Remember when you used to bring home some crafty project to your mom for Mother’s Day? Chances are she still has a few of them stashed somewhere – and we also bet they’re still her favorite. So, why not take craft skills to the next level for Mother’s Day again this year with our geometric wood bud vase DIY!?
Spring has definitely sprung here in Seattle, and this vase is the perfect size for snipping a few flowers from your garden (or your neighbors – we promise not to tell!) This is the easiest DIY I’ve done to date and would be an ideal last minute Mother’s Day gift.
For my bud vase, I used a cedar 4″x4″ leftover from a fence project, but you could use any wood as long as it’s wider than the test tube.
Materials & Tools //
- wood block (this one is a 4″ x 4″ x 8″)
- glass test tube
- drill and a 7/8″ drill bit
- sandpaper (we used a sanding pad on a palm sander)
- clamps (optional)
- saw (optional)
Step 1 // Drill a hole in the top of the wood block using a 7/8″ drill bit. The hole should be as deep as your test tube. Expert Tip: clamp your wood to a table or work bench to make the drilling process easier.
Step 2 // Clean out the hole by shaking it upside down and then insert the test tube. Once you’re happy with the depth, remove the test tube and then cut any additional shapes into the wood. I cut off the top corners of my block using a compound miter saw, but you could leave the block whole too if you like that look.
Step 3 // Sand the vase using your sand paper.
Step 4 // Insert the test tube into the hole. Fill with water and flowers and you’re done!
There you have it. An easy DIY project that’s just in time for Mother’s Day! I think this DIY would be pretty fabulous with salvaged architectural wood too. Think early 1900’s corbel or an old table leg. The possibilities are limitless!
photography and DIY by cathy poshusta for coco+Kelley