Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas Woodland Centrepiece

We collected a few fresh birch logs from trees that had fallen recently.
My husband assisted me in cutting them with his band saw.  We could have also used a miter saw and put the log in a miter box.
We then put the logs in a vice and drilled a 1.5 inch diameter hole 3/4 inch deep to accommodate tealights.  I love the look of the logs with a tea light in them but it is much safer to use LED tea lights especially with the foliage around them.   Hopefully Santa will leave some in my stocking as I only have one!

I had originally placed the three logs on a woven tray but I felt it lacked some height, so I added a glass cake stand to create a two-tiered effect and I liked it much better.  I started by adding some dried moss I collected from the backyard, some fresh cedar and pine as well as pine cones.  I added four stone birds I had that I used in the garden in the summer to complete the little woodland setting, deer would have been a nice touch too.  

It seems most of my decor this year came from nature.  This is such an easy project and it doesn't matter if the logs are not cut perfectly straight or if the holes are drilled in the centre.  We actually followed the tree rings for the hole location.  Best part is that this project didn't cost anything and I can use these for  many different occasions by just changing up the decor around them.  


  1. Stopping by from the vignette party! :) What a beautiful vignette. I wish we had a birch tree... I love, love, love the look of them! Great idea to turn them into candle holders. Love it.

  2. I really like this for more than just Christmas!! I just love the natural rustic beauty of it!

  3. I love this vignette! It's nice to see somthing more "natural" for the holidays.

  4. I Love this idea! Wow you are so amazing and I think I will be spending many hours looking through your Blog! I wish I had more time right now.


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