Fragrant Spice Sachet

You can make a cute and fragrant decorative little sachet using a simple muslin bag and spices that are probably already in your kitchen.  Spices such as whole allspice, cloves, and anise stars all have their individual wonderful and strong fragrances and when they are all combined, you will have an amazing rich and robust spicy fragrance.  

These little bags are so cute and aromatic and so easy to make. Fill your muslin bag with your spices and you can further decorate it by tying cinnamon sticks to the drawstrings and attaching decorations to it.  For my sachet above, I made a little tissue paper flower and appliqued it onto the bag. Tissue paper flowers are fun to make and they are adorable little decorations for lots of crafts. Click the link below for simple instructions to make tissue paper flowers.

Book Recommendation: The Scented Room

Barbara Milo Ohrbach’s The Scented Room is a wonderful book of creative fragrance crafts. Ohrbach had opened up her own fragrance crafts shop in NYC called Cherchez in the 1970’s and her book contains many of her charming and fun crafts.

This book is filled with color photos of beautiful floral/herb crafts and inspiring home decor ideas. She goes into detail about the methods of making both dry and moist potpourri and gives comprehensive recipes and display ideas.

This book also contains ideas and recipes for fabric sachets, bath bags, and scented pillows.

There is also a section that with recipes for floral waters, room sprays, and pomanders.

You will also find gorgeous floral and herb crafts like wreaths, arrangements, and tussie mussies, as well as details about which particular flowers and herbs are best used for crafts, and various gathering, drying, and storing techniques.

What I really love about this book are the stunning color photos which not only show the beautiful crafts themselves but also decorative and display ideas. If you love DIY and crafting, especially fragrance crafting, this book will definitely get your creative juices flowing. The crafting projects are not only gorgeous, but they are also simple and fun.

This book is part of my series of out-of-print fragrance crafting book recommendations that I am making, so you can find very affordable used copies of this book either at the marketplaces of Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and Alibris, and Abe Books.  You may also come across copies at used book shops as well.

You can also get an autographed copy of this book from Barbara Milo Ohrbach’s website

* The photos are © Copyright The Scented Room, Barbara Milo Ohrbach.

** I am getting no commissions from this book recommendation.

Fragrance Crafting Book Recommendations

I have come upon many helpful, handy, and beautiful fragrance crafting books that have gone out-of-print but are still available at great low prices.  You can find them by either browsing old/used book shops and online at websites such as the Amazon and Barnes & Noble marketplaces and also Alibris and Abe Books.

These books are very worthwhile because they contain lovely and valuable crafting tutorials, ideas, and projects, and the prices for used copies are amazing for these inspirational books.

I will be posting on this blog some of my favorite fragrance crafting books with projects that I have found to imaginative and artistic.  From flower crafts, herb crafts, spice crafts, soap, bath and body, etc., you will find lovely ideas and projects and since the books are no longer in print, you can get unbelievable low prices.  Sometimes you can find used copies for as low as $.99 USD.

I want to say that I am getting no monetary commissions or other benefits by recommending these books.  I am recommending them because I want to share these delightful crafting ideas that you will also hopefully find creatively inspiring.

Simmer Potpourri

This is a simmer potpourri recipe to make your house smell wonderful. In a large pot of water, combine these ingredients and let it simmer on the stove top:

– Rind of one large orange (you can use lemon and limes too)

– 1/4 cup of cloves

– 1/4 cup of anise seeds

– 3 or 4 cinnamon sticks

– 3 or 4 bay leaves

You can adjust the amounts depending on your personal preference.

Be sure to use caution and keep an eye on the pot while the heat is on. The water will begin to evaporate as it simmers, make sure that the pot does not dry out You can add more water and let the potpourri continue to simmer for as long as you like.

Layered Spice Jar

You can create lovely jar crafts with fragrant and pretty spices and dried botanicals. You can gather brightly colored botanicals and layer them across or even tilt your jar and create swirly layers.  When you’re layering your jar, make sure to use the bulkier and heavier botanicals and spices as the bottom layers and the lighter ones on the top. Also, after you’ve placed the bottom layer and you’re working on the middle, make sure not to shake your jar to even it out because you’re going to accidentally force some of the middle layer botanicals to fall into and mix in with the bottom layer. You can even out the middle and top layers by gently straightening them out with a spoon.

