As a decorator, I have a huge crush on all things birch. I love nature and I love light colors, so the fact that these trees have a natural white bark is so aesthetically appealing to me. I love bringing birch inside to offer a soft, happy, natural element to my home — and there are so many different ways to do it.
Whenever I walk past a birch tree, I stop for a moment — first, to enjoy the beauty of it, but secondly, to see if any bark has peeled and fallen to the ground. Usually the answer is yes! I grab some bark bits and bring them home with me — even if I won’t be home for hours.
One thing I love to do with birch bark is wrap it around a glass jar. All you have to do attach it with hot glue! Low-temperature hot glue works best — otherwise the glue can be shocked by the cool temperature of the glass and harden too quickly.
I’ve used these jars for so many things — from cotton balls and makeup brushes to kitchen utensils and craft supplies!
They also make great plant holders.
Last fall I found out that Terrain was selling birch logs at their store for only $15 — I bought two! I like to rest mine against the wall in the corner of a room, but I’ve got other ideas, too. I’d love to hang one from the ceiling in my bedroom and use it to hang dried flowers or my favorite clothes.
One of my very handy friends made me a beautiful birch candle stick holder as a gift. All you have to do is get a hold of a birch log (I believe he chopped this one down on his own!) and drill some candlestick-size holes into it. I absolutely adore this piece.
I also once received a gift that was wrapped in birch wrapping paper (not surprisingly, from that very same friend). You know I wasn’t about to throw that wrapping paper out! I have it hung up behind my desk for me to admire daily. :)
Does anyone else love birch wood as much as I do? Let me know I’m not alone!
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