DIY Centerpiece ~ Mini Planter Boxes

Hi friends!

My new DIY Outdoor Table has been in need of a centerpiece.  I got busy yesterday and knocked these babies out quick!  This is a super easy project, and the results are so fun!  Here is what I made…

These are so simple to make, and super cheap too!

I also think they would make make a great wedding centerpiece or an herb garden!

For my wood I decided to use yellow pine boards from Home Depot.  They are full of knots, which I love!  The shantier… The better! 😉

I bought 2 – 1x6x8 pine boards.  My total cost for the wood was under $10.

The build of these boxes is super easy!  For each box, you will need 3 pieces cut at 6″ and 2 pieces cut at 7″.

I used Wood Glue to attach my 6″ pieces first.

I attached my 6″ pieces like this using  Wood Glue and 1 1/4″ finish nails.

Then, I just attached my 7″ pieces like this using  Wood Glue and finish nails again.

This is what the inside of your boxes will look like.

Pretty easy, huh?? I built all 5 of mine in less than 30 minutes!

I also drilled a few holes in the bottom to help drain the water.

To finish these I used my very favorite spray paint!

But this time, I had a little help!

spray paint holder

It’s my new Rust-Oleum Comfort Grip!  Saved me so much time and made my fingers happy too! 😉

spray paint grip

Yup… That’s a match made in Heaven right there!

So… I painted my boxes…

And then sanded the heck out of them.  I wanted them to look shanty and barely painted.  I used my Corner Cat sander, but you can use a sanding block too!  Just takes a bit more elbow grease!

After sanding…

That’s it!  I also made some super cute wood tags for them!  I will be sharing those later this week!  In the meantime, here are just a few more pics of mine!

Hope you like them!  My flowers will bloom soon, but for now you get to see leaves ;-)!

I would love for you to PIN these and share them below!  Thanks so much for stopping by guys!


  • Sue Hill

    These are great and now that I bought a nail gun a month ago, I’m having such fun building things. One question though, did you use pressure treated Ecolife (Southern Yellow Pine)?

  • Guest

    These look great! I’m going to use them as a project with my girl guides. How did you hold the pieces steady as you nailed them?

  • Paola

    😮 I did the same this week! Cant Belive it I havent seen this post before!!! Really this is a huge sorprise for me!

  • Hollie

    What sandpaper grit did you use for this project?

    • I used an 80 grit paper on my sander. Hope this helps! 🙂

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  • Cant’ wait to see how you made the little tags! One day my children will play by themselves while mommy builds things! Till then Pinterest!

  • Erin Stevens

    As usual you guys come up with a great idea. I think I will make a set and use them as an herb garden. I had one planned already. I think I will also add some rocks on the bottom. I have had root rot problems in the past and I read it helps. The tags will be great for showing what I have planted. So looking forward to that post too!

    Oh btw I made a couple of your projects for my daughter as wedding gifts. I made her a set of apothecary jars and the plaque with their initials, wedding date, and the saying “it all began with one kiss. I blogged about it and included your blog for the tutorial. So thanks for that as well. So glad I found this blog. It has really been a life changer for me. I mean I actually own POWER TOOLS!! woohoo! Go NANA!! What is crazy is just how close you ladies are to me. I am in Mesquite! Check out the gifts I made for her.. Again, thanks to you ladies!

    • Hi Erin!!

      What a great job you did on all of those! I loved them and I know she did too!

      Your comment was so sweet! You are just down the road. My hubby drives through Mesquite a lot!

      Thanks so much again and way to go with those power tools Nana! 😉


  • Love the table and planters. I hope you will link these up to The CSI Project. The challenge is Summer outdoor decorating and parties. Come on over! You just might win!!!!

  • Absolutely adorable! I’m usually nervous to work with wood; but I think I could manage this! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks so much Audrey!! These really are so easy… Go for it! 😉

  • Rhoni T

    extremely too cute, i am thinking herb garden and those little wooden tags could have the names of the herbs, maybe going long ways, super great idea I’ve been wanting a herb garden for awhile but needed an easy way to move it inside during hot hot days and cold days!! Remember to put a coffee filter in the bottom when planting, keeps the soil from falling out!! 🙂

    • Rhoni… Thanks! What a great idea with the coffee filter! Thanks for that!

  • Jeanice

    Cute! I’ve been making some of your DIY things for a while now and my Lowes and Home Depot stopped selling this spray paint! I had to order on amazon. Ever run into this problem anyone?

    • Erin Stevens

      home depot carries it as well as Ace Hardware. I found this out when I tried to locate their particular color and type of rustolium too.

      • Jeanice

        Maybe just my home depot stopped carrying it. I will try ace hardware, thanks.

        • Hey Jeanice…

          Lowe’s doesn’t carry it, but most Home Depot’s do. You can also buy it online in a case of 6 for around the same price on Amazon. Hope this helps!

  • Awesome! Love the twine bows. What are the plants? I am having major problems with my outdoor planters keeping plants alive in 100 degree weather, any suggestions for hot outdoor plants?

    • Hi Terri!

      Well I don’t know how mine will do either! I do have pretty much full shade in this spot, so I am hoping they don’t die. These are impatiens. I was told to baby them. If these don’t work I am going to plant a cactus… Love this heat :-))

      • Sue

        They are New Guinea impatiens. They want the sun, unlike the classic impatiens which thrive in the shade. You may be swapping these out sooner than you think! :^)

        • Haha thanks Sue! I am no green thumb… Fingers crossed they at least bloom! ;-))

  • Natalie

    Thats so cute !! Going to try those asap 🙂
    Thanks for sharing

  • Korrie@RedHenHome

    These are super cute!

  • Melissa-TheHappierHomemaker

    These look awesome! What a fast and easy project-thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you Melissa! They are fast which makes me love them more! 😉

  • Rachel @ Thrifty Inspirations

    This is such a great idea! I could truly use these for all kinds of occasions! Totally pinning this! Thanks!

    • Thanks so much Rachel! Glad you like them!! 😉

  • Tonya @ Love of Family & Home

    What is it about a little wooden box that is so dang cute?! I love those added wooden tags as well! These are adorable!!

    • I know it Tonya… I could put a box anywhere 🙂 Thanks for your sweet comment!

  • debbie_mann

    love em.. I was thinking wedding centerpieces as soon as I saw the pic on facebook.. Thanks for sharing.

  • Love these! It was wonderful to meet you girls at Haven! Please forgive me for bowing down in the elevator! Ha! Happy 4th!

    Take care,


    • Haha Trish! You are too funny! It made us smile :-)) so good meeting you! Excited to go back next year!!