You can use this festive yule log to celebrate the season year after year.
You will need
- Circular or table saw
- Tape measure
- Power drill
- Spray shellac
- 3 candles
- Hot glue gun
- Hammer and chisel (optional)
- Planer (optional)
Step 1 Find a log Find a dried piece of oak, about five inches thick, and cut it to between 14 and 18 inches long.
Step 2 Flatten one side Use the circular saw or a table saw to flatten one side of the log, shaving off enough wood to enable the log to sit flat without wobbling.
You can also use a cold chisel and hammer or a planer to flatten your log.
Step 3 Mark hole locations Use your tape measure and pencil to mark for three evenly spaced holes on the top of the log.
Step 4 Drill holes Drill holes into the log where you marked to serve as candle holders. Use candles and holes between 1/2- and 3/4-inch in diameter.
Step 5 Spray with shellac Spray the log with shellac. When it’s dry, insert your candles into the holes.
Step 6 Decorate the log Use the hot glue gun to attach decorative branches, holly, mistletoe, and ribbon to your log.
Step 7 Burn the candles Burn the candles in your yule log throughout the holiday season. Then carefully pack it away and use it to celebrate for years to come.
The yule log originated in medieval Scandinavia as a pagan celebration of the winter solstice.