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Birch Craft: How To Make A Birch Bark Tissue Box Cover

It is becoming a popular trend to decorate a bathroom in a rustic decor.   I see rustic bathroom accessories in stores wherever I go.   There is something just so nostalgic and warm about them.   If you are looking to make your own accessories then you have come to the right place.  This birch bark log tissue box cover is a fun craft to put together and use in your rustic bathroom.   Bathroom accessories help to liven up your bathroom space and give it a little bit of a wow factor.  A tissue box cover is also very practical since most bathrooms display a box of tissue one way or another.

This bottomless tissue box cover is made to slide over a square box of tissues.  It is made up almost entirely of  thick birch branches and birch bark.  You can easily prune branches from a birch tree anytime other than late Spring or Summer.  Birch bark can be found from fallen birch trees.  The only wood that you will need to purchase is two five inch squares that are a half inch thick.  These can either be found sold at that size from a craft supplies store or purchased from a builders supply or craft store and cut to size at home.  If you don’t have access to any birch trees you can also purchase birch logs, branches and bark from retailers.

You will also need approximately fourteen sections of birch branches that are each six inches in length.  Five to go up each side and four across the top.

Craft Skill Level: Moderate

Materials Needed:

  • fourteen sections of birch branches, six inches long
  • birch bark
  • two – five inch square of lumber, 1/2 inch thick
  • 28 small finish nails
  • satin finish polyurethane spray
  • miter saw
  1. Cut each branch in half lengthwise, with a miter saw, so that it will lay flat.
  2. Lay the first branch along the bottom of the box, attaching it to the two wooden sides with two small finish nails.
  3. Flip the box over and lay the first branch along the bottom of that side, attaching it with the finish nails.
  4. Continue working your way up on both sides until you have five branches on each side.  The top branch should be flush with the top of the box.  Depending on the size of your branches, you could have more or less branches on each side.
  5. Now place your branches along the top.  You should have an equal amount on each side, working your way to the middle.  I used two on each side which left a nice gap in the middle for the tissues to come out.
  6. To dress up the two wooden sides, I used peeled birch bark from a larger section of a tree and glued it onto the wood.  Now the entire box is covered with birch.
  7. Spray the entire box with a satin polyurethane spray to seal and protect.

The last thing you need to do is slide your tissue box cover over your box of tissues!  Place your new bathroom accessory into your bathroom or anywhere that you require a box of tissues.  This also makes a great gift for someone who loves rustic decor!

Check out the coordinating toothbrush holder craft.  The two would go great together in your rustic bathroom.