When my dad and mom were dating, they went on a drive in the mountains and he stopped and carved their initials into a tree. When I was a kid, they would drive us to that old tree, show us the tree carving, and tell us that story. Through my child eyes, nothing seemed more romantic. When I grew up, there was always still a part of me that loved that story. I loved that they used to drive us to the old tree and I love the permanence of the tree carving.
I found this gorgeous Birch Pillar provided by Oriental Trading and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I wanted to bring a little piece of that memory into our home. It was incredibly easy to make with just a couple of materials and I love how it turned out.
Mantel Tree Carving
You will need:
Draw the heart and the initials on the pillar with a pencil. This will help you know where to burn into the wood. I found that I used it as kind of a guideline instead of a hard fast rule. Let your wood burning tool heat up and then use the a pointed tip to follow your pencil lines. I have found that it worked the best to go over the lines a couple of times. This made them dark enough to really stand out.
These pillars would be such a fun center piece for a wedding or a great decoration for fall. Mine sits on my mantel and I smile every time I see it. There is some kind of old timey charm about it and it is just perfect.
What would you carve into a pillar?
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