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.
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
- 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.
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.
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 Centerpiece Cake (this cake is decorated for a wedding with pink roses, but use red roses instead and it makes a gorgeous Christmas cake).
Have you noticed the woodland theme in Christmas displays, too?