For the jar above, I used a bottom layer of dried hawthorne berries. They are hard and bulky, a little smaller than dried rosehips, and add a deep rich reddish brown color to whatever crafts you use them on.

For the middle layer, I used dried citrus peels which are chopped into small chunks. They are very fragrant and add a nice deep orange color.

For the top layer, I used crushed dried bay leaves.  If you have dried whole bay leaves, you can crush them with a mortar and pestle or even with your hands. They are also very fragrant and add a wonderful olive green color to the jar.

You can use whatever botanicals and spices you like, there are so many wonderful colors and fragrances that you can combine and get really creative with.  You can create as many layers as you want, depending on the size of your jar. You can also decorate your jars and give them as pretty and fragrant gifts.

Fragrant Decorating Idea – Bay Leaves

Calendula, also known as Pot Marigold, is a great addition to soap, bath, and beauty products like bath salts and body scrubs. In addition to moisturizing dry skin, it has antibacterial and antiseptic qualities and it helps wounds to heal by stimulating collagen. These qualities make it effective in balms and salves for rashes, irritated skin, and wounds. The bright golden petals also make great additions to fragrant potpourri blends displayed in decorative dishes and jars.

How to Tea Stain Paper

A great way to give paper an aged antique look is to tea stain it. Simply by using tea you can give a nice unique antique look to your crafts projects (especially shabby chic and country primitives) and it can be used for all kinds of paper crafts like art journaling and altered art. Tea staining also looks great on labels, hangtags, and stationary.

Tea staining is a very easy and inexpensive way to give a vintage look to your paper crafts. Follow the links below for easy instructions and tips for perfect tea staining.

* The teacup graphic above is from my Tea and Candles Clipart Collection. Do not take this graphic from this post.

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Decorating pumpkins doesn’t just have to be carving faces on them, you can make a lovely pumpkin display using things like sparkly beads. You can arrange them in different patterns and use different colors. In the pic above I used light pink and white and arranged them in size starting from the top going from small to large down the sides. You can find sparkly beads at your local crafts stores and some come with an adhesive back, you just pull of the sticker and attach it to your pumpkin. If you can’t find the adhesive kind, you can use glue to attach them.

You can experiment and arrange them in swirly patterns around the pumpkin with different sizes and colors. You can also use stickers and ribbons to decorate them. In the pic below I used face stickers and curling ribbon tied around the stem and curled to make hair.

Primitive Fixins with Cinnamon Crafting Dough

With their deep rich dark red and brown colors, primitive fixins look and smell great especially during the Fall and holiday seasons. They look wonderful when placed in bowls, jars, and around scented candles and really give off a rustic country feel. They consist basically of scented dried rosehips and cinnamon sticks, you can add other fragrant whole spices like anise stars, nutmeg, and allspice to add more color and fragrance to the blend. Another interesting thing is the addition of mini cinnamon rolls – these are just for decoration and not meant to be eaten. These mini cinnamon rolls can be made out of scented wax which you can either make from scratch or buy from some candle supply stores. They can also be made from scented crafting dough, which is a fun project so I would like to share.

In the above photo I had made them with cinnamon crafting dough which is very very fragrant and as you can see comes out in a deep brown color which I really like for a Fall look.  This crafting dough is the same one I used for the mini gingerbread men which you can find here.

Following that recipe, once you remove the dough from the refrigerator and it is pliable enough for you to work with, cut little strips and roll them between your fingers and shape them into mini rolls and set them on wax paper to dry. As I said in the other post, I prefer the air drying method and make sure you turn them over regularly to prevent any curling. Once they are thoroughly dry and hard, you can dab them with white crafting paint for icing or you can even drizzle them with scented candle wax.

These mini cinnamon rolls look and smell terrific, especially when they are displayed with fragrant fixins and candles and other Fall decorations.

*Be sure to use caution if you display them out of the reach of small children, they may think that they’re edible and try to eat them.