DIY Birch Vase

diy birch vase easy holiday centerpiece
This past Spring, I kept waiting for my birch tree to bud, but it didn’t make it through the winter. I have always loved it’s silvery white bark – it reminds me of the logs my Grandma Bruck had next to her fireplace growing up. I decided it was the perfect opportunity to add a little birch into our home decor for winter. I started with a simple birch vase.

birch wood holiday decor
Wouldn’t this be a beautiful gift? Especially if it the wood came from somewhere significant.


To create one of your own, you’ll need:


tri-flute drill bit


sand paper

  1. Saw a piece of branch down to the height we wanted.
  2. Using the drill bit, drill a wide hole to my desired depth, mine was about 2″ from the base of the branch.
  3. Sand the top to give it a smooth, beautiful finish.
  4. Optional: You can insert a glass vase or waterproof the interior if you plan to add fresh flowers.












While I’m sad to see it go, I’m looking forward to creating more decor from it. I’m honored to be a part of Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers Network and have been compensated for my work. All ideas, opinions and designs are my own. You can find more inspiration at the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Blog and by signing up for a complimentary Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine or downloading the app!


Julie Blanner is the voice behind the stylish lifestyle blog filled with do-it-yourself inspiration for effortless entertaining, home design and thoughtful gift-giving.


  • Reply November 11, 2013

    Rachel | 52 Weeks Project

    This is beautiful! I’ve always loved birch trees and this seems like the perfect DIY to bring them into the home. Love the way you decorated as well :)

    • Reply November 12, 2013


      Thank you Rachel! I’m ready to make some candleholders for the holidays as well.

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  • Reply May 17, 2014


    Hi there, I am attempting to make these vases for my July wedding, but we can’t quite get the hole to be as large as yours appears to be. How did you do this with the tri-flute drill bit? Ours only has about a 1 1/2″ diameter opening, which doesn’t seem to be large enough for wedding flowers. Any advice?

    • Reply May 19, 2014


      Congratulations on your engagement, Kristi! That’s how large our opening is as well…experienced florists can fan out flowers with a small opening, but you can certainly use a larger bit {like one for creating door knobs} to make a larger opening. I hope that helps! I’d love to see them when they’re done!

  • Reply November 7, 2014


    Now I am off to find a birch tree. Beautiful.

    • Reply November 7, 2014


      Thanks, Janet! Post on Facebook or Craigslist! Last year I had more than enough to share!

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  • Reply March 21, 2015


    These are so beautiful! I’m doing this with aspen logs that were cut down on my parent’s property. What do you recommend for waterproofing the inside?

    • Reply March 21, 2015


      That will be beautiful! There’s no perfect way, but you can drill the hole wide enough to insert a slim vase or use a sealer, like tung oil.

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