Not sure where to store the tools and accessories that you use in the garden to keep them in order and always at hand? With this tutorial, you will learn, step by step, how to make an organizer for the garden or terrace. A practical object that will become indispensable in your outdoor spaces.
Having a garden or terrace requires a series of maintenance activities that require a set of accessories and tools such as, for example:
- Garden hoses or watering can
- Shovel, rake, broom, etc., to sweep and collect fallen leaves
- Pruning and gardening tools
- Plant care products, etc.
To store them all in one place, the on-going tutorial will show you, step by step, how to turn a pallet into an organizer. It will be so quick and easy to make that you will regret not having done it before!
Tools and materials
To transform a pallet into an organizer for your terrace or garden, you will need these tools and materials :
- Orbital sander
- Miter saw or template box for angled cuts
- One pallet and 3 extra axes
- Wood screws
- Hooks for organizers
Cost, duration and difficulty
Keeping all your tools and utensils tidy will cost you around € 20 for materials, as long as you already have the necessary tools available.
One morning of work will suffice to carry out this DIY project. Depending on the varnish chosen to protect the wood, you will have shorter or longer waiting times for drying.
The level of difficulty of this project is low it is suitable for those who want to start DIY and carry out the first DIY projects with pallets.
How to make a garden organizer step by step
This garden organizer has an extra space in the back where we can store additional tools, in addition to the front. Let’s see immediately the steps to follow to achieve it.
1º.- Smooth the bed
The first step is to sand the bed with an orbital sander, both in the upper and lower part. We also smooth the 3 extra axes, which we can get from another pallet.
If the pallet is not in good condition, we recommend the use of a large grain to eliminate splinters and imperfections. Next, we will give one last pass with a medium grain, to have a more uniform and smooth finish.
2º.- Cut and fix the extra boards
To make the most of the available space, we fix the boards on the lower side, following these steps:
- Cut the boards following the width measurement of the bed, using a wood cutting machine or saw.
- Screw the planks to the bottom of the crosspieces that form the base of the pallet.
In this way, we will create three spaces in the back that we will need to store small utensils, tools or we can even use as a container.
3º.- Protect and decorate the pallet
The next step is to protect and decorate the pallet with the impregnating agent. The impregnating agent penetrates the wood and protects it, but being an open-pore finish it allows the wood to breathe and regulate the internal humidity. For this reason, it is suitable for protecting wood intended for outdoor spaces.
The application involves the application of at least two layers, to allow the product to penetrate the wood and complete its protective function.
It exists in different colors and tones, therefore in addition to protecting the wood, it is also suitable for decorating. In our case, we have chosen a white-colored impregnating agent.
4º.- Position the organizer hooks
The last step is to place several organizer hooks on the pallet to hang the tools. Specifically, we used:
- Hooks for storing the water hose
- U-shaped supports for positioning a shovel and rake a
- Various coat hooks
- S-shaped handles for hanging hooks
We recommend using weatherproof plastic or stainless steel hooks and supports.
After all these steps, you just have to make some holes in the wall to fix the organizer for the garden and you can already start using it to order and keep your tools and accessories at hand.
The upper part can also be used to place plants or pots and give a touch of color.
Remember that you can use the spaces in the back to place other tools or products for your plants, such as fertilizers, pesticides, revitalizes, etc.