I built this wooden trough as a planter for our kitchen island in the spring. But, once spring had passed and the blooms faded I realized this trough is the easiest, fastest way to create a centerpiece for any season and on any flat surface or tabletop in your home. So this fall, I added pine cones, dried leaves and little acorn picks to the trough for a quick and easy centerpiece.
You can use it to style a long sofa table, a mantle, or like I have done here, a kitchen island. On my large island, it is long enough to make a beautiful statement without being obtrusive. If friends or family are seated at the counter, we can still carry on a conversation without a huge distraction. Which is also why a trough is perfect for a dining room table setting.
The sloped side was originally designed for potted plants, because most post are smaller at the bottom and larger at the top. The efficient nature of the slope reduces the amount of filler needed to hide a pot or give it a generous, overflowing look.
Be sure to see more Fall DIY projects from my friends down below!
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This holiday season I’ve partnered with JOANN so all of the dried leaves and floral picks can be found there. I hot-glued the dried leaves to fabric covered wire to make my own custom picks.
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I created a video tutorial to walk you through the step by step process of this very easy construction. It would make a great beginner woodworking project.
How to build a wooden trough centerpiece.
Here’s how I filled it with plants this spring!
All of the plants you see in the trough last spring are still in their original pots. I lined the bottom with aluminum foil to keep water from seeping onto my wooden island.
Here is a cut plan with sizes I used for my planter. But feel free to modify to suit your needs.
More Fall Inspiration
Here’s another way to style the trough for fall. This version as well as more fall inspiration can be seen in my Simply Fall Home Tour.
Here’s another fresh look for fall from a couple years ago, using a vintage tool box. You could easily paint your trough in a chippy finish and creat something like this! Check out this Fresh Fall Centerpiece.
Today I’m excited to be joining a group of 25 other talented bloggers who are also sharing a Fall DIY or Craft project! Hop over to see what my friends are sharing…
Sweater Pumpkins at The Happy Housie // Chinoiserie Pumpkins at Shabbyfufu // Wire Basket Bundt Pan Pumpkins at Bless’er House // Plastic Fall Fruit Makeover at Craftberry Bush // Pumpkin Topiary at Inspiration for Moms
Forest Pine Candle at Setting for Four // Wooden Trough at Deeply Southern Home // Thrifty Magnolia Wreath at Home Made Lovely // Pumpkin Vase at Amber Tysl // Autumn Watercolour Place Cards at Finding Silver Pennies
Wooden Pumpkin at The Turquoise Home // Cotton Wreath at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia // No-Sew Burlap Table Runner at Jenna Kate at Home // Cute Pumpkin Plants at House by Hoff // Fall Flannel Quilted Pillow at TIDBITS
Silk Fall Floral Arrangement at Town and Country Living // Simple Fabric Pumpkins at Confessions of a Serial Do It Yourselfer // Soy Candles at The DIY Mommy // Lighted Pumpkin Bucket at Clean and Scentsible