Friends! How is it already the second week of October? My goodness this year has flown! As I write this, the rain clouds are rolling in and the temps are below 50. Unlike most, fall is not my favorite season but, once I accept that the warmth and fun of summer is over, I appreciate the beauty and fresh air of autumn. I do love being cozy and so I welcome sweaters, candles and heating blankets. Speaking of, this DIY includes the ambiance of both fall and candles, and can be left displayed until Christmas steals the show! To make it even better, simply switch out the decor and this project can be reused for every holiday! So get ready, and let’s create this table top wood box display!
To start, decide the length of your box. I chose to make it 24 inches long. Because I used a 1″x4″ board, the height ends up being the width of the board (3.5 inches) and the width of the box will be 5 inches. Cut three pieces at the length you chose, two side pieces and 1 bottom piece.
Once I had my pieces cut, I lined up one side piece along the bottom piece. Make sure the bottom and side edges are flush. Secure with clamps so that they will not move when you fasten them together. I used my nail gun and compressor and began by nailing the ends and then continued adding nails through the middle. This ensured the first side board was secure to the bottom. If you do not have a nail gun, no fear! Use 1 1/2″ or 1 5/8″ finishing nails and use a hammer and nail punch. This will achieve the same results.
Repeat the same thing for the second side. Now time to secure the short edges. Measure both short edges and cut the pieces to size (mine were 5 inches wide). Line up the first piece and nail that puppy down. Repeat with the second piece. Step back and take a look! You built that! Go ahead and admire it for a bit because, girl, you deserve to!
Fill in the holes and the seams (if you want) with wood filler. Once dry, sand with 120 grit sand paper with your palm sander or by hand. Be sure to sand all edges smooth and wipe away the dust with a damp rag. I set my box on painters pyramids so it would be easy to stain. Using an inexpensive sponge brush and Verathane Wood Stain (I used color Provincial) from the Home Depot, carefully apply the stain on all outer edges and inner sides of the box. A little stain goes a long way; do not drench your brush, but rather dip it and wipe off the excess. When applying be sure to spread the stain evenly and do not let it pool. Allow box to dry for several hours before using. Feel free to apply a second coat if you would like the wood darker.
Once dry, style as you please! I bought inexpensive fall garland from Hobby Lobby, and seasonal mini pumpkins and candles from Wal Mart. That’s it! Really girls, it’s that easy! For Christmas, I’ll replace the fall feels with Christmas garland and other decor. Stay tuned for that future post!
Thanks for all the love and support!
Bye for now babes,