Oh, no! I thought trash from our garbage cans had blown all over our little forest out front where our 2 very tall Paper Birch Trees reside. I was pleasantly surprised to realize that it wasn’t trash at all. Beautiful large Birch Tree bark curly q’s had shed off the trees 😲! I picked one up and just couldn’t get over how pretty it was. I was literally fascinated with their beautiful natural white Birch Tree pattern. Low and behold, the “Birch Tree Bark Love Letter” was officially on a destination into my head.
First though, you may recall last month when I used my new Birch Tree bark treasures in a gorgeous last minute centerpiece which can be found here: Birch Tree Bark Centerpiece. I was shocked at how easy they were to use just by tucking them into the centerpiece. They cling to whatever you use it seems.
A few days later I was thinking how the bark curls really do feel like thick paper, and I mentioned it to my son. I mean it is a paper tree, right? He reminded me that he and his sister use to write secret notes on the Birch Tree bark curls when they use to play pretend in the little forest 🤭. Boom…I now knew I could use them for a note, or hey how about a letter. It actually became even more special after hearing my son’s sweet story. I sure wish we could find those secret Birch Tree bark notes now.
Okay, so I knew I had a neat idea, but I had to figure out how to present it all for Valentine’s Day. How could I turn this into a letter?
I haven’t been much of a greeting card sender lately, but my mom who is 86 still sends them for every occasion- God bless her. Do you still send greeting cards? I can’t deny that I do enjoy receiving them, but spending $5 on nice one’s just seems like so much money (I usually stick to hand written letters & thank you notes). Since I couldn’t really tuck the Birch Tree bark curl into an envelope, I tried wrapping a red ribbon around one like a scroll. To be totally honest, it looked ridiculous 😆.
Then I saw this pretty red tray we had received from a client of my husband’s. It had come to the house with gourmet chocolates on it as a gift for Christmas. After I ate all the chocolates in my closet 😂, I had planned on saving it, so this was a great start.
I decided to fill the tray up with fresh red rose petals from a dozen roses I actually ordered for myself from the grocery store (they are cheaper than the florist, and I think we all should get ourselves flowers once in a while). I had also planned to use them as a backdrop for my Valentine’s Day photos.
I love the idea of matching up the white Birch Tree bark with his red partner “Rose”. Okay, so my name is not Rose, and my husband certainly isn’t “Birch” 😆, but you gotta admit, the roses do look pretty up against the Birch Tree bark (especially in that photo above).
Okay, enough of that mushy stuff, I finished up the tray by writing my husband a sweet little love letter (note) on the inside of the Birch Tree curl with a permanent marker.
A few more additions such as a repurposed salsa jar with fairy lights, and chocolates in a white hobnail milk glass votive, really made it look complete. The only question is, how will I get this all to last until Valentine’s Day for my man? 😂 Well, I guess Valentine’s Day comes a little early for Rick, which trust me is very well deserved.
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TRAY/MILK GLASS/CHOCOLATE: This tray was the base of a gourmet chocolate gift tray my husband received from a client for Christmas. The left over chocolates are in the thrift store hobnail milk glass votive candle holder.
ROSES/PETALS: I bought the roses for myself from the grocery store. Yep. I did! Then I played with the petals 😉.
SHORT STRAIGHT CLEAR VASE: Left over Tostido Salsa glass jar.
FAIRY LIGHTS: CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE
BIRCH TREE BARK CURL: Our real Paper Birch Trees are in our yard. Birch Trees shed their “outer skin” and you can actually peel these big curls off the tree throughout the year. When they fall to the ground, they lighten up (dry) on the inside, and it is just like thick paper 🙌🏻.
FRAMED PHOTO: That is my husband and I about 16 years ago. We were fishing while on a camping trip 😊. It looks like a big fish was coming!Posted by