Up-Cycled Centerpiece

We’ve completed a lot of projects around our house over the years, and it always seems to be that we have an abundance of useful supplies.  We’ve been consolidating wood supplies from an old deck that we rebuilt and have been enjoying for a couple years. So much used/worn lumber stacked in the shed.  The Handsome is always building something new and exciting, but was at a loss as to what to do with some short 4×4 boards that were previously stained.

After a quick trip to the hardware store and an unanticipated popcorn purchase from those ridiculously cute Boys Scouts that stake out in front of the store and see me coming from a mile away, I was ready to dive right in to my quick little project.

What to do with such a short board? Make a multi use centerpiece!

I made two sets- one with more stain showing and a clear coat added, the other I sanded almost all the stain off- the untreated set is my new favorite addition to our table.

If you’re interested in making your own you’ll need:

Chop saw

Drill with a 1 1/2 paddle bit


4×4 post (at least 18 inches long)

About an hour


1. Without cutting your fingers off, make a cuts for the three columns: I chose 8 inches, 6 inches, 4 inches

2. Find center of each column, drill continuously to desired depth (I chose a shallow depth to match a tea light candle)

3. Sand it and make smooth- the softer the corners, the better in my opinion.

4. Stain or use clear coating to protect from dust

5. Insert candles, plants, or whatever your little heart desires.

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