Mason Jar Centerpieces

Hey guys!  I built a super fun and functional vintage-looking soda crate this week.  I got my inspiration from Ana’s!  I modified mine quite a bit and I just LOVE it!

mason jar craft ideasHere’s how I made it for $12!

mason jar centerpieceI purchased 1 1×6 @ 8ft. and cut it down.  You can use a hand saw for this!

4 @ 11″

3 @ 9.5″

2 @ 4.25″ (cut these after you build the crate for a snug fit)

finishing nailsI joined one 9.5″ piece, with the two 9.5″ pieces, together with Gorilla Glue Wood Glue and my battery nailer.  If you do not have a battery nailer, a hammer and finishing nails will be awesome!

diy centerpiece

Then, I added two 11″ pieces on each end and followed with glue and nails.

wood crateI flipped it over and attached the last two 11″ pieces to form the bottom of the crate.


After measuring for the dividers, I pushed them down inside to form 4 cubbies.  These will need to be snug so measure before you cut!

hobby lobbyFor a fun handle, I purchased a bag of little candle sticks and a glass knob from Hobby Lobby (knobs are always 1/2 off now ~ WHOOP!)

unfinished woodI then drilled a hole in the center of the candlestick (just large enough to squeeze the knob screw in)

Epoxy on candle stick

attaching the knob to candle stickA little Gorilla Glue epoxy on both ends, I attached the knob at the open end of the candle stick and attached the base of the candle stick to the center of the crate.

I filled the cubbies with 32 oz. wide mouth mason jars and had a little fun:)

mason jar centerpieces for weddings

What a fun way to shanty up silver ware for a cook-out!

mason jar craft ideasOr a fun centerpiece full of fresh flowers!

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mason jar craft ideas

mason jar craftWant to know how I finished it?  Check out my tutorial on how to weather wood!

Thanks so much!



  1. ceekee on March 7, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Started this as my first project building something with wood as I thought it looked the easiest! NOPE. I got the wood cut at home depot – mistake as they don’t cut cleanly and I had to do a lot of sanding and there were lots of splits at the edges. Then of course they are not pinpoint accurate so I am having a real job aligning it all to be as near square as it can be. Thankfully it should look rustic so the bits that aren’t square won’t look to out of place. I am keen to try more out but think I need to invest a bit more into the tools of the trade so to speak! 🙂

  2. Karen Berg on March 26, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Just found this on Pinterest. I love it!! Pinning and sharing on my FB page too. Fabulous!

  3. Katie Sabin on August 4, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Super love this! If it weren’t so late, I would go chop saw some wood right now and get started! Tomorrow will be soon enough… 🙂

  4. Alex on July 3, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Hey. It really looks amazing …but how do you make the painting??

  5. Robyn Hammond on April 11, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Cute project & a great tutorial! Thanks!

  6. Nicole on August 15, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Hey Ashley, I LOVE your projects and I’m making one of these silverware crates this week. I’m also making the casserole dish holder at some point. I’ve already cut all my wood for both projects. I was wondering if I can feature you on my blog with links back to your posts and pics of your project. I’m going to show my finished product and then steer my readers your way for instructions. Here’s the web address of my blog: Thanks for all the inspiration and great project ideas! Let me know if that’s okay with you and I’ll let you know when the post goes live.

  7. Tonya Smith on August 12, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I just started this project today and of course the bottom pieces of wood were a little crooked but it still turned out great for my first one. I have the first coat of stain on it. I can’t wait to finish it. I am going to put a rustic handle that I bought from hobby lobby on the top instead of the knob. I love your site and your tutorials. Yall are just wonderful. Now my hubby has to share his workshop with me!!!!LOL!!!!!

