4th of July Centerpiece- Rustic Crate with Bottle Vases

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This rustic 4th of July Centerpiece starts with a DIY wood box. Fill it will glass bottles and flowers for pretty, patriotic home decor!
Rustic 4th of July Centerpiece

I have been needing a 4th of July centerpiece for a couple of years, and I’ve had several ideas floating around in my head. I finally decided to just get ‘er done! This rustic crate was inspired by a similar centerpiece that the Shanty sisters from Shanty 2 Chic made for Christmas. I love them, and if you haven’t ever checked out their site, you are missing out!
4th of July Rustic Crate Centerpiece

Speaking of power tools, I am having a blast with mine! Now that summer is here, my husband is parking his car on the driveway so I can use my power tools in the garage. 🙂 Rachel’s room is coming along nicely, and I have several projects in the works that I can’t wait to show you! But for now, let’s talk about this 4th of July centerpiece. It was easier that I thought, and I am pretty thrilled with how it turned out. When Independence Day is over, I can swap out the flowers and ribbons for something else. I love interchangeable decorations!

4th of July Centerpiece- Rustic Crate with Bottle Vases

-A 1 x 4 x 6 pine board (The actual size of a 1×4 is 3/4″ x 3 1/2″. Go figure.
You will need the following lengths:
Bottom piece: 2 3/4″ x 8″
2 side pieces: 3 1/2″ x 8″
2 end pieces 3 1/2″ x 4 1/4″
-Miter saw (or you can have them cut your wood to length at the hardware store)
Wood glue
-Nail gun (I use the Ryobi Cordless Brad Nailer and adore it)
-Wood filler (optional)
Palm sander
Tack cloth or soft cloth
Wood stain and rags to apply
-3 glass bottles (I used IBC root beer bottles)
-Ribbon and tulle in 1 yard lengths
-Flowers (fresh or fake)

Instructions: Cut all your wood pieces to the correct size, and sand off the jagged edges. The 3 1/2″ boards are just 1×4’s. Only the bottom piece has to be cut down lengthwise.) rustic-wood-crate-instructions Use wood glue and a nail gun to attach the two side pieces to the edges of the bottom piece. diy-rustic-wood-box Use wood glue and a nail gun to attach the two end pieces to form a box. diy-rustic-wood-crate If desired, fill the nail gun holes with wood filler. wood-filler Give the entire box a good sanding. I like to use a palm sander, it’s much quicker! Use a tack cloth to remove all the dust, then stain your box. I used the same stain I used for my oak railings, Java Gel Stain from General Finishes. I love the color! rustic-wood-crateYou can skip this step, but I like to distress my edges by sanding with my palm sander. 4th-of-july-centerpieceNow fill your soda bottles with flowers, and place them in the box. rustic-wood-box-tutorialTo finish things off, just wrap your crate with tulle and ribbons, and tie a knot in the front. Rustic 4th of July CenterpieceFlowers just make me happy, even if they are the fake variety. 🙂 Patriotic Flower Centerpiece I love how my centerpiece turned out and I hope you do too! And as always, I’d be thrilled if you PIN this project and share it with your friends. 🙂



  1. I have a huge collection of wine bottles. I made this kind of crate. It served as a beautiful centerpiece for the ceremony, and then later i put a vase on each table for the meal.

  2. Of all the patriotic decorations, this one caught my eye. It is soo pretty. I made this ,only, I used a picnic basket and filled it with 12 small milk bottles. It served as a beautiful center piece for the ceremony, and then later i put a vase on each table for the meal.I bought red carnations and added one blue hydrangea and one white astilbe from my garden.

    • So glad you liked it! It sounds like your version turned out just perfect! I love that you doubled it up as a serving container! 🙂

  3. I absolutely LOVE this rustic crate! The bottles with the flowers look so pretty! Not to mention it could be updated with different ribbon and flowers to fit any season. I think I just HAVE to make me one of these! Thank you so much for the fabulous tutorial! You did a great job, we would love it if you linked up with our party this week! http://www.kraftingkreations.com/2014/06/awesome-things-tuesday.html

    • Thanks so much Amanda! I tried to link up, but it was already closed. I’ll have to try again next week. 🙂

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