I can't help but get a little giddy every time I see some birch bark decor! The rustic simplicity of the bark next to literally any flower or ambiance of a candle is truly breathtaking. So with the birch bark trend on the rise, vases and other decor pieces can be purchased just about anywhere! But as a budget-savvy bride the cost for these items can sometimes do a little damage to the honeymoon fund. Thankfully due to the flexibility of birch bark it also makes an awesome DIY, give this a try:
Birch Bark Vase DIY
Things you will need:
Cylinder (Try using soup cans, paint cans, etc..)
Hot glue and hot glue gun
Birch Bark Tips
- Where to get birch bark:
- If birch bark is native to your area, I suggest taking a stroll with your fiance on a local hiking trial. Tons of birch can be found on a forests floor! You may also grab some of the loose bark off of the trees, but let me repeat only the LOOSE bark. It will cause damage to the tree by leaving big bald patches on the trunk, and we don't want to do that! For a less scenic alternative, sheets and logs of birch bark can also be purchased online from various sites.
- Care for your birch bark:
- Birch bark can carry dust and some small bugs. Generally this is nothing to worry about, but if the bark will be near food I suggest dunking the loose bark pieces in a bowl of water and a cap full of bleach. Be sure to let the bark dry before gluing.
- The aging of bark:
- Birch bark eventually will dry out and crack. To extend the life of your bark, soak in a mixture of 3 parts water to 1 part Acrylic Matt Medium for 1 hour and let dry before assembly.