Birch bark candles?

by DIY wedding planner on October 12, 2012


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I’m a very DIY bride, and even though I’m not getting married until October of 09, I’m already working on things.

Since my fiance and I are having a rustic yet elegant wedding (our colors are ivory, black, and Mossy Oak as an accent color… it will be nice, despite your immediate reactions!), we both like the idea of an antler “bowl” with 3 birch pillar candles of different levels on a stand with pine garland and pine cones.

Here’s an idea of the antler “bowl”.

http://images.lightinguniverse.com/img/i/133/158761_family.jpg

Here’s the birch candles:

http://www.mainstreetcandleshop.com/i/recall/MS2.jpg

Now my question is where can I get birch bark to make my own candles? I’d like to make my own candles if possible. Any suggestions?
I don’t want to stand on my soapbox here, but I will not just go out and peel the bark off a tree. I’m not an environmentalist by ANY means, but I was a girl scout growing up, and we never took anything off a living plant, lest that be a flower, bark, leaves, anything…

So thanks for your input, but no.

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loungejetty October 12, 2012 at 5:17 am

not sure maybe google it and see what comes up or the crafts store called michaels?

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krgr_1428 October 12, 2012 at 5:48 am

Camo wedding girl! Love the idea! Those candles are cute.

I’d look at craft stores, Micheals, Joanns etc.

I found this site:
http://www.barkcanoe.com/materials.htm

An alternative that may also fit your idea, if you can’t fidnt he bark, bamboo sticks. Glue the sticks to the candle, it would be something kind of like this:
http://www.johnlewis.com/jl_assets/product/230193797.jpg

Also gluing twigs to a votive holder or candle:
http://www.beau-coup.com/Pictures/twig_candle%20200.jpg
http://www.beansboats.com/products/c227a.jpg

I’ll try looking for some more websites that sell birch bark..

http://www.naturalforestproducts.com/

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SmartAlec October 12, 2012 at 5:48 am

Go for a nice long romantic walk in the woods or a park and look for birch trees? The bark peels off those trees naturally.

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chattergurl1986 October 12, 2012 at 6:09 am

Another suggestion if you cant find birch is pine needles, or pine cones. Both easily found and accesible. Or possibly craft moss, depending on how flammable it is.

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Breezer October 12, 2012 at 6:59 am

Are you living close to New Hampshire-it´s the state tree there.

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Mrs Rohland October 12, 2012 at 7:38 am

Your ideas sound very nice. However, what’s the difference between you peeling the bark off the tree and some company peeling it off and selling it to you? Maybe find a friend with a wood burning stove and see if they have any birch they were going to burn and strip it before they burn it. Or try finding a birch tree that has fallen over. Or find a birch tree and get the birch you need and plant some trees and maybe even make a plaque to commemorate your wedding, since we crafters like making everything!
Congrats and good luck!

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