2-pallet garden walkway – easy and affordable!

How to build an easy and FREE 2-pallet garden walkway! It works great and was so instant to make! Visit to read full tutorial.

Build a 2-pallet garden walkway

I had a thought… would a pallet garden walkway work in this area?

There’s this lovely little sitting area porch on the front of my house that has a tiny cement stone walkway leading to the front yard.

Only trouble is, the cement stepping stones really weren’t stepping stones but garden edging, and they always sunk into the soil. What a mess!

So I decided it was time to come up with a more permanent garden walkway idea that was cheap, easy, looked cuter and would work better too!

How to build an easy and FREE 2-pallet garden walkway! It works great and was so instant to make! Visit to read full tutorial.

Having two small pallets in stock (I sound like a pallet store) (scrap that… I AM one!), I had a brainstorm. Would an easy 2-pallet garden walkway work?

It was certainly worth a shot!

This ended up being the easiest garden walkway I’ve ever made, and it turned out so cute!

So if you too desire to have an easy garden walkway that was absolutely free to make, this 2-pallet idea may work for you too!

Here’s what I did:

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2-pallet garden walkway

 How to build an easy and FREE 2-pallet garden walkway! It works great and was so instant to make! Visit to read full tutorial.

Designing the pallet walkway


Two pallets I had on hand were loosely placed into position to ensure their size worked.

These two pallets, although they were both different sizes, ended up being the chosen two.

So let’s get them set next…

How to build an easy and FREE 2-pallet garden walkway! It works great and was so instant to make! Visit to read full tutorial.

Leveling the soil


Removing the pallets, I tried digging some trenches to level the pallets moreso. But the trench idea proved difficult.

So I removed all the pallets, decided to not cheat, and just level the soil the best that I could using a metal garden rake before positioning the pallets into place.

Getting two different pallets level proved somewhat tricky, but it wasn’t impossible. I just kept digging and raking and repositioning until it worked.

How to build an easy and FREE 2-pallet garden walkway! It works great and was so instant to make! Visit to read full tutorial.

And here’s the result!

How to create a pallet wood walkway


  • dry-fit 2 or more pallets to ensure they will fit in your given area
  • remove pallets, then level the soil using a metal garden rake
  • position pallets into place with a construction level on top
  • reposition and redig grooves into the soil with a shovel to further level the pallets

Read how I used several pallets to create a garden shed porch HERE!

How to build an easy and FREE 2-pallet garden walkway! It works great and was so instant to make! Visit to read full tutorial.

The finished pallet walkway!


My own front yard is higher than the sidewalk, so a step-up was necessary in order to have the pallets level.

No big deal at all, it keeps the dirt and rainwater off your feet. And the sidewalk was a great support.

However if you wished to have your pallets level with your own sidewalk, keep digging to make it work!

HERE is how I created a garden-themed walkway level to my driveway.

Alyssum pouring out of a kettle along the front of a pallet garden walkway via Funky Junk Interiors

Adding flower details


To decorate the flower bed moreso, I planted some fragrant alyssum along with an old kettle planter on its side in such a way that the flowers appear to be spilling out of the kettle!

Alyssum pouring out of a kettle along the front of a pallet garden walkway via Funky Junk Interiors

Such a cute and quirky unexpected detail. And the planted flowers helped to round out the end of the pallet walkway nicely!

How to build an easy and FREE 2-pallet garden walkway! It works great and was so instant to make! Visit to read full tutorial.

This little 2-pallet garden walkway was the perfect touch for this area. And it blends in really well with the plants and flowers. It’s truly perfect!

How to plant a flower barrel instantly using a hanging basket! Easy and gorgeous! Visit full tutorial HERE.

And is the perfect place to sit for a coffee!

But I added one more garden detail…

See that pretty flower planter barrel? Here’s the secret to getting it look so full…

How to plant a flower barrel instantly using a hanging basket! Easy and gorgeous! Visit full tutorial HERE.

How to plant a flower barrel – instantly!


  • Buy the prettiest, largest hanging flower basket you can find.
  • Place it in an empty garden barrel.
  • If the level of the basket isn’t quite right, place some blocks of wood or an upside down bucket inside until you achieve the level desired.

It’s the prettiest and easiest flowering barrel to care for that I’ve ever had, and it looks perfect right away too! And I didn’t even bother to transplant a thing!

