Whether you’re looking to decorate your home this Christmas or you’re in need of some inspiration for homemade gifts, the opportunities for festive crafts are endless.
Adding natural ingredients to candles is not only a fun way of creating a unique decoration but also adds festive scent to your home.
Using a hot glue gun, we’ve simply placed our Cinnamon Sticks around a scented candle to add an organic and festive feel. (Wrap string or ribbon around the Cinnamon Sticks or attach Star Anise if you’re feeling fancy!) This craft makes an easy yet personal gift and can also be used to decorate your Christmas table.
Hanging a wreath on your front door signifies the beginning of Christmas and brings a festive touch to the outside of your home.
You’ll want to start by finding a sturdy wreath base made from wire which can be purchased in most craft stores. Wrap a festive garland around the wreath base and hold in place with string. Once the round wreath shape is formed, add Dried Orange Slices, Cinnamon Sticks, Star Anise and Whole Nutmegs to the garland a long with festive berries (we suggest using mistletoe) and don’t forget to add decorative bows using red and green ribbon. To keep the decorations in place we’ve used a hot glue gun and festive string.
Dried ingredients are ideal for hanging from your Christmas tree this time of year as they are guaranteed to fill your home with a deliciously festive scent.
For this craft you’ll need brown rustic string or festive ribbon to hang the decorations. Carefully create a small hole in your Dried Orange Slices and thread string through the hole to hang from your Christmas tree. The vibrant orange tones against the dark green pine needles will create a beautiful contrast in colour. Hanging Star Anise from your tree will create a subtle star-like decoration when dotted around and will compliment the Dried Orange Slices. Bundling Cinnamon Sticks together and wrapping with string makes it easy to either place or hang on to your tree. We’ve also created a recipe for gingerbread biscuits that make your Christmas tree oh so tasty. Simply add a small hole to the top of the biscuits before baking. Find the recipe here.
Festive potpourri is the easiest way to fill your house with the scent of Christmas!
Simply add Whole Nutmeg, Dried Orange Slices, Cinnamon Sticks, Cloves and Star Anise to a bowl and allow to sit in your home. If you’re feeling creative you can create potpourri decorations that can be hung from your stairs or fire place. Simply thread string through a variation of festive ingredients and tie a loop in the top and bottom to hang and keep in place. Attaching dried ingredients to your existing decorations is also a subtle way of adding a festive aroma to your home. We’ve popped our homemade potpourri into packaging and we’ll be giving them to our loved ones this Christmas!
This craft is super old school so much so that is actually originates from medieval times when they were used for carrying religious keepsakes! One modern style of pomander is made by stuffing an orange (or other fruit) with whole dried cloves and letting it cure dry, after which it may last many, many years. This modern pomander serves the function of perfuming and freshening the air and also keeps drawers of clothing and linens fresh, pleasantly scented and moth-free.
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