"Give Thanks" Flower Centerpiece

Thanksgiving is sort of like the middle child of holidays, overshadowed by the first holiday of the season, Halloween, and ignored entirely once the stores start playing Deck the Halls. (Which, let's face it, happens like November first...) I think Thanksgiving deserves a moment to shine, and here is a super cute, easy way to put Turkey Day in the spotlight!

What You'll Need:

  • 8-9406: Sangria
  • 8-9407: Ivory Flake
  • 8-9408: Golden Dandelion
  • 8-0391: Interior Oil Base Stain in Dark Walnut
  • Compartmentalized Wooden Box (I got mine at Hobby Lobby for around $7.)
  • Mason Jars (I used quilted as they were taller and a little prettier!)
  • Assorted Fall Flowers
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • X-Acto blade
  • Scissors
  • Small Paint Brush
  • Tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Rubber Gloves (Wear when staining!)
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HOW IT'S DONE:

  1. I started this project by staining the wooden crate because I wanted a darker box so that the yellow text would pop. I used a rag to apply 2 coats of Majic Interior Oil Base Wood Stain in Dark Walnut and, once dry, lightly scuffed the edges with sandpaper to give it a weathered look. Allow stain to cure for 10-12 hours before applying paint.
  2. Once the stain has cured for several hours, apply Golden Dandelion to the insides of each compartment to create a fun little twist to the box that nicely compliments the yellow text on the outside.
  3. Once I had the box completely painted, I created a stencil using my computer and an X-Acto blade. To do this, measure the box dimensions, create a text box in InDesign (This can be done in Word as well!), and adjust the text size until it fits snuggly within those box dimensions. Print this template and, VERY CAREFULLY, cut out the letters using an X-Acto blade. (If you're not very handy with blades, I recommend getting a pre-cut stencil which will work just as well!)
  4. Once you have your letters cut out, tape them to the side of the box ensuring that they are pretty evenly spread out and straight. Use a pencil to outline the letters.
  5. Remove the taped letters (or stencil) and, using a small paint brush, begin filling in the letters with Golden Dandelion. I recommend outlining the letters before filling them in as they create a small barrier which helps prevent bleeding once you fill them in.
  6. Allow letters to dry and apply 1-2 more coats as needed. If, once the paint dries, you noticed some messy edges, use an X-Acto and carefully remove excess paint. To do this, use the X-Acto to create a straight line along the stencil and the use the tip of the blade to remove the excess paint that is outside of this line. (This step can be sort of difficult, so be careful!!)
  7. To paint the mason jars, fill with about 3 TBS of paint and swirl around so that it evenly coats the entire jar. Make sure to do this over the open can of paint so that all the excess is not wasted! I did two jars in Sangria and two in Ivory Flake. Allow jars to cure for 24 hours.
  8. Once the paint on the inside has dried, very carefully dip the jar in the can of paint containing the opposite color to give a pop of color on the rims of the jars. Try to shake off as much extra paint as possible on this step as the paint will dry with drip marks if you are not careful!
  9. Once the jars were completely dry, I used a hot glue gun to adhere the bottom of the jar on top of its metal lid. Although this step is optional, it may be a good idea if the wooden box is taller as it initially covered up roughly 3/4 of the jar. Once I glued the jar onto its lid, it boosted the jar enough so that it was not completely hidden in the box.
  10. Finally, cut and place the flowers into the jars and put on your mantle, dinner table, or anywhere else you can think of that will finally give Thanksgiving the credit it deserves!
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