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How to Make a Christmas Yule Log

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


  • : When using power tools, always use precaution and wear safety goggles.
  • 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.
  • TIP: 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.
  • FACT: The yule log originated in medieval Scandinavia as a pagan celebration of the winter solstice.

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)

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