Learn how to make a simple wooden box centerpiece that you can use to adorn your table for all your special events.
I've seen long gray wooden boxes on Pinterest many times. They have a cool Farmhouse style, which I really like, but my home is more of an eclectic mix of casual country and traditional feel.
However, when I saw this beauty on vacation I thought it may work well in my home so when we got home I put together this square box for use as a table centerpiece container.
I already had a long piece of pine from another project. It was 12 inches by about 3 feet, and 3/4 inches thick.
So my husband helped me cut one piece about 11 inches square for the base.
Then he cut 2 - 6 x 12.5 inch pieces and 2 - 6 by 11 inch pieces.
How to Make a Wooden Box Centerpiece
I'm not much of a carpenter but if I can do this, then you can too. Here's how I constructed the box.
- Started with one of the two short pieces. Hold it up flush to the base and drill a pilot in the middle, that matched the size (length) of the finishing nails I was going to use. (make sure the nails are long enough to penetrate through the board, and the base) Hammer the nail into place.
- Next drill a nail the other short side in the middle on the bottom.
- Then hold one of the longer pieces up to the sides. Drill and nail the bottom corners first to help secure the box.
- Follow up with the middle of the long base, and add two more nails on the sides. One in the middle and one at the top corner.
- Repeat with the other long side.
I stained the box with a walnut stain. This is purely for aesthetics. You can leave it bare, or stain or paint it a different color.
Then I found a large plastic bowl to hold the water for the flowers, and placed a piece of chicken wire on top, to give the flowers some support.
To create your arrangement, start with the largest flowers first. I have some pretty hydrangeas that are just coming into bloom. I love the bright great color they start out, and then turn into a pretty white.
Next I added some Lady's Mantle sprigs for filler. Another lovely bright green, and a couple of blue hosta leaves tucked in the sides. The final touch was adding a little extra color with beebalm, lace blue hydrangea, and betony.
I plan on using this wooden box centerpiece over and over.
It's the perfect size for my dining table, and I think it would look good any time of year.
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This is great! So simple and so versatile. Love that you used chicken wire for a 'frog'...geniuuuus! 😉 And your own flowers... they are SO beautiful!
A few years ago, I bought centerpieces from Costco that came in gray wood boxes. I use them constantly! I would love to make a white one.
Thanks Lauren. I have no idea why I waited so long to try this easy project. I did have my husband cut the wood for me but I think the guys at the hardware store would doing if for your too. White would be beautiful for any table.
You did it - you know once you can build a box you can make anything with wood! This looks awesome and I love the color combination; can hardly wait to see how you use it over the holidays.
Thanks Carole. I do believe watching all your wonderful wood creations gave me the confidence to make this one. I wasn't that bad, and I'm definitely going to use it for the holidays. In fact, I might even make another to match.