Rustic Box Contributed by Courtney Allison

PHOTO: The French Country Cottage


I am a sucker for old weathered wood- especially cedar or redwood. That silvery color it gets as it ages in the weather is perfection. I had a few pieces of leftover wood from a fence project that had that gorgeous weathered finish and so I decided to build a simple box with them to use as a centerpiece. Fill it with various sized mason jars or bottles or little plants and enjoy.

Materials and Tools Needed

  • 4″ w Fence Boards
  • 6″ w Fence Boards
  • Mitre Saw
  • Hammer
  • Nails

Rustic Box Steps
PHOTO: The French Country Cottage

Rustic Box Steps 2
PHOTO: The French Country Cottage

  1. You are going to need wood fence boards that are 4″ wide as well as a 6″ wide fence board for the bottom. You can use any type of wood, but cedar was used here. Use a mitre saw to cut the 6″ board to be 40″ long. Remember to wear protective glasses and take safety precautions.
  2. The next step is to cut each of the side boards. Cut two 4″ boards to be the same length as the 6″ board – which is 40″ long in this case. You will then have the bottom and 2 sides for your box.
  3. To assemble the box, lay the two 4″ side boards on the ground and place the bottom board on top of them. Nail at each corner, being careful to make sure you don’t miss the board underneath. Then nail in the center on each side- a couple times if your box is a longer one.
  4. Now it’s time to measure in between the 2 side boards for your ends and to cut the smaller end boards to finish your box.
  5. Once the boards are cut, nail them into place on each end.
  6. Sand any rough edges and you are done!

Flower Box
PHOTO: The French Country Cottage

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