Green and purple hydrangeas in rustic wood trough. Build Your own Rustic Trough Centerpiece tutorial.
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Build Your Own Trough Centerpiece

How to Build a Trough Centerpiece for less than $10!!!Build Your Own Wood Trough Centerpiece

Wood trough centerpieces are very popular right now and for good reason! They will work with any seasonal decor. Add grass and eggs and you have instant spring decor. Add sunflowers and you have just decorated your table for summer. Add pumpkins or dried hydrangeas for a pretty fall centerpiece. And for the holidays, tuck in pine boughs and pine cones.

Build Your Own Trough Centerpiece

But, if you’ve ever tried to buy a wood trough, you probably noticed the prices can be upwards of $50 or more. That’s hogwash! Let’s Build Your Own Trough Centerpiece for less than $10!


Cut list:

  • 2 – 1″x 6″ x 32″
  • 2 – 1″ x 6″ x 3 ½”
  • 1 – 1″ x 4″ x 36″ (we will cut this to size during the tutorial.)


Cut your lumber to the dimensions above. Leave your 1″ x 4″ for now.

Cut Pieces for Rustic Wood Centerpiece trough.

Set up the sides of your trough and one end around the base piece (1″ x 4″ x 36″).

Dry fit wood box pieces together.

Set the second end on top of the base and mark where to cut the base piece to fit inside the sides and ends of the trough. Cut the base to size.

Mark cut line with pencil on trough bottom.

You should now have two long sides, two ends, and a base.

Cut trough pieces

Run a line of wood glue along the bottom of the sides and ends where it will meet the base.

Add wood glue along bottom edges of sides.

Set the sides and end pieces around the base and clamp in place.

Clamp box pieces together.

Nail the sides into the end pieces.

Nail sides of trough together.

Nail the sides into the base piece.

Nail sides to bottom piece.

Optional, use a planer or rough sandpaper to round the edges of your trough.

Shave off clean corners for rustic look.

Sand the trough smooth.

Sand smooth.

Congratulations, your trough centerpiece build it complete! That wasn’t hard was it?

Finished trough build.

Leave your trough raw. Or stain and paint it to give it a rustic look by following my video tutorial below!

Dry brush Fusion paint.

Add some flowers or seasonal decor and put your trough centerpiece on your table (or mantel or anywhere you want to display it.)

Do you like this trough centerpiece? What would you display in your’s?

I’ll be back later with a full tutorial on how I create the perfect aged and distressed look on my trough. See ya’ later alligator!

If you liked this tutorial, I know you’ll love this collection of 71 Practically Free Scrap Wood Projects!

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