Birch tree bark is both decorative and versatile for crafts. Birch tree bark is waterproof and can be used to make containers, shelters and canoes. Birch tree branches are often thin, making them an ideal candidate for quick crafts such as candleholders and picture frames. Always select dried birch bark or branches to make your crafts; taking the bark from a live tree can kill it.
Tea Light Candleholders
Make a rustic, decorative tea light candleholder from one 2-inch-diameter birch tree branch. Select a branch that is 12 to 16 inches long to make three tea light candleholders. Cut the branch into three sections of equal or varying lengths. Drill a 1-inch-deep hole that is the diameter of the candles in the centre of one end of each branch section. Arrange the branches in a grouping with the holes at the top, securing them together with twine, ribbon or string. Place a tea light inside each drilled hole. Stand the candleholder on top of a plate before lighting the candles.
Cover a foam craft cone with decorative birch bark and holly berries to make a festive holiday table decoration. Glue strips of birch bark onto the foam cone, beginning with larger pieces at the bottom and working your way up with successively smaller strips. Use hot glue and a glue gun to attach the birch bark to the craft foam. Glue individual or small clusters of holly berries onto the bark to dot the miniature holiday tree with colour.
Birch Bark Picture Frame
Cover a plain wooden picture frame with birch bark to create a rustic, country accessory for your home. Dried birch bark curls, which adds to its appeal. Glue curled sections of bark to the wooden frame with hot glue. Spray the finished frame with floral sealer to preserve the natural material.
Birch Bark Container
Make a birch bark container to hold pencils or other small objects using a strip of birch bark that is not yet dried. You'll need a long, even strip of bark that's twice as long as the desired circumference of your container. Clean any loose material from the outside of the bark. Straighten the bark and then fold it in the centre to double it. Shape the doubled bark into a roll until the ends overlap. Puncture holes in each overlapping end with an awl or a nail; make pairs of holes every 1/2 inch along the seam. Thread a thin cord through the holes like you are lacing a shoe, then tie the cord together at the end. Cut a small piece of wood to fit inside one end of the container as a bottom. Attach the wood circle inside the birch bark circle with waterproof construction adhesive.