I had to get creative this year with table decor for Christmas Eve dinner...since I didn't complete the task of having the dining room done in time like I thought I might. I wanted
cheap free items to decorate the table (or should I say folding table covered in the table cloth from Avery's birthday party).
So I looked to the yard for ideas and inspiration. It all started one day when I went to chuck the mushy pumpkins into the woods (and slipped and fell on leaves and got pumpkin guts all over me...but that's another story) when I came across a fallen birch tree.
So I had Jeff grab the chain saw and cut up a few pieces of the tree and we brought them into the basement. With the table saw we cut a few pieces at varied lengths.
I knew I wanted to have them hold tea lights so we needed a 1.5" paddle drill bit in order to carve the right size hole into the tree.
Added my tea lights and put them on the table for a nature inspired centerpiece. I love how they turned out and I got a lot of compliments on them. If you find a thicker piece of birch you could do multiple candle holes. I also made a few ornaments out of the scraps. We just cut thinner slices, drilled a hole through them and strung some twine to hang.