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How to make a DIY tabletop planter centerpiece

Brighten up your dinner table with this DIY elevated tabletop planter centerpiece. This is perfect for holiday decor or everyday use!

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We’re getting ready to host for the holidays and we wanted to make sure we had something that would bring our table together.

So, we designed a DIY tabletop planter centerpiece that would allow us to add some holiday decor to our table but then swap everything out for each season of the year.

We were inspired for this project by an elevated planter available on Wayfair that looked elegant. It also is reminiscent of our wood-burned DIY trough style centerpiece we made a couple of years ago for fall decor.

This DIY planter centerpiece is one of those cool projects that you can make with just one board! That’s right, a single board can do everything, so you don’t have to worry about the cost of lumber… and it’s certainly cheaper than buying one.

We used a 1×6 poplar board (aka 3/4″x5 1/2″x8′ if you want to talk nominal versus actual dimensions) but you could use any type of wood that works in your home from rustic wood to exotic hardwoods to pine off the shelf.

Let’s show you the quick and easy steps on how you can build one of these planter centerpieces and how you can get the full FREE woodworking plans to help you through it!

DIY planter centerpiece

We love this DIY centerpiece because it is long and low. With a long rectangular dining table, this looks perfect on top and doesn’t block your view when talking to your fellow diners.

DIY planter centerpiece on table

This centerpiece looks great on our DIY angled base dining table!

Wooden box centerpieces are great for swapping out decor for seasons and keeping things low profile. That’s why we designed this to fit anything from Christmas ornaments to mason jars to candles to plants.

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Here’s the general overview on how to make this DIY wooden trough centerpiece, but make sure to grab the full downloadable PDF plans!

Centerpiece with ornaments

Step one: drill pocket holes

Start by making all the cuts in the woodworking plans, including the 10 degree angled sides and bevels. A compound miter saw and table saw make this easiest.

After you make all the cuts, make your pocket holes. You can use any pocket hole jig you have access to, but this was our first time trying out the Kreg Foreman.

Drilling pocket holes with Kreg Foreman

We’ve always used the Kreg 720 Pro, but the Foreman is a much different animal. It has a huge steady base and can make pocket holes super fast.

After we set up the Foreman in about 10 minutes, we got to work drilling. The pull down handle makes it easy to drill holes quickly and not have to adjust anything.

Using Kreg foreman

For this project, we needed 12 holes on the base and 8 on each of the short sides. Once all the holes were drilled, we sanded everything smooth and got to work.

Step two: attach side pieces

We started by attaching the two short sides using wood glue and pocket hole screws with the small end of the sides lined up with the base.

Attaching side pieces to base

Then, we added the long sides, again using wood glue and pocket hole screws. The long sides are attached from both the base and the short sides to pull everything together and hold it tight.

Long sides added to planter centerpiece

It was a little tight to do the screws on the short sides, so we used our Kreg 90 degree driver to help fit in that small space.

Step three: attach feet

After the body of the planter was built, we wanted to add the legs. These legs are a little taller because we wanted to have the planter be a little more elevated off the table.

Legs attached to base with clamps

The legs are cut with a 20 degree angle on one side to give them a modern tapered look. Once the legs were cut, we used wood glue and clamps to attach them to the underside of the planter.

Step four: round edges

We didn’t love the harsh sharp angles on the top of the planter, so we opted to round them off using our Kreg bench top router table. You could also use a handheld router or even aggressively sand.

Using Kreg Tabletop Router to round edges of centerpiece

We used a round over bit to smooth the outside and inside edges of the top of the box, then used a fine grit sandpaper to make everything even.

Step five: finishing touches

Before taking it up to the dining room, we added a whitewash stain and polyurethane to protect it.

finished planter

Since it’s the holidays, we filled the planter with red and gold ornaments for a festive look! This is going to look so great for holiday hosting!

Wide view of planter with background

But also make sure to take a look at how it can look with plants dripping over the sides. This is a great option for the rest of the year and you can do any plant in here you want.

DIY planter centerpiece filled with plants

This DIY elevated planter would also work on the back of a couch table or entryway if you don’t have a rectangular dining table.

DIY tabletop planter centerpiece woodworking plans

If you loved this project and want to get the full dimensions and detailed steps to make our DIY wood centerpiece, make sure you download the FREE printable PDF plans!

Link to plans for DIY tabletop planter centerpiece

Thanks to our friends at Kreg, we are bringing these plans to you for free over on their Projects and Plans page. We have lots of other plans there too, so search around.

The plans have a full material list, cut list and step-by-step instructions with computer imagery to make this and easy DIY project for your weekend!

Empty planter centerpiece

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