Anyway, I’m really pleased how this little 2 pallet garden walkway turned out! Think you’ll give this walkway idea a try?

I’ve made a few more since this idea, so here’s a few others to check out!

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58 thoughts on “2-pallet garden walkway – easy and affordable!

  1. I think my last email may have been lost in space! It diappeared! Just another awesome job at getting my creative side going. New place blues…The place I just moved to is less than stellar, but your keep it simple attitude always reminds me to bloom where your planted, and get creative! Thank you for being you, and sharing…<3


    *Here is a lovely quote that mirrors your gifts, talents, and attitude…

    Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. -Buddha

    • Wow… I’m honoured to be attributed to that quote… I LOVE that! Thank-you!

      And how I can relate with your less than stellar comment. This place has a LONG way to go to truly become me, but one small project at a time will eventually get you there. Go you!

  2. Ha ha ha. We just finished doing basically the same thing in our vegetable garden. Cheater style. Your first walkway was our inspiration. However after hubby spent an hour trying to take the individual wood pieces off, he gave up and said we were using the bases of the pallets – that they would be sturdier that way too. And he was right.

    One thing we added to the project – landscape fabric underneath to stop the multitude of weeds from growing through the slats.

    I love your solution to the barrel too – it’s the only way to go!!

  3. Your new pallet walk way is genius. They say no pain, no gain. Maybe you could add two cute stepping stones to either side of the alyssum, leading to the front of the yard. This may help to make the step a little shorter. A pair of pretty mosaic steps would be lovely!!
    Hugs, Laura

    • Very cute idea and I actually did attempt something similar! But since there are no small children in our household ( and I’m likely the only one that will ever use this pathway!!), I think I’m going to try letting the flowers grow nice and full… I’ll take another pic at the end of the season!

  4. Great job!! I DO love it with the flowers peaking in front of it! I have so many places that I need to do this…just have to get the time and energy! Thanks for sharing this idea! ~Tammy

  5. It looks amazing…you are so talented, and I just want to say, you truly inspire me to look around at what I have and make it work. You seem to have a knack for putting it all together and making it work…thanks for sharing all your projects so the rest of us can be inspired!!!

  6. I’m remodeling my garden so I’m learning, getting inspired and pinning like mad ;), with all suggestions I find.
    This one is pretty awesome. I don’t know if I’m already in that brave phase you are but I’m going to pin it and sleep on it for a while.
    Thank you for sharng your Junk,

  7. Great idea we have a fire pit in our back yard and I really want to make a walk way to it. And I had seen your first idea but was worried about the same thing, sinking. This has crossed my mind to mismatch pallets to create the walkway. But you put it in pictures for me!! Looks great!! Thanks for sharing!


    • I can’t wait to see the bench placement Donna. I have been holding off on putting out one of the benches because I knew moving it every time “we” mowed the lawn, someone wouldn’t be happy.haha.

      I use the hanging pot trick every year – before we can actually start putting things in the ground – it is the only way we get some good quick color bursts . Mardy

  8. Both walkways are gorgeous. I love your blog — read it everyday!!! I like your spirit (I, too, am a single mom). I was working in the yard today, heaving the wheelbarrow full of rock, block, etc. I just told myself, “you can do this, just pace yourself, go slowly…” And guess what, I did it!!! I sit here, sweaty, black fingernails, happy as a clam… and I love reading about your accomplishments and ingenuity! Keep it up! Jane

    • Oh I so get it. It’s very hard work to accomplish something worthwhile. But the learning process in itself makes the journey worth it. Glad you kept going! It’s really the only way to accomplish. Quitting can’t be in one’s vocabulary… no such thing!

  9. Nice walkway and I love how green your yard is! Those kittens are THE BEST. the way they hang out together is too sweet. Keep the pics coming I think they are into modeling.

    • Our grass is this green year around due to all our rain on the West coast. We certainly earn it! 🙂

      The cats are absolutely inseparable! It’s nearly impossible to take a picture of just one. haha (love it!)

  10. THE PALLET PRINCESS does it again! Perseverance paid off and you now have another beautiful spot where you can welcome the day.

  11. LOVE this look and such a great use for pallets!! The cut out around the plants looks very nice!! We did this over a gravel area from a deck to the garage. If the pallets is placed directly on the soil/mud, won’t the moisture make it rot out sooner?

