I love crafting and making my own gifts for Christmas as well. Figuring out what to buying and battling the stores isn’t my idea of fun and it kind of takes all the fun out of the season for me, so I decided to make my own crafts and gifts this year.
I want to share one with you that are super easy to make and they use natural ingredients as well. The best thing about making your own gifts is that everyone loves a handmade gift. It really does show your loved ones that you care.
I have always loved incense and they can be pricey depending on where you get them from. I also love certain scents that I can’t always find everywhere so I started making my own and they have turned out quite well!
I was actually pretty surprised at how easy these were to make and they didn’t cost a ton either. Just a few supplies and you got yourself some amazing DIY gifts to gift this year.
- First you’ll need 15 blank incense sticks. These are unscented incense and you get them here. Also sometimes called punk sticks. Make sure your sticks are natural using bamboo and similar plant materials. I linked the ones I use.
- Also, essential oils. For this recipe we are using Sweet Orange, Cinnamon and Clove. You can get these at your favorite essential oil website or go to one of these stores which are my two favorites. Eden’s Garden and Plant Therapy
- Next, you’ll need a container to catch the oil and make them in. A ceramic plate or glass container would work fine and we are going to work 5 sticks at a time.
Go ahead and take 5 sticks and lay them out on the plate. You’ll drop 20 drops of oil onto each stick. You can do this as you go from scent to scent or you can make a “master blend” in a separate bottle. Making a master blend is easy and it’s a great way to assure a blended mix. You would just need to measure out 100 drops of oil per scent. So, 100 drops of orange, 100 of clove, and 100 of cinnamon. Then you can use that master blend to drop 20 drops onto each stick. Your total drops for 15 sticks being 300.
For 1 stick, you need 20 drops.
For 5 sticks, you would need 100 drops.
If you want to do all 15 at the same time, just make sure your sticks are laid out in a single layer, none of them overlapping.
You can also do sticks as you use them, but it’s nice to have them pre-made so I typically do more than I need and then I have them ready to go.
Once you are done, you’ll need to leave them to dry away from children and pets for at least 24 hours. Once they are totally dry, they are ready to use! While they are drying, they also make your surroundings smell amazing!
You can use this recipe for other scents of your choosing as well and make gifts or just use your favorite essential oils to make your favorite incense scents.
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