Is it snowing where you are? This beautiful, nature themed Christmas centerpiece makes me think of a walk in the woods on a snowy day. To make this Birch Bark Centerpiece, designer Diane Flowers covered foam cubes with birch bark, and then added silk flowers, dried materials, and candle cups. The foam holds the candle cups and stems firmly in place, and the cubes serve double duty as a vase and a base. While these will look beautiful as part of your Christmas tablescape, I hope you’ll display the Birch Bark Candle Cubes all winter long.
If you’re fortunate enough to have birch bark trees in your neighborhood, you can collect the bark that’s fallen to the ground to make these. Diane purchases her birch bark from the Birch Bark Store in western Maine. They collect birch bark and other birch products from the forest floor, and they never harvest living birch trees.
To make Birch Bark Candle Cubes, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” & 3” cubes
- Birch Bark Flats, three 8”x10”
- Assorted florals & greenery; Diane used:
- One Stem White Stars of Bethlehem
- One Stem Green Stars of Bethlehem
- Three Green Pine Stems
- Two Pinecones
- Seven Bunches White Berries with Green Leaves
- Two, 4” Twig Wreaths
- Candle cups, four
- Dark Green Reindeer Moss
- Taper Candles
- Low-Temp Glue Gun
- Tools needed: Floral shears; ruler; scissors; floral pins
To make Birch Bark Candle Cubes:
1. Using scissors, cut eight pieces of the birch bark to cover the four sides on each cube. Glue the birch bark to the sides of the cubes.
2. Insert one candle cup into the center top of the 3” cube and three candle cups into the center top of the 5” cube.
3. Glue reindeer moss onto the top of each cube, covering the foam. Glue moss onto exposed areas of the candle cups.
4. Pin and glue small wreaths to the top of each cube.
5. Arrange the silk flowers and other stems by inserting them into the top of each cube. Trim the stems as needed. Optional: remove each stem, add a dab of glue, and reinsert the stem into the hole. Glue pinecones to the tops of the cubes.
6. Cut birch bark scraps into several rectangles, 3” to 7” tall. Glue birch bark pieces in place toward back of arrangement (5” cube) and front (3” cube).
7. When finished with your arrangement, add candles and BE SURE THAT THE LIT CANDLES WILL NOT IGNITE THE ARRANGEMENT. If needed, rearrange materials to be sure they will not touch the flames.
I like how easy it is to decorate your table with these double-duty cubes, and I’ll have a few more ideas tomorrow for decorating your Christmas table.
In the meantime, I’m still dreaming of a white Christmas here. How about you, do you have any snow on the ground?
Happy Christmas crafting.
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