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Fall Decor Idea


An attractive and fragrant idea for your Fall decor is to display scented candles with whole spices like cinnamon sticks, anise stars, allspice, and cloves. These very fragrant spices will add to the scent of your candles. You can use scented pillar candles, votives, and even bakery candles which look particularly awesome when they are displayed with spices.

*Always use caution with a lit candle and keep away from anything flammable and keep them out of the reach of children and pets.



Essential Oil Scent Categories


There are many wonderful essential oil scents to choose from when you’re preparing soap, bath & body, and other fragrance crafts. You can even create different scents by combining essential oils together. A good way to help you choose which scents you want to use for any particular crafting projects is to group the essential oils together by scent categories. Essential oils are categorized as Citrus, Herbal, Spicy, Floral, Woody, and Earthy. Some essential oils can fit into more than one category. If you want to combine scents, essential oils from the same category will blend well together.

Citrus:

Bergamot

Citronella
Grapefruit
Lemon
Lemongrass
Lime
Mandarin
Neroli
Orange
Tangerine

Herbal:
Basil
Chamomile
Clary Sage
Eucalyptus
Marjoram
Oregano
Peppermint
Rosemary
Sage
Spearmint
Tea Tree
Thyme

Spicy:
Aniseed
Cardamom
Cinnamon
Clove
Coriander
Ginger
Nutmeg
Pepper

Woody
Cedarwood
Cinnamon
Coriander
Cypress
Fir
Frankincence
Juniper
Myrrh
Patchouli
Pine
Sandalwood
Vetiver

Earthy:
Amber
Angelica
Frankincence
Lemongrass
Patchouli
Sandalwood
Valerian
Vetiver

Floral:
Chamomile
Geranium
Jasmine
Lavender
Lilac
Lily of the Valley
Neroli
Plumeria
Rose
Violet
Ylang-Ylang


You can experiment and see what combinations you like, generally citrus blends well with floral and spicy. Also, woody blends well with spicy and earthy.

Always use precautions when using essential oils because they are highly concentrated which makes them very strong, do not put them directly on your skin, make sure they are diluted first. Do not use any essential oils if you are pregnant.



Herb Package Accent Ideas

Using sprigs of herbs is a great way to adorn your gift wrapped packages. Not only do they add wonderful natural splashes of color, they also give off beautiful fragrances. They enhance plain brown wrapping and give it a beautiful natural earthy look, and you can also match them to colorful bright wrapping papers and ribbons.

Check out these great wrapping ideas using herbs as accents:







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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.



Fall Pumpkin Soap Project


This is a fun Fall project- little pumpkin soaps. These cute little soaps are made using the hand milled method of soap making. This method requires bars of pure, white, unscented soap. You can buy them at your local drug store. Make sure they are unscented. Usually hand-milled soap recipes require the additives such as herbs, cocoa butter, shea butter, etc., But since this is a project for decoration purposes, we’ll keep it simple and fun. For this project you will need:

2 bars of unscented, white soap

1/2 cup water

A kitchen grater

A bowl

Pumpkin scented soap fragrance

A wooden spoon

A double boiler

Non-toxic acrylic soap paints in orange, green, and black

Artist paint brushes

In a bowl, shred the bars of white soap with your grater until you get 2 cups of shredded soap.



Add the water to the shredded soap. Place the soap/water into a double boiler and place on the stovetop range with medium heat. The soap will slowly begin to absorb the water. You may stir gently with a wooden spoon but remember not to mix too quickly because bubbles may form. The mixture will begin to thicken. As the water becomes absorbed, the mixture will start to become stringy. This is normal.


When it reaches this stringy stage, remove it from the heat and add 15 to 20 drops of pumpkin fragrance oil and stir until it is equally distributed and absorbed. Make sure that the fragrance oil you are using is safe for the skin. The soap mixture will be thick and clumpy and when the mixture cools enough to touch, take parts and form them with your hands into little balls. While the mixture is still soft and pliable, take little pieces and roll and shape them with your thumb and index finger into little tubular shapes and attach them on top of the balls to form stems. After you have used up the whole mixture and shaped all of the pumpkins, place them on a rack and let them dry for a few days. When they are dry, take your acrylic soap paints (you can use regular non-toxic acrylic paint but the problem is that it won’t adhere as well to the surface of the soap, so you’re better off using soap paint.) and paint the pumpkins orange and the stems green and if you want to you can even paint little faces on them. When they are dry, you will have adorable and fragrant little pumpkin soaps.



