DIY Give Thanks Centerpiece 2016

Make a Fall Centerpiece from scrapwood. Simple for fall with a little copper twist is the perfect setting for a natural statement. Build your own here. #centerpiece, #CopperBox, #FallCenterpiece

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Give Thanks is something I try to implement each day and when fall arrives I like to make a centerpiece box that reflects the simplicity of giving.

This year I brought back the copper and combined it with scrap wood, terracotta and pine cones  Was pretty happy with out it turned out and decided to keep it outdoors to enjoy.  Fall is Texas is the best because the temperatures are normally pretty mild.


Building Supplies

Let me warn you this box may look complicated but it’s not.  I made it with scrap wood so the most difficult part will be achieving the measurements.

Also note there’s no need to cut the same measurements for this project, just use mine as a guide because you can easily make this smaller or larger if desired.

  1. One 6 ft. cedar fence board or scrap wood
  2. Finishing nails
  3. Sandpaper and Hammer
  4. Use any one of these saws, Table, Chop or Jig

Box Measurements

  1. Two Ends @ 4.5 in x 4.5 in
  2. One Bottom @4.5 in. x 12.5 in.
  3. Two Sides @ 2.5 in. x 13.5 in.

Once the wood is cut sand each board before connecting.  Normally prior to attaching boards I drill pilot holes; this helps the wood from splitting and it makes assembly less difficult.


Connecting the Box

  1. Connect the ends to the bottom piece.  This is completed by using two nails on each end.
  2. Take the sides and measure to see if they’ll need a slight angle cut.  It’s very slight angle so measure the board from one corner to the other and mark the line prior to cutting.
  3. Attach the sides from one corner to the other using two nails.
  4. Each side is opposite making a crisscross accent.


At this point your box is assembled; you may want to run sand paper over it one more time before painting.

If the box feels weak then go back and check your nails and make sure they’re not loose, the box should be sturdy once attached.


Finishing Materials

  • 4 ft of thin Copper – easier to bend – crimpers to help with bending
  • White chalk paint – any brand
  • Cheap paint brush
  • Pine needles and cones
  • Pansies
  • 2 clay pots

How to Add Finishing Touches

  • Dry brush the entire box.  This method lightly covers the box with paint or you could also cover with a solid stain.
  • Add copper by hooking to one corner from the inside, and then wrapping around the box in a circular motion until you return to the beginning.
  • Take crimpers and twist a circular closure to that original hook.
  • The cooper will stay without any difficulties if the connection was tight.


Incorporate natural materials for finishing touches if at all possible. I love to use things like pine needles and cones because we have so many this time of year.  Then I used 2 4 inch clay pots and filled with pansies.

Pine cones filled in the gaps and since I left this on the picnic table I added few more outside the box.  Candles would also be a nice addition if this was being placed indoors.

Using natural elements from the farm seems to be my preferred method when it comes to decorating; it definitely keeps everything unique.


There are so many fun things you could incorporate with this box to create a simplistic wow factor.  Just have fun with it and make it your own.

For more ideas for fall centerpieces check out my other copper box here and this fun house box right here.  



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  1. Jane says:

    so many ideas with this one! perfect centerpiece or for the porch! love that copper Carole…I have yet to use it, but I will!

    1. Carole says:

      This is a quick build and I agree so many things you could do with it. The copper is fun you’ll have to give it a try over the holidays. Do something for your shop and see what customers think.

  2. Angela says:

    This is such a neat craft! I’m going to make one myself. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Carole says:

      You’re welcome!

  3. This is beautiful! I love the little extras you do for whimsy. And the instructions make me feel like even I could make it. 🙂

    1. Carole says:

      Yes of course that’s the beauty you can make this one and include your own whimsy. Thanks for stopping by hope you have a great day.

  4. Patti says:

    This is so cute! I love it. Especially the sassy crisscross side. Great job Carole. Anyone would love this as a gift for their Thanksgiving table. Too bad we live so far away. 😉

    1. Carole says:

      Thanks – I think these smaller projects may thin out after we move, however they’re a good way to use up scrap wood. I may just start making birdhouses again. Would be fun if you lived closer we’d have so much fun!!

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