Flower Trough Centerpiece Made From Recycled Fence Posts

As I was perusing through the Pottery Barn catalog one day, I came upon a photo with this flower trough centerpiece with beautiful hydrangeas sitting on it.  It immediately made me think of the old pile of fence slats that I trash-picked inherited from my neighbor.  I knew it would be simple and free to recreate.

The one in the styling of the PB shot looks metal but I think my weathered wood one looks just as amazing.

pottery barn flower trough

Overall dimensions of mine: 20” x 3 1/4” x 3 1/4”


2 old fence slats (mine were 3 1/4” wide)

miter saw

air brad nailer and stapler

old thin belt (optional)


tape measure and pencil

1.  The fence slats were 3 1/4” wide so the first two pieces I cut were 3 1/4” x 3 1/4” for the length on the ends.

2.  Next, I cut 2 of the sides at 20” and then the bottom piece at 19”.  (Since you won’t have the same slats that I did just take the thickness of your board and times it by 2 and then subtract that number from your sides to figure out how big your bottom piece should be).

DIY flower trough

3.  Once all the boards were cut I used my brad nailer and nailed the sides to the bottom piece.  Then I attached the front and back pieces.  Simple as that!

Weathered Wood Flower Trough 4.  You can leave it as is or try and find a grayish color paint to paint the ends since you can see the original color of the wood once cut.  I opted for an old belt that was way too big for me and cut two pieces to 13”.  Then I air stapled that to the sides to give it handles.  Functional and cute!

Flower trough tutorial weathered wood flower centerpiece

5.  Then I put a cry out for some hydrangeas to fill it and my friend Lisa came to the rescue.  I filled it with these gorgeous blue and purple hydrangea blooms from her yard.

hyrdrangea flower centerpiece

flower trough

flower centerpiece

Do you like weather wood?  Check out the other projects I have made with the stolen inherited fence slats. (Links below)

old fence projects

Eat, Surf Pray Art (with free printable), Pallet Silhouette Art, Barn Wood Frames, How Sweet It is to Be Loved By You art piece

Don’t have old wood sitting around? You can still make one with purchased wood. Check out a couple of my friend’s tutorials here:

Shanty 2 Chic Planter Box Centerpiece

Ana White’s Herb Garden Planter