Monthly Archives: October 2014

Birch Wood Log Candle Holders

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DSC06182This project requires the use of a table/circular/chain saw! So grab your safety goggles  and let’s get started! I grabbed these birch logs (about 4 inches in diameter) from my parents fire wood pile. We recently cut some limbs off the tree in our front yard. Using my table saw, I cut these limbs down to three different sizes, so they would appear staggered like this when clustered in a group. Make sure that you are making cuts perpendicular to the log so they will sit evenly on a surface. Once you have your logs cut to the sizes you like, find a drill with a drill bit about the same diameter of these tea light candles. I did not have a drill bit that large, so I just drilled multiple holes until it hollowed out a circle. You will want to drill down far enough so the tea lights sit flush with the top of the log. Be cautious when drilling, as friction + wood = fire. Yay science! I did not drill down quite far enough in my attempt, and as you can see the candles stick out a bit. I was in a hurry, okay!?

Once these are complete, light your tea lights and bask in the calming glow…. as with any burning objects.. please do not leave these unattended and keep out of the reach of children. Woohoo for safety! Happy crafting!

Reclaimed Wood Pallet Porch Pumpkins

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10632798_10202803673321521_8757737877177655788_n^well that’s a mouth full! It’s October, and if you weren’t already sick of seeing pumpkins, here is a great tutorial on some fun pumpkin porch decorations. Step one is to comb your local town for discarded wood pallets. Living in Charleston, I find these all over the place. If you live in a place where they are less common to come by, check out craigslist or ask you local chain stores if they’ll lend you some. The type, size, length of wood really doesn’t matter. Just rip apart your wood pallets and try to keep as many boards intact as you can (you may have to recruit some strong man friends for this). I got a good number of the 1×6 boards, cut them all to the same length, and lined them up in a row, about 3 ft wide, 2ft high. The size of your wood square will determine the size of your pumpkins. I took a small thin strip of wood and laid this horizontal across the row of boards. Screw this strip of wood into each board, to secure them into your square shape. Next I just sketched out a general pumpkin shape, and used a jigsaw to cut out the design. I screwed a small 2×4 into the back towards the base to make sure it doesn’t fall over, and you can screw this 2×4 piece into a base piece of wood for the pumpkin to sit on if you’d like it be a little sturdier. For the stem, I drilled a hole into a small river birch branch I pulled from our wood pile, and then screwed it into the middle board towards the top.

I did put a light stain on the boars to give it more “pumpkiny” color, but the look of the plain wood pallets is really cool too, especially if they have weathered a bit.

Give this a try for your Halloween/Fall season, and please comment if you have any questions! Throw a real pumpkin nearby and maybe a large candle!