Birch Bark Napkin Rings

Posted by on December 9, 2013 in Christmas, Crafts, Holidays | 13 comments

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.

Birch Bark Napkin Rings

After a few hours, I transferred it to glasses so it would be curled even tighter and let them dry.

Birch Bark Napkin Rings

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.

Birch Bark Napkin Rings

I love the green moss on the bark !

When dried, I added a little greenery and a small pinecone (bought these).

Birch Bark Napkin Rings

The Birch Bark Napkin Rings looked great on the “up-north” table setting!

Birch Bark Napkin Rings

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!

Thanks for stopping by,


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!


A viewer referred to this post about harvesting Birch Bark. 

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  1. these bark napkin rings are so unique and beautiful! I think the effort you put it was totally worth it! thanks for sharing the tute!

    • You’re welcome. They were fun to do!

  2. Those are amazing!! Definitely going to venture out in our forest this year and try and find some bark! 🙂

    • Thanks! I found the bark on fallen trees. It is easy to remove from them.

  3. These birch napkin rings are awesome! I love the little cone touches too. It reminded me when I was young we (as kids) found some rotted birch trees on the ground and made native American Indian canoes from the bark. It brought memories. 🙂
    Thank you for sharing with us at the Creative Craft Challenge. It’s a great inspiration!

    • Finding the rotted trees makes it easy to get the birch bark. Cute memories you have!

  4. I was always taught that peeling the bark from a birch tree will kill it. I have researched and would like to see a link added for those that would like to harvest their own bark for crafts such as these beautiful birch bark napkin rings. will teach those harvesting their own bark how to perform the task properly without harming the tree. It is actually easy to damage or even kill the trees.
    LOVE your site (I just found it). After living in Germany for 3 years when my children were young, they returned to the states calling my mother Omah.

    • I always find my bark on downed trees in the woods or from birch logs. Thanks for that link. I will add it to the post. So glad you found my site and thank you for your nice comments. Oma is both Dutch and German (Omah). Drop by again, soon!

  5. Those are charming! Thanks for sharing!

  6. These are adorable. Thank you so much for sharing with Adorned From Above’s Link Party. We love having your join the fun.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  7. Your labor of love turned out so charmingly. And they coordinate perfectly with your green china.

    • Actually they didn’t take too much effort, but I liked the way they turned out!

  8. Oh wow, these are beautiful and such a clever idea. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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