I played with power tools this weekend.

Just two.  But, one in particular got me totally excited.
I may or may not have posted something about it on Facebook.

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One tool was a power miter saw.  That wasn’t a big deal.  I used to own one until I allowed some other people to use it and it came back to me in pieces.  That’s a story for another day.  Maybe.

I’ve always wanted to use a nail gun.  I can’t tell you how fun it was.  It made quick work of assembling the birch branches.  But, you can make a wreath like this without power tools.  So just for fun, I put together a simple tutorial…

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How to Create a Birch Wreath

I know you want to make a wreath like this too.
If you have a spare hour, you can put one together and hang it in time for your Christmas gathering.

Materials:

  • Thin birch branches.  We found ours after a recent windstorm.
  • Evergreen cuttings & Winterberry…fresh or faux.
  • Florist wire to tie evergreen and berries to birch branches.
  • Power or hand saw to trim branches to size.
  • Nail gun or hammer and long thin nails (screws and power screwdriver may also work) to assemble birch branches.

 

How to Create a Birch Wreath  ~ a tutorial ::  AnExtraordinaryDay.net

 

Assembly:

  • Cut four branches to the desired length for the verticals and two shorter lengths for the horizontal branches.
  • Lay your branches out in an appealing design.
  • Using either a nail gun or hammer and nails or a power drill and screws…attach the birch branches together.
  • Lay out your evergreens and berry twigs and cut them to size.
  • Once your greens and berries are cut to size, discreetly wire them to the birch.

Hang your beautiful creation.

Yes…it’s really that easy.

 

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The wreath was my contribution to this little vignette in the dining room at my friend’s home.

She assembled and created the decor for the top and front of the wine rack.  After she had completed this lovely display, I knew that a birch wreath would be the perfect complement.

Here’s a view of the vignette at night.

Birch Wreath in Christmas Decor :: How to Create a Birch Wreath Tutorial :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Now that you know how to create a birch wreath….will you give it a try?

There is something really special about using these natural elements for Christmas decorating.  I shared some of the symbolism of woodland elements for Christmas here.

On Christmas Eve’s eve are you ready?

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Wishing you joy and blessing for Christmas…

Diane

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  1. I have the mitre saw and the nail gun…I love power tools. LOL. And I love the whole arrangement. Putting them together was brilliant. It’s awesome! I know where to locate birch now, but it’s a trek through the back fourty of a friends farm. That ain’t happening with -15 and snow up the whazoo. LOL. That ain’t happening until I can sweet talk someone into harvesting the downed branches….so until then I’ll just admire the efforts of both of you talented gals. You two done GOOD!! :-)
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  2. I did away with fb but I liked you to help u to 1000!
    Good night!
    Christmas Eve travels. And more big celebration after Christmas.
    Keep praying for me…all the chaos, other stuff…and Curt to feel better…I’m a bit afraid too
    When I am afraid I will trust in Him (Psalty tune)
    Have a safe warm Christmas

    • Yes, my sweet friend, I keep you and Curt in my prayers. Praying that you have a joyful trip and celebrating Jesus’ birth and that you are able to leave fear in its place and you both experience wellness beyond anything you can imagine.
      May your Christmas be truly blessed.
      [hugs]

  3. I can’t tell you how much I love this and how sad I am I have no access to a Birch tree. I wonder if I can buy Birch sticks online. LOL I’m in Florida. All I have are palm trees, snakes and alligators. This is wonderful. I’m going to store it in the back of my creative brain and watch for some cool branches some where.

  4. This is so stunning. I love the rectangular shape you choose and how simple all the berries and evergreens are. Simply beautiful. I’d love for you to share at our Link It or Lump It party!

    http://www.delineateyourdwelling.com/2013/12/link-it-or-lump-it-party-19.html
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  5. I think your wreath is one of my very favorites of the season. Love the birch branches. I love that you didn’t cover the whole form with greenery, let the branches stand out for themselves. Now if I could find some birch branches somewhere. I’m thinking of ways to decorate the wreath without Christmas doodads on it so I could use it all winter anyway. Not too sure I’d want it on wall in spring and summer, guess would depend on what I put on it.
    Great project and sure glad you shared it with us all. I’m kinda late seeing some things as my pc decided to be hateful for couple weeks or so right around time I was heavy into getting ideas to make.
    Happy New Year

  6. Very pretty! Love that natural wreath for all year with some different greenery!
    Marie @ In Our Happy Place
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  7. Diane, I love your take on this Christmas wreath, just beautiful!
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    • Thanks Cristina! I had a blast creating it and everyone who has seen it in person loves it. Maybe it will make a re-appearance next year. ;)
      Happy New Year!!

