Make This: Mason Jar Flower Box Centerpiece

Spring is in full bloom all around my cottage, flowers popping up all over the place – perfect for a Mason Jar Flower Box. This would be perfect for weddings, too, since it can be customized with any color. I love the vintage feel of it, which resembles a vintage cheese box, but has the farmhouse style staple – glass jars. The Mason Jar Flower Box Centerpiece only takes about an hour of hands on time to make, and is fairly simple with just a few basic tools and supplies that you can pick up at your local Lowe’s.  

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For this project you will need:

  • 5 pieces of 1/4 inch pine, 4 inches wide by 24 inches long (more on this in a minute)
  • Pint size glass canning jars
  • chicken wire (aka poultry netting)
  • a cut off saw (or you can get it cut at Lowes)
  • pin nail gun
  • pin nails
  • wood putty filler
  • paint (I used acrylic from my supplies)
  • dark stain (used to distress)
  • black spray paint (if desired)

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I get pretty excited when I stumble upon something that I’ve never used in a project before – like this 1/4 inch thick wood. I know they’ve probably sold it forever, but I had never noticed it before, since we usually use our planer to get wood to the thickness we want. I found these pine boards, which are 4 inches wide and 2 ft long in slots stored under the regular 1x pine. We bought 5 of them for this project, and had very little left.The “name” says 4 inches wide, but it’s technically only 3 1/2. I have no idea why they do that… can someone explain?

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I painted all of them, both sides and all the edges, with some aqua/green acrylic paint. You could also pick up a paint sample and have plenty of paint to do this project. I found that painting the flat pieces is much easier than trying to paint all those nooks and crannies once it’s all built.

After they were dry, Mr. SCC cut the pieces to these lengths (leaving the widths all just as we bought them):

  • 2 pieces at 22 3/4 inches long (for the sides)
  • 1 piece at 22 1/4 inches long (for the bottom)
  • 2 pieces at 3 3/4 inches long (for the ends)
  • 4 pieces at 3 1/2 inches long (for the middle dividers)

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First, nail the ends onto the bottom piece.

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Next, nail the sides onto the box, being careful to keep everything square.

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Next, space the dividers out every 3 1/2 inches (we used a piece of scrap wood to make a spacer.) Nail them in from each side and on the bottom.
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Put in all of the dividers, until you get 6 openings to hold your mason jars.

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Once it’s all together, patch up all the holes with the wood putty. Sand it off and then touch up the paint. Although there is no photo, you can use stain to add a little age by rubbing it along the edges to create depth in the paint.
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Now, move on to the jars – use the flat part of the lid as a template to cut out pieces of chicken wire so that they fit into the rings. This will help hold your flowers in place rather than being just a huge opening.

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After you fit the wire in them, spray them all with black spray paint, just to unify all the metal. (Of course, take the lids off the jars to do this part.)

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Once it’s complete, just fill it in with flowers and you’re done! In the off season, this would also be a great organizer for paint brushes & markers.

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Thanks to Lowe’s for partnering with me on this mason jar flower box centerpiece! Want more creative ideas? They’ve got bunches of them:

Comments

  1. I am a Mason Jar kind of girl, and I totally love this. Our backyard is on fire with forsythia and quince right now; I even think we have enough wood in the shop. Can’t wait to get started…thank you!

  2. Charming – love the colors!

  3. I’ll have to look for this wood, I haven’t noticed this size either! Great project! I can already imagine other things to make now!

  4. How beautiful. I love the pop of color on it, too. Well, our family used to own a lumberyard so I guess I can share what you know about why a 2×4 isn’t really a 2×4. It IS a 2×4 when it is rough cut (an industry standard). Then it is planed and dried and with that comes shrinkage. Most of the woods look about a half-inch in the process. There you have it, my dear. Hope you have a great weekend-xo Diana

  5. Ok, LOVING this project. I so need to start pinning, yikes! Making hubs help me with this for a Mother’s Day gift : )

  6. very cute idea!

  7. I’m thinking this would be a beautiful Mother’s Day gift!! I love the colors.

  8. very cute! I love the chicken wire idea.Love it!

  9. Really cute … looks so easy to do. It will be on my to-do list. Thanks for the nice tutorial.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  10. cute!

  11. Love, love, love this idea and I am so gonna try it! Adore the lovely color and the use of chicken wire is genius! Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs,
    Pendra
    p.s. What do you use if you don’t have a nail gun???
    pendrah@comcast.net

  12. This is darling! Perfect for Easter as a centerpiece or just a fun mantle decoration. We’ll be featuring this at Someday Crafts tomorrow, so come by and check it out!

  13. That chicken wire is genius! Why didn’t I think of that? So much easier than trying to find a flower frog, or use a flower frog. Love it!

  14. Cute! Can I ask what surface you put your things on when spray painting? I’m always afraid I’m going to paint my stuff right to the cardboard :)

  15. I completely adore this! Love the colors you have going on here. Very lovely! :)

  16. So pretty and inviting. Thanks.

  17. I absolutely love this!! Making it for my office at school, just a little shorter. Then we can use it for lunches to serve forks, napkins, etc.
    As for the measurement of wood, when they first rough cut it, it’s a true 2 x 4, etc. When the wood is dried and planed, it looses some inches.

  18. could you please tell me the color of that chalk board frame. I would like to paint my front door that color.

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