Monday, December 17, 2012

15 Days of Yule: Herbal Sachets

I'm sorry everyone! I really dropped the ball on this series, as the last week has been really stressful and busy for me. Being Pagan, I prefer to give handmade gifts, filled with my love and energy. That means it takes me much longer to get ready for Yule and Christmas...and usually my fingers give out after a certain amount of hours.

On that note though, I thought I would give you a fun Yule gift idea!

Herb sachets are an easy, and festive, way to spread some holiday cheer during the season. These simple sachets are easy to make, and you can either use them as ornaments on your tree, or give them away as gifts. You'll need the following:

  • Bay
  • Cloves
  • Juniper berries
  • Orange peel, grated
  • Orris root
  • Peppermint
  • Pine
  • Rosemary
  • Squares of your favorite holiday fabric
  • Colorful ribbon
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Small bells

Mix the herbs together in a bowl. Blend varying proportions of each until you've got the scent you want. Here's a hint: start small!

There are a few different ways you can 'package' the herbs, but some of my favorites are in felt, and in small bags. For the felt, I like to make smaller felt birds, then fill them with the herbs, finish sewing them up, and then hang them on my tree!

You can also use a spoon to place the blended herbs into the center of a square of fabric. Pull the corners up and tie with the ribbon. Tie a cinnamon stick and a couple of bells in place as well. Use a second piece of ribbon to create a loop so you can hang the sachet if you like.

Timesaver tip: you can buy small tulle bags in holiday colors and spoon the herb blend into them. Pull the drawstring closed and tie shut, then hang up on your tree, or give them to a friend.

Love and Lightning Bugs,


Gluten Free for Jen said...

What a great gift idea! I bet they smell heavenly as well!

Angela Christopher said...

That is awesome! Thanks for your 'weird hobbies' Love them!

Lil' Daily Deals said...

Those are some lovely gift ideas.