As much as I loved the candles in our fireplace, I couldn’t help be drawn to the inspiration of stacked logs as of recent. After doing a little research, I came to find that a lot of people create this look by nailing the ends of logs (discs) to a painted piece of plywood. This creates an illusion, and is quite genius if I do say so myself.
Here is my inspiration <3 This gorgeous photo belongs to my friend Erin, @cottonstem on Instagram. Isn’t this soo gorgeous! Fun idea right?! Actually this entire fireplace is faux, amazing what you can do with vintage finds. The inspiration is endless out there <3
So, I decided since our fireplace was once an authentic gas fireplace that no longer works, I would utilize the depth available and actually stack logs instead of just adhering the ends to a piece of wood.
- Logs – A variety of sizes allows for being able to fill in holes.
- Saw of your choice
- Green Moss
- Twinkly lights (optional) Battery Rice Lights – We used 1 20 ft. strand, will depend on size of individual project.
Thank you to Mic and Ralph for allowing Glenn and I to come take a few logs off your hands 😉
I also purchased some birch logs from the sweet gals at Ruby Jewel in Paxton, IL. The variety of sizes were perfect, and these are fairly easy to saw through.
*Warning – This makes a HUGE mess!!
After you measure the approximate length needed for your logs to stack nicely, you simply just start layering. It’s a little tricky, because they want to shift around a little, but the more you add, the more sturdy the pile becomes.
Truth – I started over 3 times.
After I layered all the logs, I just took the strand of rice lights and laid them across the outer edge of the logs, gently weaving the wire over the top and then repeating in the next row. I began at the bottom right corner, and left a gap at the bottom for the battery pack. There is a hole for one more log that is open, I just put that blue basket in from so you can’t see it.
For those of you who know Glenn well, you won’t be surprised to hear that he is planning on wiring these lights, so they won’t run on batteries 😉 Gosh, I love this guy <3
Culprit #2 in making a HUGE mess!!
Fill in the remaining gaps with the moss. I love the way it looks!! You can’t see the rice light wire at all! They just add soft lighting peeking through the moss.
I contemplated sticking a few succulent starts in there, do you think they would survive? They just need a little moss to take off, so they say… I don’t think they are that easy, but boy, some people sure have the luck!
This was such a fun and fairly simple DIY. Big shout out to my hubby for putting up with my constant inspiration. He is always willing to help me with my ever changing ideas. I promised him this look would stick around a long while, and I MEAN it!! I can tell when I LOVE an end result whether or not it will be a long time fixture, and this will be.
I do hope you find this useful and entertaining 😉 Have you tried the method mentioned at the beginning? Have you already used this method, or maybe similar? Do you have another idea? Please share your thoughts! I love hearing from you. I hope you have all enjoyed your weekend and not blown away, goodness the wind has been fierce lately!
I have an exciting blog post coming this Thursday, 3/9/17, where you will have a chance to WIN a handmade clock using re-purposed barn wood from WoodLaneCreationsLLC 😀 Go check them out on Etsy and start planning!! BUT— You have to be on Instagram to qualify.
See you soon friends!
Author and Photos – Martha Knake
Chief Editor – Emily Schunke