One of my very favorite things about fall is finally being able to have a fire in the fireplace again. There is nothing more calming and relaxing than cozying up by a fire on a chilly evening! Unfortunately, here in Texas we don’t get those opportunities very often. But I don’t let the perpetual heat of this state stop me from creating that cozy fireplace vibe that I love so much! Instead, I have come up with a way to get a bit of that “fall fireplace” feeling without the heat of the actual fire and I want to show you how I did it!
DIY Birch Candle Holders
- 1 6-foot birch branch (I found mine at Michael’s and used a 40% off coupon)
- 12 flickering battery operated tea light candles (also found at Michael’s)
- miter saw
- cordless drill
- large spade bit or forstner bit (about 1 1/2 inches)
- First, make your marks on your birch branch where you’ll cut. I chose to make my candle holders these lengths: 12-inches, 8-inches, 6-inches and 4-inches.
- Then I cut 3 to 4 of each of these lengths using my miter saw.
- Next, I used my spade bit to drill a hole in the top of each of my birch candle holders. Now, you may have more luck getting a deep hole in your wood, but my wood was very hard and difficult to drill. I settled for making a shallow divot in each piece of wood so that my tea light candles would just sit nicely inside and not shift around if moved.
- At this point, the work is done! I just took my birch candle holders and arranged them on a tray, filling in with greenery and a couple of white pumpkins. Then I added my tea lights to the top of each birch candle holder and place the arrangement in my fireplace!
Isn’t it cozy and lovely? I just love the warm, fall vibe it creates but without the blazing heat of an actual fire. I also love that this is a safe alternative for my faux fireplace in my bedroom. It is very romantic!
This is such a quick and easy project but it makes a beautiful statement! Now I can cozy up by my fireplace, maybe with a glass of wine or hot cocoa and snuggle with my husband even on the warmest of these Texas fall nights (we just crank down the A/C and pretend it feels like fall!).
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