How to Turn a Wooden Pallet Into a Garden Path

by Wendy Wiegand 10/25/2021

Wooden pallets are a budget-friendly source of reclaimed wood and can inspire countless DIY projects. For those who love casual and rustic garden pathways, a pallet might be the perfect place to start. Using just a few materials and tools you can create a wooden plank path for your outdoor space without breaking your budget. Here we’ll go over the basics for making your own pallet garden walkway.

What You’ll Need

1 or more wooden pallets’ worth of wood — number will depend on path length
Garden rake
Garden topsoil or potting mix
Garden trowel
Tape measure
Circular saw


  1. First, you’ll need to prepare the area for your new path. Clear away any debris and plant life that might be in the way. If you’re pulling up shrubs or other plants, do so from the roots. This will prevent unexpected growth damaging your pathway in the future. If you’re constructing a path through sod, you may need additional tools to cut through it.

  2. Create a clean garden edge if desired. Otherwise, you can leave the edges natural for a more rustic or cottage style.

  3. Using a rake and shovel, add new garden topsoil as a base for your pathway. This layer does not need to be thick, but just enough to provide some cushion for the wood planks.

  4. Level the pathway using a screed or other leveling tool. If your path connects to a driveway, sidewalk or other paved surface, make sure the surface of the path soil is slightly lower to prevent tripping hazards.

  5. Using your tape measure, determine the total length of your path. Then, measure your wood pieces to figure out how many you need. You’ll avoid frustration or waste if you know the exact number of planks you need beforehand. If your walkway has any curves, cut extra pieces to fill in gaps.

  6. Cut the wood to the width of your path. Always wear protective equipment when using a saw.

  7. Starting at one end, place each wooden plank into the path. Adjust as necessary to create even gaps between them.

  8. Once you finish laying out the path, fill in the gaps with extra soil to secure the wood in place.

  9. Test out the pathway to make sure none of the planks rock or tip. If you find any that are sitting loose, adjust by packing in more soil.

  10. Decorate and finish with edging materials like rocks or even create an edge out of leftover wood.

Now you have a simple and functional garden pathway made entirely out of reclaimed materials. One notable advantage of this type of pathway is that the wood is unattached and mobile. If you need to weed or add new soil, you can simply remove the boards until you’re finished. For an extra secure pathway, try planting ground cover like moss around the edges. This will creep in between the boards and create a lush, charming aesthetic perfect for a rustic or cottage style garden.

About the Author

Wendy Wiegand

As a premier real estate agent in Carlsbad, I’m here to provide you with all the resources and information you need to buy or sell real estate. I work with buyers and sellers in Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside, San Marcos, Vista and the surrounding areas and I’ve had extensive training in the latest real estate marketing strategies.  I’m confident that I can offer you knowledge and tools most other agents can’t.

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