Make a Holiday Centerpiece for Under $75



Thanksgiving Centerpieces can be elegant and with some planning, reusable and relatively inexpensive to make. Here’s how:

  1.  Look on Craigslist for oak boards that you can pick up for a small price or for free.  The dimensions (1/2″ thick boards) of this box are 46″L X 9″W X 5-1/2″D
  2. The box has mitered corners glued together with Tite Bond glue.  It also has splines cut into the corners for stability.
  3. I used black gel stain from General Finishes to finish the box and my husband (I always sucker him into projects!)
  4. A week before Thanksgiving, I went to Michaels and picked up floral items that were marked down 80% off.  Another option is to hit the Dollar Store early for floral supplies.
  5. I secured the floral pieces with foam blocks that I purchased at the Dollar Store.

I picked up battery operated pillar candles and tapered (drip-free candles) from Meijer and set them inside of the box on top of blocks (pillar candles) and the tapered candles are sitting in candleholders.  For the center, I used an old mercury glass pumpkin that I already owned but you could use a small pumpkin (painted or unpainted) or a rounded candle holder for the middle.

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Save Your Back This Winter! Easy Outdoor Pot Winterization

Our Solution to Saving Garage Space!

This year, my husband and I purchased new outdoor furniture and realized that we no longer had room to store our outdoor pots inside of the garage. Not only that, but we were tired of moving these heavy things!  So, we came up with an idea to protect our pots from filling with water, freezing and cracking this winter WITHOUT moving them from the patio!  We covered 4 pots for less than $30!  Here is what you’ll need:

  1.  3/4″ thick plywood
  2.  Tite Bond wood glue
  3. 1-1/4″ exterior screws

First, measure the outside and inside dimensions of each pot.  Cut the a circle equal to the outside dimensions of the pot. Cut a second circle equal to the interior dimensions of the pot.  Center the smaller circle to the larger circle and glue the two wood pieces together.   Secure them by also using a few exterior screws to provide extra support.  Use a roller and brush to paint them with an exterior paint color of your choice.  We chose to match them to the pots but a variety of colors would work!  Good luck!

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