November 29, 2011

DIY Birch Candles

Now that the winter has hit Minnesota, our crazy back yard beyond the fence line is starting to calm down from this:

to more like this:

So I could get back there to do a little exploring without disappearing in a clump of weeds or poison ivy.  Although I did discover these little netties or thistles, and my dry fit shirt will never forgive me.

Looks like I'm going to have to pick off each one by hand. I haven't decided if it is worth it yet.

My little exploration was totally worth it though when I discovered these little treasures.

What?  Not impressed?  Maybe you don't know what you're looking at. This is a stump and a piece of birch that I found already cut and laying on the ground on my own property.  Oh, that is what you saw?  Well aren't you fancy... not even a stump can impress you.

Where you may see old wet logs, I saw beautiful candles holders like I've recently pinned on Pinterest from here.

So I started by cutting my piece to 2 smaller lengths. 

 Yes, mine are a bit more "rustic", so next I gently wiped them with a soft bristle brush to clean them up.  Then after drawing where I wanted my circle to go, I bored out a hole with a 1.5" spade bit.

It was that easy.  I dig out a couple of metal lined tea lights I had on hand, and in about 5 minutes time and zero dollars I had this:

Here's how they look on the full shelf, which I forgot to show you in yesterday's I Kicked The Hubs A$$ Ikea Off post.

Not bad for free, ah-natural art, huh?  I'm still not sure how I feel about actually lighting these, it seems a little dangerous to light a fire on kindling, doesn't it? At least they look good.  


  1. Those look great on that shelf too. If you have any more birch stumps you're looking to get rid of, I'm in the market for our window box.

  2. They look great!! Totally worth ruining your shirt for! :)

  3. I wouldn't light them in the middle of an ikea shelf either. What are you doing with the stump? Side table?

  4. Those are awesome!! I really need to get my Pinterest in shape so that I can start finding things to do with the un-used items around my house!

  5. Alana- I think I cleared my backyard, but I was finding them all over on a recent walk around the lake near my home, and picked up a couple for my window box as well.

    Morgan- you've outted me on the stump! I hope to tackle that a little later down the road. :)