Wood Vase Holder DIY

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
I love sewing, crocheting, and all, but you all know how I like to create with all kinds of things so today I’m sharing this wood vase holder diy. A few weeks ago I saw something kind of like this but it was made from metal. I really liked how it looked but also figured I could make something with that same concept but for a lot less money. I was right! I made this out of wood and since I had almost all the supplies already it didn’t cost anywhere near the amount of the metal one. I liked how simple this was to make using minimal tools.

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You can see two different types of vases I had on hand that fit in it. It’s a generous size but you could always change the sizes of the wood pieces to suit a specific vase you want whether it be smaller, larger, wider, or not so wide. Here is your supply list to create your own wood vase holder diy:

  • 2 pieces of 3/4 x 36 poplar square for the legs and top joining pieces
  • Wood for the base (I used a 1×8 scrap piece I had. just make sure it is at least 3/4″ thick and 5.5″ wide)
  • Four 3/4″ x 1/2″ corner braces with screws
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Pre-stain wood conditioner
  • Paint brush
  • Wood stain
  • Polycrylic finish
  • Lint free cloth
  • Ruler
  • Saw (I used a chop saw but also used a hand saw to cut off the ends of two smaller pieces I cut too long)
  • Drill and bit that the screws you use will need

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
First make your wood cuts. From the two pieces of poplar cut the following lengths: four that are 12″ long, two that are 5.5″ long, and two that are 4″ long. From your wood for your base cut a 5.5″ x 5.5″ piece. Sand all of the pieces, especially focusing on any rough spots.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Next, grab your corner braces and prepare to put them on.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Take your 12″ pieces of poplar and screw on each brace so that the top is 4″ from the bottom. Repeat for all four pieces.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Now take a leg with the brace and place on the corner of the base. Screw in place. Repeat for all four sides making sure that the legs are in the correct place on each end.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
It was a little difficult to get the last leg on, so if you leave the leg screws a little loose on the base you can turn them to make more room for your drill if necessary. Then go back and tighten them once they are all in place. You might also find it best not to screw the screws in too tightly as it can make the legs warp a little bit at the top.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Now take the smaller pieces and place them on the appropriate sides. I put a little bit of wood glue on the ends of the piece and then clamped them in place one at a time. I would put one in place and go about my day and the next time I got in the car I would switch and do another piece. The wood glue holds these in place super good so no need for screws or nails on these unless you want to do that.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Some people skip doing this but I like to use a pre-stain wood conditioner. It helps the wood soak up the stain more evenly. I applied it with a paint brush and then wiped off the extra with an old t-shirt. (Make sure to wash your brush after.)

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
After the conditioner has set for the amount allotted on the can, apply your stain of choice. I used this Early American color stain. I applied one coat using a paint brush, let it sit for fifteen minutes, and then wiped off any excess. (Make sure to wash your brush after.)

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Once the stain is completely dry you can apply a polycrylic finish. I applied one coat with a paint brush. (Make sure to wash your brush after.) This will protect the wood from any water that might spill onto it.

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Let it dry and then it’s ready to hold a vase full of flowers. A great mother’s day gift idea since that is very soon ;). Make sure to share your happy together projects on social media using #happytogetherbyjess and tag me too :)  Have fun creating! -jess

A Father/Daughter Birdhouse

Father/Daughter Birdhouse

This past Father’s Day, we got my husband some tools and he picked out some wood.

Father/Daughter Birdhouse

The first thing he wanted to do was build a bird feeder with miss J.

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So that is what they did. He’s kind of like me with crafts in that he just winged it. But I think they did a super job on it!

Father/Daughter Birdhouse

We have it sitting in front of a kitchen window so we can watch the birds eat up close. It’s really neat. Miss J really likes it too.

Father/Daughter Birdhouse

What I loved most is the detail they added. He traced her hands and used a wood burner to burn the outline. He also burned their names on it. So precious. I love that we are able to share these experiences with our children.
-Jess

Carved Birds by My Granddaddy

My shelf for the bird carvings

I was blessed to receive these bird carvings of my granddaddy’s by my grandma before she passed away. They are so precious to me and I’ve been wanting to display them for some time now but didn’t quite know how. I finally decided to look for a shelf when I happened upon this basket. I knew it would work for what I wanted :)

My shelf for the bird carvings

I added some wood pieces from my dad’s firewood pile he cut off in December when we were visiting Virginia. Then I added some sticks from our backyard and moss, which came from the craft store. I’m very happy with it!

Grandpa 1943

Here is a pic of my granddaddy. He’s putting a little rocking chair together. He could make anything. He even taught me how to carve when I was little. When he was older, he even won a ton of wood carving competitions. He went to heaven when I was younger, but I still miss him and ask God to tell him things for me.

Grandparents and Uncle
{My grandma, granddaddy, and uncle….and I’m pretty sure she probably sewed that dress herself}

Him and my grandma gave me such good memories. They lived on the Chesapeake Bay, so they also taught me about crabbing and fishing and they had a wonderful garden. I have so many memories of picking the ripe tomatoes, pulling up radishes, and picking the beans and peas. My grandma would sew clothing for me and let me pick out the fabric and crochet endless things. These are things I am working on to be able to share with my children.

My shelf for the bird carvings

I know not everyone has a chance to know their grandparents or have good ones, so I know I was very blessed to have had them in my life. {I miss you two and I can’t wait to see you again!}
-Jess