The holiday season is fast approaching.
Starting in late September there are plenty of visual reminders as retail stores begin carrying a combination of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah decorations all at once. The weather fluctuates and I have a false sense that time is on my side. Then, BAM it’s here! That’s right, I’m talking about the holiday season. It will be here before we know it and it’s time to think about teacher gifts, holiday party exchanges, and gifts for family and friends. My favorite holiday gifts are the ones that are homemade and come from the heart. They can be creative, fun, easy and simple enough to get the kids involved.
Today, we mostly use sachets as a way to freshen a drawer, closet or car. Sachets can also be used as a compress to relieve sore muscles by simply heating in the microwave briefly (an effortless sachet containing rice and dried lavender flowers is a great one to use in this way). Anyone can enjoy the benefits of a sachet including parents, grandparents and teachers.
This fun project can be done by anyone from children to the most experienced crafter. If you like to sew, find cloth of your liking, cut out 2 square shapes and sew 3 of the 4 sides tightly. Hold off finishing that fourth side until after you fill the sachet. If you don’t have the time or experience to sew, not to worry because sachets also work well if you were to purchase pre-made muslin bags. You can find these bags online or in any craft store. Whichever way you decide to work, the finished product will be one that anyone can enjoy.
A great way to design your sachet “filling” is to use rice alone or along with dried herbs or flowers (such as lavender). The dried lavender buds along with the culinary herbs have a potent fragrance at first. Rice tends to hold the fragrance of the sachet well. Once the aroma fades, it is easy to revive the scent by squeezing and pressing the sachet. You can choose to add essential oils – or not – it’s up to you!
Using dried herbs right from your pantry or local grocery store is a great way to incorporate herbs and spices in your sachet. The smell of dried oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme is delicious. You can also use the warming spices of crushed cinnamon sticks, fresh whole cloves, whole nutmeg, black peppercorns and cardamom pods. I even add some dehydrated orange slices to my sachets for a cheery scent. The beauty of this project is that you can mix and match between herbs, spices, and plant material – whatever appeals to you. You can always spruce up (pun intended!) your sachet with the corresponding essential oil for a more vibrant fragrance.
The possibilities are endless with this creative and easy-to-make holiday gift!
How to make:
Decide who you are making the sachet for.
Set up your work table with ingredients, bowls and spoons, and bags.
Add about 2 cups of dry ingredients to a bowl and mix. Kids can have fun deciding how much of each ingredient to add to the bowl and even collecting ingredients such as spruce or pine needles!
If you decide to use essential oils, now is the time to add your blended essential oil synergy and stir. This is optional. (If young crafters are working on this project with you, here is where the adult can step in. You may want to add a few drops at a time until you have the desired aromatic potency).
Using tongs or a spoon, fill whatever small bag you are using and close either by sewing your sachet or tightening the twine on the bag.
Essential Oil Aroma Boosters
Happy Blend Essential Oil Synergy
2 drops of Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium var. amara)
4 drops of Hemlock Spruce (Tsuga canadensis)
5 drops of Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
Holiday Spice Essential Oil Synergy
1 drop Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
2 drops Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)
2 drops Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
2 drops Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
3 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
Fresh Scent Essential Oil Synergy
2 drops Laurel (Laurus nobilis)
3 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
2 drops Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
4 drops Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)