DIY Holiday Centerpiece #DIHWorkshop

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Can you believe the holidays are already upon us? I felt like this year went by so quick! I miss the summer weather already. It was much more easy cutting , hammering and painting in the 70-degree weather than this weekend’s 30s. But, with Santa nearly here, we needed some new Christmas decor. 

My husband and I started doing projects way back in our dating phase. He had an old convertible that he wanted new leather seats in and I did not want to pay someone to do it. We spent our next few days learning that trade. It came out great! Once we married & bought a home, we decided to utilize his past job experience (building homes) and my penny pinching to do as much as possible ourselves again. We have built a patio table, a buffet, chicken coop, swing set, playhouse, and garden. Refinished some furniture, painted the living room, and currently, we are remodeling our kitchen (details to come!). What’s great is that even the kids can get involved. Something as simple as re-painting an old picnic table in chalk paint can keep them busy for months to come. (And just as I am typing this, he face timed me from a ‘dump’, finding 3 old claw-foot chairs, a mirror and a 1920’s table to re-do! This is why I love that man!) We eventually want to build an addition onto our home as well. But, that takes a little more money than we have right now, so let’s keep go back to the smaller DIYs.

Home Depot has Project Guides to help you become a DIY’er yourself. They show you what you need and then you are able to go home and try yourself. You don’t need a lot of big tools. In fact, I asked the guy in the wood section to cut my 3-48 inch sections down for me in the store. That made it easier to load into my truck but also helped cut down on 1 big step. Don’t be afraid to ask. What I also like is that, even though they show the finished project a certain way, you can make it your own. Plus, it’s way easier to have the instructions ready to go with the tool & material  list. 

The Home Depot Workshops are designed to provide mix of associate led demonstration, and some hands-on learning. Materials can be purchased to make your own project. For more information, contact your local Home Depot store.

DIY Holiday centerpiece

For this Holiday Centerpiece, you only need 2 pieces of material. Wood and Nails. (To me, this one is the simplest of our 3 Home Depot projects.)

  • 1 – 1  x 6 x 8  Common Board (Tip: as long as your wood is this size, choose the type you prefer)
  • 1 – Box 18 Gauge x 2  Brad Nail

 

OPTIONAL MATERIALS

  • Paint or Stain
  • Holiday Greenery, Plants, Ornaments, Candles

 

TOOLS

  • Circular Saw
  • Brad Nailer
  • Measuring Tape or Carpenters Square
  • Pencil
  • Safety Goggles
  • Sanding Block

 

DIY

On the 1 x 6-inch x 8-foot common board, measure and mark three 24-inch segments and two 4 ¾-inch ends. It should look like this:
holidaycenterpiecebeautycutdiagram
 
Cut along the marks you just made using a saw. We used a miter saw, which if you are looking into a great investment or gift, is a big bang for your money. It’s our do-it-all saw! Next, smooth your ends with a sanding paper or block. For small projects like this, my favorite item to use are the flexible block sanding sponges. They run around $5 and come in several grits. For this, a 220 grit is perfect.
 
Now let’s put it together. Whatever works best for you, do it. If you are looking at your pieces and think “ah I got it”, go for it! You can start with attaching the 4-inch end to a side or attach the side and the bottom (we did this way). 
building a holiday centerpiece
Either way, line the edges up, and using your brad nailer (the most fun tool ever!), nail through the outside of the wall segment into the base. Repeat a couple times, in a line. Continue each side till it’s a box! Wa-la! 
 
Paint or stain your finished project & then fill it with your favorite holiday items. We used Behr Marquee Copper Moon (sample size) for the outside, Behr Marquee January Garnet (sample size) on the inside then used a light single coat of Rust-Oleum Gold Glitter Spray Paint all over.  I let my youngest paint ours with a simple, 2 inch, 77 cents, foam brush. What is nice, is that even these little sample sizes will cover all 3 projects we will be showing you in the coming months. 
BEHR Paint
For the inside, we gathered pine cones from our walk and used leftover pine and berries from a wreath that was older. The lights we picked up at Home Depot, it was a 2 pack for around $6.99. 
 
That is it, I hope you enjoy creating your own Holiday Centerpiece! If you need a printable version, just click the photo below to open a PDF. 
 
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See how An Alli Event made her centerpiece!