My friend’s daughter got married recently and she wanted cute scallop mason jar centerpieces for the tables. She wanted some long boxes and some square boxes with removable dividers. They turned out really cute, I had to make one for myself.
How to Make a Scallop Mason Jar Planter Box Centerpiece
- 1 – 1″ x 6″ x 6′ or 8′ board
- 1 – 1″ x 4″ x 6′ or 8′ board
- 1 – 3/4″ x 2′ x 4′ plywood
- 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws*
- 1 1/4″ brad nails
- wood glue
- wood filler*
- wood candlestick (optional)
- glass knob (optional)
- 4 – 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ with 45 deg bevels (angle) on each end towards each other
- 2 – 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ x 8 7/8″
- 1 – 3/4″ x 9″ x 9″ plywood
Set the miter saw head at a 45 deg bevel (head tilt), cut 4 pieces of the 1×6 that are 10 1/2″ long with 45 deg on each end.
Print the pattern for the scallops, make sure your printer is set on 100% and not ‘fit to page’. Scalloped box template Trace the scallops onto the 10 1/2″ pieces. Use a scroll saw, band saw or jig saw to cut out the scallops (I used a band saw).
Cut out the 9″ x 9″ bottom piece from plywood (or you can use a 9″ piece of 1×6 and 9″ piece of 1×4). Drill pocket holes* for 3/4″ material in the bottom about 2/edge. (Alternatively if you don’t have a pocket hole jig, you can screw from the outer side into the bottom.)
Apply wood glue along the bottom edge and use 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws to attach the sides flush to the bottom.
Attach other sides, applying glue along the miter joint. Add 1 1/4″ brad nails to the miter edges to keep them tight.
The divider is removeable, but can be made permanent by screwing/nailing it into place.
Cut 2 pieces of 1×4 that are about 8 7/8″ long. Make sure they’ll easily slide into the scallop box center. Measure and mark the locations for the notches. I used the band saw (or scroll saw or jig saw) to cut out the notch, you can clean up the edges with a chisel if needed.
The two dividers will slide together. Apply a little wood glue to the notch and glue the two dividers together.
Fill any holes/blemishes with wood filler as needed, allow to dry. Sand the box smooth. The corner cat sander works great on those scallops.
I used the HomeRight Finish Max* sprayer to apply a couple coats of white latex paint. The sprayer makes it nice to get all those corners.
Once the paint is fully dry, you can distress the edges if you like.
The square scallop mason jar centerpieces turned out so cute for the wedding. They lightly distressed the edges to give the shape a little more definition. I love those hydrangeas, they are white hydrangeas that she sprayed with a pink floral paint* to match the wedding colors. So cute!
I also made a some of the long scallop wood boxes for the wedding too. I shared the plans over at Pretty Handy Girl.
Optional – Center Knob
We decided to add a cute little center knob to the divider (like this one at Shanty 2 Chic). I’m a sucker for glass knobs and I picked this one up at D Lawless Hardware (there are a variety of colors). I picked up the little candlesticks at Hobby Lobby and painted them white.
I drilled a hole in the center of the candlestick for the bolt that came with the glass knob. I wanted to use the candlestick upside down because it works so well with the bolt. There is a big rim on the ‘top’ that didn’t look great.
I used a sander and rounded over the rim. I repainted the candlestick and placed the knob and bolt through the hole and tightened it with the nut.
Glue the candlestick to the dividers.
Slip the divider into the box and you’re ready to go. These boxes are great for centerpieces and utensil holders for parties. What’s your style, distressed edges or crisp paint?
The scallop mason jar centerpiece box will hold either quart or pint sized mason jars.
What will you use yours for?
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