Make a flower box from reclaimed wood

There are so many ways to use reclaimed timber, whether from old fencing, pallets or scrap that is lying around. Old timber has an aged look and texture that is perfect for making a flower box or flower container. Here are a few examples of flower boxes that use reclaimed timber - or new wood scraps that are aged to look old.


Jen of migonis home used a timber pallet to craft her flowerbox table centrepiece. The timber flowerbox was designed to be large enough to hold glass containers for fresh flowers, and for planting up kitchen herbs.

At i am david j, this flower box is made from reclaimed timber and lined with plastic to hold tulip bulbs. How gorgeous does this look now that the tulips have bloomed!



Once you have made your wood flower box, there are so many ways to fill it up. Camelot creations uses the wood flower box to display dried flowers, and also dresses it up as a festive table centrepiece. Down to earth used a design similar to our wine rack to make a flower box that is hung above a door.

Real Simple magazine used a simple wood flower box that was filled with wheatgrass and dressed with colourful gerberas. So, let's made a simple wood flower box that you can use as a kitchen herb box, as a mantlepiece display, or as a table centrepiece.


3 long strips - sides/base
2 short ends
Angle brackets
Small screws
Drill/Driver and bits
Dremel VersaFlame
180-grit sandpaper
Plastic liner, glass or plastic containers


1. Assemble the box by joining the 3 long strips together to create the sides and base of the flower box. The ends are screwed onto the sides. Use small screws that are shorter than the thickness of the wood you are using. I used leftover tongue and groove panels to make this flower box.

2. Now comes the fun part... I used my Dremel VersaFlame to lightly burn the wood, going over certain spots to create a darker effect here and there.

3. After burning over the entire surface of the flower box, I used 180-grit sandpaper to smooth down and remove excess burn marks.

4. To create the effect of aged wood, I used the Dremel VersaFlame to singe the corners quite a lot. What's fun is that you can play around with the VersaFlame until you have the effect that you want.

Now your wooden flower box is ready to be finished and filled. You can paint it in a solid acrylic coloured paint, whitewash it, wax it or stain and seal it. If you prefer to add a little more creativity, use stencils to dress up your flower box.