This past weekend was insane in my city. We had huge storms rush through that knocked out power for days, created lightning like I’ve never seen and fell thousands of beautiful trees. I am so grateful that no one was seriously injured and the damage to homes and businesses is already being fixed. However, in the wake of the storm it was absolutely heartbreaking to see so many of the trees rooted from the ground.
If you follow the blog you know that my farm is also an arboretum. Native Kentucky trees have always been near and dear to our hearts. Driving around and watching most of these being chainsawed for firewood seemed wrong. Then I heard there are quite a few local craftsman and artists in town that are claiming up stumps and trunks to make tables and large sculptures. That still left most of the logs were being left behind. So my small idea was to use them as centerpieces and table numbers. You could also use smaller pieces to do name cards, how cute would that be!
I made this very simple tutorial that I think would work perfect for a wedding. It’s not a new idea, but I was excited to put the trees to use. It’s pretty straight forward, chainsaw into pieces of the width you want, sand and paint. You could stain them, use different colors of paint, cut them in half circles, the possibilities are up to you!
I love how the natural log looks with Pomegranate’s Blue Gingham placemat! You can leave these as rustic as you want, or sand them smooth. I used acrylic paint–but with a very smooth surface you could easily calligraphy these. I now want to make a guest book log, cutting boards, christmas ornaments, the sky is the limit with how many logs we have!
A few examples I found on Pinterest which is a great resource for ideas. I also wanted to note that if you’re not in Lexington and don’t have logs, these are available on Etsy. I love to find ways to make lemonade out of lemons as the saying goes!