How to DIY A Wood Box Centerpiece

Hello there!

This project is as simple as building a box…well, because you ARE building a box.  Ha!  Seriously, it’s that easy!  5 boards, only 2 different cuts, nails and glue.   If you are a beginner builder, this project is the perfect start for you!   And it’s pretty!

I followed the plans Liz posted over at Love Grows Wild.  Thanks Liz!
Shanty 2 Chic has similar plans as well.

First things first…check your scrap wood stash!  The drawer pulls were the only purchase I made.  So this beautiful, rustic centerpiece only cost me $6.00 and took less than two hours to make {and that includes paint/stain drying time}

You will need:
3 – 1 x 6 cut to 22.5″
2 – 1 x 6 cut to 7″
Miter or circular saw
Kreg jig {I used finishing nails and glue and they worked just fine}
Tape measure
Stain/Paint of your choice
2 drawer pulls {optional}
* Overall dimensions of this long and narrow box are 2′ long x 7″ wide 

Cut your wood as directed.  The 3 long pieces are your two sides and the bottom.  The  small cuts are your end pieces.  I prefer to paint/stain my pieces before assembly.

I stained my wood with Minwax Special Walnut.  Once dry, I painted over it with Sherwin Williams Eider White that was colored matched in my local Lowe’s paint department.


Using wood glue and nails, attach the two sides to the outer edge of the bottom board.  Finish off your end caps the same way.  Lightly sand the areas where you want the stain to show through.  I absolutely love how this technique changes the entire look from new to rustic/worn/aged.


Optional final step – using a drill, drill holes for the drawer pulls to attach the end pieces.
Isn’t she pretty!  Time to fill her with flowers!


Be sure to check back soon…my next post is about what you see under that box.  My dining room table got a much needed face lift!!

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15 thoughts on “How to DIY A Wood Box Centerpiece

  1. Excellent, this is probably the perfect project for me to begin with! Thanks again for sharing over at Celebrate Your Story. I am going to pin this one, I bet there are a few other folks like me who need to know how to begin honing my skills!


  2. WOW! you did a great job of making this box look like it is a genuine antique box! Thank you for sharing the how to! I hope you are having a great week so far!


  3. Thanks so much for linking up to You’re Gonna Love It! In fact, this project was chosen as one of my favorites this week! Make sure you swing by and grab an “I’ve been featured” button!

    Thanks again! Love it!


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