Birch Bark Napkin Rings
While planning my Christmas table for our Christmas Extravaganza at our church, I decided to do a “up-north cabin theme”. It needed some woodsy napkin rings and wanted to try to make Birch Bark Napkin Rings! We live in a wooded area so a short walk produced lots of birch bark from downed trees nearby. It was pretty dirty and stiff! If I tried to bend it, it would break.
I came home and put the birch bark in bleach water. I wanted to be sure to kill any bugs, etc., that may be attached. Also, I scrubbed the inside of the bark and let it soak for 1/2 day.
After soaking, it was more flexible, but it was still hard to work with in such a flat state. I curled the birch bark and put it into a plastic container.
After a few hours, I transferred it to glasses so it would be curled even tighter and let them dry.
When they were workable (the next day), I cut them just a bit larger than the cardboard tube. I formed the napkin rings by hot gluing the bark around the tube. Doing it in small sections and securing with paper clips worked the best. Let a section dry and then do the next section while each time curling the bark around the tube. Be sure to cut it long enough to overlap quite a bit.
I love the green moss on the bark !
When dried, I added a little greenery and a small pinecone (bought these).
The Birch Bark Napkin Rings looked great on the “up-north” table setting!
Each one is unique!
You probably know this, but don’t take bark from a living tree. It will kill it! Use only bark from dead trees or cut logs!
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Complete “up north” table setting is shared on the post entitled “Awesome Christmas Table Settings – Part 1” along with many others. Don’t miss it!
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