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Project

Yule Log Favor Boxes

Glittered birds have made their nests on top. Wooden disks on the ends of the logs keep the treats -- Champagne-bubble gumdrops -- inside.

Introduction

These versions of the yule log, a quintessential symbol of the Christmas season, are actually favor boxes; they resemble birch logs, thanks to our clip art wrapped around paper-towel rolls.

Materials

  • Clip art
  • Toilet paper or paper towel tubes
  • Brown paint
  • Glue stick
  • Craft glue
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Wooden disks, available at michaels.com
  • Wooden knobs, available at michaels.com
  • Nests, available at michaels.com
  • Pine springs
  • Artificial bird
  • Glitter, available at artglitter.com
  • Candy or other small treats

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Use 1 3/4-inch-diameter toilet paper tubes or trimmed paper towel tubes. For each, you'll need two 3/4-inch-wide strips from an extra tube. Glue strips in tube ends 3/16 inch from openings. 

  2. Step 2

    Paint tube brown. Let dry.

  3. Step 3

    Trim clip art to wrap around tube, leaving 1/16 inch of tube showing at ends. Glue in place with glue stick. 

  4. Step 4

    Use craft glue to secure a 1 3/4-inch-diameter wooden disk in one end of the tube to close it. Glue a wooden knob to a second disk. Glue a 3/4-inch disk to bottom of tube for balance.

  5. Step 5

    Brush craft glue over top of tube; sprinkle with clear shard-glass glitter. 

  6. Step 6

    Brush glue on a pine sprig; sprinkle with clear fine glitter. 

  7. Step 7

    Mix white paint with more glue; brush on a grapevine nest, and sprinkle with clear shard-glass glitter. 

  8. Step 8

    Brush glue on an artificial bird, avoiding beak and eyes; sprinkle with colored glass glitter. 

  9. Step 9

    Hot-glue bird into nest, and nest and sprig onto tube. 

  10. Step 10

    Tuck favors inside; close end with other disk.

Reviews (3)

  • summerdawnnight 16 Dec, 2013

    The problem with Martha Stewart crafts is you cannot find the materials needed to make her projects. If you order the materials from her web site it will put you in the poor house, I love her projects and try to find inexpensive ways to duplicate them ,but not everyone is able to fake it, it's a shame because you get excited wanting to make a craft, and are unable to do so.

  • Jule1 13 Dec, 2013

    These are supposed to be inexpensive ideas, right? I loved the look of these favors and was intrigued by, "Forage the backyard for accoutrements" in the intro. Nowhere in the instructions does it say what you're using or might use from nature. And, while this is a sweet project, there's no way it's inexpensive, unless you have leftover wood lying around for the end disks, and everything else must be bought! Please think these through more thoroughly before posting as an inexpensive project.

  • nicolewelsh1401 13 Dec, 2013

    Just a few things about this project. You cannot buy any products on michaels.com. When I went to the store to purchase the items, they did not have the 1.75 inch wooden disks or knobs nor did the sales associates know of any such products, I even showed the associate the project on my phone. I had to buy larger disks and cut them down to fit.