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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.

Source: Martha Stewart


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.


  • Toilet paper or paper towel tubes

  • Brown paint

  • Glue stick

  • Craft glue

  • Hot-glue gun

  • Wooden disks, available at

  • Wooden knobs, available at

  • Nests, available at

  • Pine springs

  • Artificial bird

  • Glitter, available at

  • Candy or other small treats


  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. Paint tube brown. Let dry.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  10. Tuck favors inside; close end with other disk.

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