The silver birch, also known as silver birch, warty birch or silver birch, is one of the most popular and distinctive trees in the world. Their uniquely beautiful, silvery white and dark gray bark is absolutely unmistakable and will add a fantastic, almost supernatural touch to any area. Birch is a fast-growing tree that has been used for decorative, ritual, spiritual, and medicinal purposes in Germanic, Norse, and Celtic cultures for thousands of years. However, in order to bring their amazing appearance and mysticism into your own garden, you do not necessarily have to plant the birch there. Decoration made from the branches, trunk and bark can be just as pretty and memorable as the real, live birch. In today’s article we would like to give you artistic ideas for garden decorations with birch wood, which you can buy in any large garden decoration shop or even tinker yourself. Here we also tell you more about the interesting symbolism of the birch and thus the decoration made from it. Just keep reading!
Garden decorations with birch wood and bark are currently very trendy
She looks stylish and chic anytime, anywhere
Birch forests look truly magical, especially in autumn
Symbolism of the birch and various birch decorations
Wherever the birch grows naturally, stories and fairy tales have been made up about this tree. Its peeling white bark, the intense green leaves that turn golden yellow in autumn, the sweet sap and the robust wood have simply fascinated mankind for thousands of years. The birch is still considered a valuable ornamental and useful tree today. Capable of taking root in even the poorest and driest soil, it makes a good addition to any landscape plan.
The birch is one of the first trees to turn green and flower at the beginning of the year, making it a well-known herald of spring. Due to its incredibly resilient and adaptable nature, the birch is often the first tree to grow in an area devastated by a wildfire. Many cultures therefore regard the tree as a symbol of new beginnings, healing and immortality.
Few trees possess as much symbolism as the birch
These symbolic properties are also due to the fact that almost all parts of the birch are edible and have been used for medicinal and culinary purposes for centuries. For example, the inner bark can be ground into flour, from which all kinds of baked goods can be prepared. The birch water obtained from the sap is gradually becoming more and more popular. Over time, birch has been used to treat kidney and bladder stones, urinary tract infections, arthritis, skin and hair problems.
Birch water has a slightly sweet, refreshing taste
Traditional rituals for good luck, prosperity, fertility, love and driving away bad energies and spirits still take place today. In the spring, for example, you can sweep your house and garden with a broom made of birch twigs to symbolically banish the winter. Birch wreaths can be hung on the front door to ward off evil. On May 1st, of course, the maypole, often a May birch, is also ceremonially erected here. At this time, young men are known to give their loved ones Liebesmaien, colorfully decorated young birch trees, similar to a Valentine’s card.
Maibaum places and Liebesmaien should finally take place again this year
Birch decorations are also used in Feng Shui to ward off negative energies
Creative and unique ideas for garden decoration with birch wood
Birch wood is heavy, robust, elastic and medium-hard. It has a beautiful yellowish white color and therefore looks particularly chic in modern interiors with a predominantly cool or neutral color palette. Birch wood is a particularly popular choice for home designers following a Scandinavian Chic, Wabi-Sabi, Hygge or Lagom style. Furniture, parquet floors, children’s toys and, of course, decorations are made from it.
However, birch wood is not without its downsides. It’s pretty unsuitable for outdoor use – it’s susceptible to the weather, cracks quickly and isn’t very stable. But just because you can’t make great outdoor furniture out of birch doesn’t mean the same can be said for decor.
When it comes to birch interior and garden decor, the attention-grabbing and unmistakable birch bark is often valued more than the wood itself. Its unique black and white look sets stunning color contrasts in your outdoor spaces and provides plenty of visual interest.
Only the white poplar has bark similar to that of the birch
Birch logs, branches and peeled bark are available in various shapes, lengths and thicknesses from most major decorating or online stores. If you know a place where birch grows naturally, you can get some for free too. However, collect mainly fallen branches and bark and avoid damaging healthy trees. If you can’t find any, they are rotting, infested with bugs or fungi, then you can also use healthy branches. It is usually perfectly fine to cut off a few overhanging branches with a small handsaw.
Since you want to use the birch twigs and bark outdoors, most of the disinfection and cleaning steps can be omitted completely. On the other hand, your birch wood is exposed to the vagaries of the weather and can therefore splinter, rot or be attacked by various vermin over time. Therefore, specialists recommend applying a coat or two of wood hardener before using the wood in DIY projects. This way you can completely avoid most problems.
Garden decoration with birch wood is stunningly pretty and rich in symbolism. It is well suited for different design styles and occasions, and also easy to design by yourself. Which project ideas do you like the most? Feel free to scroll to the end of our photo gallery, because you might discover your favorites at the very end!
Autumn arrangement with colorful ornamental gourds and birch branches
Fairy houses invite all kinds of fantastic creatures into your garden
Prefer to attract songbirds?
Tits, woodpeckers, thrushes and co. are happy about such a bird feeder.
Birch bark is very flexible and can be processed almost like leather
Create cool containers for your favorite flowers from birch branches
A few screws and lots of creativity is all you need for this project
The black and white look of the birch looks very pretty, especially at Christmas
A DIY door wreath like this brings joy and positive energy into the home