Archive | December 2014

Fragrant Christmas Potpourri


You can spice up your home for the holidays with a beautiful and fragrant potpourri blend using dried apple slices, dried orange slices, and dried whole slit oranges combined with pinecones, cinnamon sticks, and whole anise stars.  The combined fragrance is perfect for Christmas. You can also add drops of Christmas fragrance oils like cinnamon, orange, apple, etc., You can add Christmas colors to your blend like red and green leaves and pods, for this blend I added cedar tips for a splash of green and red bakuli pods for a splash of red. There are many different types of colorful pods you can find at aromatherapy shops and crafts shops that sell potpourri ingredients.



Holiday Gingerbread Fixins


This cute and fragrant fixins blend is perfect for Christmas. It has a fragrant combination of cinnamon and citrus smells. This blend is easy and fun to make with dried rosehips, dried citrus peels, dried orange slices, dried whole slit oranges, and cinnamon sticks. I also added cedar leaf tips for some green color. You can also add whole spices like cloves and anise stars to add to the lovely fragrance.

The cutest things about this blend are the little cinnamon gingerbread ornies. For these great smelling little ornies, you will need to make the cinnamon crafting dough, it’s really easy to make, all you need is:

1 cup ground cinnamon

4 tablespoons white Elmer’s glue

3/4 to 1 cup warm water


As you can see, these aren’t the kinds of ornaments you’re going to be able to eat after they’re done. The glue makes this dough get nice and hard when it dries, so your ornies are going to be pretty much indestructable, and they’re going to smell fantastically cinnamony. You can also hang them on a Christmas tree (or anywhere else) too, but if you plan to do this make sure you poke holes in them for string or ribbon when they’re still soft and pliable because as I already mentioned, this dough gets really hard when it dries out. And believe me, I speak from the experience of having a real DUH moment because when I first made them for my fixins, after they were dry it dawned on me that they would make great hanging ornament too…yeah I’m a swift one ain’t I? So needless to say I ended up making a new batch, but it’s fun so I really didn’t mind.

To make the dough, take a large bowl and mix the cinnamon and Elmer’s glue first and then gradually begin adding the water until your dough reaches the consistency of play dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it set in the refrigerator for about 1/2 hour, this helps to make the dough more pliable. When your dough is ready, cut and roll pieces of it out with a rolling pin, just like you’re making cookies, to about 1/8 inch thickness and make cut outs with your cookie cutters. And if you plan to hang them, cut holes in the part where you want to pass your string or ribbon through.

Now for the drying out part, I recommend air drying them because first of all, they dry more evenly and thoroughly this way and second of all, there is less chance of the edges curling upwards. I’ve tried both air and oven drying and they come out much better when you air dry them even though it takes longer, it will take a couple of days and make sure that you turn them over frequently because this helps to keep the edges from curling.

After they are dry, you can leave them as is which would give your fixins a nice rustic primitive look, or you can add some color with acrylic craft paint. You can paint buttons, bow ties, eyes, and mouths. You can also use glitter, or glue little bowties that you cut out of paper or fabric, wherever your creativity takes you.

I also want to add that there are many different crafting dough recipes out there, some of them use applesauce along with the cinnamon. I just posted the recipe that I personally like because I find it pliable and easy to work with. If you decide to try it out, I hope you have fun!