Who’s thinking about their holiday table? I am and I always wanted individual salt and pepper cellars so I came up with this cutie copper and wood version. And I’m sharing how to make it down below.
A DIY tutorial to make salt and pepper cellars using copper plumbing parts. Warm up your holiday table with copper and treat your guests.
This is a fast and easy project that will jazz up your table settings using simple copper plumbing parts and scrap wood. Although it may be slightly controversial to use copper for food I figure people drink from copper mugs and cook using copper pans so it can’t be too harmful for salt and pepper.
Just look at the size! Your guests will be so happy having their own salt and pepper cellars so they can season their food without waiting for someone to pass the shakers. I definitely don’t suggest storing the salt and pepper in the copper caps long term but for a holiday event I think it’s fine.
I saw these beauties online and was inspired to make my own version. And I might just add a little copper spoon to each set for that extra fun factor.
Below you’ll find the instructions to make these copper salt and pepper cellars. Be sure to read through entirely before beginning and adjust according to your needs.
*This post contains affiliate links.
- 2 – 1″ copper tube cap
- 1 – 1×3 @ 4″ long
- miter saw
- 1 1/4″ forstner drill bit
- wipe on polyurethane
- measuring tape
- clear gloss spray polyurethane
Step 1: Cut the scrap 1×3 at 4″ long. Mark the center at 1.25″ and then mark where you want the center of each cap. Clamp the board to the table.
Step 2: Using a 1 1/4″ forstner bit drill down about 1/2″ to make the hole for the copper cap.
Step 3: Use the thickness of the forstner bit as a gauge for how deep to drill. The bit head should sit flush with the wood board. Sand well.
Step 4: Apply wipe on poly to the wood board to protect it from water and spills. Spray the EXTERIOR of the copper caps with clear gloss poly, this will help prevent them from oxidizing and keep that shiny copper color.
Fill up with salt and pepper and insert into holes. So simple but so functional and pretty for your holiday table.
SHOP THIS PROJECT:
Instagram / Pinterest / Facebook / Youtube / Twitter
Those are so cute!! Know what my ( well husbands) weekend project will be!
Thanks Janet. I’m on the hunt for a few tiny spoons to add to my cellars for the perfect finishing touch.
I’m lucky to have a restaurant supply store nearby (Wasserstrom) where I’ve seen little spoons for espresso that would be perfect, although I didn’t see copper ones. I’m sure there’s something out in cyberland you can get
Thanks Cathy, great idea on the espresso spoons. I did find these: https://www.casadeperrin.com/shop-salt-cellars/copper-salt-spoon and they are great, a little bendable but so pretty. I should take an updated photo with the spoons because they are so pretty. Enjoy your holidays!