DIY Rustic Wedding Centerpiece Boxes

Earlier this month our daughter got married and I'm so excited to finally share some of the DIY projects we made for her special day. The ceremony was held outdoors on an acreage and the reception in a quaint rural hall in northern British Columbia. The theme was rustic, the event casual, the decor handmade, and the budget-friendly.

Today I'm sharing how we made simple and oh so easy Rustic Carved Love Heart Wooden Boxes for each table that can be made in a weekend.

DIY Rustic Wedding Centerpiece Boxes

DIY Rustic Wedding Centerpiece Boxes

Our inspiration came from Pinterest and being that we were on a tight budget, ordering the custom boxes was not an option. We made our own version from pine fence boards aged with a wash of dark walnut stain to give them that rustic appearance. 

Pine fence boards cut and stained to make Rustic Wedding Centerpieces

The boxes are 5 1/2-inches square, assembled with a simple butt joint and nailed together with a brad nail gun. We had an assembly line going and from cutting the pieces on the table saw to having them stained took all of an afternoon.

Assembled wooden rustic wedding centerpiece boxes

The original plan was to either burn or carve the love hearts on the front and back of each box. After the first attempt at both, I decided heck no was that happening. There wasn't enough time with the wedding just two weeks away.

Did I mention, we didn't start building the wedding decor until June? Nothing like waiting until the last minute.

Love Heart graphic transferred onto DIY Wooden Wedding Centerpiece Boxes

I created the carved love heart in PicMonkey in a mirror image (reversed). I printed the graphic using an Inkjet printer onto GLOSSY paper. With the back of a spoon, I rubbed the ink onto the front and back of each box.

When the ink wore off the paper, I simply wiped any excess with a paper towel and reprinted the graphic onto the same glossy paper. It really took no time at all to finish all the boxes and once the ink was dry, it was on the boxes permanently. I can attest to this because they traveled 10-hours in a box in the back of our vehicle and not one heart was smudged or rubbed off upon our arrival.

Wooden DIY Rustic Wedding Centerpiece Boxes

The possibilities for decorating the boxes are endless. Because ours was a destination wedding and the nearest floral shop was an hour away, we had to use silk flowers.

The wedding flowers were white roses, purple and blue hydrangeas, and lavender. The decor theme was rustic wood, burlap, white lace, and peacock feathers.

Silk florals and DIY Wooden Boxes for Wedding Centerpieces

I was thrilled when we scored the silver table number holders for a whopping $5.00 for a package of 10! Pictured below are the table number cards that came with the holders but I made custom ones with a photo of the bride and groom at the corresponding age of the table number. I'll share those in an upcoming post.

DIY Wooden  Boxes filled with silk florals and burlap ribbon for Wedding Table Centerpieces

The boxes alone would have looked lost as table centerpieces and so to add WOW factor, we built whitewashed wooden trivets for them to sit on. Mini mason jars and votive candleholders filled with pebbles and battery operated tealights flanked each wooden box as well. You can see them here in the DIY Rustic Centerpiece Trivets post.

I'm so thrilled that we were able to create unique and rustic centerpieces for each table on a very tight budget. I'm even more impressed that we were able to make them mere weeks before the wedding.

There were many compliments from the guests and when the bride & groom were asked who their wedding planner was, I couldn't have been more thrilled.

We also built a unique Rustic Wedding Card Box and 4-Tiered Wedding Cake/Cupcake Stand.

You will find this project shared at these fabulous PARTIES.

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