The fall catalog of Pottery Barn arrived, and as I methodically flipped through the pages I came across their birch bark candles. Upon further scrutiny, I discovered they were painted to look like birch bark. The wheels in my brain start turning. Google searches revealed birch bark sheets for sale, ranging from $16-$22 for an 8×10 inch sheet.
Yeee-owwwch! Enter plan B:
The next day I rode ALL around town to craft stores in search of birch bark sheets. Not a single store currently carried them. Feeling defeated and exhausted in my search, I headed home and turned the corner into my neighborhood.
(Ever have one of those SLAP-YOUR-FORHEAD-UHH-DUH-MOMENTS?)
Every day since Hurricane Irene, I had driven past countless homes, with PILES of downed trees curbside,
So I did what all home bloggers do…
I smiled and waved at the curious neighbor peeking out her front door at the crazy lady in sundress and wedges, peeling bark off the log pile, and handing it to her 4 year old like it was sheets of spun gold!
Normal people do that right?
Look at my beautiful pile of FREE birch bark!
Now that I’ve told you how I obtained the river birch bark, let me show you how easy it is to make a birch bark candle!
How to Make a Birch Bark Candle
Choose a any size pillar candle and prop it on top of a glass. This allows for easy bark application.
Next choose an appropriate sized strip of bark and place it against your candle, checking for fit.
In a well ventilated area (I chose outside on the grass), spray the BACKSIDE of the bark strip with spray adhesive. Follow manufacture’s directions for use. The manufacture said to wait one minute before applying.
After one minute carefully pick up bark by the edges and press against the candle. Repeat the process with additional pieces of bark until the candle is covered.
This part is VERY IMPORTANT! Trim all excess bark away from the top and bottom of the candle.
BIRCH BARK IS HIGHLY FLAMABLE. Do not allow ANY bark near the flame.
Adorn the candle with a raffia bow and enjoy the glow!
Birch bark candles are so simple to make and are stunning when lit! This craft would make an amazing hostess or teacher’s gift!
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