Thursday, February 7, 2013

Birch Bark Valentine

Welcome to day 14, our final day, of Toys In The Dryer 14 Days of Valentines!
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We have a beautiful River Birch Tree in the front of our house.  It constantly sheds bark and I am always tempted to do something with the bark.  

(Our Birch Tree after an ice storm last winter.  The limbs are heavy with ice)

I finally came up with a unique idea for the bark--Valentines!  Super cute, super easy to make, and nearly FREE!

We started by taking some bark off of our tree.  We made sure to only take bark that was already falling off so that we did not injure the tree.

Next we pealed the layers of the bark as best we could so that it wouldn't shred any further.

Then we painted a heart on the inside of the bark.  If you are doing this project, make sure you are painting on the inside as well, because Birch bark is water resistant and your paint won't stick well to the outside.

Next write a message on the bark.  (Hint: the bark can be a bit powdery so you may have to have a scribble pad next to you so that you can get the powder off your pen).

Roll up the bark and tie it with a bow.  

You've got a Birch bark Valentine!

What have you made with Birch bark?

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