Whoa. That’s a mouthful. But I wasn’t sure what else to call this little creation of mine I’m sharing with you today. If you need a quick farmhouse style centerpiece you can pull together in minutes, I’ve got you covered! (I feel like I say that about everything I post here, but can I help it if I like simplicity? No, I cannot.) You can create this centerpiece with faux (or fresh!) greenery and candles for fall—plus I’m giving you ideas on how to decorate this for every season, too! And if you don’t have a vintage toolbox—I’ve got ideas for that, too!
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I picked up this vintage style farmhouse toolbox on a girls’ trip to Waco a few years back. It was a steal at $20, and I instantly fell in love with it in the store. But, I could never really figure out to do with it, and so it stayed in my decor closet forever. I recently went through the closet purging old decor, and came across it, and thought I’d experiment with some ways to use it for fall.
Don’t have a vintage toolbox? No problem!
If you don’t have a vintage toolbox like this, don’t worry! You can find plenty of DIYs on how to build one on Pinterest. And if DIY isn’t your thing, you can totally use a tray, crate, or a tulip crate too. Or, you can always buy a knock-off vintage toolbox. Check out these beauties I’ve found for you!
GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES
Vintage toolbox, tray, or crate
Candles of all shapes and sizes (WARNING/DISCLAIMER: Use battery operated candles, obvi, if you want to light them, so you don’t risk burning your house down if the greenery catches on fire. If your house DOES catch on fire—don’t blame me because I totally warned you (insert winky face emoji here because I’m too non-tech savvy to know how to do it).
Faux or fresh eucalyptus (You can get it fresh from Trader Joe’s or faux from Walmart for only $3!)
Filler to bring the candles to the proper height (you can use wadded up kitchen towels—like I did because I didn’t have anything else on hand!—or foam blocks, styrofoam, wadded up newspaper, scrap wood, whatever you have laying around).
GET TO CREATING!
Add the filler of your choice to the bottom of your toolbox. You want to add enough to stagger the height of your candles.
Then start adding candles of different sizes. Rearrange them until you find an arrangement you like.
Finally, just add eucalptyus stems in between the candles, filling the empty spaces between, and allowing them to drape over the sides for added effect. And there you have it! So easy!
There’s actually not much “Fall” about this, except that I surrounded it with pumpkins. Take away the pumpkins, and you’ve got a farmhouse style centerpiece that works all year round.
And now, please forgive me while I show 5 million pictures of this little beauty sitting on my coffee table, from every angle imaginable.
How to Decorate this Toolbox for Every Season…
Here are some other fabulous ways you can create the cutest vignettes with this toolbox:
Instead of eucalyptus, choose another filler like lambs ear, olive branches, baby’s breath, dried hydrangeas, or moss. Seriously, the possibilities are endless on this one, guys.
For another Fall option, fill the toolbox with pumpkins and any of the greenery/fillers listed above.
For Christmas, fill the toolbox with candles, and use cedar and baby pinecones or berry picks as filler (We have a mountain cedar tree that grows in the corner of our backyard and I love clipping stems from it at Christmas time).
For Spring and Summer, fill it with mason jars filled with tulips or peonies, or hydrangeas or whatever your favorite flower is.
For another year round look, fill it with those faux plants from Ikea that seem to multiply around my house like rabbits.