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These ornaments are dead simple if you've got birch bark around. We make them from the leftover bark from our firewood, as well as other Birch bark crafts. Each one takes (at most) about 5 minutes and the only resources required are a way to cut the bark and a tool to cut wire. The wire is cheap and colorful from the local dollar store.
 
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Step 1: What you will need (substitutions may apply)

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You will need:
- some birch bark: You'll need enough to make a circular strip and a piece for a simple shape you will cut out
- a razor blade knife: To cut the bark strip. You can also use scissors just fine.
- scissors: To cut out the shape. You could also use the razor blade knife, but scissors tend to be easier. Cutting birch bark is similar to cutting thick card stock.
- something to cut wire
- wire

Step 2: Making the strip

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I find it easiest to score the bark then snap it free, then trim a little with the blade afterwards. If you have better scissors than I do, you may do better with those.

Step 3: Make your "dangling" shape

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Taking an appropriate-sized piece of Birch bark, trim the shape you want. If you like the rough grey bark, you can stop here, but the bark is fairly easy to separate and expose the white-ish (occasionally pink-ish) underbark.

Step 4: Prepping the bark strip and shape

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I find it easiest to use a drill for this step...to make a hole through the top of the shape, and to make a hole in each end of the strip. I've also done this with a thumb tack / push-pin, so don't assume you need power tools.
creekology4 years ago
When I lived in the frozen North, I would go to a sawmill that let me collect all the birchbark I wanted.
beth13224 years ago
This is such a great idea! Next time we are at my aunt's I'll be getting some of the birch bark from her firewood.
I,ve seen candles done inside of birch bark as well
Kickstart70 (author)  finbar galdeep4 years ago
Be VERY careful with that. Birch bark is quite flammable! In fact, we use scraps of it as firestarter in our wood furnace. I wouldn't want to put a candle anywhere near it.
lemonie4 years ago

What effect (if any) does this have upon birch trees?

L
Kickstart70 (author)  lemonie4 years ago
In our case, nothing. The (dead and standing) trees are already cut down and split into firewood.

However, Birch is one of those trees that has a tendency to rot from the inside and fall over, so if you are opposed to cutting down trees or cutting off limbs, you could harvest from already-down trees.

I've heard of others trimming the outside bark from living trees and claiming no harm to the trees, but I have my doubts and have not tried it.

Yes, birch does rot like that (I'd forgotten) - useful stuff birch-bark.

L