Spring is just around the corner and this DIY Farmhouse Vase Holder is the perfect addition to update your home decor. This is a good project for any beginner woodworker and would make a perfect Mother’s Day gift.
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My family loves those Yoplait Oui french style yogurts. You can find them in grocery stores, but I included the link so you can see what they look like. They come in these little glass jars and I’ve found so many ways to up-cycle them. I’ve used them as snowflake votive holders. They are also great for holding small items, like paper clips, pins or rubber bands. You can also purchase acacia wood and plastic storage lids for them. Now on to the instructions…
- Yoplait Oui French Style Yogurt – (4) Empty Glass Jars (5 OZ Size)
- Common Whitewood Board – (1) 1x4x8 (Look for flat boards with fewer knots)
- Wood Dowels – (2) 3/8″
- Flat Corner Braces – Optional – (4) 1.5″ (If not using the Kreg Jig)
- Paint (Behr paint samples work great for small projects)
- Wood Glue
- Miter Saw (If you don’t have a saw, you can ask the Home Depot associate to cut your boards to size or use the available hand saw in the trim board aisle of your local Home Depot or Lowes.)
- Brad Nailer (If you don’t have a brad nailer you can use trim nails and a hammer. However, be sure to use the flat corner braces and wood glue for extra support.)
- Kreg Jig (My boards are held together with Kreg Screws. Again, you can use trim nails with flat corner braces if you do not have a Kreg Jig.)
- Drill with 3/8″ drill bit.
MEASURE & CUT
(1) 1X4 cut to 24″
(2) 1X4 cut to 3 1/2″
(2) 3/8″ Wood Dowels cut to 24 1/2″
SAND THE BOARDS
I used my 5 inch random orbit sander to quickly smooth out the boards. I usually start with an 80 grit sanding disk and them move to a 240 for a smooth finish. This is such a small job that you could easily use regular sandpaper with a sanding block.
Using your Kreg Jig, drill two pocket holes in both ends of your 24 inch board. Glue and clamp your corners together, then combine the boards with 1 1/4″ pocket screws.
Optional Method (Without Kreg Jig) – Place a bead of glue along the end of your 24″ board. Next, place your 3 1/2″ board up to it, then attach with nails from the outside edge into the bottom board end. Then, use your corner braces, mark and pre-drill your holes, and attach corner braces with the screws provided. Note: My hardware store only had silver corner braces in stock. If you cannot find black finished corner braces, you can spray paint them with Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze before you attach them.
Once your boards are cut to size, mark your hole placement for the dowel rods. I measured 3/4″ down from the top of the side board and 5/16″ in from the edge of the side board to mark my holes. Next, I used a smaller drill bit to start my hole and then moved to the larger 3/8″ drill bit to finish it. This will help prevent your drill from slipping off your mark. I drilled each hole about 3/8″ deep for extra room to slide my dowel into place. If your dowel is too snug, you can sand the edge of it a little. If it’s too long, you can cut it down.
Paint your base white and the dowel rods black. I drilled holes in a scrap piece of wood to hold the dowels while I painted them. I found it easier to paint the dowels before putting them in place.
REMOVE LABELS AND PLACE JARS
Too remove the labels, wash the jars under warm water and then peel the labels off. When the jars were warm, the labels came off easier. Any left over glue can be removed with Goo-Gone. Then wash the jar one last time.
The jars are narrow at the top and get wider at the bottom. I found it easiest to place the jars in the holder at the middle of the board and then slide them in place. The Dowels flex a little toward the middle of the holder.
This DIY Farmhouse Vase Holder is very versatile. It works well because it is short, narrow and long. It can be used as a centerpiece for a table, mantel decor or just an extra coffee table or shelf decor item. Add your lavender or votive candles and enjoy!
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