Are you ready to build this simple DIY wooden box centerpiece? This was such a beautiful spring weekend!! Temps in the high 60’s in Utah are a big deal after a cold winter. So, in between soccer games and other outings I built this DIY wooden box centerpiece out of some scrap wood I had leftover from the floating desk I built a while back.

I love it so much, mostly because it’s so light, airy, and springy! I also like that you can change up its decor with every holiday and season.

DIY Wooden Box Centerpiece

DIY Wooden Box Centerpiece

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This is a super easy build. Let’s get to it! You will need

  • (1) 2×4 cut at 3 feet (for the bottom)
  • (2) 1×6 cut at 3 feet (for the 2 long sides)
  • (2)1×6 cut at 5 inches (for the 2 short sides)
  • Wood Glue
  • Brad Nailer (or hammer and finish nails)
  • Paint/Stain of choice
  • Drawer pulls and Decorative tacks (optional)
  • Valspar Crackle Glaze (optional)

Here is all of my wood, cut up.

DIY Wooden Box Centerpiece

I decided to paint the pieces before I assembled the box. I will give you a quick run down on the finish I chose. You can, of course, paint it however you like.

Paint/Crackle finish

I gave all of the pieces a coat of grey paint and let them dry for a few hours, while I went to my daughter’s soccer game :).

Then I gave everything a coat of Valspar Weathered Crackle Glaze and let it sit for 30-45 minutes.

DIY Wooden Box Centerpiece

Here’s the tricky part. To get the crackle effect to work well, you have to use LATEX paint here. I saturated the roller with white paint and rolled it on each board twice. Two passes with the roller, up and back. That’s it. If you overwork the paint it will gum up. You may want to practice on a scrap piece if you have never used this before. Immediately after you roll it on, you will be able to see it start to crackle. Now the grey paint shows through the cracks of the white paint. Kinda cool, I think!

DIY Wooden Box Centerpiece

I waited until it dried, a couple of hours, then I did the other side. I know what you’re thinking, this finish is a bit time-consuming. I KNOW! I kinda wanted to change my mind and just spray paint the sucker but I stuck it out :)

Box Assembly

To assemble the box, start by gluing the long 1×6 pieces to the 2×4 as shown. (Side note: sneak peek at my new my hardwood floors half way done, so excited!)

DIY Wooden Box Centerpiece

I let the glue set for about 20  minutes, then I reinforced with nails.

DIY Wooden Box Centerpiece

I then attached the handles to the short pieces, before I attached them to the box. I was pretty proud of myself for thinking that one up. #beenburnedbefore

Check out the weathered crackle! Love it.

DIY Wooden Box Centerpiece

Then I glued and nailed the remaining 2 pieces. I added a few decorative nails just for fun. The bottles are from IKEA.

I have seen this done quite a bit with reclaimed wood and soda bottles!

DIY Wooden Box Centerpiece

Here’s a few other pics of the finished box,

DIY Wooden Box Centerpiece

DIY Wooden Box Centerpiece

Isn’t it fun?? I hope you like it! For now, this will stay on the island because our dining table is in the garage until the floors are done!

Don’t forget to check out other awesome centerpiece ideas below.

Thanks for stopping by!


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  1. 1915house

    So super cute!!! ??So farmhousey looking! (Is farmhousey a word? It is now…) ??

  2. Meegan

    Thanks for including my tea pot centerpiece. I am tempted to make my own wooden box now. I love all the details you have along with the aged look.
    Thanks for everything.

    1. Janice

      Thank you, Meegan!

  3. Lindsey

    this is too cute! I might just have to try it!

    1. Janice

      Thanks Lindsey! Yes you should try it!

    1. Janice

      Hi Kourtney! I live in West Point (it’s a small city west of the Clearfield/Layton area.

  4. Melony

    I really, really like this piece! Thanks for the reminder about using crackle paint! I would like to use this sometime and I would have probably overworked the white paint. Just beautiful!

    1. Janice

      Thanks Melony! Yes it’s kind of tricky that crackle paint, isn’t it? Less is more.Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Michele

    I love this. I am a sucker for flowers in bottles. I love the simplicity.

    1. Janice

      Thank you Michele! You hit the nail on the head. I like stylish but simple decor as well. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Kati

    This is a beautiful centerpiece. I love having fresh flowers on my table. Thanks for sharing at the Wednesday Showcase link party!

    1. Janice

      You’re welcome Kati! Thank you for stopping by!

  7. Susanne

    That is so cute!! What an easy way to make a great centerpiece! Thank you for linking up at TaDa Thursday!!

    1. Janice

      Thanks Susanne!

  8. Cathy

    What a pretty idea! I especially like the flexibility to change it up with the seasons or occasions.

    1. Janice

      Thanks Cathy! Yes, I can’t wait to switch it up for fall!

  9. Janice, we were both featured on The Wednesday Showcase, so I wanted to check out your new-to-me blog. Love it. And love this project. I already have the bottles since I buy some milk and cream from a local organic dairy that uses bottles and might have the wood in the garage. Gorgeous!

    1. Janice

      Thank you so much Jean!! I am so glad you stopped by! I will be checking out your blog too!

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