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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.

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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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36 Comments

  • Reply janet

    I have been looking for some direction on this. Thank your hubby for me!

    March 19, 2017 at 5:04 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      So pleased that we were helpful Janet, and I will tell him – he’ll be delighted (he loves being right!) πŸ™‚

      March 19, 2017 at 9:23 am
  • Reply Deb Kane

    Such a simple and stunning idea, I hope this works as well on those ugly plastic nursery pots.

    March 7, 2017 at 5:50 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Deb, I haven’t tried it on plastic pots – if I did I’d probably think about trying to make the surface a little rougher to help the glue stick, perhaps just scratch it up a little πŸ™‚

      March 8, 2017 at 2:03 pm
  • 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 πŸ™‚

      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 πŸ™‚

      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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

      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 πŸ™‚

          November 27, 2016 at 10:04 am
  • Reply Family Farm Holidays Cornwall. Magical for Children - Coombe Mill

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    February 9, 2016 at 8:55 pm
  • 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
  • Reply Annette - 3 Little Buttons

    Wow, you are super creative! Such a fab idea, and can you imagine how much this would cost to buy already made from the shops. #HowtoSunday
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    February 7, 2016 at 3:17 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Annette πŸ™‚ Once I worked out the method it was easy to do, and its a lovely effect

      February 8, 2016 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply Vikki - Blossom & Badger

    oooh, oooh, oooh. I love it! Such a simple idea but so stunning. #trash2treasure

    September 29, 2015 at 11:29 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      You’ll be sticking bark to everything before you know it! Thanks for visiting πŸ™‚

      September 30, 2015 at 8:52 am
  • Reply Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    I am always surprised by the minds of others, and how creative they are. You surprised me, big time. The pot looks just like a birch tree with the bark peeling of the real tree, just a bit here and there, love your creativity and I would love to have a pot like this! Pinning!

    September 28, 2015 at 2:57 am
    • Reply Sarah

      Thanks so much for the lovely comment πŸ™‚ and thanks for pinning!

      September 28, 2015 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Elaine Livingstone

    how pretty. these would make a great present for a grandparent. Is the bark paintable to personalise it? #whatevertheweather

    September 21, 2015 at 7:45 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      I haven’t ever tried to paint bark – I imagine it’d take some experimentation as I’d guess it contains waxes to help it throw off water when its acting as a protection to the tree. I did bleach some in Pin-Tested! Bleaching Pine Cones and it definitely lost some colour. I’ll have a play around sometime and let you know πŸ™‚

      September 21, 2015 at 8:11 pm
  • Reply Coombe Mill

    Such a lovely effect here Sarah, your response to your husband made me smile, I would be the same but things are always obvious once you know! The natural rustic finish is inspired and a great upcycling idea.

    Thank you so much for sharing with me on #Trash2Treasure

    September 20, 2015 at 10:29 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Thanks for your kind comments Fiona, we love linking up to #Trash2Treasure, its full of the sorts of projects that inspire us πŸ™‚

      September 21, 2015 at 10:06 am
  • Reply Chloe

    This is so creative!! What a clever idea and it really brings the plant pot to life. This would look so cool indoors or outdoors. Thank you for sharing the tutorial. I have so plant posts that need updating and we were playing around in the woods the other day and there was lots of bark like this on the floor. πŸ˜€ Thank you so much for linking this up to #whatevertheweather x

    September 20, 2015 at 6:47 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Thank you, we love how the bark looks too πŸ™‚ We’re making some to put winter bulbs in which we think will look really pretty with some moss on top and little bulbs peeping through. Thanks for having us on #WhatevertheWeather x

      September 21, 2015 at 10:08 am
  • Reply Jenny Eaves

    This is a fantastic idea! I love how it’s turned out, a great country feel, I should do this to some of the pots in the house. I didn’t realise that bark sticks so well, must think up some other ideas to use this for too, it would be great for some unique art work. You have some fab ideas!
    Thank you so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather πŸ™‚ x

    September 19, 2015 at 8:48 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      I was so pleased when I worked out how to stick the bark! Thank you for your lovely comments and for having us on #WhatevertheWeather

      September 20, 2015 at 8:41 am
  • Reply Trista, Domesticated Momster

    Absolutely clever and beautiful! I also love that fern! Thank you for linking with #momsterslink

    September 9, 2015 at 5:24 am
    • Reply Sarah

      Thanks for your kind comments, and for having us on #Momsterlink

      September 9, 2015 at 7:19 am
  • Reply Verily Victoria Vocalises

    What a fantastic effect – I love how they really add a difference to the pot and make it look so natural. Welcome to #PoCoLo – and thanks for your email, I will get back to you this week. Thanks for linking and hope to see you next week x

    September 5, 2015 at 10:57 am
    • Reply Sarah

      Thanks for visiting, and hosting #PoCoLo x

      September 5, 2015 at 12:24 pm
  • Reply Catherine @ShadowDogDesigns

    What a great idea – love the rustic look. Many thanks for sharing this fabulous technique!

    September 4, 2015 at 10:46 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Thanks for your kind comment, am really pleased that I worked this technique out πŸ™‚

      September 5, 2015 at 7:52 am

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