Good Morning! I’m SO excited to be here today, sharing my very first guest post as a contributor for Clean and Scentsible. In case you haven’t met me yet, I’m Lindi, the face behind Love Create Celebrate, where I love to share DIYs, crafts, and gift ideas.
Christmas is easily my favourite time of the year. Growing up I was always the first person begging to put up the Christmas tree and well… that hasn’t changed. I love decorating for Christmas and I love finding new ways to incorporate natural elements into my decor. That’s why I’m so excited to share my birch bark place settings with you today.
To make these place settings, you need:
- birch bark
- greenery (fake or real)
- red berries (fake or real)
- jute string
- permanent marker
First, you must collect some birch bark. If you are collecting it off of fallen trees or tree branches, you can soak the bark in shallow, luke warm water to make it pliable, and then flatten it between cardboard sheets. Alternatively, you can buy sheets online through sites such as Ebay or Etsy.
Once you have your bark, you simply trace the shape you want to use as your place setting. I used stars for mine, but you can see above that I traced evergreen trees too (for an upcoming project!).
Once you have traced all of your place settings, you can cut them easily with a good pair of scissors. I cut the majority of mine using my bandsaw – only because it’s faster.
Next, you want to write on the place settings with permanent maker. You can put specific names, or festive words such as “Joy”, “Peace”. and “Noel”. To stay within my theme for a natural place setting, I added jute string, evergreen sprigs, and red berries to my napkin. I wrapped the napkins in jute string, then tucked the greens and berries underneath before adding the birch bark. You can stick any of these elements together using a hot glue gun. I used faux berries and greenery, but real elements would look gorgeous too!
Thanks for having me here today Jenn!