Floral Centerpiece with Tulips

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 February 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

miter saw

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

Tape Measure

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 my favorite stain (Minwax English Chestnut) letting it sit on the centerpiece for 15 minutes and then wiping the excess off.



7.  After it dried completed 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.

Do you want $25 to make a tulip craft? They are readily available at any grocery store, garden center or flower shop.  Just leave me a comment telling me what kind of tulip-tastic craft you want to make in the comment section below.

Here is some more Tulip Inspiration on Pinterest.

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  • Susan

    I think this is a very cute idea. I can also see it as a rectangle for a longer table.

    I am surprised to see you recommend all materials need to be ordered from Amazon and have to pay for shipping. I would think they could be purchased at any local hardware store.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      I don’t necessarily recommend all products you purchase from Amazon. I give you the links so you can see the product. Without fail I get asked what the can looks like, or where I can buy it, etc. Also many people live far away from big box stores (I would die) and rely on Amazon. I have an Amazon prime membership so I get free shipping all the time anyway. I put my affiliate links in there in case people decide to purchase there. I hope that clears it up.

  • http://www.nessatheprocrastinator.blogspot.com Nessa the Procrastinator

    This is so cute! I must be willing spring to come as well. I have the curtains pulled open and wishing for warmer weather. Instead, more snow and cold are coming our way. :(

  • http://www.dearemmeline.blogspot.com Jessica @ Dear Emmeline

    oo la la! so pretty! great idea Beckie!

  • Shawn B!

    I love this! How cool to then put a large square vase in the center, filled with more tulips!!! Perfect for here in Holland, MI during our tulip festival!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Oh my that would be gorgeous. I thought about that too!

  • Richella @ Imparting Grace

    That’s adorable, Beckie! What a great idea–no floral arranging skills needed; just plunk one stem in each test tube! I can just imagine it with daisies in the summertime, too–although by then you’ll be outside enjoying the weather instead of inside surviving the weather, right?

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      oooh daisies would be beautiful in them. I think this will motivate me to keep fresh flowers around!

  • http://www.diaryofapreppymom.com Whitney

    Oh this is PRECIOUS! My husband just gave me tulips for Valentine’s Day but I accidently let them all die … if I would have had this, they would still be sitting pretty! ;) Off to Amazon …

  • http://ponderedprimedperfected.blogspot.com/ Sherry

    It’s stunning with the tulips! I have some of these mini test tubes from science kits for the kids…I’ll be they wouldn’t mind if I borrowed them for a pretty bouquet! What a fun project and it would make a great gift for a flower lover.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Nope they wouldn’t miss them at all. I say “put a flower in it!”

  • http://SewWoodsy.com katie

    Love this simple woodworking project Becky!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Yep it is as basic as it gets ;-)

  • http://mylove2create.blogspot.com/?m=0 Mindi

    I feel the same way this time of year! This is such a great project, I seriously LOVE it!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Thank you Mindi! It looks so nice on my table greeting me on icy cold days like today.

  • http://www.inspiremeheather.com/ Inspire Me Heather

    What a great idea and it turned out beautiful – thanks Beckie!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Thank you Heather!

  • http://plumdoodles.com SheilaG @ Plum Doodles

    Love this idea, Beckie- wonderful for woefully inadequate flower arrangers like me!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Tell me about it. I laugh because today’s post from Destiny was on flower arranging after I just admitted yesterday how terribe I am at it!

  • http://wholenewleaf.com Beth @ Whole New Leaf

    Love seeing the spring colors. I’m looking forward to a little less drab around here. I love the simplicity of this design and the contrast between the wood, glass and pop of color. Great idea!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Thank you Beth, me too. My flowers still look fresh. I am looking forward to adding daisies or roses soon!

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  • Amber

    Okay…first, tulips are one of my very favorite flowers! Second…how cute would those be as centerpieces at a party!?! It would be a great way to make the flowers more of a showcase! I think the wood would look great whitewashed too….it might even look more spring-y! :-) As always, love every project you do!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Thanks Amber darling!

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