|The front and back views of my Birch Yule Log Christmas ornament.|
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- two toilet paper rolls
- white school glue
- grey dryer lint
- white cotton balls
- black thread
- holly and berry trims
- tiny mushroom bird
- masking tape
- cotton covered wire
- Cut and shape the two toilet paper rolls or any paper tubes to resemble a cut log. I choose to make this birch log shape a little narrower than the original circumference of an average toilet paper roll. I cut my two rolls length wise and curled them tighter before masking them with tape.
- I cut down the size of one of the rolls and added a bit of glue to it's edge, then used masking tape to firmly attach the appendage to one end of my log.
- Mask the entire form with tape before gluing on the dryer lint and cotton batting.
- Unravel your cotton balls several at a time so that you can work quickly.
- Apply white glue to sections of the log's surface as you layer the lint and cotton onto the cardboard tubes.
- Give your Yule log time to dry between applications. I also layered dryer lint on the end interior surfaces of my log. I left parts of the log open however, in order to insert a letter or small money gift into the ornament later.
- Once the log looks the way you wish it to, wrap black thread around it randomly to enhance the total realistic look of Birch bark.
- Use the tip of your scissors to poke a hole in either end of your finished log and insert a cotton covered wire to shape a handle for the ornament.
- I also wrapped a few vintage wired holly leaves/berries around this handle.
- Glue on a little prefabricated mushroom bird to the top of your Yule log ornament too.
- Now add a final thin coat of white glue to the finished piece and you are finished.
|A few odd angles of the Yule log.|