      • That’s true!! Pallets are plentiful and the price is right – FREE!!! We also pick them up to cut up for our firepit. So many ideas out there. I have a Pinterest board for pallets & crates for future ideas of ways to use them.

        • If one was concerned about that, maybe wrapping the parts of the wood that press against the soil would work… stapling plastic on those areas perhaps? Hmm… that’s not a bad idea, wish I had thought of it a week ago. LOL

          • You could give the pallets a couple of coats of Thompson’s Waterseal or another wood preservative, which would keep them from rotting. Might need to repeat every year or 2 when they’re in contact with soil or grass. I’m considering adapting your idea a bit, using pea gravel or sand under the pallets–would still use a protective product, but then I’m AR. 😉

  12. you are genius! love most of your ideas, have implemented several into my life. i’m not talented like you, but i do muddle along and am happy with my results. love your new critters.

  13. Hi, both walkways look great- I always see so many free on Craigslist and wish I could think of something to do with them. You have given me ideas for my back yard by creating a wonderful, cozy nook for yourself. Also, the barrel is beautiful.

  14. You are a Gal after my own heart .The Pallette walkway looks great!I love to use ‘junk’ in my garden.Branches,logs,Old pots ect > nothing gets thrown away.I enjoy making ‘Nooks’in my garden.They add so much character.Love your ideas and your ‘Blog’ Thanks.Jo’

  15. Back to the wood possibly rotting. Where i live, the wood would be rotted by fall. The humidity is vicious here. i am wondering if covering with a sealer or something like that would work. Also, i don’t have the strength of a gnat. How would you suggest that i take the pallet apart without doing myself in? BTW. . .Bravo!!! Your walkways are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! You are an amazingly talented lady. Also, you are a talented writer too. Your blogs are interesting, funny, and you keep me coming back for more. Glad i found you.

    • Hey Louise, I can’t take them apart myself either unless the nails are of the straight variety. If they are twisted, I pass.

      There are some special tools one can use to dismantle a pallet. Just google it and you’ll find all kinds of weird stuff out there. Many use a sawzall with a metal blade as well so you just saw the nails vs. prying the works apart.

      I luck out and frequent a place where they must rip open large cartons and find lots of loose boards.

      Other than that, for a wood walkway, you could always just pick up new wood and cut down to size for something like that. Unless you use the entire pallet like I did in this tutorial of course! Just watch for smaller ones.

      Thanks for the kudos, much appreciated!

  16. I love it and I want one. The tipped over kettle spewing flowers is adorable. Our neighbor has been blessing us with free pallets recently which Charlie thinks he’ll use to store his firewood on. I might have other, more decorative plans. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  17. I love your yard and your porch! It looks so cozy and inviting! I love the pallet walk way that is so cool! I am new here to your website so I havent explored every thing yet but what I have seen I love! Keep up the good work and posts! I enjoy reading them. Have a blessed day!

  18. It’s beautiful! We got a stray pallet from a Lowes delivery and wanted to do something with it. And you’ve inspired me…thanks. Did you do anything to treat the wood? I know pallet wood is low grade lumber so wonder if it needs extra protection from weather?

    • Annette, I would say yes. These two pallets didn’t do all that well over winter. Some kind of treated wood would have done much better. That’s ok… I get to create something new this spring! 🙂

  19. Many times, oh many many….Dig, pull,fabric, newspaper, cardboard, soil, mulch, plant. Veggies and flower beds. What is the secret to weed control!! This is not a joint effort at our place as the hubs is on the road 6 months of the year. Shall I cover it all in cement and mulch around perfect little baskets??? Love your Blog!!

  20. Hi there,
    Adele from Logy Bay, Newfoundland. I just had the same brilliant idea when I was working in my yard! Came in to check for tips and I knew of course my idea was not original. Love what you did and Love, Love the idea for a high planter barrel.
    Looks beautiful.

  21. Great idea! I need to make a pathway from behind my small deck entrance to my sidewalk for my garbage cans. When it rains its all muddy. So with your walkway you have to step over the flowers to get to the walkway?

  22. Hi,
    What kind of hosta is that beside the pallets with purple flowers. I have some hostas in my backyard, but they don’t seem to grow that big.


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