How to Make Birch Bark Covered Flowerpots

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

I love rustic home décor elements and have wanted a Birch bark covered flowerpot for ages. But when I first tried pot decoration with bark I could not get it to work the way I wanted. I spent a couple of very frustrating hours trying to stick wet springy bark to pots, using a variety of glues with no success.

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 :)

It was hubby who suggested ‘why don’t you just mold the bark around the pot, 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. This method for decorating flowerpots in bark works like a dream.

There are a few fallen Birch in the woods where we walk our dog, so I had been thinking using birch bark in crafts for a while. With my new found knowledge of working with Birch bark I would suggest that if you do pick some up, that you immediately roll it with the outer face of the bark on the outside and secure it. Bark 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 :)

 

How to Make Rustic Birch Bark Covered Flowerpots

What you will need to decorate flower pots in Birch bark.

  • 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 birch bark had dried out by the time we came to use it so we soaked it in water for half an hour. Begin by scraping off any lumps on the inside of the bark. Then wrap the bark around the pot, roughly trimming away any excess and leave to dry for 24hrs. We used sticks 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 has dried into the shape of the pot, remove them. Prime the pot with a watered down coat of PVA glue and leave it to dry. We painted the rim and the base of our pot in cream. This will help disguise any uneven edges of bark once the pot is finished. I would advise allowing the paint to dry properly. 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 :)

 

Apply a generous coat of PVA glue to the inside of your bark, and wrap it around your pot.  Use the elastic bands to keep it in place as you go. We left our pot for a full 24hrs to dry once the birch bark was glued into place, and it is held on 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 bark covered pot turned out. It has a wonderful rustic home décor feel to it. Now that I’ve found a method that works I have all sorts of objects ear-marked for the rustic 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 :)

 

We’ve got lots more ideas for decorating flowerpots on our blog. We particularly love our pretty Fabric Covered Flowerpots and our tutorial for Decorating Pots with Preserved Moss. And for more rustic home décor 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 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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38 comments

Bonnie November 27, 2016 - 2:54 am

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!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 27, 2016 - 9:30 am

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

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Patricia Jay November 26, 2016 - 2:23 pm

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,

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 27, 2016 - 10:02 am

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

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Monkey and Mouse February 12, 2016 - 9:31 am

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders February 14, 2016 - 3:19 pm

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

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Bonita November 26, 2016 - 10:17 pm

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!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 27, 2016 - 10:04 am

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders February 9, 2016 - 11:09 pm

Thanks for featuring us Fiona x

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Kelly Robinson February 7, 2016 - 11:10 pm

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders February 8, 2016 - 1:12 pm

Thanks Kelly, I still love it although I have managed to kill the plant!

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