Create a winter woodland Christmas tablescape with a birch bark Christmas centerpiece

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.

Make a Birch Bark Candle Cube for your Christmas tablescape

Birch Bark Candle Cube designed by Diane Flowers.

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.

how to make a woodland Christmas tablescape and birch bark centerpiece

Diane used a 5″ (left) and 3″ foam cubes. Mix and match to fit your tablescape or mantel — use all 3″ cubes, or 5″ cubes, etc.

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.

DIY woodland Birch Bark Candle Cubes for a woodland Christmas tablescape

Pin on a small wreath and then arrange your stems, greens, berries and pine cones.

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).

how to decorate Birch Bark Candle Cubes for a woodland theme Christmas tablescape

Add birch bark rectangles or shards throughout the arrangement.

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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8 Responses to Create a winter woodland Christmas tablescape with a birch bark Christmas centerpiece

  1. Angie Dyer says:

    Many happy memories of picture taking with the birch tree in our front yard. So sad the day we had to have it removed due to disease. We have fun when our sons were Cub Scouts and we made very similar to these table decorations. The boys had great fun, earned a badge, and their Moms liked them also.

    • Sharon says:

      I would be sad, too, if I had to cut down a pretty birch tree, especially one with such happy memories. Did you plant another tree in its place? Sharon

  2. crafty grandma says:

    What an amazing wonderful idea!!! I am definitely going to take a walk over to the woods and pick up some bark as soon as the ice melts a bit (too icy to walk!!) Hopefully I will be able dig some up from under the snow and ice! Thanks for sharing your idea – Happy Holidays!

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks for stopping in, Brittany. I hope you’re enjoying the season. I’d love to visit your big Christmas market sometime. Have you been there? Sharon

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