How To Make Bark Tea Light Holders And Vases

Are you planning a rustic woodland wedding? This post shows you how to make bark tea light holders and vases which would be perfect decorations for a rustic woodland wedding. You can of course buy pre-made bark tea light holders and bark vases but it is often more budget friendly (and fun!) to make them yourself. You can add your own finishing touches such as ribbon and twine and create vases in whatever size you want.


how to make bark covered tea light holders and bark vases


1. Take a sheet of birch bark and soak in warm water for about 25 minutes until soft. This will stop the bark from splitting as you bend it.

2. Cut your sheet of bark into strips, this will vary depending on the size of the jar you are covering.

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3.  Wrap a strip around your jar. If one strip doesn’t wrap the whole way around you can use more strips to cover.

4. Using the twine, secure the bark around the jar and tie in a bow or leave as a knot for a more rustic look. You could use ribbon, bakers twine or lace instead of the twine depending on your wedding style.

5. Complete the look by adding a tea light or flowers to your tea light holder or vase.

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Let us know if you found this useful, we’d love to hear from you if you have had a go at creating these, send us your photos!

Another way to use the bark sheets is to use them to present you button holes on. Perfect for a rustic wedding.

rustic button holes presented on birch bark

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The Moat House Dorsington Wedding Shoot with Props from The Wedding of my Dreams

Earlier in the Spring our sister company Passion for Flowers were involved in styling a brand new barn venue. The Moat House Dorsington is a lovely exclusive use barn venue near Stratford Upon Avon, Passion for Flowers along with a team of talented wedding suppliers transformed the venue for their launch shoot.

Passion for Flowers used a number of props from The Wedding of my Dreams’ collection – we thought you’d like to see how they used them. See the full shoot over on the Passion for Flowers blog (Ceremony Shoot / Rustic Spring Reception)

Wedding Ceremony Decorations The Moat House Dorsington

The wedding ceremony room at the Moat House is a stunning glass room overlooking the garden. For the aisle decorations our grey willow hearts were strung with hessian and hung as a chair back on all chairs running either side of the aisle. This lead down to the ceremony table which had spring white ranunculus in our organic green bottles. On the bride and grooms’ chair backs hung our Mr and Mrs wooden signs.

For the petal confetti, our throw me and sprinkle me cotton bags were presented in a wicker basket for guests to help themselves from.

wicker hearts wedding pew ends chair backs

Willow hearts £5.50 each

sprinkle me confetti bags throw me

Sprinkle Me Bags £1.50 each
Throw Me Bags £1.50 each

mr rms wedding chair back signs black white wooden

Mr and Mrs Chair Back Signs £6 for both

Rustic Reception Decorations The Moat House Dorsington

Passion for Flowers did an amazing job of creating a rustic spring look for the reception. They used wonderful white spring flowers including ranuculus, narcissi, hyacinths and tulips in a mix of rustic vases and containers running along the long guest tables. Our hessian table runners ran the length of the long tables, with a mix of large and medium bark containers, bark tea light holders used as vases amongst various tea light holders and bottles. Vintage books were used to add height to the table displays. We love how they used our rustic footed urns, they look stunning with white and green florals.

hessian just married bunting

Just Married Hessian Bunting £15

Our just married hessian bunting looked just perfect hanging from the wooden beams on the gallery.

small mr mrs wooden sign

Mr and Mrs cream sign £7 

This can be displayed at key areas around your venue, on the top table, near your guest book or on window sills.

wooden tree slice for wedding button holes

Rustic Tree Slice £12

Our natural tree slices have many uses at weddings, this rustic button hole with ranunculus, feathers and nigella seed heads suited being placed on our rustic tree slice, an idea is to ask your florist to present your button holes on a tree slice for that extra rustic touch.

hessian table runners burlap runners

Hessian Table Runrers £10.50 2m length
Or make your own runners from our hessian fabric £3 per metre

Hessian table runners ran the length of the long guest tables, if you are trying to work out how many table runners you will need for your tables make sure you taking into account not only the length of the table but also the height as it looks best when the hessian reaches the floor at either end of the table.  rustic wooden bark vases containers candle holders wedding centrepieces

Bark vase medium £10 / large £13.50
Bark tea light holder £12 for 3 (used here as a vase)
Bud vase name card holder £12 for 4
Mercury silver tea light holder £2.50

Passion for Flowers used our bark containers, bud vases and tea light holders as well as large footed urns for their floral displays. rustic urn wedding centrepiece white spring flowers on hessian runner

Rustic footed urn £42
Thank you wedding favour bags £1.50

mr mrs chair back hessian burlap

Our hessian Mr and Mrs bunting chair backs looked perfect on the benchwood chairs.
Mr and Mrs Hessian Bunting £7

A big thank you to the whole team involved in the shoot at The Moat House.

Credits: Venue – The Moat House Dorsington Exclusive Use Barn Venue // Florist – Passion for Flowers // Photographer – Captured By Katrina // Tea Light Holders, Vases, Hessian Runners, Just Married Bunting & Props – The Wedding of my Dreams // Grooms Outfit Clements & Church // Brides Hair: Hevans Bespoke Hair // Make up: Rowena Wilson // Wedding dresses: Jessica Ley Brides, Designer: David Tutera

20 Rustic Wedding Styling Ideas

Here at The Wedding of my Dreams we have put together our favourite 20 + rustic wedding styling ideas. If you like our rustic wedding ideas make sure you check out our full range of rustic wedding decorations.

20 rustic wedding styling ideas See our range of rustic wedding decorations.

If you have any more rustic wedding styling ideas we’d love to hear them in the comments box below.

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