Are you looking for creative ways to decorate your table without spending much money? Since many of us have been cleaning out our basements, let’s use some things we’ve found around the house! Today, I’m going to share how I turned a plain cardboard box into a simple DIY flower box centerpiece.
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Simple DIY Flower Box Centerpiece:
Before I give you all the details on my DIY flower box project, I want to tell you that I’m joining a group of 16 bloggers for a Creative Craft Blog Hop! This blog hop is hosted by my talented friends, Chloe from Celebrate and Decorate and Andrea from Design Morsels. Be sure to visit them along with the rest of the bloggers listed at the end of this post. Get ready for tons of creative inspiration!
Let’s continue with the details for my DIY flower box centerpiece…
It all began with this long and narrow cardboard box I found in the basement. I think it had been used to ship a poster or a sign for my son’s room. Anyway, with the dimensions of 25 inches long by about 4 1/2 inches wide, it reminded me of a flower box. To get started, all I had to do was cut off the top flap of cardboard and I was ready to go…
Recently, I had shared a post – 7 Easy Ways to Decorate with Hydrangeas which included an outdoor flower box filled with hydrangeas. I loved the look so I thought, I’d make my own indoor DIY flower box centerpiece and fill it with hydrangeas. Since I had some burlap fabric lying around, I decided to cover the cardboard box with it.
So, I cut the pieces of burlap and wrapped them around the box. To attach the pieces, I sprayed on some fabric glue and used clear packing tape on the edges. Since burlap stretches a little when you work with it, it helped to pull it tight and secure it with the tape. I also used some bag clips to hold the burlap in place while the glue dried.
I cut separate pieces for the ends to cover where the burlap pieces came together. Once again, I glued them down and secured the pieces with tape on the inside and bottom of the box.
To dress up the burlap a bit, I took one long piece of navy and white grosgrain ribbon and wrapped it around the center of the box.
Rather than mess with the glue again, I simply ripped off small pieces of double sided tape and attached the ribbon to the burlap that way. It only took a minute or two and changed the whole look of my DIY flower box.
Earlier in the day, I had clipped some hydrangeas from my backyard to use for my flower box. Since I wanted the flower box centerpiece to be overflowing with flowers, I used short glasses for the water inside. Originally, I had planned to line the inside of the flower box with mason jars but they were too tall for the look I wanted.
And my DIY flower box centerpiece was complete:
For now, I’m using the flower box as a centerpiece for my kitchen table. Eventually, I’ll probably design a whole table setting around it.
*Update – here is how I decorated the flower box with a tablescape for fall!
At some point, I’ll probably switch the flowers to something more colorful. Like I said, I clipped these flowers from my yard..gotta use what you have, right? For some early fall ideas using these hydrangeas, read my early fall decorating ideas.
In the future, I might dress up my DIY flower box by adding a monogram to the center of the ribbon. Maybe I’ll do that in “phase 2” when I set another table!
Since I can never leave well enough alone, I also set the box in my dining room last night. I love the way it works with my navy walls!
I hope you like how my DIY flower box turned out and I hope I inspired you to decorate with items from your home. After all, decorating doesn’t have to be expensive…or difficult!
Items to Make a DIY Flower Box:
Cardboard box – a long, thin one works best for a flower box but even a shoe box would be fine!
Fabric – Even though I used burlap, any fabric would work depending on the look you want. At one point, I actually thought of cutting up an old gingham shirt!
Scissors – Fabric scissors are helpful but any sharp scissors should work.
Glue – a spray on glue works best to lightly coat the box but good ol’ Elmer’s would probably be fine too!
Clear Packing Tape – Since you’ll be securing burlap or some kind of fabric, you need a strong tape.
Grosgrain ribbon – Mine was from Michael’s but this ribbon looks just like mine.
Flowers! – If you don’t have any in your yard, pick up some inexpensive ones at the grocery store. If you want to go with artificial flowers, choose ones with shorter stems or even these hydrangeas with detachable stems.
Gotta love an easy DIY!
If you’re looking for more easy DIY projects for flowers, see how to make a cane wrapped vase!
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