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Easy DIY Christmas gift ideas... Wooden plant holder

I am already constantly reminded that Christmas is just around the corner. In the spirit of this I thought it might be nice to start adding easy DIY gift ideas that you can make with love and give to family or friends.

 

These simple flower stands with test tube holders are a wonderful gift idea that are easy to make using leftover scraps of pine. Leave them untreated, give them a wood burnt look, or spray them with colour using Rust-Oleum spray paint. 

To make the flower stands you will need a drill and spade or MAD bit. You will find Tork Craft spade bits, single and in kits, as well as Tork Craft MAD bits, at your local Builders store. Use a bit that is slightly larger than the test tubes or containers you will use as plant holders. You will find a similar project that we made using plywood here.

Measure and mark on the top section for evenly spaced holes. Clamp this to your workbench and drill halfway through using the spade or MAD bit.

Turn over the piece, clamp and continue to drill through. By only drilling halfway through and then turning over to continue will ensure that you have nice clean holes.

Apply a bead of wood glue or Pattex No More Nails adhesive along the top and bottom edges of the sides.

GOOD TO KNOW:
I used a square scrap of board to make sure that the corners were perfectly aligned.

Glue the sides to the top and bottom and clamp together for a couple of hours.

For an attractive finish to these plant holders I used a Dremel VersaFlame (blowtorch) to singe the surface of the pine to give it a wood burnt effect.

After burning you can apply Woodoc Antique Wax or clear (or tinted) sealer to finish off.

 

 

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