DIY Wood Box Centerpiece

As soon as we finished building our massive farmhouse dining table, I knew that we would need some kind of centerpiece to cozy up the space. I didn’t want anything too big that would clutter the whole table, but something that would fit in with our farmhouse vibe and allow me to display some pretty seasonal flowers or other decorative items whenever the mood strikes.

This rustic Wood Box Centerpiece is perfect for displaying flowers and other decorative items on your table. Get the easy step-by-step tutorial for making your own box at LoveGrowsWild.com

I thought about doing some kind of lazy susan or a shallow basket at first, but I ended up going with a simple wood box because a) it’s super versatile and can be used in all kinds of different ways and b) it was really easy to make!

I built the long, narrow box out of 1 x 6 boards and gave it a rustic, distressed look with a combination of stain, chalk paint, and some “old” drawer pulls.

Supplies:

3 – 1 x 6 cut to 22.5″
2 – 1 x 6 cut to 7″
miter saw and/or circular saw
Kreg Jig
tape measure
drill
1 1/4″ Kreg Jig Screws
palm sander
paint or stain of choice
2 – drawer pulls

* These dimensions will give you a box that is 2′ long by 7″ wide.

Instructions:

First, cut all your 1 x 6 pieces then drill pocket holes with the Kreg Jig as I’ve shown below. The top two pieces are the short sides, the next two pieces with pocket holes in each corner are the long sides, and the bottom piece will be the bottom of the box.

This rustic Wood Box Centerpiece is perfect for displaying flowers and other decorative items on your table. Get the easy step-by-step tutorial for making your own box at LoveGrowsWild.com

Use 1 1/4″ screws to attach the short sides to the long sides through the pre-drilled pocket holes.

This rustic Wood Box Centerpiece is perfect for displaying flowers and other decorative items on your table. Get the easy step-by-step tutorial for making your own box at LoveGrowsWild.com

Then drop the bottom piece inside the box you’ve created and add screws to secure. I set some cups inside the box to prop up the bottom while I was drilling so that everything stayed flush. Sand all the edges down smooth and wipe the box to remove any dust.

This rustic Wood Box Centerpiece is perfect for displaying flowers and other decorative items on your table. Get the easy step-by-step tutorial for making your own box at LoveGrowsWild.com

After the box is built, you can add whatever finish you like. I wanted mine to have chippy white paint on top with a darker stain on the wood underneath. I started with a coat of Minwax Dark Walnut, then painted over the stain with Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Old White.

This rustic Wood Box Centerpiece is perfect for displaying flowers and other decorative items on your table. Get the easy step-by-step tutorial for making your own box at LoveGrowsWild.com

Usually when I distress something, I use sandpaper, but I wanted more of a rough, chippy look on this centerpiece, so I tried using a scraper/putty knife this time and LOVED the results. I just ran the scraper up and down the edges of the box, and the chalk paint chipped right off, exposing the dark wood underneath. I think this method gives you a lot more control over the distressing, and you can do a very clean, straight edge or make jagged, rough lines like I chose to do here. Once all the edges were done, I made some marks, dings, and scratches on the sides of the box to make it look not so “freshly painted”. If you have any knots in the wood, make sure to scrape over those… it will add a lot of character!

This rustic Wood Box Centerpiece is perfect for displaying flowers and other decorative items on your table. Get the easy step-by-step tutorial for making your own box at LoveGrowsWild.com

Once you’re happy with the distressing, add a drawer pull to each of the short sides. I picked up these antique-looking pulls from Menard’s for just a few bucks each.

This rustic Wood Box Centerpiece is perfect for displaying flowers and other decorative items on your table. Get the easy step-by-step tutorial for making your own box at LoveGrowsWild.com

The best part about projects like this is that there’s no right or wrong way to do it. The more you distress it, the better it looks. You really can’t mess it up! It’s really easy to adjust the dimensions of the box too, if you need a different size.

