I love my garden.  The only problem is I just don’t have a place to display my fresh cut flowers, until now.  I’ve been needing a new centerpiece for my dining room table and today I’m going to show you how I made this cedar planter centerpiece from my dining room table.

I’m updating my home by myself, one project at a time.  Since I just updated a terracotta pot for my potted plants I needed something for my cut flowers.

This project ended up being a no-cost beginner project.  I used some leftover lumber to make this project.  I had this planter box completed in less than an hour (plus time for the stain to dry).

You can download the complete supply and cut list that also includes the entire step by step process below.

This cedar planter can be used year round.  I love that all you need to do is update the flowers.  Right now since my tulips are in full bloom this is a perfect springtime centerpiece for my dining room table.

If you don’t have fresh flowers to use, you can use faux flowers and switch them out every so often to update the space.

Since I’ve been updating our home one project at a time, I end up with pieces of wood that just aren’t big enough to use for this or that.  That’s why this is so perfect because I just needed a few feet of wood to complete this project.

DIY home decor

This is a DIY home decor project anyone can do.  If you’ve never picked up a hammer before then this is a perfect project to start with.

You don’t need special equipment to make this rustic farmhouse centerpiece.  I do have a miter saw and I did use it to cut the wood down but you only need a handsaw to do this job.

Supplies you’ll need

Gather up the supplies you’ll need.

  • 1 1x6x4 ft. cedar plank
  • 1/4″ 6×2 craft board
  • 1x3x1 board
  • wood glue
  • finishing nails
  • stain
  • sandpaper
  • saw
  • tape measure
  • 3 mason jars
  • eye and ear protection
  • face mask
  • gloves
  • paintbrush or rag for stain
  • hammer

Building the cedar planter

It seems like a lot of stuff but really a lot of the supplies are things you’ll only buy once.

cedar planter supplies

Make the cuts you’ll need.

Once you have gathered all of your supplies it’s time to get to work.  Make all of the cuts you need:

  • 2 cedar planks cut @ 12″
  • 2 cedar planks cut @ 5.5″
  • 1/4″ craft board cut @ 13″
  • 1×3 cut @ 12″

That’s it.  The cedar planks are going to be the frame.  The craft board will be the bottom and the 1×3 will give the mason jars a little height.

Assemble your planter box

Now it’s time to assemble.  This is by far the best part.

I couldn’t believe how quickly this came together.

The first step is to glue the 1×3 to the 1/4″ craft board then nail it into place.  Make sure that the 1×3 is centered, this will be important when you are fitting this to the bottom.

cedar planter bottom

Once the bottom has been assembled it’s time to make the box.

Since I don’t have a nailer I wanted to make sure that everything stayed where I wanted it so I started the nails.  I tapped the nails on the end piece.  Here are a few examples:

cedar planter sides

assemble cedar planter sides

Adding this step helped me with keeping the wood straight.  I followed the same steps to assemble all four sides.

Now it’s time to add the bottom to the box.

If you centered the 1×3 then you’ll have a perfect snug fit.

Once it’s placed on the box, it’s time to secure it with glue and nails.

Here’s how it looks all assembled.  This is the perfect size for your pint-sized mason jars however you can use different sizes.

cedar planter box assembled

It’s time to sand!

Before adding stain you’ll want to sand any raw edges.  This should go by rather quickly.

Once you’ve sanded your box it’s time to stain.  I use a stain/poly mix so I don’t have to do 2 steps.  The color I used was espresso.  Use any color stain you want for this process.

Creating your cedar planter centerpiece

Make sure to allow your planter box to dry overnight.  I actually waited 2 days before I brought this inside because I added a heavy of stain.

I added 3-pint size mason jars to the box and then went out to the yard and harvested some tulips for my brand new dining room table centerpiece.

The great thing about this box is you can put this anywhere, use any type of flowers or plants, and use this year round making your home fit the seasons.

Cedar Planter Centerpiece

You can watch the short video below to see how I put this together.

If you’re ready to make this on your own, download the free plans below.

This project was one of the easiest and quickest projects I’ve done.  With a little bit of leftover lumber and about 45 minutes of time, I was able to build this planter.

DIY cedar planter centerpiece

I would love to know if this is something you’d build?  Let me know your plans for this planter in the comments below.

Have an amazing day and thank you so much for stopping by.