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How to Decorate With Birch Tree Limbs

By Jennifer Eblin
The rich colors of the birch play nicely with your home decor.
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Birch tree limbs have a distinctive look that adds a natural and graceful style to any home. The crisp white shade of the branches mixed with dark brown or black acts as both a dramatic element or a neutral element, depending on the type of decorations used. Create a focal point for your home or decorate an otherwise bland table in a corner. Use a single birch tree limb or a combination of limbs to create a stylish room.

Measure the height of the room, from the floor to the ceiling. Cut down two birch tree limbs, making the limbs slightly taller that the height of the room. Place the branches in one corner of the room, leaning the branches against the wall. The branches create a unique focal point.

Cut the birch tree branches into smaller pieces of different heights. Trim the bottoms so that each one sits evenly. Cut out the pulp or inside of the top ends of the branches. Leave a small border around the edge of each branch. Fill the inside of each piece with a small tea light candle and group on an end table.

Strip the bark from the branches and roll the bark into small circular shapes. Attach the pieces around a plain wreath, made from tree branches. Hang the wreath on your front door or in your entryway for a natural element for the home.

Hang a small wall shelf in your living room or bedroom. Cut the birch tree branch down until it fits on the shelf without overhanging the edges. Wrap the branch in a strand of white lights and place on the shelf. The lights twinkle when plugged in, drawing attention to the branch.

Set a tall glass vase on your counter, an end table or in the center of your dining room table. Fill the base of the vase with a handful of glass marbles. Cut the birch tree branch down until it fits in the vase with just a few feet sitting over the top. Fill the vase with more marbles, using the marbles to hold the branch in place.


Things You Will Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Handsaw
  • Electric saw
  • Tea lights
  • Plain wreath
  • Wood glue
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Wall shelf
  • White light strand
  • Tall glass vase
  • White or clear marbles


  • Consider bringing in a few decorations with a birch bark pattern, such as wallpaper or furniture. You get the look of birch without using the actual branches.

About the Author


Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.