Let’s Build – Give Thanks Centerpiece

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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

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.

Box Assembly

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.

You may also like the DIY Herb Planter and the Birdhouse centerpiece here.

This centerpiece made from a Cedar Fence board and Copper wire. Create this simple fall centerpiece for your thanks giving table. ##Thanksgivingcenterpiece, #Fallcenterpiece, #Cedarbox

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  1. How pretty! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  2. Kim Seghers says:

    Carole I love your planter it turned out beautiful! Your very talented!

    Kim @ This Ole Mom

    1. thank you Kim – I'm excited to share some other fun stuff in the next couple of weeks. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Hello cute lady! This looks incredible. Pinned. We really appreciate you taking the time to stop by our party. It wouldn't be a party without you. Please join us on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

    1. Kim- you are like one of the nicest people and it so sweet of you to stop by and share. I'll see you Monday – I love that party. I spent my morning in the workshop, wait till you see what I'm building next. -Carole

  4. Vanessa D. says:

    I really do like the swirl of copper wire against the grey. Very pretty.

    1. Thanks – this was so fun to make. Wait till you see all the fun stuff I'm getting ready to share. I might need more hours in my day to get it all done. Thanks for stopping by! -Carole

  5. Bijee says:

    I love this!! I like how you colored it with a rag instead of using a brush and hot the wood still shines through. My inner crafty girl says go try it, do it!!! My schedule laughs at me and her!
    Thanks for linking up!

    1. So glad you liked it. Rag painting is fun. I say squeeze the project in and have some fun! -so glad you stopped by to say hello. I'd love to see your finished product if you decided to go for it. -Carole

  6. Hi Carole!
    Thanks so much for coming by and taking the time to leave a comment. I appreciate every one of them!
    Your centerpiece is beautiful. I LOVE the pansies you added! That color is bright and cheery :0)
    The copper is also a wonderful detail! Adds a touch of artistic whimsy . . . love it!
    Thanks for sharing with us!
    Have a beautiful weekend,

    1. Oh I'm glad you liked it – I love working with wood and copper. Sometimes I just have a little to much fun around here. Thanks for stopping by to say hello. I enjoy meeting new people. -Carole

  7. Lysa Wilds says:

    What a fun and easy project for Thanksgiving! I have a ton of reclaimed wood that I have been looking for simple projects to use it on. Thanks for sharing and linking up with the #SHINEbloghop


    1. You're welcome – I love making boxes but I think dressing them up has become the fun part.
      Have a great day!! -Carole

  8. daisy g says:

    It's great when you can use just a few items to create a big impact. Thanks for sharing your project on The Maple Hill Hop this week!

  9. Hello Patti – Glad you liked this project. We have been downsizing in our house so my brain seems to be in creating things that have dual purpose. This was a fun project. I love vintage too – I can spend hours looking through treasures. -Carole

  10. Patti Estep says:

    I love this project. Especially the fact that you can mix it up from one holiday to the next. I bought an old box from an antique store recently to use as a centerpiece after I clean it up. I planned on using greens but now I'm thinking maybe a couple of live plants would be better. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Hello Patti – Glad you liked this project. We have been downsizing in our house so my brain seems to be in creating things that have dual purpose. This was a fun project. I love vintage too – I can spend hours looking through treasures. -Carole (I relied earlier in the wrong spot.)

  11. I love this little fall box! The basil is great!! You will have summer inside all winter!

    1. I love my basil just can't get enough of it so yes year round it is for me. Use to dry it but I like it better fresh .
      Thanks for stopping by hope you subscribed I've got some fun projects coming.


  12. I love it!! Looks pretty easy to make too! Fun project.

    1. It was fun and yes easy to make – adding your own personal touch is the fun part.

  13. So cute, Carole! I think my boys would enjoy "helping" mama make this! =)


    1. That's sounds like fun – I love it when others include their kids with their projects. Would love to see the finished product.


  14. Karen says:

    I was hoping this post would come! 🙂 this looks like a really fun project to do with the children, and I think hubby has plenty of cedar scraps left from his canoe project. We could whip this up for next to nothing! Thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to more of your unique projects!

    1. Hello Karen, Glad you like it. I would love to see your finished product if you all decide to make it, it's a really easy project and the best part is you can add your own creativity to it. I've been off my feet for a few days letting a smashed toe heal and I have to tell you I'm anxious to get outside and start making some new things. Couple more days of rest and I think I can head outdoors for a few hours here and there. -Carole

    2. Karen says:

      Thank you for sharing at Wake Up Wednesday! 🙂

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