How to Make a Christmas Yule Log

You can use this festive yule log to celebrate the season year after year.

You will need

  • Log
  • Circular or table saw
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Power drill
  • Spray shellac
  • 3 candles
  • Hot glue gun
  • Decorations
  • 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.

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.