How to Turn An Old Crate Into A Floral Arrangement

By the time most of you read this I’ll be on my way to sunny San Diego, CA to visit one of my best friends! This will be my first time flying with Miss E by myself and I’m a little nervous about it, so say a prayer for me! But all in all, I’m really excited to have some girl time and put my toes in the sand!

On another note, I’ve picked all of the giveaway winners from the Blogiversary Celebration so please check your emails!

Now onto a sweet and inexpensive project for the day. If you are looking for a simple yet elegant centerpiece idea for your upcoming dinner party, wedding, or rehearsal dinner, I’ve got an idea for you! Using an old crate, mason jars and some hydrangeas from the garden you can create a chic floral arrangement for hardly anything at all.

Wine Crate Planter

I love flowers and I am so fortunate that I have gorgeous white hydrangeas that fill my back yard every summer. I’d like to take credit for how gorgeous they look but in reality they are pretty low maintenance. I planted them about 3 years ago and every year they get bigger and more beautiful. Starting in mid-July and through September hydrangeas fill every room in my house. Love.

Wine Crate Planter

I generally just use simple glass vases for my arrangements, but this year I decided to use this old Wine Crate that my grandma gave me (you can read more about that here).

Wine Crate Planter

Pairing the rustic crate with fresh white flowers creates a very shabby chic look. You can find old crates like this at Thrift Stores, the Goodwill, Antique Shops and garage sales. I find them everywhere but I was fortunate to get this one for free :)

Wine Crate Planter

Here are a few little tips on how to get a full and tiered flower arrangement. 

Wine Crate Planter

I started with the old wine crate and gave it a good cleaning.

Wine Crate Planter

Next, I gathered some mason jars and old vases and placed them inside the crate. Now here is my tip. Place the taller vases in the center to give the arrangement some height and then place the shorter vases around the edges. This will help the arrangement have a fuller/rounder appearance and stay symmetrical.

Wine Crate Planter

I started in the center and worked my way to the edges, filling in holes along the way. And once I was done, it looks liked this:

Wine Crate Planter

I’m checking out for the rest of the week and weekend but I have a great guest post for you tomorrow!

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Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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  1. says

    I love hydrangeas! I have blue and purple ones in the yard and love this time of year because of having them in the house.

  2. Tani@Tagana Rose says

    Love the centre piece idea Taryn! It would be so simple to do but looks absolutely gorgeous (love your grandma’s crate!)!! Have a wonderful time in San Diego:)

  3. Mrs Major Hoff says

    Sooooo soooo pretty! I love the white hydrangeas. I tried some here early in the spring but the Texas summer killed them. The rustic box just adds the perfect touch. Classic and elegant! Love it!



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