The Yule log has been a tradition in European countries for centuries. Like the Christmas tree, it’s origin has Pagan roots (pun intended) that were incorporated into Christian traditions. But whether you celebrate Christmas or Yule (or both!) the Yule log is a fun way to begin a new tradition with your family and friends. Go here if you’d like to learn more about the Yule log’s history.
The following are is Yule log tutorial to make the Yule log you see pictured here, but there is no law saying you have to make it the same way using the same materials. Traditionally, one would use materials found on their land or grown locally. Also, the tree the log came from and the plant materials were chosen for the spiritual properties they represent. For more information on spiritual properties and correspondences of wood and plants you may want to add to your Yule log, go here.
Important safety warnings! Please read before making this project!
After posting this project, I received some feedback from concerned readers about the safety of this project. I really do appreciate the concern, and I have updated the project to make this project as safe as possible. With that said, it does not replace common sense in that you should never leave lit candles unattended for any length of time.
Please note some of these plants such as mistletoe are toxic to pets, so make sure to check if any of the plants you plan to use are toxic. If they are, make sure to keep them where your pets can’t get to them.
To make a Yule log similar to the one I made here, you will need the following materials:
- A wood log (I used almond) with the base cut flat so it doesn’t roll. (I did cut the base flat on the log I used for this tutorial; it’s just hard to see in the pictures).
- Redwood branches
- Ivy branches
- Holly berries (I didn’t have Holly so I used Pyracantha berries instead).
- Pine cones (not pictured)
- Cinnamon sticks (not pictured)
- 3 Taper candles
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Drill holes in the log base the size of the candle ends, fill bottom of holes with hot glue, insert candles, pressing down into the glue. Add extra glue to the sides of the hole if necessary to fill them and hold candle securely.
Glue the pinecones right on top of the greenery. Don’t be stingy with the glue. Press them down gently until the glue cools and hardens so they will be secure. They don’t have to be so secure that you need a jackhammer to get them off again- you’re not going to run a marathon with it. (But if you do, please send me pictures!) Everything just needs to be secure enough to sit on top of a table and look pretty.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below!
Merry Christmas and Happy Yule!