Floral Test Tube Centerpiece with Tulips

Let’s create an awesome Floral Centerpiece with Tulips to spruce up our table! 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″x 4″ 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.


How To Make the Tulip Centerpiece

Step 1 – Cutting

Cut your 2×4″s down to 9.5″ with a mitered corner.


Step 2 – Glue them Together

Using wood glue and a brad nailer, secure the 4 pieces together to form a square.


Step 3 – Mark the Holes

Mark three dots on the top of each side so you know where to drill your holes.

Step 4 – Drill

Using a 5/8″ paddle bit drill all the way down into the wood making sure you drill the same depth in all 12 holes.


Step 5 – Sand

Sand the entire piece down and then give it a coat of Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner so that the stain would go on evenly.

Step 6 – Stain

Stain it with Minwax English Chestnut letting it sit on the centerpiece for 15 minutes and then wiping the excess off.


Step 7 – The Tubes

After it dries completely, put the test tubes in place. 

I used a rubber mallet to knock them in place.


Step 8 – The Tulips

Then pick up some red and pink cut tulips from your 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 made another one very cool with 2 vases for Easter! And another floral centerpiece for Christmas.

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.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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?

  4. 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 …

  5. Susan,
    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. That’s a great idea. Tulips always droop and this will keep them upright and still looking nice. Thanks for the tips on where to buy. I’m not near a DIY store so it’s useful to know.

  11. Tulip Tip: When displaying tulips in a vase put a couple of pennies at the bottom. It will keep them up straight!

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