“If you have been afraid that your love of beautiful flowers and the flickering flame of the candle is somehow less spiritual than living in starkness and ugliness, remember that He who created you to be creative gave you the things with which to make beauty and the sensitivity to appreciate and respond to His creation.”
~ Edith Schaeffer, The Hidden Art of Homemaking
My 20 year-old daughter and I spent some time in the kitchen today with the heavenly scent of herbs and oils and wax. We melted, slowly stirred and delicately drizzled the slightly set “sachets“ with dried flowers and aromatic citrus. It is like capturing the seasons in a beautiful fragrant bar.
We will place our herbal wax creations in our closets and drawers to scent our little spaces for the chilly, cozy, autumn months ahead… we’ve done these kinds of projects together through all our years of homeschooling. It is a delight to do them now simply for the love of homemaking…
Supplies (some of these links on this post may be affiliate links):
- dried herbs, dried flowers, dried fruit, dried spices -- Some ideas include dried lavender, calendula, roses, hibiscus leaves (for color), chamomile flower, dried citrus (tutorial here), cloves, cinnamon sticks, cardamom, allspice (I will be making fall-related ones next!), etc.
- essential oils (your choice) -- I use the least expensive ones like orange for these types of projects.
- baking tins, baking molds, silicone molds -- You can use cupcake tins, candy molds, silicone molds or even these ornament molds (shown two pictures below) that you can hang. Note: you can also poke a hole with a skewer (once they have completely cooled) in the top of the sachet to hang them from a hanger, doorknob, etc.
- double boiler (see my makeshift, shortcut version below)
Make shift double boiler:
To bypass excess clean up, save up some of your discarded canned food tins to make a disposable double boiler (that means you don't need to clean up the wax residue after - you just toss your can!). Just add a few inches of water into a sauce pan and place your clean can inside. Add the wax to the can and you have a makeshift double boiler!
To Make Herbal Wax Sachets:
Slowly melt down soy-wax or beeswax in a double-boiler, once slightly cooled, stir in essential oils of choice, pour into molds (baking tins, etc.). Stir in herbs and dried citrus if you’d like. Once wax has slightly set, sprinkle additional dried flowers on top for extra decoration and fragrance. Do not remove sachets until they have completely cooled at room temperature.
Place finished products in closets and drawers to naturally scent and freshen the air.
These kind of projects are fun to make but also add a bit of charm into your life and we could all use a dose of that right now. Happy homemaking!