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Rustic Toothbrush Holder Craft

This  craft can be done with either a purchased dried birch tube or a hollowed out birch log that you find fallen in the woods.   Of course you could also try to hollow out your own birch log using a drill and a paddle bit that is large enough to leave just a 1/4 inch width of tube.

I actually had a log where the outside birch layers simply slid right off the wood inside.  The wood wasn’t crumbled or rotted at all.  It seemed like the wood inside just shrunk.   I was left with this cool birch tube.  This leads me to wonder if you dried a log in the oven, at a very low temperature, if the outer layers would separate from the inside?  I might just have to try this and give an update.

Since this tube was stronger than some of the hollowed out tubes I have found, I figured it would be perfect for a toothbrush holder.  I love rustic bathroom accessories plus I figured this would be a great addition to my rustic tissue box cover.

Craft Skill Level: Moderate

Materials Needed:

  • birch tube
  • two circle woodsies – the same diameter or a little larger than your birch tube
  • drill
  • satin finish polyurethane
  • Elmers or wood glue
  • pip berries (optional)
  • round file tool
  • sandpaper

Instructions:

Step One: Put a bead of glue around the bottom edge of your birch tube.  Glue one of the circle woodsies to the edge and stand up to dry.

Step Two: Drill holes into the other circle woodsie.  I used a drill bit that was smaller than the opening that I wanted to form an irregular shape.  I then used a round file to smooth the edges and then sanded the whole thing.

Step Three: Varnish the inside and outside with a good satin polyurethane.  Since this will be used in the bathroom and for wet toothbrushes, this step is crucial.  Put a bead of glue around the top edge and press the drilled woodsie in place.  You can leave the toothbrush holder as is or dress it up with pip berries or another embellishment of your choosing.