I was inspired by the scent of cedar during a wood supply run. I found myself deciding between cedar and pine. Cedar won and I’m going to stick with it for awhile, it’s a joy to work with.
This box came together like sugar and spice and I couldn’t have had more fun. I originally made this centerpiece for the November Texas Home and Garden article.
It’s time to share building details for those who might want to make this project for their thanksgiving table; I named it “Give Thanks.”
Purchase wood and cut according to the size you want your box. Make sure after you cut your wood to sand each piece. Having smooth edges will make your project easier to work with and complete. You’ll also want to get copper wire; I used 6 feet and finishing nails.
Assembly is pretty fun I used finishing nails and made sure to drill pilot holes before hammering the nails in place.
Connect one end at a time and then attach the bottom. I carefully drilled holes at each end and both long sides; this is for the copper wire to move through.
You can drill holes where you like because the accent of copper is where your creativity shines.
I used a stain to finish; you could also use paint with this same technique. I forgot to wear gloves and halfway through staining I switched gears by adding gloves to protect my hands.
I decided to use a rag to apply the gray stain instead of a brush. I love how the wood grain shines through; it really looks neat against the copper wire.
There is no technique when adding the wire so think about what you want to do before bending.
Finally the project is complete; let it dry for a couple hours before adding the finishing touches. I used two 4 inch basil plants and one 4 inch pansy.
I finished with pine cones and needle sprigs that I tucked in place. This arrangement would be perfect for the center of any Thanksgiving table; it’s all about giving thanks in a very simple way.
The best part of this piece is you can change it out every month to go along with the season. Think what you could do for Christmas.