Sometimes you just have to make something new for the fall season and the scent of cedar sort of grabbed my attention the other day along with a piece of copper wire.
Okay so the copper didn’t really have a scent but it sure did look pretty amazing against the wood.
I’m calling this piece the Give Thanks centerpiece box because with all those beautiful flowers it fit perfectly. Let’s build this fun box it’s easier than you might think.
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Supplies and Moving Forward
- 1 8 ft. Cedar Fence Board
- Jig Saw and hammer
- Finishing Nails and Sand Paper
- rag for stain application
- Grey stain
- 6 ft. of Copper Wire
- Crimpers for wire twisting
You might already have some of these supplies and I’ve linked a few to make shopping a breeze.
Your box can be any size you like so I’m going to skip measurements and share the basic concept for building. After purchasing wood cut according to the size you want your box. Mine was overall 15 inches. Which means one 8 ft. fence board should work just fine.
Make sure after cutting the wood to sand each piece, smooth edges will make it easier to stain.
It’s true I used the gig saw for rounding off the end edges of the box, leaving them square is also an option but I thought this detail softened the appearance.
NOTE: The thin decorative piece I used on the bottom were an after thought and something I already had in our workshop. Not necessary but thought they added some detail.
Assembly is pretty fun and finishing nails fit everything together. Drill Pilot holes prior as this will keep the wood from splitting.
- 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.
- Copper holes can be drilled in different places because this accent is where your creativity shines.
Including a touch of Stain
Stain was applied using a rag and I let it air dry outdoors for about an hour. Paint would also make a great finish so get creative and incorporate a color that speaks to you. You might want to take a peak at my paint staining tip as well.
Copper was added by pulling through the holes and twisting into a circular pattern. There’s no real technique here, crimpers will help with bending and remember not to over bend the wire.
Think about what you want to create before beginning and you’ll be happier with the end result.
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Finally the project is complete and here comes the fun, adding those finishing touches. I used two 4 inch basil plants and one 4 inch pansy, each one was placed inside with liners.
Then I finished with pine cones and needle sprigs that were tucked in place. This arrangement would be perfect for the center of any Thanksgiving table or enjoy through the entire fall season. 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 any season. Think what you could do for Christmas.
Hope you enjoyed, sprucing up with simple elements is always fun.