My friend has a big family party coming up and needed help with barn wood mason jar box centepieces. She needs a variety box centerpiece sizes: 3 jar, 4 jar and 5 jar. These trough style boxes are simple to make and they are so handy to have on hand for home decoration, holiday decor and parties. I was happy that my friend wanted the barn wood (reclaimed wood) look since I have a nice stash of barn wood laying around :-), which makes building these super super cheap.
I started with this little fence panel and I was able to get 7 boxes out of it.
I took apart the fence and made sure to remove all nails. The final product turned out pretty cute, I’m loving the sea glass colored mason jars and the rope handles.
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How to Build a Simple Trough Box Centerpiece for Mason Jars
There are lots and lots of variations for box height and length. I’ll go through the simple instructions for a 4 quart jar box at 5″ tall. Then I’ll show variations that you can make.
- Reclaimed wood or 1 – 1″ x 6″ x 6′ board
- (16-18) – 1 1/4″ screws (minimum length)
- wood glue*
- ~3′ of 3/8-1/2″ sisal rope*
- 4 quart mason jars
- Krylon sea foam* spray paint (sells for about $7 at Lowe’s) – optional
Cut List (for a 4 quart jar box)
- 1 – 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ x 17″ wood – bottom
- 2 – 3/4″ x 5″ x 18 1/2″ wood – long sides
- 2 – 3/4″ x 5″ x 4 1/4″ wood – ends
Cut the bottom and end pieces. Drill countersink holes (1-2) about 3/8″ up from the bottom of the end pieces. Use wood glue and 1 1/4″ screws (min) to attach the ends to the ends of the bottom piece.
It’s a good idea to double check the measurement for the length of the sides, especially if you are using reclaimed wood because the thickness can vary. Cut the 2 long side pieces. Drill countersink holes, about 2 along the bottom and 2 on each end. Use wood glue and 1 1/4″ screws (min) to attach the long sides to the bottom and ends.
If you want to add rope handles, drill 3/8″ or 1/2″ holes for the rope. Thread the rope through and tie knots in each end.
That’s it for the box, it’s a really easy project.
If you want to make different lengths here’s a table of different cut lists. I usually keep the bottom piece about 4 1/4″ wide and give 4 1/4″ length for each jar that I’m planning on.
Cut List Options for different sizes.
If you want to change the height of the box, here’s a little visual with quart sized mason jars.
There are lots of options that you can do to make trough box centerpieces.
For my mason jars, I loved Sadie Seasongood’s upcycled sea glass bottles so I thought I’d give it a try. I bought some of the Krylon translucent sea foam spray paint to coat my jars.
I applied a couple of thin coats, because I wanted them fairly translucent. I did one coat with the jars upside down, then let the paint fully dry. I turned the jars over and applied another coat.
I think the jars turned out really pretty. I love that green color with the barn wood.
My Costco carries these white hydrangeas that I love. They are 5 hydrangeas for $9.99. They are so boofy and pretty.
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