How to Make a Stunning Seasonal DIY Table Centerpiece


his DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!This table centerpiece is our own creation. We call it our  “Peek-a-Boo Centerpiece” and here’s why. It’s not only cost effective, as you can change it up for any season or holiday, but get this: <whispers> It has a secret compartment.<end whisper>.  You can lift out the pegboard section that holds the flowers and beneath it you’ll find candles that are seated in sand or clear filler marbles; your choice. You then have another lovely style of centerpiece should you want some ambient lighting on your table.

Talk about your  multi-purpose piece of decor!  And, as is the case with many of our projects here, it’s an upcycle. You can make it from either a plastic or wood flower box. We’ll show you both. Wow!  If you need to catch your breath for a minute after all that, I understand. But once you’ve settled down, grab your supplies and get making your own multi-seasonal, secret compartment centerpiece.

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Table Centerpiece Supplies

NOTE:  How much you need of the filler items will of course depend on the size of your flower box.

We used the following amounts:
24″ wood planter: three 3″ candles and 7lb of gems.
15″ plastic planter, three 1.5″ candles and 5lb of sand.

  • Plastic or Wood Flower Box, any length (typically comes in 12″ to 36″ sizes)
  • Paint
  • Candles in glass jars. MAKE SURE THEY ARE NOT HIGHER THAN THE WINDOW BOX.
  • Foil
  • Sand, Walmart, Craft Stores and some dollar stores carry this. Amazon is comparable to price. If you have access in your area to get it free, do so!
  • Glass Filler Marbles
  • Tape Measure
  • Peg board, cut to  fit box. White side (or spray paint that side white)
  • Dry erase marker (as it wipes off easily) or pencil
  • Handles for ends of wood box. (Plastic box is too thin for handles)
  • Drill
  • Jig saw or something to cut your peg board to fit.
  • Jute twine, (to fit through holes of peg board for lifting handles)
  • Candles in Glass for when you lift off the peg board and want ambient light.

Instructions

(The plastic version is shown at the bottom of the post and uses most of the same methods other than no handle.)
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Measure the interior width and length of your flower box.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Using the dry erase marker, mark the width and length onto the peg board.  To ensure that the peg board piece fits easily into the box, take 1/8″ off of your initial measurements before outlining.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Connect the marks to create the cut line.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Using a jig saw, cut along the dry erase line.  Wipe away any leftover dry erase marks.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Cut an 8″ piece of twine.  Tie a large knot on one end of the twine.  The knot should be large enough that it will not slip through the peg holes.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Insert the string up through the bottom of the peg board near one corner.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Slip the twine back down through the peg board near the opposite corner and tie another large knot to create a handle.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Repeat this step on the other end of the peg board.  Cut away the excess twine.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!The peg board should lift easily in and out of the flower box via the twine handles.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Gather your paint supplies.  We opted for a neutral ombre look using three shades of cream.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Paint the flower box in your desired color.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Be sure to paint the top half of the interior of the box as this will show when complete.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Let dry.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Measure the ends of the flower box to find the center.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Measure out from the center 1 1/2″ on each side.  (This is for a standard 3″ handle).  Drill two holes to mount the handles.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Insert the screws for your hardware.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Attach handles to both ends.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Line the bottom of the flower box with foil.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Begin filling the bottom portion of the box with foil.  This provides lightweight filler as well as insulation to protect the box from the heat of the candles.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!You have enough foil filler when the candles rest 1/4″-1/2″ below the top of the flower box.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Using foil, create long tubes and wrap around the candles; this holds them in place and protects the edges of the flower box.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Once positioned, fill in any remaining holes with additional foil.  The foil should fill the box up to roughly 2″ below the tops of the candles.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Fill in the remaining space with glass filler marbles in the color of your choice.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Once full, the foil should no longer be visible.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Now we’re ready to decorate!
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Using wire cutters, cut your desired floral stems down to 3″-4″.  Move any leaves up the stem towards the flower prior to cutting.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Cut additional greenery or accents of your choice.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Insert the floral stems into the peg board holes as it rests in the flower box.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Mix and match colors and greenery as desired.  The possibilities are endless!
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!The floral stems will slide easily into the marble filler below.  For spaces above the candles, cut slightly shorter stems.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!When complete, you’ll have a stunning centerpiece that you can easily change out for any occasion!  Feel like having a romantic dinner or adding some ambient light to the back porch?  Simply grab the twine handles and lift off your floral decor to access the candles.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!

Table Centerpiece : Plastic Flower Box Version

This uses most of the same steps above except for the handle.

Begin by painting the plastic flower box in your desired color using a spray paint designed to bond to plastic.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Once dry, fill the base of the flower box with foil.This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!When the candles are placed, the tops should rest 1/4″ below the interior lip as this is where the peg board top will rest.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Fill in around the candles with foil to hold in place and protect the flower box from heat.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!If using sand as a filler, like we did, be sure to cover the candles to prevent filling them with sand as you fill.
(TIP: If your flower box has drainage holes or gaps at the bottom, avoid sand as a filler and opt for the larger marble filler or stones.  Sand will fall through small crevices and holes, leaving a trail behind when moved.)
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Fill flower box until sand reaches 1/4″ below the tops of the candles.  Shake flower box gently back and forth to allow sand to settle.  This will also smooth and level the surface.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!When full, remove the foil caps from the candles.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Following the steps above, cut your peg board to fit on the interior beveled edge.  Decorate with desired floral stems and decor to create a unique & easily interchangeable centerpiece that works year round!
(TIP: Hot glue seasonal items such as Christmas ornaments, Easter eggs & birthday gift bows to toothpicks to create custom inserts for your peg board!)
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!his DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!

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