DIY Birch Bark Candles

Hello Friends!  You know how I’ve mentioned before that I’m a genius but some of you don’t believe me?  Well here’s proof.  I made 3 large Birch Bark candles for less than $1.00!  I know, right?!  You’re thinking no way and I’m saying yes way!

It all started when I finally put away the ridiculous amount of Christmas decor we had and got a burst of energy to do some winter decorating.  Remember a couple of posts back when I gave you some great tips on winter decorating (you can find that post here)?

Birch Bark Candle supplies by County Road 407 blog

Well I saw that my fave craft store had candles at 50% off so I had to go.  But the candles I went to get looked so fake and yucky.  I put them in my basket even though I was disappointed.  I could have gotten these from Amazon but I had a Veruca Salt moment and wanted them right then.  Not a proud moment but even worse, at half off they were still over $10 each.

DIY Birch Bark Candles using scrap book paper from

Walking around checking out the rest of the sale stuff I just kept thinking it was ridiculous to spend $30 on something I didn’t like.  I know it’s not that expensive and I’ve definitely spent more on other decor items but these were down right ugly.  But that’s when my genius moment struck.

Making a Birch Bark Candle from paper with a DIY on

I already had 3 candles at home so I pushed my little basket over to the paper section and picked up 2 – 12″ sheets of Birch Bark scrap book paper.    I also had tape and scissors which is all you need for this easy DIY.  Best of all, the 2 sheets were .59 cents each and on sale too!  Baahahaha

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Birch Bark Candle DIY from

I used my two 6 inch tall candles and could wrap both of them with only one sheet by cutting it in half.  The other candle sitting in the lantern is 7-1/2″ tall which needed it’s own sheet.  Since I intend to use the candles again I didn’t want to glue the paper on.  Just use clear packing tape to hold it together.  I have to admit, with the fat 6 inch candles, the paper didn’t go all the way around.  It left about a 1/4 inch gap.  It doesn’t bother me and no one can see it when you turn the candles just right.  If that sort of thing keeps you up at night, use skinnier candles.  😉

Candles made with birch bark paper with a DIY on

Genius, right?!  I think they turned out great and this is the start of some fabulous and super inexpensive winter decorating!  Oh yeah, the Mister said to mention they were only for decorative purposes and not to light them because the paper could catch on fire.  Okay, maybe safety isn’t my thing but all I have to do is use LED candles instead.  See there – still a genius.  😉


  1. Patti
    January 11, 2018 / 6:19 am

    That is such a great idea! I just took down my Christmas decorations last night so I know what you mean about the house looking bare.

    • January 11, 2018 / 9:36 am

      Thanks Patti! I go from thinking it looks bare to liking the less to clean to neh, I need more decor. :0

  2. Patricia
    January 11, 2018 / 6:34 am

    … totally a genius!

  3. Janet
    January 11, 2018 / 7:28 am

    Make me laugh and yes you are a genius😄

    • January 11, 2018 / 9:37 am

      LOL. Hope you have a great day Janet. Thanks for visiting!

  4. Pamela
    January 11, 2018 / 9:14 am

    You are a genius!!!! I love these candles! What a great idea Cindy!

    • January 11, 2018 / 9:38 am

      Finally, I’ve been trying to tell you that for years. 😉

  5. January 11, 2018 / 10:44 am

    These are brilliant!!!! I must make some right away before winter gets away from us.

    • January 11, 2018 / 10:47 am

      I just thought of something else… you could add a cute little felt heart to the fronts of the candles during February or add pink or red ribbon around them too! Wow, this genius thing is getting to me!

  6. Laura
    January 11, 2018 / 12:36 pm

    I believe that you’re a genius! Very, very clever! And another use for scrapbook paper (of which I have loads of!)

    • January 11, 2018 / 12:49 pm

      LOL Laura. I never did get into scrap booking but I love love the paper! I bet you could make all kinds of beautiful candles!

  7. January 12, 2018 / 11:08 am

    Great idea! I’m with you and I use that paper for all kinds of things other than scrapbooking!

    Your candles look great. We don’t have that kind of wood here so this is a great way to get it.

    • January 12, 2018 / 11:18 am

      Thanks Stacey! I am thinking about all the other kinds of things i can do with it. 😉

  8. Darlene
    January 15, 2018 / 9:49 am

    Hi I am thinking you could use the paper on the battery operated candles and now no problem having them lit!

    • January 15, 2018 / 1:30 pm

      I think so too! Thank you for visiting Darlene. Hope you have a great week!

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