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You Can Make Something So Adorably Festive With Just A Log And Some Candles

DECEMBER 6, 2015  —  By Amanda Black  
Amanda Black

Amanda Black

Amanda hails from the great state of Maine. In the past, she's written for sites like TheKnot.com, ShermansTravel.com, and Thrillist.com. On ViralNova, you can catch her covering animal cuteness, travel, DIY tricks, and everything in between!

The holidays are a rare time of year when you get to really go all out with your theme of choice. And that doesn't exclude your dinner table. If you want to make a big impression on family or friends, you don't have to spend a ton of money. You probably have enough to work with right in your backyard. Take it from Michelle over at The Painted Hinge -- a log and some branches can dress up just about any holiday table.

Here's what you need:

  • A wood log (Michelle used almond)
  • Tree branches
  • Ivy branches, mistletoe, holly berries or other berry branches
  • Pinecones
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • 3 taper candles
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • A drill and saw

First, saw off a portion of the bottom lengthwise so your log sits flat.

Then, drill holes for your candles. Hot glue them in so they're secure.

Start gluing your branches on the log.

There's no exact science here.

Add other elements you've found outside -- berries, ivy, etc.

Pinecones can go on top, just be sure to secure them well with glue.

Throw on some wonderfully smelling cinnamon sticks for a spicy, seasonal boost.

And there you have it!

Remember to never leave the candles lit unattended. The best part is you can completely customize your yule log to your region or likes -- make it shine with glitter or glow with more candles.

Good luck crafting and have a happy holiday!