Wanting to decorate with beautiful birch logs but don’t want to break the bank buying them? Try these quick and easy DIY birch logs that cost a fraction of what store-bought logs cost (probably even free if you have a few basic supplies!).
I shopped for birch logs from my local craft stores, holiday marts, and online, but they all wound up being at least $10 on sale for a tiny bundle of 2 or 3 small sticks. And I’m not even sure they were real wood! So the other day I got a wild hair and wondered if I could scrounge up some wood from our yard and make my own with some spray paint. Long story short, I ended up making these DIY birch logs for FREE with materials I had at my home.
Supplies needed for diy birch logs
- logs in preferred sizes
- white spray paint (chalky finish classic white spray paint worked well)
Luckily a neighbor had some spare sticks that were just the right size (since we literally just cleaned up all the sticks in our yard a couple days earlier). I also found some chalk spray paint that ended up being the perfect soft white color to make the birch effect.
The trick in making the sticks look more like birch is to line up the sticks and spray across them horizontally, “lightly” spraying them from left to right like you’re just trying to do a very light coat. You actually don’t want to cover the entire stick in an even coat. You want the paint to barely cover most of it. Fortunately, the wood will absorb a bit of the color, which is perfect! Even better, if you can “skip” spraying the natural ruts on the sticks so it has some darker areas come through, it really gives it the natural birch look.
I just used whatever I had on hand, which was the chalky finish classic white spray paint. It worked out well and would recommend using that if you were having to purchase paint. If you have a different type of white or off white paint, it’s worth a try! I would’ve used whatever white-ish paint I had on hand. In addition, my initial plan was to sporadically spray some subtle “touches” of charcoal/metallic black spray paint (I also had on hand) on various areas of the sticks. I only did this to two sticks though since my spray paint nozzle was broken, so just ended up skipping this on all the other sticks and just went with the white chalk paint.
Happy DIY birch log making! It is quite addicting–I had to stop myself from adding birch logs to every pot in front of my house!