Christmas Mantle Decorating Ideas: Birch Logs

Posted by Dani on December 7, 2011

There is nothing nicer than creating a warm and inviting atmosphere in your home for the holiday season. An ideal place to add a Christmas touch is your fireplace mantle. Join us here at lifeovereasy as we have some fun trying out a few mantle decorating ideas. This first one works around an artful display of birch log candleholders, with some red branches and evergreen trimmings for colour.

You can find similar candleholders in gift stores, but we took the cheap and cheerful DIY route and had these cut from fallen branches we found at our cottage. With the proper equipment (a table saw and a router), this is a pretty easy project for anyone familiar with wood working. We happen to have a family friend who made these for us in no time, sawing several branches into random lengths and routing an opening that fit a votive candle. DIY tip: don’t forget to make the hole a little larger than the size of the votive, to allow for shrinkage of the wood and ease in removing the candle.

We used some fallen birch branches for the pretty white bark, but you can use any type of branch. The great thing about this project is that once you find your branches, you can easily cut enough candleholders to make an abundant display. We arranged them in a random grouping, and filled in the spaces with some fir branches we cut from our Christmas tree. We added a few mercury glass pinecone ornaments for a touch of sparkle. The final touch was two red, footed vases placed on either side. We filled these with 2 bunches of red painted branches that we found at our local florist. The branches, at about $6 a bundle, were actually the only purchase we made to create this mantle. It looks amazing all lit up. Gorgeous and inexpensive, this idea is worth a try!

7 Responses to “Christmas Mantle Decorating Ideas: Birch Logs”

  1. JANE KNOWLES says:


  2. Lisa says:

    What a great idea! I found some fallen aspen branches on our acreage and had my husband cut them on a table saw. The display looks so pretty on our mantle. It didn’t cost a thing!

  3. Gorgeous! I love birch logs and all of these clustered together on the mantel look fantastic. Very clever to make them into candle holders too.

    • Dani says:

      These have actually turned out to be very versatile – they look good just about anywhere. And you can’t beat the price 😉 Thanks for dropping in!

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