I’ve had mason jars filled with baby’s breath sitting in this box for the past few weeks (love!!), but I’m excited to add some different flowers for spring… leaves, twigs, and acorns for fall… evergreen branches and ornaments for Christmas… the possibilities are endless!

I’d love to hear your ideas… What would YOU put in a centerpiece box like this?

This rustic Wood Box Centerpiece is perfect for displaying flowers and other decorative items on your table. Get the easy step-by-step tutorial for making your own box at LoveGrowsWild.com

This rustic Wood Box Centerpiece is perfect for displaying flowers and other decorative items on your table. Get the easy step-by-step tutorial for making your own box at LoveGrowsWild.com

This rustic Wood Box Centerpiece is perfect for displaying flowers and other decorative items on your table. Get the easy step-by-step tutorial for making your own box at LoveGrowsWild.com


Are you making this project? I’d LOVE to see it! Post a photo of your creation on Instagram and use the hashtag #MyLGWProject. It may just get featured!

This rustic Wood Box Centerpiece is perfect for displaying flowers and other decorative items on your table. Get the easy step-by-step tutorial for making your own box at LoveGrowsWild.com


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Comments

  1. How beautiful, Liz! What a gorgeous centerpiece, it goes beautifully with your table and benches! I also wanted to tell you that you’ve inspired me so much with all your awesome home makeover posts, that I just started a big dining room makeover project too (with the help of my husband, of course, ha!) so we are in the process of sanding down our current table and chairs! I’m a little nervous about it, but hoping it will turn out great! Thanks for all the beautiful inspiration that you share! Have a great weekend!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Oh wow, Maria… that is awesome!! I hope you love your new dining room as much as we love ours! Thank you so much for sharing your makeover adventure with us… I’d love to hear how it goes!

  2. This is so stunning. Totally my style! Pinning this now. Thank you for the inspiration!

  3. I love the wood box! I keep saying I going to make some, I need to just do it. It makes a great centerpiece. I love the wood table and bench too! Thanks for sharing your tutorial! Pinning!

  4. What a cute box….and i LOVE your table!!! I am so lucky to be featured with you on MY Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
    Brooke
    startathome.blogspot.com

  5. You have got such a wonderful gift! Your work is very beautiful, classy and charming !!

  6. Very cool, great tutorial!

  7. I loved this so much that I just started making it right away!! I should have took the time to find a measuring tape and followed it better because I ended up barely getting my Kraig screws in (I shortened my box) but I absolutely love mine so it was worth it! I gave it to a friend and she loves it too!!! Thank you so much for the inspiration!! (I’m new to all this blogging but I hope it’s okay that I put a link to this tutorial (Yours wasn’t laced with all the “where I messed up was…” like mine)!

  8. What a perfect rustic centerpiece! Love the baby’s breath 🙂 And that table – SWOON!

  9. Hi there! Do you think this technique would work with just interior paint like you’d use in your walls for the white? I don’t have chalk paint and know it’s quite expensive to buy…. Thanks in advance!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Absolutely! I’d just recommend using a flat sheen of paint instead of something glossy. Have fun creating!

  10. Linda Nichols says:

    Thanks for the inspiration and plans. My husband and I built 2 of them last weekend. I happened to have some dried hydrangea that I put in my mason jars. Looks great!

  11. Very nice and easy to follow tutorial. I’m inspired to make one of my own!

  12. Brooke Fredrickson says:

    I don’t have a Kreg Jig. Is there something else you would recommend??

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Hi Brooke! You can definitely still build this project! You can just add the screws from the outside of the box (rather than having them hidden inside the pocket holes) or even use a hammer and nails and wood glue if you don’t own many power tools. I hope this helps! 🙂

  13. Ana Ruiz says:

    Lovely! Making a few sets for Mother’s Day! Wondering if the mason jars were your regular 16oz? They fit perfectly!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      That is such a sweet idea! I used the 32-ounce quart size mason jars in mine, but either would work! 🙂

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