It is about this time of year that I am dying for winter to be over. I loathe winter as is, but the freezing cold temperatures combined with seeing all the trees leafless and the flowers dead just make winter all the worse. It seems like March is always the month when I start buying flowers to put everywhere in my home. I think it is my way of willing spring to come. This year I decided to use some leftover 2×4’s to create a pretty floral centerpiece that I can have out year round. I added tulips to the mini test tubes to create a beautiful centerpiece for my kitchen table.
2 x 4
brad nailer with 1 1/2” nails
Wood Glue from Amazon
Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner from Amazon
Spade Bit Drill Bit Assortment from Amazon
Minwax Stain – English Chestnut from Amazon
Mini Test Tubes – Test Tubes from Amazon
1. I cut my 2×4’s down to 9.5” with a mitered corner.
2. Using wood glue and a brad nailer, I secured the 4 pieces together to form a square.
3. I marked three dots on the top of each side so I knew where to drill my holes. 4. Using a 5/8” paddle bit I drilled all the way down into the wood making sure I drilled the same depth in all 12 holes.
5. I sanded the entire piece down and then gave it a coat of Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner so that the stain would go on evenly.
6. I stained it with Minwax English Chestnut letting it sit on the centerpiece for 15 minutes and then wiping the excess off.
7. After it dried completely I put my test tubes in place. I used a rubber mallet to knock them in place.
8. Then I picked up some red and pink cut tulips from my local grocery store.
I must say it definitely boosts my mood seeing those tulips on my table.
Wouldn’t this make a fun gift for a birthday? Or what about a hostess gift for Easter Brunch? I know my mom adores tulips and would love this for Mother’s Day. Do you want to know what I love most about this project? I hate arranging flowers! I swear they never look pretty when I try and arrange them. This is simple – just pop a bud in each small test tube.
Originally posted February of 2013