How to Make a Christmas Tool Box Centerpiece

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How to Make a Christmas Tool Box Centerpiece

Today we’re making a fun Christmas Tool Box Centerpiece! I’ve noticed similar ones on Pinterest and thought it was time I make my own. This is a great item to put on a coffee table, dining table, porch or entryway. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

How to Make a Christmas Tool Box Centerpiece

In today’s video, we’re creating a Christmas Tool Box Centerpiece. You can use a tool box you already have on hand, purchase a new one from a craft store like Michael’s or even go junking for a vintage or used one. I purchased one with a holiday theme but you could also get an unfinished one and finish it however you would like! OK, here’s how to make your Christmas Tool Box Centerpiece:

Supplies needed

  • tool Box (I purchased mine at Michael’s for $24.99 & used a coupon)
  • green styrofoam block
  • greenery picks (Sims Pottery, Carolina Pottery and Michaels)
  • assorted floral picks
  • frosted bird nest (Hobby Lobby)
  • cardinal (Carolina Pottery)
  • ribbon
  • moss
  • floral pins
  • floral wire
  • wire cutters
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • glue sticks
  • awl
  • craft mat

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How to Make a Christmas Tool Box Centerpiece:

  • Cut the foam to fit your tool box. Tip: I first laid the foam out next to the tool box and marked it with a marker to give me a guide for where to cut. I then cut the foam with an old steak knife (not one we use to cut food with!).
  • Make sure you have your tool box on a craft mat or other heat safe surface. Then add hot glue to the inside bottom of the tool box and place the foam piece inside. If there are gaps you can add some smaller pieces of foam to fill it.
  • Cut moss with scissors to fit across the top of the foam. It is ok if it overlaps the edge of the toolbox a little bit.
  • Attach the moss to the foam with floral pins. Tip: Do not hot glue the moss to the foam. This creates a barrier on the foam that prevents your floral picks from poking into it later.
  • Add greenery to the box over the moss. I used leftover garland I had on hand and cut a piece using my wire cutters to fit the box. You could purchase greenery picks if you would like instead. To adhere the garland to the foam, I cut wire to make my own floral pins because the floral pins I had weren’t going down far enough into the foam.
  • Now is the time to play! Take out the different elements you are thinking of adding. For mine I used a frosted birds nest, pine cones, poinsettia picks, frosted greenery, and berries. Without gluing them at this point, play with the arrangement a bit to see where you like the various elements, moving them around until you get it just the way you want it.
  • Once you have your elements where you want them, hot glue the stems/picks and push them into the foam. Tip: For items like the birds nest that do not have a pick or stem, make your own by attaching a wood floral pick. You can also use an awl to make a hole in the foam for you.
  • If any of the picks are showing, simply hot glue a bit of the moss to cover them.
  • Continue adding elements until your tool box is full and you are happy with it.
  • Next up – bow time! I made a simple bow with two loops and attached it into the foam with a floral pick – one bow for the front and one for the back. You could also attach your bow to the handle of the tool box.
  • Lastly, I added a cardinal next to the nest. The cardinal I have has a clip on it so I simply clipped it to the greenery. If yours does not have a clip, you can add a wood floral pick and poke it into the foam. Ta-da!

Alright, here we go to the video….

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  1. Margaret on December 9, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Julie, was standing here reading this and my husband and I both started laughing. Nthe list of supplies you said you paid $24.99 for your tool box…I said “My husband amade mine for just a kiss”. He does wood working and I love it, have made several fall and Christmas.your’s is beautiful.

  2. Cindy Henderson on December 9, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Merry Christmas. Have learned so much and inspired by your creative wisdom. I have made so many deco mesh wreath and now starting on floral arrangements.

  3. Patricia Stanovic on December 9, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    clever idea about the toolbox centerpiece. Thanks for your ideas and much needed help. You are great! I have come to rely on you!! hugs, Pat from OHIO

  4. Patricia Stanovic on December 9, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    I am going to share this with my 2 daughters. They are very creative & they will love it as much as I do. Thanks again. Pat from OHIO

  5. Patrice Angiuli on December 9, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    I really enjoyed your video tutorial. You have the talent to make things look so do-able for the rest of us. Thank you for being so willing to share your knowledge and talent.

  6. Sally on December 10, 2016 at 1:15 am

    I really enjoy your tutorials. Very informative and I feel like I’m right there! Please keep them coming. You do a great job.

  7. Linda Brown on October 13, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Beautiful. I would really like to watch your videos live. How do I do that. You are so talented. My name is Linda and I live in the very northern part of Utah. Way out west.

  8. G L Ferrell on November 4, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    love your creative ability, you have a sweet presence about you that I enjoy. watch your video and learn so much
    from you, have not got up the courage to make a wreath yet but hopefully next week I will, thank you for sharing your knowledge and your beautiful works of art.

  9. Belinda Davis on November 4, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Brand new to the wreath of the month club and saw my first FB live last night. LOVED IT!
    Can’t wait to try this with my grand daughter for our coffee table. Thanks so much for your sunny outlook and inspiration Julie you are such a blessing.

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