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Test Tube Bud Vase Centerpiece – DIY

Hi guys!

I took a trip to my in-laws last week.  I am always so inspired to change my entire house create new stuff after leaving their home.

My MIL had the cutest metal vase with a glass container that resembled a test tube.  It got my wheels spinning, and I’m here to share the results!

Here is how my Test Tube Bud Vase turned out!

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This took me literally 30 minutes or so to make!  And the best part… All you need is a drill!

The biggest question I had when I first started planning this was where I would find the test tubes.  I found my test tubes on Amazon here.  I bought 10 for under $10 and I had free shipping.  I LOVE Amazon.  It is always so easy and the shipping is always very fast!  I actually received mine the day after I ordered… Woohoo!

For my wood I used an 8-foot 2×6″ board from Lowe’s.  I cut mine 44″ long.  You can also have the guys at Lowe’s or HD cut it for you for free!  The board was under $4 and you can make 2 of them out of 1 board.

I first marked my board 2″ from the side.  Then, I put a mark every 5″ from that point.  So, I had 9 marks on my board where I will put the holes.

I decided I wanted to shanty my board up a bit, so I hit it with a hammer a bunch.

To drill your holes, you will need a spade bit.  I found mine at Lowe’s.  I used this 13/16″ spade bit.

Just put it in your drill and you are ready to go!  I put a hole on every mark, and I made sure to go down about the same depth on each one.

Easy peasy!

Now the fun part…

Hellllllllo Kona!

I am LOVING Rust-Oleum Kona Ultimate Wood Stain!  So pretty!

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That’s it!

My final step was picking up  a few fresh flowers from the grocery store and filling the tubes with a little bit of water!

Now… How easy is that?!

Let’s do the math here…

$10 for test tubes

$4 for my wood

$14 for supplies… Yup! That is my kind of project!  Want to see what I made with the extra test tube?? I will be sharing that soon! 😉

For now… Here are a few more pictures!

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Hope you love it!

Not a fresh flower kind person… No sweat! Just skip the water and use some artificial ones!

I would LOVE some PINS and shares below!  Thank you so much for stopping by!! Have a great week!

~Whitney

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  2. Wendy on October 11, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Love this! What size test tubes did you use?

  3. Wendy Crafter'sApprentice on July 21, 2012 at 7:30 am

    what a lovely vase! I’d love to make one but I’m terrified of drills!

  4. Rhoni T on July 13, 2012 at 6:32 am

    as always too cute, think I would have to go with a beefier board this looks like it would fall over

    • Shanty2Chic on July 13, 2012 at 7:51 am

      Good call! Mine has been fine, but if you are worried go for it! 🙂

  5. Kathy Moody on July 11, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    That is just too cute! I had to pin it!! 🙂

  6. Danielle C. on July 11, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    PS – I totally plan to make this this weekend with the hubs 😉 so excited!

    • Shanty2Chic on July 11, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      That’s great Danielle!! Send pics when you get it done!

      • Danielle C. on July 28, 2012 at 12:56 pm

        Here she is all done!! SO easy 🙂 have enough board to make another one for our friends’ new home (housewarming gift!)! Thanks for the great idea and tutorial!

        • Shanty2Chic on July 28, 2012 at 12:58 pm

          Ahhh! LOVE it! You did great! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

  7. Danielle C. on July 11, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Whenever you use your stain, do you use a paint brush or like a foam brush? I just used it on the top of a desk, and mine came out way darker.. Also, do you ever seal with a polyurethane coat? Trying to decide if the desk will need it. Any advise is helpful 🙂 thank you!!

    • Shanty2Chic on July 11, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      I use a foam brush. Don’t let it sit too long… Just paint on and wipe off a couple minutes after. All woods stain a bit different, so if this is too dark for you I would try the dark walnut color. I do us a poly on most of my furniture pieces. It is Rust-Oleum Ultimate Polyurethane with Soft Touch. I have a picture of it in this post…
      https://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2012/02/diy-coasters-and-free-printables.html

      Hope this helps!!
      Let me know if you have any other questions!

  8. Heidi Grady on July 11, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I love all your dyi decor projects… You are my mentor. I would love for you to check out my new project Coke Bottle Bud Vases (how weird that we both did vases; must be the season). Let me know what you think 🙂

    http://embellishblog.com/embellish-home/coke-bottle-bud-vase-project/

  9. Jenny on July 11, 2012 at 9:48 am

    How does it not fall over??!! It looks very tippy!

    • Shanty2Chic on July 11, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      Hey Jenny… I use 2×4’s and 2×6’s all the time and have never had a problem with them falling. If you are worried about it you could go with something like a 2×2 or 4×4 though! Hope this helps! 🙂

  10. shruti on July 11, 2012 at 7:29 am

    I always check out every project here and just cant stop marvelling at all the goodies!! checking out Shanty 2 Chick with my morning cup of coffee has become my routine now!!

    • Shanty2Chic on July 11, 2012 at 8:07 am

      You are so sweet! Your message made me smile 🙂

    • Shanty2Chic on July 11, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      You are so sweet! Your message made me smile 🙂

  11. Chrissy on July 10, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Another fabby project! Love you gals!!

  12. Brooke on July 10, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Very cool! And easy to customize due to preference. I would love to do this with a 2×2 for a lower profile. Thanks for sharing!

    • Shanty2Chic on July 10, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      Agreed!! Good thinking! Thanks so much Brooke!!

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