{create this} faux birch bark votive jackets

There is just something about creamy, papery birch bark that I love.  Whether it is the pinstriping by Mother Nature or just its rustic curling charm, I am smitten with birch bark this year.  Since I am doing a rustic lodge-ish winter theme in our living room (my glitter reindeer art was the first project), I wanted to incorporate birch bark somewhere.

And when I received a box of Tulip goodies to craft with from ILoveToCreate, I was inspired to use the Metallic fabric paint to create a pair of faux birch bark votive jackets!

Don’t these little felt wraps or “jackets” look like a cute winter little coat for these dollar store votive cups?!  Here is what you’ll need to {create this}:


  • clear votive cups (straight flat sides work best)
  • cream colored felt
  • black metallic Tulip fabric paint
  • two metal eyelets for each jacket 
  • Crop-o-dile (or eyelet setter)
  • Bakers twine/thin ribbon/jute
  • Optional:  sprigs of red berries, faux fir or other embellishments

1. First, cut the felt into a rectangle that is just short of wrapping around your votive cup.

2. Fold the felt in half and use your crop-o-dile (or maybe an eyelet setter?) to punch two holes.  In the picture, I had already applied paint and let it dry.  I figured it would probably be easier to punch the hole first, but either way works.

Using the black metallic Tulip fabric paint, create the lines and dots on your faux birch bark – you can see the details in the pictures above – and allow to dry before handling.  I just Googled images of birch bark for inspiration :)

3. Use your Crop-o-Dile or an eyelet setter to set the eyelets in the holes you made.  Use bakers twine, jute or narrow ribbon to tie the felt jacket around the votive cup.  Add a sprig of winter red berries or a small fir branch for a natural winter touch.

Light a few votive candles or tea lights for a winter glow!

The cream colored felt let’s the light from the tea lights shine through beautifully and I love the metal detail from the eyelets!  Now, if I can get my act together in the next few days (and I can get some decent natural light), I’ll show you the rest of the lodge decor :)

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  1. These are too cute and love the effect when they’re lit! Totally pinning. Hope you come link these up on Friday at my weekly party!

  2. Really cute and the way you styled them is fabulous!!

  3. What a great idea! I love how they look all lit up!

  4. Oh my…these are too cute! I love them…totally pinning!

  5. I love them in the dark with the light shining through. Looks like they belong at Pottery Barn!

  6. You know, my candles are always telling me how they get a little chilly during those times when they aren’t lit. :) Seriously though, I love birch bark too! I used to have some big pieces of it I found in the forest, but I stupidly got rid of them thinking I’d find more. Wrong! Oh well, you live, you learn, you make your own birch bark out of felt instead!

  7. Very cute project!

  8. Super cute (and very creative) faux bark votives!

  9. So cute!! Love this brilliant idea! Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! I’d love for you to visit my blog.
    Happy week !

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  10. LOVE this! I am always so obsessed with birch and this project looks so cute! Following you now, too.


  11. I’m obsessed with birch right now too. These are super cute! stopping by from Happy Hour. :)

  12. OMG! They look so real. I have a Crop-o-dile that I haven’t used in awhile. Guess it’s time t0 blow the dust off of it. Thanks for sharing. I’m visiting from Blissful and Domestic’s Feature Friday Party.

  13. Keri, I love how the “birchbark” looks when the candles are lit. Great job! Thanks for sharing this week at One Creative Weekend! Have a great weekend!

  14. Very pretty! I love the look of birch right now. Thanks so much for sharing this today at the Pinworthy Projects Party.

  15. So pretty!

    Following now!



  16. These are beautiful! I love candles – and being able to jazz them up with something so simple and elegant is a great idea!

  17. very clever, and they look gorgeous glowing!

    hope you’ll find a moment to stop by and hopefully enter a giveaway i am hosting: http://www.hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2012/12/personalized-lovely-giveaway.html

    smiles and happy weekend to you.


  18. They are so pretty – and look even better in the dark with the candles lit! Fabulous!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  19. HI Keri, this is such a cute project ! Spotted it on Make the scene Monday ! Have a great Week ,
    Siubhan x

  20. Wanted to let you know I featured these as part of my link party wrap up today!


  22. So pretty. The tie closures are a great touch. I’d love it if you’d share this at my linky party! http://accidentallywonderful.blogspot.com/p/inspiration.html

  23. So simple and so beautiful. Remind me of the mountains. I love the theme you’re going with for your living room. Thanks so much for linking up to Inspire Me Wednesday.

  24. These are amazing Keri! This is so creative I love them. So glad you shared them on “I Gotta Try That” Have a great week!

  25. Those are beautiful, Keri. I would love to have those sitting on my mantle! I would love for you to share them at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase.


    I look forward to seeing you soon! :)


  26. What a beautiful idea! Very festive. :) Megan

  27. These are just adorable as can be. I will have to pin these for a future project. Thanks for sharing!

    I’m having a FACEBOOK social hop. I’d love for you to hop on over, grab a button and link up your facebook.


    Have a crazy beautiful week!

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