Fall Crafts Idea – Fragrant Cinnamon Stick Bunches


A pretty and fragrant Fall decor idea is to make cinnamon stick bunches tied with colored curly ribbons. You can add further fragrance to these cute little cinnamon stick bunches by placing them in decorative seasonal display dishes with strong smelling spices like whole allspice, cloves, and nutmeg.

In the photo above I placed my cinnamon stick bunch in a Fall leaf shaped dish filled with whole allspice, cloves, hawthorn berries, and dried orange peel.

I have a tutorial video on how to make these cute little cinnamon stick bunches and how to curl the ribbon:

Book Recommendation: Secrets of the Spas

Secrets of the Spas

Secrets of the Spas is a great little book by Catherine Bardey that gives you fantastic and easy ways to pamper yourself at home with recipes utilizing herbs, essential oils, and items you probably already have in your kitchen. Why pay to go to a spa when you can do these great recipes at home? Bardley includes natural recipes that are beneficial and healthy for your body, face, hair, nails, and feet. She also includes aromatherapy and skin benefits of essential oils and carrier oils.

You will find recipes for all skin types. You can utilize these recipes depending on what particular aromatherapy or skin benefits you are looking for (either calming, rejuvinating, etc.,)

You will find body scrubs, wraps, herbal bath blends, and milk baths.

body scrubs


You will also find natural recipes for moisturizers, body butter, and massage oils.

body butter moisturizers

Bardley also discusses ways to care for and treat the skin on your face and includes recipes for cleansers, pastes, facial steams, moisturizers, tonics, and masks.

facial masks

You will also find recipes for your hands and nails like hand washes, rubs and moisturizers, nail and cuticle treatments. For your feet, there are foot scrubs, masks, and soaks. There are also recipes for hair treatments, conditioners, and wraps.

hair, nails, hands, and feet treatments

Bardley also includes a section for healthy edible recipes for smoothies, shakes, salads, and more.

food recipes

All in all, this is a great book with many detailed spa recipes you can use to pamper yourself and learn about and enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy, relaxing and detoxifying baths, and much more.

This book is part of my series of out-of-print fragrance crafting book recommendations. There are affordable used copies of this book 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.

* The photos in this post are © Copyright Secrets of the Spas, Catherine Bardley.

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

Book Recommendation: Herb Crafts


Herb Crafts is a beautiful book by Tessa Evelegh, a talented and creative crafter and lifestyle writer. This rich and colorful book contains more than inspiring crafting projects with herbs. You will find information about the medicinal properties of herbs and essential oils, and how to use them in aromatherapy. You will also find helpful information about growing, cutting, harvesting, and drying herbs.



Evelegh also shows very creative and stylish ways to design an herb garden, not only backyard gardens but container gardens as well. She presents so many cute and artistic ideas that you will most certainly want to grow your own fragrant little garden.



Of course as the title states, the bulk of this book contains crafting projects using both dried and fresh herbs. There are lovely and fragrant decorative projects and bath and body projects utilizing the beneficial properties of various herbs.  All of the crafting projects are accompanied by inspiring color photos.



Eveleh also includes a section covering herbs used as flavorings for recipes.  This fabulous section includes breads, desserts, cheeses, oils, vinegars, preserves, and drinks, all using exquisite flavorings from the wonderful world of herbs.



The end of the book includes a directory of herbs and lists on their cultivation and uses in cooking and medicinal properties.


This is by far one of my favorite herb books and I have actually done many of the crafting projects, gardening ideas, and recipes.  I have found it very useful and I recommend it to anyone who wants to get creative with herbs.
This book is part of my series of out-of-print fragrance crafting book recommendations. There are affordable used copies of this book 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.

* The photos are © Copyright Herb Crafts, Tessa Evelegh.

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

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.

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.