DIY Birch Tree Wall Decals

Michelle wanted to dress up the walls of her baby’s room, but wanted something a bit less permanent than paint for her rental home. Her solution was creating a wall mural using removable contact paper. How did she make the knotty bark look so realistic? With a sponge!    Here’s the entire supplies list:

  • scissors
  • sponge
  • tape measure
  • contact paper, Michelle used off white
  • acrylic paint, including yellow, black, read, orange and lime green

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How to Build a Birch Log Table


This tasty little project took 12 hours of labor, 85 bucks and saved the maker about $1915. (Its Brent Comber inspiration clocks in at about 2K.) However, if you live in the Upper Midwest, you might be able to find some birch logs for free. To make one you’ll need…

  • a drill
  • really long screws
  • really long nails
  • a saw
  • birch logs of varying sizes

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Birch Bark Sculpture

Brenda Griffin-Wagner does some extraordinary things with birch trees. She searches forests for fallen logs and then, after finding the perfect specimens, gently and painstakingly removes their beautiful bark. Out of this skin, she fashions lights. But that is too simple a word. Yes, her creations illuminate, but they are works of art first, lights second.

To inquire about Brenda’s work, she welcomes e-mails at

Upcoming shows where she’ll be showing and selling her sculpture include:

Grand Marais, MN July 14 & 15; Art in the Park, Bemidji, MN July 21 & 22; Art in the Park, Alexandria, MN July 28 & 29; Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN August 4 & 5; ArtSplash, Sioux City, IA September 1 & 2; Starving Artist Show Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, WI September 9. Continue Reading