With the colder months upon us, many are starting to stock up on basic fireplace or wood burning stove necessities. While checking into the eco-friendly status of the rug you see above, I came across the idea for painting the ends of your logs. I'm kind of jealous I didn't think of it sooner!
As most paints don't take too well to being lit on fire (even the low-VOC versions), you'd have to turn to milk paint or other natural dyes. Check out the list of natural items used to dye playdoh in this past post. All of the suggestions from rose petals to blueberries would work out just fine. Just add them to a spray bottle and stain away. (I might suggest doing that part outside.)
Milk paint, on the other hand, is non-flammable and non-combustible, so it won't be fueling any fires if used on the ends of your logs. Although it might seem like a silly detail, it's a rather pretty one, don't you think?
Besides, it will have all your friends saying, "We don't know how they have time to do that, but it looks fabulous!" If you wanted to get extra festive, you could wood-burn a design in the end of the logs. Obviously doing this with an entire stack is crazy talk, but on the ends of 10 logs that might be sitting around your place while holiday photos are being taken, that's totally do-able! I suggest something easy like a tree or leaf, something you could crank out without needing a stencil or entire weekend.
If you'd like more information on the rugs above, they're made from 100% virgin wool, but there's no clue as to their manufacturing process yet, but you're welcome to look at all the pretty eye candy for inspiration over at Gan Rugs.
(Image: Gan Rugs)