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Christmas Home Tour | Rustic and Cozy Christmas Holiday Decor Inspiration from nina_hendrick

As school starts back up and I am beginning to plan more frequently blogging, I’m sharing some projects that have been sitting in the drafts folder. Although they aren’t necessarily in season, I hope you’ll Pin for later if you enjoy them! ;)

You may remember these DIY birch candle holders from last year’s Christmas Home Tour. With the craziness of my preeclampsia and resulting bed rest at the end of my pregnancy, there were a lot of things I just didn’t get to last Christmas. Sharing this project was one of those things! Before I begin sharing my fall decor I wanted to make sure I could link back and share how I made them for anyone who is curious. It was actually quite easy!

When it comes to my fall decorating this year, natural accents are playing a big part. I’m enamored. Birch, with it’s black and white, plays right into my love of neutrals. As I begin decorating I am finding more and more places where I want to use these pieces! They transition so well from fall into winter.

I have to admit, when I see some of the prices for birch logs online, my jaw drops. It makes sense- not everyone is going to be able to go into their back yard and grab some. Luckily my Dad is an Arborist by trade, so it’s pretty easy for him to get them for me for free. I have a few projects I’ve done involving birch- but I don’t want to bombard you with them so I will space them out a bit.
Christmas Home Tour | Rustic and Cozy Christmas Holiday Decor Inspiration from nina_hendrick

My dad gave me 10 or so logs that were about 5ft long. I chose one of the straighter ones that wasn’t shedding too bad. Since there would be flame involved, I wanted to avoid an abundance of loose bark.

DIY Birch Candle Holders | A quick and easy craft to add a natural accent to your seasonal decor!

DIY BIRCH CANDLE HOLDERS

I cut three pieces at varied heights. I completely eyeballed it at the time because I couldn’t find my tape measure, but they turned out at approximately 11″, 9″, and 7″.

DIY Birch Candle Holders | A quick and easy craft to add a natural accent to your seasonal decor!

Next we set up our drill press* with a 1 1/2″ forstner bit*, which is the correct size for a tea light candle. If you don’t happen to have a drill press, you can use a regular cordless driver, but make sure to have a clamp or an extra set of hands to hold the log steady.

DIY Birch Candle Holders | A quick and easy craft to add a natural accent to your seasonal decor!

 

I made sure to not go too deep with the holes for the candles- I wanted the metal holder to rise above the wood for safety’s sake.

DIY Birch Candle Holders | A quick and easy craft to add a natural accent to your seasonal decor!

And that was it!

Simple but impactful projects are the best, aren’t they? Especially when they are FREE! :)

DIY Birch Candle Holders | Learn how to make these simple, inexpensive, and lovely birch candle holders from @nina_hendrick!

 

Comments

These are beautiful. Before reading the post I thought to myself those would be perfect Christmas decor :). I am one of the unlucky ones that cannot find Birch trees in my backyard though. I have seen similar crafts with other types of wood. So I am inspired nonetheless!

I agree that it would be beautiful with other types of wood! Thanks for stopping by, Dana :)

Nina, you really eyeballed them well! I love decorating for fall, like you said, the transition to winter with all the neutrals are my happy place too. – My husband is a carpenter and we have more wood around than anything else. I’m down in So Florida, I am not sure if we could find birch here? But, this is most definitely a project that I will love to DIM {do it myself ;) } . Glad to see you back at blogging! Thanks for sharing!

Hi Flavia, Sorry for the delayed reply, I somehow turned my comments off by accident! I think it would work with many different types of wood. I hope your project goes well!

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