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!

diy vase

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!



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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…

      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 🙂

  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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