Happy hump day!And more importantly, happy Home Depot Challenge (for April) day! We’re back for our 3rd month of The Home Depot Gift Challenge, and we’re so excited to share our projects with you. Each month, several other bloggers and myself have to make a gift for a chosen person with a certain item from Home Depot. Our first month we had to use a copper tee and create a gift for our significant other (so I made this really cool industrial copper pipe clock; which, by the way, is a contestant in the Bob Vila’s Thumbs Up DIY Competition!! Please vote for my clock HERE!! Thank you, friends!). Last month we had to create a gift for a child using a wooden dowel (so I made this easy felt banner!).
This month the chosen item was pegboard, and the gift recipient was for anyone in our family.
Not gonna lie, I was totally stumped.
Ok, so I know I’ve said that every month thus far and probably will every month after this, but for real. This month was hard! I had no ideas at all. Any idea I came up with had to do with just hanging and organizing stuff on the wall. Which, isn’t a bad thing because pegboard is the perfect organizational piece. However, I wanted to make a gift for my parents, and my mom is super into decorating. I thought some kind of decor piece would be perfect.
But let’s be honest. Pegboard isn’t really a “pretty” thing to decorate with.
Until I finally came up with an idea. What about creating a pretty pegboard flower box centerpiece, without the pegboard having to show?
I wasn’t actually sure I could pull it off, since sometimes ideas in my head don’t work out like I think they will.
And by sometimes, I mean most of the time. 😉
I decided I wanted the box to be long so it could fit on my mom’s large dining room table. I went to Home Depot and got a 10 foot 1×4 and had them cut 2 pieces to be 30″ long. Now, the pegboard top ended up being a weird size because I wanted it cut evenly between the holes on either side. So, because the employees at Home Depot are amazing and even though they probably aren’t supposed to cut wood to very specific sizes, this super sweet man also cut my pegboard for me, too. It ended up being 6 3/4″ wide by 30″ long. He also cut the end pieces of the box to be about 5 1/8″. The pieces weren’t exact (which he warned me they might not be) but we trimmed them at home.
I wasn’t too concerned with the inside of the box since it won’t be seen; which means I got a little lazy after attaching the box with two “L” brackets and decided to just use wood glue on the other two corners. Hey, I would have just used wood glue for the whole thing but I don’t have any fancy clamps to hold them in their exact place!
After my wood glue had dried, I stained the outside of the box with a coat of Minwax English Chestnut per the instructions and let it dry. Again, I didn’t even worry about staining the inside. I did a light staining job and didn’t mind if it was uneven in some areas. I wanted my box to look old and warn.
I wasn’t too worried about the screws being seen, because I figured once flowers were inside they’d cover them up. After all 4 screws were in, it was time to add some pretty flowers to finish it all off!
TIP: Buy fake flowers from the Dollar Store! I got 9 bunches of these peonies and cost me $9. If I had gotten them at any craft store, they would have easily been $4 to $5 a bunch; costing almost $45! Not worth it! And, these flowers could easily be mistaken for real ones.
I went back in after the middle two rows were full and added more on the outside rows near the edge. Obviously the very edge row of holes won’t be used since it’s attached along the edges to the wood. I just made sure my outside row of flowers was pulled out a tad more to cover any of the pegboard that was visible.
The idea in my head totally worked out this time, and I’m SO happy it did! This could be such pretty centerpieces at a wedding, set out on all the tables. Or, perfect for bridal or baby shower centerpieces, too!
You can also switch out the flowers for the season. It’d be adorable with little pumpkins and corn on picks mixed with fall leaves for autumn, or pretty berries and poinsettias for winter. So. Many. Options!
AND. You can even add real flowers to this box, by just adding a few long vases underneath the box filled with water! Make sure to get the flower stems in the vases, and you’ll be set with some gorgeous real flowers to show!
What kind of flowers would you add to this centerpiece?
Don’t forget to check out the other 10 genius pegboard projects below (just click directly on the pictures!)! These bloggers are crazy talented, and you won’t be disappointed by what they have to offer!
Thanks so much for visiting today friends. I hope the rest of your week is a great one!
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