Crafts – “Birch Bark” Candles

Love the look of those birch bark candles, but hate the price? Or maybe you have no idea where to find birch bark or how much to get. Here’s an easy way to get the same look at a fraction of the cost and just a quick trip to the craft store.


  • Plain white or off-white candles in varying sizes (no taller than 12” and no wider than 3.5”; I used an 8”, 6” and 4”, in 3” diameter)
  • 2 sheets bark-look scrapbooking paper (you may need 3 if your candles are taller)
  • Ruler
  • Flexible measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Scissors and/or paper cutter
  • Double-stick tape
  • Ribbon or twine (optional)


  1. Measure the height of the tallest candle with the ruler. Take one sheet of the scrapbooking paper and on the back side, measure 1/8” smaller on one edge of the paper and make a mark with your pencil. Do the same thing on the opposite edge of the paper and make another mark. Draw a line between the two marks.
  2. Do the same thing with the second and third candles using the second sheet of paper, or using one sheet for each candle if the sizes dictate.
  3. Cut carefully along the lines with your scissors or use a paper cutter.
  4. Next, measure the circumference of each candle with your flexible tape measure. Your strips of paper should be about an inch longer than the measurement. If they’re too long, trim them to the right size with your scissors or paper cutter.

5. Put a piece of double-stick tape on the backside of one short end of each of your strips of paper, getting as close to the edge of the paper as possible and making sure the length of the tape is equal to the edge of the paper.

6. Wrap each candle tightly with its respective paper strip and secure firmly.

7. Tie the candles with twine or decorative ribbon, if desired. Enjoy your “Birch Bark” Candles!

Note:  It’s best to use flameless candles or regular candles that you don’t intend to burn. If you want to burn your candles, just be sure to trim the paper down as the candle burns down to minimize the risk of fire. Always monitor your candles when burning them.

Leslie Kaz, coach for single women

I help single women get from where they are to where they want to be by overcoming their sadness and starting to live their best lives through mindset and lifestyle changes. Contact me to learn how it’s possible to live a single, blissful life.

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