Transform a log from a birch tree into a stunning DIY centerpiece with this simple birch vase tutorial!

Birch bark vases can be wonderful for any time of year, but they are especially pretty for fall and winter, when you’d naturally enjoy the white birch bark outdoors.

Learn how to make a birch vase of your own!

A birch vase on a dining table red berry branches inside.
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This past spring, I kept waiting and waiting for my favorite birch tree to bud, but it didn’t make it through the winter.

I have always loved the silvery white bark of a birch tree – it reminds me of the logs my Grandma had stacked next to her fireplace when I was growing up.

Birch bark also reminds me of the holidays. I love incorporating the logs as part of my Christmas decor, whether they are stacked in the fireplace, added to a planter with evergreens or even as part of a Christmas table setting.

Since the birch tree in our yard was going to have to be removed, I decided to use some of it for a few creative projects. One of them was this simple birch vase.

hole drilled into the center of a birch log to create a vase

DIY Birch Vase

I love the simplicity of this vase – yet it adds a striking touch. It’s the perfect neutral tone to work with any style of decor. I’m particularly partial to the pop of red from the berries, though, which really serve as a pretty wintery arrangement.

A homemade vase like this would also make such a beautiful gift. Even more so if it the wood came from somewhere significant, like a from a family member’s tree.

While I’m sad that my favorite tree is no longer, I’m happy to see it repurposed into something beautiful for my home that will continue to bring happy memories for many more years.

It fits seamlessly into this birch Christmas table setting which is casual and simple – how we often entertain!

A birch vase on a dining table red berry branches inside.


  • a birch log (or any other type of wood)
  • tri-flute drill bit
  • saw
  • sandpaper

How to Make a Birch Vase

  1. Cut to Size – Saw a piece of branch down to the height needed. 10 to 14 inches is appropriate for a vase.
  2. Drill a Hole – Using the drill bit, drill a wide hole until about 2″ from the base of the branch.
  3. Sand – Sand the top to give it a smooth, beautiful finish.


  • Birch vases are not waterproof. Drill a hole large enough to slip a glass vase inside to line it.
christmas table setting with neutral table cloth, branches and pinecones

Frequently Asked Questions

Will birch vases hold water?

No, not unless they are lined or waterproofed in some way.

Where can I buy birch branches to turn into vases?

Check out the birch logs for sale on Amazon and other online resources, or check your local garden centers and nurseries.

berries in a birch vase

This pretty birch vase and winter table was featured on Better Homes and Gardens! Click here to see more Christmas table setting ideas!

A simple winter table setting with berries & birch

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  1. Hi Julie, beautiful project!!!
    Question for you: My tree will be cut down in a few weeks – How long do I have to wait for the Birch wood to dry to start cutting it to make creative projects?
    Thanks for your help!

    1. I’m not sure to be honest, I know it takes a year to really dry wood, but we didn’t wait long at all, maybe a matter of a couple weeks. Enjoy!

  2. Hi Julie,
    What branches did you use in this vase?Real or not? I LOVE the look and am trying to find something similar. I already have the white birch but was wondering what height you cut it down to?

    1. They’re some type of berry that Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods have Year after year. I’m sorry, I don’t know the name.