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Barnwood Vases: A How-To | Killer b. Designs



Barnwood Vases: A How-To

Looking for a rustic touch for your next party? These barnwood vases are a breeze to put together, and I made them from old fence pickets off the side of the road! You only need one good picket to make a brand new vase you’d pay big bucks for at the decor store.

I know what you’re thinking right now. How can wood and nails hold water? Well, it doesn’t! My flowers are sitting pretty inside a tall mason jar I slipped inside. But any cup would work, even the red Solo variety. So it’s simple to change out water and keep your flowers alive. Ready to see how easy it is to put together? Here’s the how-to!

• 1 fence picket (reclaimed or new cedar for about $2.50)
• wood glue
• nails

Cut list for tall vase:
• 4 @ 9″
• 1 @ 6 3/4″

Cut list for square vase:
• 4 @ 6″
• 1 @ 6 3/4″

Step 1 – Cut your pieces

These pieces are for the shorter, square size. I have four fence-picket-wide pieces at 6″ long, and one at 6 3/4″. Choose a fence picket that isn’t split down the middle (a lot have cracks) and doesn’t have any chunks missing. Hammer out any nails.

Step 2 – Attach two sides

Using glue and nails (I use my pneumatic nail gun), attach two sides.

Step 3 – Attach your third side

Attach your third side with glue and nails. Two sides will be sandwiched between the other two, not alternating.

Step 4 – Attach your last side

More glue and nails, and that’s your last side! Now for the bottom.

Step 5 – Attach the bottom

Glue and nail the bottom onto your vase. You don’t need any drainage as you’ll be using an inner container for the water.

That’s it! You now have a great rustic vase you can fill with silk flowers or anything else! And since cost will be less than $5 even if you buy glue and nails and a new picket, it’s a heckuva lot cheaper than what you’d buy in stores, plus you get the satisfaction of giving what was once trash a whole new life.



  1. Teri

    I love this! I saw it on the table in Charlie’s birthday post and thought it was fabulous. Thanks for the tutorial! PS- Happy Birthday Charlie! :)

  2. The Style Sisters

    This is such a cool idea!! I love it. Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share your idea with us.

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