Christmas Birch Centerpieces (DIY)

Not sure what to do with all of those left over round containers from all of the holiday festivities? Don't throw them away! Here is a simple holiday DIY center piece project.
Easy Holiday Centerpiece!
Oatmeal and nut containers work great.
Using a putty knife, spread a coat of Wood Icing® Textura Paste onto the entire surface.
You will need a foam roller. Remove the foam and wrap a rubber band around the surface.
Roll all the way around the container creating texture.
Let it dry and give it a light sanding to remove any high spots. Then stain it. I used General Finishes Espresso Stain. Let it dry.
Using a dry brush technique, paint with Pure White Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. Leave some of the Espresso Stain peaking through.
Boom! Done!

Suggested materials:

  • Round containers  (grocery store)
  • Wood Icing® Textura Paste  (
  • General Finishes Espresso Stain  (Woodcraft)
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3 questions
  • Betty
    on Dec 8, 2016

    Instead of using the wood icing could you use spackle or sheetrock compound ?

    • Kathee Alongi
      Kathee Alongi
      on Nov 27, 2017

      Couldn't the inside of the containers, although cardboard, could be sprayed with that spray rubber sealer that we see on the tv commercials?

  • Jane R.
    Jane R.
    on Dec 9, 2016

    What is "dry brush technique"?

    • Buck
      on Apr 20, 2017

      I made some out of real white birch. I found a downd birch and cut what I needed, drilled the center and used artificial flowers. My wife loves it

  • Renea Young
    Renea Young
    on Mar 19, 2017

    Like this. But even with cement, would it actually be waterproof since the inside is paper?

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  • Carol Smth
    Carol Smth
    on Nov 7, 2019

    I can envision multiple birch logs the length of a dining room table filled with red poinsettias, pine tree branches, twinkle lights, pine cones, etc. Would make a beautiful table decoration. It's on my to do list. :) Thank you Stacey.

    • DC
      on Feb 2, 2020

      Oh Yes! And I shall let each guest take one home, just do i can make more. Lol... on my to do list for sure.

  • Monica McGahan
    Monica McGahan
    on Mar 29, 2020

    Yes doing this project for spring farmhouse decor!

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