Test Tube Vase: Unusual-looking Piece of Home Decor and It Can Make a Nice Handmade Gift

Step 1: Cut Wood Pieces to Size

Cut Wood Pieces to Size

Cut Wood Pieces to Size

Cut Wood Pieces to Size

The first picture shows the 20mm wood panel I used for my vase. It’s a leftover piece from a previous DIY project.

I cut a total of 8 pieces, 55 by 55 millimeters in size. These are later going to be stacked on top of each other, creating a layered design. The grain direction flips 90 degrees for each layer for a fancier look.

Step 2: Hollow Out Three Pieces, Fill With Metal Nuts

Hollow Out Three Pieces, Fill With Metal Nuts

Hollow Out Three Pieces, Fill With Metal Nuts

Hollow Out Three Pieces, Fill With Metal Nuts

A vase like this needs good support so that it doesn’t topple over at the slightest shake of the table. This is why I decided to hollow out the three bottom wood pieces and fill them with heavy metal nuts.

Using a router, I hollowed out three of the wood pieces. You can probably do this with a chisel if you don’t have a router or a rotary tool. Note that I went all the way through on only one of the pieces, the one meant to be sandwiched between the other two.

As pointed out in the previous step, the orientation of the wood grain changes for each layer of the vase. Pay attention to this when gluing the pieces together if you want to achieve the same effect I was aiming for.

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