Last Updated on October 10, 2020 by Bryan Fiveash
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Here’s a quick and easy way to build your own table top centerpiece! This DIY Wood Planter Box only took me about 30 minutes to build and sand.
For the finish, I used Rust-Oleum Linen White Chalked paint and Rust-Oleum Chalked protective topcoat.
Tools, Supplies, PPE, and Steps
- Pony Jorgensen Clamp
- Gator 120 Grit Sanding Discs
- Gator 220 Grit Sanding Discs
- Gator 320 Grit Sanding Sponge
Time needed: 3 hours.
How To Make A DIY Wood Planter Box Centerpiece
- Cut the 1×6 bottom board and 1×4 sides down to the desired lengths.
- Sand all of the individual pieces.
- Before attaching, add a bead of Gorilla wood glue everywhere the wood pieces join together.
- Nailing up from the bottom, attach the two sides to the bottom board.
- Again nailing up from the bottom, attach the two ends.
- If there’s any warping in the 1×4’s, clamp the sides to the end pieces before nailing.
- Fill the nail holes with spackling.
- Paint the box with Rust-Oleum Linen White Chalked paint.
- (Optional) Sand the box down to the bare wood in random spots to add a distressed finish.
- Complete finishing by applying Rust-Oleum Chalked Protective Topcoat.
DIY Wood Planter Box
The materials list is simple: a 1×6 bottom and a 1×4 for the sides. Depending on the size of your dining table, you may need one or two more 1×4’s.
The measurements for this DIY wood planter box as pictured is 5 1/2″ W x 26″ L x 4 1/4″ H. I did not alter the widths of the 1×6 or 1×4. Simply cut the lengths as needed.
I lightly sanded with 120 grit, then 200, then 320. After painting, I again sanded the planter box all the way down to the bare wood in random spots to give it a lightly distressed finish.
Add a small bead of Gorilla wood glue where the wood pieces join to give it a stronger hold. Nailing up from the bottom, fasten the two long sides to the bottom board first with your nail gun. Then attach the shorter ends, again nailing from the bottom and the sides.
Clamping the sides together before nailing will help pull any warping in. Fill any nail holes with spackling.
Using Rust-Oleum Linen White Chalked paint provides a nice matte finish. Finally, add a layer or two of Rust-Oleum Chalked protective topcoat.
Filling Your DIY Wood Planter Box
Now that your planter box is built, what are you going to put in it? In the photos above, we added some cedar clippings and this Lavish Home 3-Piece LED Flameless Votive Candle Set with Remote from The Home Depot.
These are wax candles with a LED “flame” that actually flickers! They give off such a relaxing, warm glow and also a light vanilla scent.
There you have it! I would love to know in the comments below if, after reading this article, you decided to built a DIY wood planter box centerpiece like this. Tell me about your experience!
Bryan is a husband of 17 years and a father of four. He worked in various construction trades in his younger years and more recently was a General Manager for a hand-forged iron furniture store and restaurant.
For several years he has worked full time on this blog and has partnered with various brands including The Home Depot, QUIKRETE, Ryobi, Sinkology, Rust-Oleum, Wagner, BEHR, Disney, Best Buy, and many more.