Hi, Martin here. I remember when I just a little lad and every year for Mother’s Day I would make my mom a handmade gift. You know the ones I’m talking about: a macaroni necklace, a Popsicle stick birdhouse, and a bouquet of flowers made out of tissues. Of course now that I’m a grown up (I know some may disagree with that statement) with a job, you’d think I’d buy my mom something nice like real jewelry or real flowers. Well, some things never change. I still make my mother a hand crafted gift for Mother’s Day every year. But my DIY and carpentry skills have definitely improved since the birdhouse construction project of my youth, which means my gifts have gotten a little better. Just ask my mom.
This year I’m making my mom a PVC flower box with Coca-Cola® glass bottle vases made out of Inteplast Building Products PVC trimboard product. You don’t have to be an expert DIYer to tackle this product, and if you get started now, you can actually have it completed and wrapped with a bow by Sunday.
What I appreciate about Inteplast’s Trim products is that it’s the perfect sustainable wood-alternative product for something like this, which means you can fill the vases with fresh flowers for Mother’s Day celebrations ten years from now. You can find Inteplast’s PVC trimboard and other products at Home Depot and other building materials dealers. Here’s what you need to get started:
The first thing you do is bevel cut (that’s 45 degrees) the 1x4 PVC trim into two 12” pieces and two 8-1/4” pieces.
Next, drill three holes for the opening of the bottles into one of the 12” pieces. Mark the center line of the 1 x 4 x 12” pieces, which is 1-3/4”. After that, mark every 3” from the edge.
Now, use the hole saw to cut three holes where you marked on the 12” trim piece.
Once you do that, you’re ready to put it all together. Start by taking one of the 12” and one 8-1/4” trim piece and use the corner clamps to join the pieces together. I always use a little PVC cement bond for added measure.
Next, fasten two stainless steel screws at each joint into the 8-1/4” pieces at ¾” away from the sides of the trim.
Guess what, that’s it! Just add the bottles and of course, don’t forget the flowers. Your mom will have a gift that will last forever. Although, my mom swears she still has the macaroni necklace I made her when I was six. Happy Mother’s Day to you and yours. Catch you next time.