  8. Love this, Diane! So simple, but beautiful :)

  9. One word: GORGEOUS!! Love, love, love birch and love what you did with it. Thanks for sharing the idea — your photos are great. Happy New Year, Diana

  10. This is gorgeous! Pinning this to my “Seasons: Winter Board”
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  11. Beautiful, rustic, and natural. Wish I had seen this post weeks ago, but I will keep it in mind for next year.

  12. This is so darn nice! Just loving the birch branches and am putting this in my Christmas 2014 ideas folder.
    Hugs, Lynnie
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  13. I love this. Rustic, natural, and very unique. I really love the color of birch bark. Wish we had birch trees here in Texas. Thanks for sharing! Pinning!
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    • Linda, I have been smitten with birch bark since I was a little girl and made things from birch bark. You may find it interesting that I discovered that birch branches can be ordered on Etsy. I guess they have everything! :)

  14. Hi Diane,
    This is a great tutorial! Thank you for sharing the idea. I would love it if you would share this at Fresh-Cut Friday!
    ~Liz

  15. What a beautiful Christmas wreath! I love that it isn’t round. Can’t wait to make this.
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  16. Hi Diane,
    Thank you so much for sharing your pretty prictures for Fresh-Cut Friday. All 3 of the posts that you contributed are absolutely PERFECT additions for the party! I’m so glad that you shared! :)

    Happy New Year!
    ~Liz
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  17. Very beautiful Christmas Decoration. I wish you a happy 2014 year.

  18. What a fun wreath! I love that it is not round, it has so much character. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Best of the Weekend. Have a wonderful weekend, and we can’t wait to see what you share next Friday. :)
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  19. Wow what a beautiful and simple wreath. I just love the birch against the berries and greenery. You did a great job. I would love it if you linked up this project at the Link it or Lump It Link Party going on now at Two It Yourself. http://www.twoityourself.com/2014/01/link-it-or-lump-it-party-20-plus.html

  20. This is so pretty! I may try to make something like this for wall decor for during the winter this season. Thank you for the inspiration!
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  21. Stunning!!!! Thanks for sharing this tutorial!!!
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  22. Beautiful wreath, and your graphics are lovely, too! I have a birch tree in my yard, I might have to go snag some branches from it, this is just so pretty. I don’t have a personal FB profile, so can’t help you, sorry, but as for my business page (for my blog), I’ve quit trying to build it. As long as FB keeps holding our posts hostage with this stupid “reach” thing, I’m giving my attention more to G+, T, P, etc. That’s just me. Of course, if they go back to the old ways, you’ll be way ahead of me! Happy New Year to you – Dawn @ We Call It Junkin
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  23. What a beautiful wreath!
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  24. I. Love. THIS!!! I just pinned it on my Christmas ideas board!

    Linking from Fresh Cut Friday!
    xo,
    Ricki Jill
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  25. The Quintessential Magpie Blog says:

    That is ADORABLE!

    xo,

    Sheila

  26. Oh now that is so pretty! What a great idea! love it.

  27. It’s beautiful, Diane! I love those white branches with the greenery. Power tools are such fun, aren’t they? So very efficient, too. :-)
    New Year blesings!
    Kim
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  28. I adore this idea and your whole display! I’m featuring you tonight at Knick of Time Tuesday – thanks for sharing at the party!
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  29. Love this project and will be pinning. Saw you featured at Knick of Time:-)

  30. I will be featuring this beauty tomorrow at our Link it or Lump it party. Be sure to stop by and grab a feature button!

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  31. I love it! Thanks for linking it up! Hope you are doing well! –Katie

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