DIY Birch Bark Nightlight

Contributor post by Chelsea of Lovely Indeed

I recently was gifted a little supply of birch bark, and it immediately got my brain working overtime on how to use this awesome material! I had never worked with it before so I thought simple would be best. And to me, birch bark has always been beautifully simple anyway. So after a little bit of daydreaming, I came up with this sweet, simple nightlight -- perfect for little ones and big ones, too! Gather your materials:

  • birch bark sheets (if you need a source, a quick Etsy search should turn up a few)
  • a plain nightlight (I found mine at a dollar store)
  • paper and pencil
  • scissors
  • gold spray paint
  • masking tape
  • firm foam 
  • strong adhesive
  • clamp

Begin by removing the shield from the nightlight and masking off the electrical portions. Also, cut a piece of foam to a 1/2-inch cube. (If you don't have foam, you can use any material that will create some space between the light and the birch bark.)
In a well-ventilated area, spray paint the nightlight and the foam gold.

Draw a heart on a sheet of paper and cut it out. I chose to draw freehand because I wanted a natural look, but you can also print out shapes from your computer. Trace the heart onto the back of the sheet of birch bark in a nice flat spot. Carefully cut it out with your scissors, being careful not to snap or bend the bark.

Spread a layer of adhesive on opposing sides of your foam cube and sandwich it between the heart and the nightlight. Use a clamp to hold the pieces together while they dry thoroughly.

Once they're dry, remove the clamp and test out your light! Put it in a spot where you need a little glowy love. Have fun!


Chelsea Costa is an actor and blogger living in Los Angeles. Her blog, Lovely Indeed, focuses on a DIY lifestyle and all of the happiness that comes along with it. Follow her on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram.

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Sneha said...

Interesting and so cute! I am planning to try it out.

Lady Grey said...

What a great idea. I love it!


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GalleryJuana said...

brilliant! Love this idea for bringing a bit of nature into the the home.

Vintage Home said...

Great idea! Love the Birch Bark & even I can be that crafty....I hope???!

Coco Cake Land said...

crazy cute! great tutorial, lovely indeed! ^__^

Sarah said...

I hate to leave a comment like this, especially since this is so cute, but this craft really is dangerous. Birch bark is HIGHLY FLAMMABLE. In fact, birch bark shavings are saved as ideal kindling. The heat off a small incandescent lightbulb isn't much...but bulb burning all night? It's just not safe. Again, I am really sorry to leave a comment like this, but safety first :(