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Birch Candles

Create a warm, woodsy holiday display of richly-textured candles using natural birch branches.


  • Thick birch branch
  • Drill
  • 1 1/2-inch Forstner bit
  • Clamps
  • Flame retardant
  • Tea-light candles


  1. Step 1

    Cut segments from a birch branch at various lengths between 4 and 8 inches. Drill a 1/2-inch deep hole in the center of one cut end of each birch segment with a 1 1/2-inch Forstner bit.Tip: Clamp birch to a sturdy surface while drilling to prevent it from spinning.

  2. Step 2

    Dip birch segments in flame retardant; let dry. Place a standard tea light in the drilled hole of each birch segment.

  3. Step 3

    To display, group together several candles in various heights. Place branches, noble fir boughs, pinecones, and artificial snow around the candles.

The Martha Stewart Show, December 2010

Reviews (1)

  • AnneWC 14 Mar, 2011

    What is the name of the flame retardant called for in the instructions?
    Unable to find anything like it at my Home Depot.