Holiday Decorations Inspired by Nature

The holidays are here and it's time for entertaining. Here are some natural inspirations to trim your tree, adorn your home's exterior and grace your table. Let nature lend a hand in creating these lovely ornaments.

Yule Log Candles

Tiny tea lights nestle inside natural logs to create a warm and rustic glow.

Materials and Tools:
Pieces of 3- or 4-inch diameter wood cut into lengths measuring 3" - 6"
Drill and 1-1/2" drill bit
Tea lights in metal cups

Cut logs into different heights. Be sure the logs are cut straight and will stand up securely and remain level. Put logs into a vice. Using the 1-1/2" drill bit, drill into the log about 1" deep into the wood. Be sure the hole is level. Clean away any sawdust, then check to be sure log will sit upright without tipping over. Place tea candle (in metal holder) into the hole, making sure the metal surrounds the entire candle. Safety note: Tea lights burn quickly. Never leave a candle unattended.

From Beautiful Christmas by Carol Field Dahlstrom. Published by Brave Ink Press, copyright 2004. Images and text reprinted with permission.

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