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Looking for less red and green plastic and more rustic and organic this holiday season? You're in luck. Dani posted this simple DIY project on her Lifeovereasy blog. What a neat concept! She drilled holes in fallen birch logs to create tealight holders in varying heights for a fireplace mantel or vignette display. I love the textural bark on birch logs — it adds just the right amount of rustic to a room. H&H editors Hilary Smyth and Andrea Mills have both blogged about their love of logs. Click here for complete instructions from Lifeovereasy.

All you need are some fallen birch logs (no need to chop down healthy trees), a saw and a drill with a 1-1/2" hole borer bit. You could also customize the holes to fit long tapers if that's more your style.

Arrange a few in different widths and heights for a casual feel. And these candleholders aren't overly Christmas-y, so you can display them all winter long.

For a similar project, try these DIY Salvaged-Wood Candleholders. For more easy DIY projects, see our DIY & Home Improvement section.

Photo credits:
1-2. Lifeovereasy blog


Gwen McAuley

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