A Yule Log has been part of the winter holiday tradition for hundreds of years. It has been used to celebrate Solstice, Christmas, or even Epiphany (Jan 6th, and the last of the 12 days of Christmas). Over time it has changed from a large log saved for the fire on the longest night of the year, to a dessert that is shaped like a fallen tree or log... usually doused with powdered sugar or chocolate. Yum!
This year the kids and I are going to spend the longest night of the year with out using any power and so decided to make a few things that would help the evening go easier. With that in mind, this Yule Log candle holder was thought up.
A log (ours is 15 inches long)
a wood chisel
a 1 1/2 inch Forstner bit
an electric drill
tea light candles
I know, just looking at that list, many people will say it isn't easy. But really. If you have the tools, it takes less than 15 minutes. And everything you need, you can find at Home Depot for less than $15 (and there are MANY other times where I have used these same tools as well. At my baby shower with Logan we used the tiny white pumpkins and drilled holes to put tea lights in the center of each one... beautiful!)
1. First, you chisel off the bark on one side of the log. You can do this with other things as well, such as a putty knife, or a box cutter. It is just easier and safer with the chisel so if you choose to do it with something else, please be careful!
2. Then you lay the log's bark-free side down, and make sure it doesn't roll. Measure to the center and mark. Lay your candles on it, arranging them how you want, and then mark the spots on the log.
3. If it is an odd number of candles than set the forstner bit in the center and drill away! If you need an even number of candles for your log, then measure from the center, and start at one of the center spots.
4. Clean it up with the chisel and perhaps a bit of sandpaper if needed. Then put the candles in and decorate (we used hot glue, holly, and boughs from the yard).