A Birch Bark Topiary celebrates a woodland Christmas

Have you noticed the woodland trend in Christmas displays? Like cute little squirrel, hedgehog and owl ornaments? Today’s Birch Bark Christmas Topiary is right at home in a woodland Christmas scene. No birch bark in your neighborhood? No problem, you can buy it online from Spirit of the Woods in western Maine. They collect birch bark and other birch products from the forest floor, instead of harvesting living birch trees. If you’re lucky enough to have birch trees nearby, please be sure to do the same.

This Birch Bark Christmas Topiary is perfect for woodland Christmas display. Easy tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Birch Bark Christmas Topiary by Kathleen George.

To make a Birch Bark Christmas Topiary, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 12” cone
    • 8” x 1” disc
  • Birch bark scraps
  • Pearl head pins in gold
  • Toothpick
  • Optional: Silk ivy and small, gold ornaments
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; optional: needle or awl

To make a Birch Bark Christmas Topiary:

1. Cut the birch bark into 1” – 1-½” squares.

These are small squares of birch bark, and no two are alike. Beautiful! They're part of a Birch Bark Christmas Topiary on CraftsnCoffee.com.

No two squares are alike.

2. Pin the birch bark squares onto the cone of STYROFOAM Brand Foam using gold, pearl head pins. Continue to pin squares on the cone till it’s completely covered. If any squares are too thick for pinning, make a hole first with a needle or awl.

3. Glue sheet moss to the top and side of the foam disc.

How sweet - a birch bark star tops off the Birch Bark Christmas Topiary Tree.

Top off your Birch Bark Topiary with a Birch Bark Star.

4. Glue the cone to the center of the disc.

5. Tuck small amounts of moss between the birch bark squares.

6. Cut a small star from the birch bark, and glue to a toothpick. Let glue dry. Insert the toothpick into the top of the cone.

7. Optional: Decorate the disc with small pieces of silk ivy and gold ornaments.

If you’d like to see more woodland Christmas decorations, I have a few more projects for you:

Birch Bark Christmas Centerpiece.

Birch Bark Centerpiece Cake (this cake is decorated for a wedding with pink roses, but use red roses instead and it makes a gorgeous Christmas cake).

Birch Bark Wall Art and Birch Bark Cones.

Have you noticed the woodland theme in Christmas displays, too?

Happy crafting.


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12 Responses to A Birch Bark Topiary celebrates a woodland Christmas

  1. LisaM6 says:

    That is a new take using bark. It can be used all year round.

    • Sharon says:

      You sure could display this year-round. You could also pin those little birch bark squares on a wreath. Do you have birch trees up in your area? Thanks for stopping in. Sharon

  2. roylcoblog says:

    This is absolutely beautiful; a great idea!!

  3. Angie Dyer says:

    Our subdivision is called Birch Lakes. As each house was built, a white Birch tree was planted in the front yard. With the blight, most of our Birch trees are now gone. I think there are only 3 – 4 left. We have so many happy family pictures of our boys in this tree and family pictures with this tree. What a happy memory now. I love this craft! Puts a smile on my face.

  4. ColleenB. says:

    What a cute and rustic looking tree. Love it. Nice touch with small pieces of moss sticking out.
    Where does a person buy birch bark tho? I guess craft stores may sell it; just had no reason before to look.
    I bet these trees would also look nice sitting inside of a decorated grapevine wreath.
    Wishing you and your family a Very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving

  5. kellamity says:

    I think this is super cute! My favorite of the Christmas crafts so far!


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