You don't have to chop down a tree to create this woody winter wonderland!

  1. We found 8-inch-high birch bark cylinders online and cut them in half crosswise to make two 4-inch-high cylinders.
  2. Insert an 8-in. Styrofoam circle inside each cylinder. (You could also glue a sheet of birch bark around the Styrofoam circles. If you can't find birch bark cylinders or sheets, use birch bark-patterned scrapbook paper.)
  3. Place a 9-in. tall pillar candle in the center of each Styrofoam circle. Add green reindeer moss, pinecones and bunches of small artificial green berries around each candle.
  4. If desired, lay a sheet of birch bark or birch bark scrapbook paper on the table. Set the candle-filled birch bark cylinders on top.
  5. Place a third pillar candle on the sheet; add berries and pinecones around the base of the candle.
  6. Birch bark sheets or scrapbook paper can also be used as place mats.


Birch Place Cards

Birch Bark CenterpieceGo out on a limb and fashion a forest-inspired place card for each of your dinner guests this Christmas season!

  1. Cut a 3/4-in.-thick slice from a 1-1/2-in.-diameter birch branch. Drill a hole in the center with a 1/8-in. bit.
  2. Insert a juniper spring into the drilled hole.
  3. With a 1-1/4-in.-high star paper punch, punch a star shape from a thin layer of birch bark or bark-patterned scrapbook paper. Use a black fine-line marker to write a guest's name on the star. Glue the star to top of the juniper sprig.