  8. Shanty2Chic on August 6, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    What a fun theme! Filing that one away for later;)

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  9. Ami Carter on July 31, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I love this project. I did it today but I had a problem. I followed your directions and cuts but for the life of me could not get the dimensions to work out. I ended up having to cut down one of the 11″ pices to 9.5″ in order for it to make the box. In the end it all worked out and looks awesome! I did mine in a turquoise-ish blue! Thanks for all the great projects! can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

    • Shanty2Chic on August 6, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      I am sooooo sorry Ami! My brain is on summer vacation;) I updated the cut list! Thank you for letting me know!
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  10. Heather on July 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I was wondering if you finished this the same way as the Mothers Day planter boxes? I’ve been searching and haven’t been able to find the follow up for that one….any key words I can use? Thanks, and this is beautiful!!!

    • Shanty2Chic on August 6, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      Just added the link;))

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  11. Kculleit on July 30, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I would love to know how you painted this, but didn’t see a follow up.

    • Shanty2Chic on August 6, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      I just added the link;)

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  12. NYGirls on July 29, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    I’m going to tackle a saw for the first time just to make this. Oh….so many uses!!!!

    • Shanty2Chic on August 6, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      You will be hooked:))))

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  13. js on July 29, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    love this!! thanks for the tutorial! i’m curious to know how you painted it to get that vintage look…?

    • Shanty2Chic on August 6, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      Thank you :))

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  14. Jan on July 27, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I LOVE this caddy idea!! I think I might make a beachy one for utensils and what-not for pool parties!!

    • Shanty2Chic on August 6, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      Great idea Jan;)))

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  15. Heidi Grady on July 27, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Such a cute idea, love the use of jars. Have you ever tried Save-On-Crafts they have a lot of fun items for DYI and display. There prices are close to if not at wholesale, I use them all the time, I have no affiliation, just a really happy customer 🙂 It is an online store and they ship really fast. I like going on just too look and get ideas.

    Love your project, I am still trying to figure out something to do with mason jars <3

    • Shanty2Chic on August 6, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      Thank you Heidi! Great info on the online store!! Will definitely check that out;)
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  16. Lisa on July 27, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Love it! What is a battery nailer, is that the type of nailer you use on all these types of projects? I’m not sure what to invest in??

    • Shanty2Chic on August 6, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      Hey Lisa! It is a nailer/stapler that runs on the Ryobi batteries! I love mine and you would get lots of use;))
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  17. Kristin Byrne on July 27, 2012 at 7:16 am

    love the knob in the center! what a great touch!

    • Shanty2Chic on August 6, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      Thank you Kristin! I am a sucker for glass knobs;)

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  18. Lisa M Beck on July 27, 2012 at 5:58 am

    I love this and have been needing one of these at home. I can see it filled with jars of daisies when not in service as cutlery carrier.

    • Shanty2Chic on August 6, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      Love!!! Thank you Lisa:)

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  19. Mariaelena on July 27, 2012 at 4:44 am

    Fabulous!!…love it…great detail.

    • Shanty2Chic on August 6, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      Thank you Mariaelena!

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  20. Darlene on July 27, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Oh that is adorable & perfect for my retro-kitchen redo that I am in the process of doing. I know it will look perfect sitting on the counter holding my silverware 🙂

    • Shanty2Chic on August 6, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      So fun!! Thanks Darlene!!

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  21. Jamie Gage Kennemer on July 27, 2012 at 4:25 am

    Soo cute! Love it!

    • Shanty2Chic on August 6, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      Thanks so much Jamie!

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  22. Jennifer Hogan on July 26, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Love this simple and cute idea! Would be perfect for my daughter’s country-inspired birthday party:

  23. Tonya @ Love of Family & Home on July 26, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    So cute!! Love it!

    • Shanty2Chic on July 27, 2012 at 7:05 am

      Thank you Tonya!

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  24. Ruthie on July 26, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Ok! I need one of these STAT! Sooo cute! Thanks for sharing it with us!

    • Shanty2Chic on July 27, 2012 at 7:05 am

      Thank you so much Ruthie:)

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    • Shanty2Chic on August 6, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      Thank you;))

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