Simple Holiday Crafts with Herbs


| 10/8/2013 2:10:00 PM


This year has flown by—Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are all just around the corner! Where did the time go? Seeing as how we don’t have much time, allow me to offer up some inspiration with some of my favorite herbal crafts for the holidays.

DIY Miniature Wreaths

In 2011, I wrote about my favorite Christmas book Christmas Thyme at Oak Hill Farm by Marge Clark ("My Favorite Christmas Thyme Book and Dried Herb Wreaths: Part 1"). I love making Marge's miniature potpourri and spice wreaths. If you have leftover potpourri or spices, you will want to try your hand at making these simple wreaths. While Marge’s original directions call for a donut pan, I ended up using an individual Jello mold. (I have a lot of those.) If you can find a donut pan you can make a lot of these wreaths at one time, and they will be smaller and more manageable. Make these with your kids—they will make a great holiday gift for teachers.

Click here for DIY instructions for miniature potpourri wreaths.

Click here for DIY instructions for miniature spice wreaths.

Potpourri Molds
I bet you will have some leftover potpourri to make these.

Spice Wreath
These spice wreaths smell amazing when they are finished.

DIY Pomanders

My other favorite Christmas craft is curing pomanders with fruit, whole cloves and spices. Some years I get started earlier than others. I have pomanders that are years old, and they still have a scent. You can find the pomander recipe I use from Adelma Simmons in my blog post from 2008 ("Herbal Christmas Decorations: Pomanders"). You don’t have to use oranges. Clementines actually work very well, as do kumquats. They are both small and thin-skinned. You can also visit this link to a Good Housekeeping article about clove-studded clementines



Click here for DIY instructions for holiday pomanders.



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