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 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

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 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

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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.

    • 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.

  2. 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. 🙁

  3. oo la la! so pretty! great idea Beckie!

  4. 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!

  5. Richella @ Imparting Grace says:

    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?

  6. 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 …

  7. 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.

  8. Love this simple woodworking project Becky!

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

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

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

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. Oh my goodness! I am definitely getting some test tubes and making these! Such an awesome idea!

  16. Marie Cooley says:

    How did you drill the exact depth for each hole?

  17. Peter Plumber says:

    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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