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Birch Bark Covered Flowerpots

I will be honest with you, when I first tried to do this project I could not get it to work the way I wanted. I spent a few very frustrating hours trying to stick wet springy bark to pots, using a variety of glues to no avail.

 

Great tutorial with step by step instructions on how to decorate a flower pot with Birch Bark. Lovely Rustic effect. Would make a lovely home-made gift :)

Then hubby walked passed and said 'why don't you just mold the bark around the pot, tie it on, and leave it to dry in that shape before you try and stick it'. I think I probably looked like a goldfish for a moment while I digested his comment; it is in fact really obvious once someone points it out, and it works like a dream.

There are a few fallen Birch in one of the woods where we walk our dog, so I had been thinking about trying this for a while. With my new found knowledge of working with Birch Bark I would suggest if you do pick some up, that you immediately roll it with the outer face of the bark on the outside and secure it, as it will naturally curl the other way if left to its own devices as it dries, making it much harder to work with.

Great tutorial with step by step instructions on how to decorate a flower pot with Birch Bark. Lovely Rustic effect. Would make a lovely home-made gift :)

To make a Birch Bark covered pot like ours you will need some pieces of bark, a terracotta pot, elastic bands and PVA glue. We also painted the rim of our pot with a cream acrylic paint.

Great tutorial with step by step instructions on how to decorate a flower pot with Birch Bark. Lovely Rustic effect. Would make a lovely home-made gift :)

Our bark had dried out by the time we came to use it so we soaked it in water for half an hour, before scrapping off any lumps on the inside of the bark. We then simply wrapped the bark around the pot, roughly trimming away the excess and left it to dry for 24hrs. We used the sticks you can see in the photo to stop the elastic bands from damaging the edges of the bark as it has a tendency to split along them.

Great tutorial with step by step instructions on how to decorate a flower pot with Birch Bark. Lovely Rustic effect. Would make a lovely home-made gift :)

Once the bark pieces had dried into the shape of our pot, we removed them, and primed the pot with a watered down coat of PVA and let that dry. We then painted the rim and the base of the pot in cream, to help disguise any uneven edges of bark once the pot was finished. I would advise allowing this to dry properly as well; I didn't, and ended up with finger prints on ours!

Great tutorial with step by step instructions on how to decorate a flower pot with Birch Bark. Lovely Rustic effect. Would make a lovely home-made gift :)

You then simply apply a generous coat of PVA glue to the inside of your bark, and wrap it around your pot, using the elastic bands to keep it in place as you go. We left our pot for a full 24hrs to dry once the bark was glued into place, and it is held really securely.

Great tutorial with step by step instructions on how to decorate a flower pot with Birch Bark. Lovely Rustic effect. Would make a lovely home-made gift :)

I am absolutely delighted with how our pot turned out - now I've found a method that works (thanks hubby!) I have all sorts of objects ear-marked for the bark treatment! If anyone else has come up with other methods of working with bark I'd love to hear about them, please do leave any tips in the comments below.

Great tutorial with step by step instructions on how to decorate a flower pot with Birch Bark. Lovely Rustic effect. Would make a lovely home-made gift :)

For more rustic nature crafts, why not check out our Living Garden Sculpture and our Twig Chandelier.

Great tutorial with step by step instructions on how to decorate a flower pot with Birch Bark. Lovely Rustic effect. Would make a lovely home-made gift :)

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Great step by step tutorial showing you how to cover a plant pot with Birch Bark. Beautiful rustic craft which adds a bit of nature to any interior.

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32 Comments

  • Reply Bonnie

    I have a Birch Bark ‘vase’ that I made from one piece of birch bark that I picked up on a walk…….I scrape-cleaned the inside of it and it fit perfectly over a large size coffee can! It has fungi still on it. I keep a slender glass for fresh flowers in it and around them I keep rocks so that it won’t be top heavy. It’s a beautiful seasonal vase. Daisies in the summer and bullrushes and leaves in the fall….either silk for fresh it’s beautiful. …infront of a mirror , it’s twice as gorgeous!

    November 27, 2016 at 2:54 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Oh that sounds lovely Bonnie, and using the rocks to weight it is a fab idea :)

      November 27, 2016 at 9:30 am
  • Reply Patricia Jay

    I was surprised to see the bark in second pic. Looks like a profile of a monkey! Keep this piece add it to a picture> Thank you for the idea,

    November 26, 2016 at 2:23 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      So it does Patricia, I never noticed that before! I will have to have a look and see if I still have it – thanks :)

      November 27, 2016 at 10:02 am
  • Reply Monkey and Mouse

    I love these so much, I wonder if hubby can get me some birch bark at work so I can try and make some too. Such an inspired idea! Thanks so much for linking up to #HowtoSunday :) x
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    February 12, 2016 at 9:31 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      The finished pots look fab Jenny, and the bark peels off fallen trees really easily so I am sure he could find you some :)

      February 14, 2016 at 3:19 pm
      • Reply Bonita

        Love these! A similar project is a round glass vase with the bark tied around it with silver wire. Then add water and a floating candle inside! Pretty!

        November 26, 2016 at 10:17 pm
        • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

          That sounds really pretty Bonita, I’ll give that a go for my Christmas decorations :)

          November 27, 2016 at 10:04 am
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  • Reply Kelly Robinson

    This has such an affective look! What a brilliant way to jazz up a plant pot! Will be looking for fallen birch bark on my next walk! #HowtoSunday

    February 7, 2016 at 11:10 pm
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