Thursday, March 14, 2013

17 ways to use a long box as a centerpiece

For the past year and a half,  I have been using a long wooden box we made from reclaimed and pallet wood on my dining table. My most popular pin on pinterest is the first post I did with the box, so I thought I would do one post showing different ways to use it in every season. 

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Using old vinegar bottles with cedar branches is a great way in winter to use something green from outside that doesn't say "Christmas."

Birch logs holding votives and Forsythia in the vinegar bottles usher in Spring.

For Easter, I traded the Forsythia for lilacs in Mason jars.

For summer I bought four large jar candles then added fern fronds to the Mason jars.

Rhododendron replace the ferns later in the season...

My mom let me have a few of my grandmother's peonies.

These stargazer lilies are from my grandmother's garden.

Cone flowers gave this table a modern twist.

Drying hydrangeas make a gorgeous transition into Fall.

I added blue Ball jars, fruit, and gourds for a Fall look.

Thanksgiving was all about white pumpkins, squash and gourds.

For the first Thanksgiving after I made the box, I used pumpkins, pine cones, berries, candles and cedar. I used florist foam to attach everything including the candles, which I pushed down into the foam.

For Christmas, I added fruit, pinecones and greenery. 

Berries, pine cones and candles nestle in the greenery for this Christmas look. 

This year, as my colors had transitioned to blue and pink, I added Shiny Brite ornaments and pine cones to the large jar candles. I put the greenery in small vases so I can keep them filled with water. 

As you can see, it really is a versatile centerpiece. We make smaller versions for my etsy shop, and I think they are easier to use because you don't need so much to fill them up. Kind of thinking I need a smaller one for myself! 

There are so many options for this kind of centerpiece and they work great with a low-hanging chandelier without competing, like the one we have now. 

You can see the post about making the box HERE.

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  1. Shenita @ Embellishments by SLRMarch 14, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Anita, I have been a fan of that long box, since the first time you used it. I get so excited to see how you change it up! You always have the most beautiful accents in it.

  2. I loved everyone of them!! Sally

  3. Luv your box!!! I have always admired your centerpieces Anita. Have a happy Thursday.
    Hugs, Gee

  4. Those are so pretty! I don't have your touch with floral arrangements, but I think I need to make a box for my table!

  5. Kim @ Savvy Southern StyleMarch 14, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Each one of those is so pretty. I really love the Christmas looks.

  6. One better than the next, Anita! Love all of them, especially autumn. xo

  7. Nancy @ The HeadmistressMarch 14, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Love each and every single one! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Anita, probably my favorite, of many.... posts. I love your table top settings, mix of rustic wooden box with sterling silver, china. Thank you for sharing your seasonal beautiful ideas. Love table settings and yours are so inspirational!

  9. Nell at njschoutMarch 14, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Wow, that is an impressive center piece! Love it! : )

  10. Erin~Just*GrandMarch 14, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Every one of these is gorgeous! Now I just need to find a long box....

  11. Wonderful tablescape! LOVE all the details!

  12. Everyone is as awesome as the next,gosh I want hubby to try and make me a box,so many ways to change for each this!

  13. They are all wonderful, but fall decorations are always my favorite.

  14. Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your HomeMarch 14, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    So pretty, they are all gorgeous!!!

  15. Shabby chic SandyMarch 15, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    This is such an inspiring post! I not long ago made myself a table box...not as long as yours but for a short table. I love these ideas!

  16. ℳartina @ Northern NestingMarch 15, 2013 at 6:08 AM

    Anita I can't even pick a favorite, they are all absolutely beautiful!!
    I didn't know you opened an Etsy shop heading over to check it out!

  17. Debra@CommonGroundMarch 16, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    oh, I just love this piece, so versatile and always beautifully decorated for the season!

  18. Thank you for sharing all your decorating ways with your long box. They are all so beautiful and quite easy to do with natural things and candles. Pamela

  19. Hi Anita
    I love your box centerpiece and all the different way for the seasons and hoildays you can dress it up, just gorgeous my friend,
    Your home is looking beautiful with your blues and pinks ;) just lovely....
    I'm off to browse around your blog and see what else you been up to my friend....

    Big hugs~

  20. Liz @ Quirky VistasMarch 19, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Beautiful! I have two of these and it's amazing all the ways there are to change them up. I just love what you've done with yours.

  21. Phyllis @Around the HouseMarch 19, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Hi Anita, wow that box is amazing, love the ways you have used it, can't pick my favorite maybe the Thanksgiving one or the one with bottles with candles, such a fun project...Love all the great ideas, you are so talented...

  22. Heather@http://southernabbey.comMarch 19, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    I really want to get a box like this. You have done one beautiful box after another! I have pinned several for inspiration later. In the meantime, I need to find a box like this! Thanks for the review of all the seasons.

  23. The Vintage ChateauMarch 19, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    That is the most versatile box ever!

  24. Laurel StephensMarch 19, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    This just may be the best post ever! I MUST have a box like yours and all your photos pinned so I know the perfect things to put in it. Just wonderful!

  25. Now all I need is a long box! What great centerpieces and ideas! Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous creations!

  26. Every picture is prettier than the last! I love your creativity. Thank you so much for sharing & blessings to you, Patti

  27. This is a great idea to have it all in one place, Anita! That box has really come in handy as a very special and central part of many great centerpieces! Have a good weekend!!!

  28. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.March 26, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Oh wow, I really need a long box - right now!

  29. These tables are stunning! I will do this! I saw an idea the other day about turning a CD stand on its side and mounting it on a wall. I believe the CD stand could be used like this box if it's not too long/tall, but I'll try it. Are all these pictures on Pinterest? I only see a few? I have to keep copies so I can remember all the idea. They are so very lovely! Thanks for the inspiration.

  30. kitty@ Kitty's Kozy KitchenMarch 29, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    I love all of them, Anita! I had my hubby make me one out of old barn wood and it makes me smile each time I pass by. Happy Easter blessings!

  31. I love this box and your creativity. What are the dimensions of your box?

  32. Anita, I've been studying your pretty tables. Love the idea of using this box through the seasons. Each one is so lovely. I've pinned these to remember this idea. I need to get a long box made that will work on our table.
    Thanks for sharing the ideas and Happy Holidays!

  33. Can you tell me the dimensions of the box? I love it.

    1. This one was about 47" long, 9" wide and 5 1/2" tall. Thanks!

    2. In the Thanksgiving box with the long candles what kind of filler did you use? The stuff that looks like wiry wooden filler. I love your ideas btw!!!

    3. I started with floral foam to stick things into, then used spanish moss and regular moss as a filler around the items. I have also used burlap. Thanks!!