Thanksgiving is almost here! That means tons of food, family time, and adorable fall decor! This Thanksgiving, I am lucky enough to partner with my friends at Bernzomatic to create a rustic, wood burned centerpiece for our Thanksgiving table. We love buffet style Thanksgiving tables and potluck dinners, so why not add some spice to our utensil holder as well?
I have a really large extended family that comes from many different cultural backgrounds, which makes holidays a ton of fun! But, being that we host so many people, doesn’t makes sense for us to have a formal sit down dinner. Instead, we host a buffet style table and allow everyone to choose their own seats and fend for themselves in the utensil department. Hence, the practical Thanksgiving centerpiece!
One of my favorite parts about this centerpiece is that it only took one afternoon to make! Having the ability to torch wood instead of stain it not only adds an authentic, rustic look, but also saves tons of dry time! Want to see how easy this is? Here are the steps!
1. Cut the following pieces at 45 degree bevels:
(2) Long Side Pieces @ 16 ½”
(2) Short Side Pieces @ 5″
Make sure to clamp down the piece and use all appropriate safety gear when cutting.
2. Cut a straight bottom panel @ 16″ long.
3. Attach all pieces with wood glue and 1″ brad nails. The brad nails will help hold the centerpiece together while allowing room for expansion when torching.
4. Use the Berzomatic TS4000 to torch the centerpiece. This part is so much fun! Just make a couple of passes over the box until it darkens in color.
5. Use a rag to wipe down the box and remove any excess residue. You can seal your piece in this step as well. However, I chose to keep mine natural.
6. Attach the corner brackets with a screw gun.
Add your mason jars and display your centerpiece proudly at the Thanksgiving table!
Now thanks to Bernzomatic, our family can have their cake, turkey, stuffing and eat it too (because missing utensils are a thing of the past). I can’t wait to see this centerpiece come to life at our Thanksgiving dinner!