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Copper and Cedar Wall Vases

Brought to you by Lowe's Creative Ideas

Display cut flowers with these vases you can make with the warm glow of copper and texture of rough cedar.

Copper tube and cedar wall vases.

Project Overview

Skill Level

Beginner

Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost

$$$$$

Tools & Materials

Tools

  • Miter saw or handsaw
  • Drill with 3/8-in bit
  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Hacksaw
  • Metal file
  • 120-grit sandpaper

Materials

  • 1-in x 10-ft copper pipe, #139786
  • 7 - 1-in copper pipe caps, #83516
  • 7 - 1-in copper-plated split-ring hangers, #301353
  • 2 - 3/8-in x 12-in threaded rods, #44597
  • 7 - 3/8-in brad hole T-nuts, #137350
  • 5/8-in wire nails
  • 2 small D-ring hangers, packs of 4, #264577
  • 1 x 3 x 10 cedar board
  • Gorilla Glue epoxy, #60023
  • Rust-Oleum oil stain, half-pint, Driftwood

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Instructions

Step 1

From a 1 x 3 cedar board, cut three pieces 16 inches long and four pieces 11 inches long for the vase backs. Sand the ends smooth and stain, if desired.

Good to Know

Cedar boards come with one rough and one smooth face. These instructions show how to make these vases with the rough faces exposed, but you can reverse the board to suit your preference.

Step 2

From the copper pipe, cut four pieces 8 inches long and three pieces 12 inches long. File the cut ends smooth. From the threaded rods, cut seven pieces 2-3/8 inches long.

Step 3

Mix part of the epoxy, and glue the caps to the pipes.

Step 4

For a small vase, drill a centered 3/8-inch hole through an 11-inch cedar vase back 4 inches from the top. For a large vase, drill a centered 3/8-inch hole 5 inches from the top of a 16-inch cedar vase back. Repeat for the remaining vase backs.

Step 5

Hammer T-nuts into a cedar vase back.

With a vase back face down on a firm work surface, hammer a 3/8-inch T-nut into the hole. Hold it in place with 5/8-inch-long wire nails driven through the holes in the T-nut. Repeat for the remaining vase backs.

Step 6

Attach a D-ring hanger centered on the back of a vase holder 2 inches from the top using the screw provided. Repeat for the rest of the vase backs.

Step 7

Attach a split-ring copper pipe hanger.

Insert a cut piece of threaded rod into the T-nut from the front until it is flush with the flange on the back. Then screw a split-ring hanger on the other end of the threaded rod until the rod end is flush with the inside of the ring.

Good to Know

If the rod threads were damaged on the ends while being cut, you can restore them by filing the ends smooth and using a 3/8-inch nut to realign the threads.

Step 8

Loosen the split-ring hanger with a screwdriver and insert a pipe so the top end is 2 inches above the hanger for short vases and 2-1/2 inches for long vases; tighten the screw. Fill each tube with water, add the flowers of your choice, and hang.

Make seven copper-and-cedar vases for less than $100. They’re ideal for cut flowers such as zinnias. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

Copper vases can be hung in a row or staggered. Their light weight eliminates the need for wall anchors. Share your version of these vases with other DIYers.