Make a decorated yule log centrepiece to brighten your dining table this holiday season. By using natural elements gathered from your backyard or on a winter hike, you can craft a warm winter addition to your home decor. A perfect decoration for economical budgets, yule log centrepieces are inexpensive to make, because most of the supplies needed are free. Make quick last-minute yule log holiday arrangements as hostess gifts for Christmas open houses.
Cut the 4-inch diameter fire log 16 inches long using a hand saw or mitre saw. Set your table saw for a 1/4-inch cut. Run the length on one side of the log through the table saw to cut away a 1/4-inch slice. This creates a flat base on the yule log.
Place the log on your work space with the base side down. Center and mark with chalk 4 inches from each end of the log on the top side of the yule log and one in the middle. Drill 1-inch deep holes at each mark using a 1/2-inch drill bit. These are the candle holes.
Cut a 20-inch length of wired artificial pine bough garland using wire cutters. Center one end of the garland on the top of one end of the yule log. Staple the garland end to the log. Run the garland over the top length of the log, stapling the garland at the front of the first candle hole, behind the middle candle hole and again at the front of the last candle hole. End by stapling the garland to the remaining top end of the log. Cut off the excess garland.
Insert 10-inch red or green taper candles in each of the candle holes on the centrepiece.
Bend and adjust the wire branches of the garland into a natural looking shape. Place pinecones, artificial berries and cinnamon sticks in a pleasing arrangement among the garland branches. When you are happy with their arrangement, hot glue them in place.
If your candles are loose or tilted, apply a drop of hot glue to the inside of the candle holes and reinsert the candles.