As I was perusing through the Pottery Barn catalog one day, I came upon a photo with this flower trough centerpiece with beautiful hydrangeas sitting on it. It immediately made me think of the old pile of fence slats that I trash-picked inherited from my neighbor. I knew it would be simple and free to recreate.
Overall dimensions of mine: 20” x 3 1/4” x 3 1/4”
2 old fence slats (mine were 3 1/4” wide)
air brad nailer and stapler
old thin belt (optional)
tape measure and pencil
1. The fence slats were 3 1/4” wide so the first two pieces I cut were 3 1/4” x 3 1/4” for the length on the ends.
2. Next, I cut 2 of the sides at 20” and then the bottom piece at 19”. (Since you won’t have the same slats that I did just take the thickness of your board and times it by 2 and then subtract that number from your sides to figure out how big your bottom piece should be).
3. Once all the boards were cut I used my brad nailer and nailed the sides to the bottom piece. Then I attached the front and back pieces. Simple as that!
4. You can leave it as is or try and find a grayish color paint to paint the ends since you can see the original color of the wood once cut. I opted for an old belt that was way too big for me and cut two pieces to 13”. Then I air stapled that to the sides to give it handles. Functional and cute!
5. Then I put a cry out for some hydrangeas to fill it and my friend Lisa came to the rescue. I filled it with these gorgeous blue and purple hydrangea blooms from her yard.
Do you like weather wood? Check out the other projects I have made with the stolen inherited fence slats. (Links below)
Don’t have old wood sitting around? You can still make one with purchased wood. Check out a couple of my friend’s tutorials here: