Thursday, December 03, 2015

DIY Centerpiece for All Seasons

Another repost...One Drawer, Many Looks - Easy centerpiece

 Here is our Christmas centerpiece.  Allie made this one.  She filled it with colored tissue paper and then added candy colored Christmas balls and a wooden sign.  She placed garland up and down the table in place of a traditional table runner.  I loved this look.  It was brightly colored and festive.
And here is our Thanksgiving centerpiece.  Ashley made this one using dried pods, a turtle shell, pine cones and silk leaves.

One handmade "drawer" lots of looks.  It is so versatile that is is complementary to shiny bright colors (at Christmas) and also for natural rustic objects (at Thanksgiving).  I feel like I will get a lot of use out of it, with lots of different styles of objects.

This was a very easy project.  It can be made to any size and even from scraps of wood.  I made a smaller version with the scraps from this one.  It sits on my desk holding cards!
To make this drawer, you need 5 pieces of wood, 16 thin screws (1 3/4" long), a drawer pull and some wood glue.  I stained and sealed my drawer since the wood was unfinished, you could easily paint it or use reclaimed wood that was already finished.

You can use wood any size. I wanted a long rectangle shape for the center of a 102" table.  But, you can make it square or rectangle.
These are the measurements I used 
One piece of unfinished wood cut to 1"x 18" x 6"
Two pieces of unfinished wood cut to 1"x 18" x 5"
Two pieces of unfinished wood cut to 1"x 4" x 5"
Bird's Eye View of the Drawer
Then, mark where you will drill your holes for the screws.
Drill through the large 18"x6" board.  Use a drill bit that is just slightly smaller than your screw.  Drill 1/2"  into the side boards.
Before placing the boards together, run a thin line of wood glue on the side boards, then attach with screws.

When all four sides are done, mark holes for the drawer pull and drill appropriately sized holes.  Stain or paint drawer and attach drawer pull.
Lightly sand drawer after it is stained with very fine grit sandpaper.  Run a dry rag over the drawer to pick up an dust.

Fill the drawer as desired.
When using the drawer as a centerpiece, the drawer takes a backseat to the filler.  The simple shape and lines almost disappears into the background.  I especially like it for dining tables because it is not so high that it obstructs the view of other guests.  And yet, it elevates whatever it is filled with to a more pleasing eye level.

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