Birch branches are great for adding height to an area and also creating a more architectural look. For a masculine approach to holiday decorating, combine birch branches with cedar and pine cuttings in a rustic vessel or ice bucket. Here, a vintage camping container adds a touch of woodsy plaid to the organic arrangement.
Small details can make a world of difference when designing a tablescape. For an added dose of texture and color, add birch paper straws to your drinks. The crisp white looks great against springtime tones, and it’s one more tiny touch that can help spark conversation among guests.
Birch logs can be used for many different upcycled purposes, including on a Christmas trees as ornaments. Cut birch logs into 1/4-inch discs, then use a drill bit to add a 1/4-inch hole along the top. Next, trace shapes onto acetate and cut them out with a precision knife. Add the silhouette acetate to the birch log with double-sided tape or hot glue, then create a hanger by looping ribbon or twine through the hole.
Designer Patrice Flashner Fitzgerald likes the contrast organic wood brings to a space that is modern and sleek. She says, "The warm, earthy feel of the finished birch is a surprise every time the client opens the doors."
Give birch firewood logs new purpose as rustic garland. To create this, use a hacksaw or a chop saw to cut 1/4-inch discs from each log. Next, use a 1/4” drill bit to add two holes, one on the left side and one on the right side of each disc. Lastly, cut yarn or twine to size, then use it to fasten each disc together, side-by-side.
Spice up a blank wall this holiday season with seasonal stamps on an arrangement of beautiful birch slices. Cut up a variety of different sized birch branches and arrange them into a rectangle. You can glue them to a board, or use temporary adhesive to attach them directly to the wall. Use acrylic paint to stamp the larger pieces with your favorite seasonal stamps. You can buy stamps or create your own by carving potato stamps.
Put a natural yet unexpected twist on your holiday centerpiece with a birch log bundle wrapped with colored lights. When used on a formal dining table, it's best to use battery-operated versions; however, when placed on a sideboard or console table, plug-in lights work well since the cord can easily be tucked and hidden from view.
"We wanted something that would be fun for the kids and spark their imagination," said interior designer Carrie Maniaci about this birch forest bedroom. Custom murals and materials make this room come alive while the custom built bunk bed really sets this space apart.
Organic wall coverings are an excellent way to bring natural textures and colors into a room. In this bedroom, white birch tree bark adds instant winter-like flair. To fully envelope the room in this texture, it was installed on the walls, doors and the ceiling.
To add a layer of decoration below the mantel, custom garland is made from birch logs and string. You'll need a hand saw to cut the logs down into 1/4-inch discs. To string the discs together, use a drill and a 1/8-inch drill bit to create one hole on each side of the disc. Next, thread the string through the holes, knotting it on each side to connect each disc side by side.
Although outfitted in a neutral color palette, this master bedroom is anything but plain. Birch tree bed posts climb up to the vaulted ceiling for a striking effect that visually adds height, while also making the space feel cozy. Other natural elements, like the wood beams and stone fireplace, give the room a rustic look.