Fall Decor Items


Shades of bright Fall colors like oranges, yellows, reds, and greens are fantastic for decor ideas. You can arrange pretty and colorful Fall items to make wonderful and creative displays. Pumpkins of course are a staple for Fall and you can enhance your pumpkin displays with colorful flowers and leaves. You can use natural Fall leaves or artificial ones that you can find in crafts stores and even dollar stores. Acorns and pinecones are also great additions.

You can add some natural fragrance to your displays by using dried whole fruit and fruit slices.  Dried whole slit oranges (pictured above) look and smell fantastic and they’re perfect for a Fall display. You can also use dried orange slices and dried apple slices and enhance their scents by adding fragrant whole spices that have Fall-ish colors like tans, browns, and oranges. Some great choices are whole nutmeg, anise stars, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and mace.

Fall is a season for wonderfully scented candles like pumpkin pie spice, vanilla sugar, maple sugar, and a variety of other yummy bakery scents. Whether they’re jar candles, pillar candles, or votives, they look great among Fall displays. You can even get pumpkin pie scented candles that are actually shaped like pies (pictured above) topped with whipped cream wax and they give a unique and charming look to your displays.

Other Fall accents that can round off your displays are scarecrows, gourds, and berries. There are also these cute little pods that are called putka pods (pictures above) that are perfect little Fall accents because they’re orange and shaped like mini pumpkins. They’re actually the fruit of the Glochidion Ferdinandi tree, also known as the cheese tree. The little fruit are dried and used in crafts. They don’t actually have a scent in and of themselves but they’re commonly used in scented crafts like Fall potpourris and fixins blends and even by themselves displayed in a bowl and sprinkled with fragrance oil.

All of these wonderful colorful crafty items can be arranged either by themselves and a few at a time for small displays, or they can be arranged all together in one large display to give your home or office (or wherever else you want) a nice warm colorful Fall feel. I hope this post inspired your creativity.


* If you’re going to use candles in your displays, please use caution especially if they’ll be around flammable items like dried leaves, flowers, etc., If you light them, make sure not to leave the lit candles unattended.



Primitive Salt Dough Ornies


Salt dough ornies are a great addition to your country primitive home decor. They are very easy and fun to make, you can make holes in them and hang them or you can add them to rose hips for a prim fixins blend. They are made the same way that you make dough cookies but these ornies ARE DEFINITELY NOT EDIBLE. Not only would they taste terrible but they become hard as a rock, they are purely for decoration purposes.

To make them, you will need cookie cutters (for my ornies in the pic I used a round cookie cutter and a bird cookie cutter), acrylic paints ( I used orange and black) and paint brushes and your dough. For the dough you will need:

2 cups flour

1 cup salt

1 cup water


In a bowl, combine the flour and salt and slowly begin adding your cup of water until your dough becomes smooth and pliable, you might not even need to use the whole cup of water to get the dough to your desired consistency so you can knead it and work with it.

When your dough is at a workable consistency, working on a lightly floured surface, knead it and roll it out flat with a rolling pin and cut shapes with the cookie cutters. For mine I used to round cutters for the prim Annie faces and the bird cutters for the crows. If you want to hang them, poke holes in them with a straw. After you’re done cutting your shapes, place them on baking paper on a cookie sheet and bake them. The temperature and timing depend on how thick your ornies are. Slow bake them with the oven temp set at about 200 degrees until they become hard and dry.

Remove them from the oven and let them cool. Once they are cool, you can begin decorating them with your paint. I used the orange and black paint to draw and color the Annie faces and hair and the black paint to color the prim crows. I didn’t poke holes in mine because I didn’t want to hang them, I used them as a display with scented rose hips, cinnamon sticks, and whole nutmeg for a fragrant primitive fixins blend.

Of course you can used whatever cookie cutters you want for your shapes and whatever paint colors you want and you can even use glitter and other embellishments to decorate them. If you poke holes in them, you can hang them with ribbon, or jute, or string, or raffia.

And please remember to use caution if you are making them around children who might think that the ornies are actually cookies and might try to bite into them and eat them.



Dried Rosehips


Rose hips are tiny fruit which contain the seeds of roses after the flowers have been fertilized. Once the roses have been fertilized and the petals fall off, little rose hips develop on the stems. The center of rose hips are filled with seeds, and when birds and other animals carry them off and break them open to eat them, the seeds get spread around, forming new rose plants.

Rose hips are usually bright red or orange. They are rich in Vitamin C and can be used to make jams and jellies, as well as sauces and syrups. They are also used to make tea.

When rose hips are dried, their color becomes a rich deep dark red. Dried rose hips are great for crafts and their deep rich color makes them a great addition to country primitive style crafts. They’re a staple for country primitive fixins, especially when they’re combined with cinnamon sticks and other rustic spices and pods, cones, dried fruit peels and slices. They look great when they’re placed around candles and other country primitive displays.



