet trellis
This is one of the easiest pallet projects out there!
Start by leaning two pallets up against each other.
Next, take your scrap wood (2X4’s work well) and cut to length to connect the two pallets seen below (I already had two pre-cut pieces at the same length and I just made the distance based on that)
Then, screw the scrap wood into the pallets.
Plant your vining plants at the base and if you are feeling extra fancy, you can use paint markers and write what you are planting on the connector pieces like so!