Rose hips give a wonderful rustic country look to any display even placed in a bowl by themselves, especially when they’re scented. In order to scent rose hips, place them in a container with an airtight lid and put enough fragrance oil so that the surface of the rosehips has a sheen. You don’t want to add too much fragrance oil so that the rosehips are moist and gloppy. Keep them in your container for a few weeks so that they will retain the scent. Shake the container around frequently so that the fragrance will disperse evenly. Since the surface of dried rose hips is not as porous as a fixative, they won’t actually absorb the oil as well as fixatives do, but they do retain scent well, so don’t worry if your rosehips have a sheen on them.

For a lovely country primitive look, rose hips can be displayed in primitive jars, rusty tin bowls or plates, with bakery or grubby candles, muslin or dough ornies, berries, and a variety of rustic fragrant spices, acorns, pods, cones, dried fruit slices and peels.


Potpourri Ideas: Apple Potpourri


This apple potpourri is a fragrant blend perfect for Summer, Fall (omg is it almost here?), and Winter. You can make this beautiful potpourri blend with dried apple slices, dried bay leaves, pear pods, apple pods, twistie pods, and pine cones.  You can add apple fragrance oil to enhance the scent.

This blend also contains one of my favorite potpourri ingredients – cedar roses:



They are cones that are shaped like roses. These cute cones go perfectly not only in a rustic primitive potpourri blend but also a pretty flowery blend. They are actually the bottoms and insides of the cones of the Deodar Cedar tree. When the full cones fall off the trees they start to break down and what remains are these cute little rose shaped parts of the cones.
All of these ingredients are available in potpourri supply stores. You can even find some of them in health food stores and aromatherapy supply stores. You can find so many wonderful ingredients in these stores and you can work this blend according to your tastes and preferences, adding whatever ingredients and fragrances you fancy.



How to Make Fragrant Potpourri


Now that your summer flowers are blooming and your herbs are bushy, you can collect them, dry them and make wonderful potpourri blends out of them to enjoy long after the blooming season is over. If you’re not sure how to dry them, see our posts: How to Dry Flowers for Crafts, and How to Dry Herbs for Crafts. If you don’t want to dry herbs and flowers yourself, you can buy them at crafts stores, aromatherapy supply stores, potpourri supply stores, florists, and even some health food stores.

A potpourri blend consists of dried herbs/flowers, essential oils, and a fixative. You can also add pods, berries, spices, and dried fruit slices. What exactly is a fixative and why do you need it? Since you’re going to be adding essential oils to your potpourri, you don’t want the smell to evaporate quickly and that’s where a fixative comes in. It’s a porous substance that literally absorbs the essential oils and retains them and makes the smell last longer. Some of the most popular fixatives are orris root, vetiver root, calamus root, sandalwood bark, gum benzoin, vanilla pods, and oakmoss. Orris root comes powdered or chopped, if you’re going to display your potpourri I would recommend the chopped version because the powder is going to make your potpourri blend look crumbly, but if you’re going to put it in a sachet, use the powder. Some spices also make great fixatives like cinnamon sticks, nutmeg (whole and powdered) and allspice. A good rule of thumb is to use about 2 Tablespoons of fixative per 4 cups of dried flowers and herbs.

When preparing your blend, make sure that your flowers and herbs are completely dry because any moisture is going to cause your potpourri to become moldy.  Some flowers that dry well are: roses, yarrow, hydrangeas, marigolds/calendula, geraniums, strawflowers, artemisia, ameranths, baby’s breath and sunflowers. Herbs that dry well are: lemon balm, rosemary, lavender, mint, sage, chamomile, oregano, basil, thyme, and bay leaves. Dried fruit slices like apples and oranges will also add color and fragrance to your potpourri blends. You can dry them yourself or buy them from crafts stores and potpourri supply stores.

Dried flowers and herbs have different lovely shades of yellows, oranges, blues, reds, pinks, and whites, and you can make a beautiful and stunning display by choosing combinations that complement each other. If you want a rustic country display, you can add whole pods and spices to your blend. With your essential oils, you can add a single scent or even make a combination of your choice.

To make your potpourri, gather together all of your dried materials and fixatives and add 6 to 12 drops of your essential oil onto the fixative, depending on how strong you want the scent to be. Stir your blend gently trying not to bruise or crush the dried flowers and put your potpourri into a brown paper bag and store it in a cool dry place for a few weeks until the fragrance is absorbed well into your potpourri. Every few days shake the bag to evenly disperse the fragrance and check on how strong the scent is. Once you’re satisfied with the result, pour your finished potpourri into decorative jars, bowls, trays, or any display container of your choice and enjoy.