Holiday Decor Using Essential Oils

Transforming our homes into cheerful and inviting spaces with festive decor is one of the most fun parts of the holiday season.  Unfortunately, many of the decorations we find in stores are mass-produced and may not match our personal design aesthetics.  Some are even scented with overwhelming artificial fragrances that can cause headaches and irritate those with allergies or asthma.  Creating our own DIY holiday decorations allows us to add a personal touch to our seasonal decor and fill the air with amazing aromas and aromatherapeutic benefits by incorporating essential oils.  Crafting beautifully scented DIY decor makes a fun indoor activity for the whole family on a chilly winter day.  We can choose essential oils that will amplify the warm and comforting feelings of the holidays to keep our homes festive and cozy all season long. 

Try some of the fun DIY projects below and see how you can incorporate essential oils into your holiday decor...

 

Pine Cone Gnome Ornaments

Pine Cone Gnome Ornament

Materials

Instructions

  1. Add the alcohol and essential oil blend to the spray bottle and shake well to combine. 
  2. Lay pinecones on a covered surface and spray generously with the essential oil mix.  Be sure the shake the bottle frequently as separation will occur.  Flip pinecones over to spray both sides.  Allow to dry and absorb for 30 minutes to 1 hour. 
  3. To form the beard, hold a cotton ball firmly and pull the fibers on one side until they become thin and wispy at the end, like a long beard.  
  4. Glue the cotton ball just below the top of the pinecone with the wispy edge down.  
  5. To form the hat, cut a long triangle with a rounded bottom (like a slice of pizza) from the felt.  Overlap the bottom corners and glue them together.  
  6. Glue the hat on top of the pinecone, covering the top of the cotton ball.  
  7. Cut two small ovals from the felt and glue them to the bottom of the pine cone to make feet. 
  8. Attach each gnome to an ornament hook or string together with yarn to form a garland.  

 

Stocking Sachets

Stocking Sachets

Materials

Instructions

  1. Fold the fabric in half, printed sides together.  Trace the shape of a small stocking onto your fabric and cut it out of both layers. 
  2. Place the two fabric pieces printed sides together and sew around the edge, leaving the top open. 
  3. Cut out a long narrow strip of red felt and fold it in half.  
  4. Combine rice, Epsom salt, and spices in a bowl and stir to thoroughly combine. 
  5. Add the essential oils to a small bowl and stir to blend.  Pour the essential oils into the rice mixture, a little at a time, while stirring in between to ensure that everything is evenly scented. 
  6. Turn the stocking right side out and iron to flatten.  Fill the stocking with the scented rice mixture making sure to leave enough room to close the top. 
  7. Fold the top edge in.  Insert the ends of the folded felt piece into one side of the opening and pin it in place.  
  8. Sew along the top edge to close the stocking and remove any pins.  The fold felt strip should now form a loop for hanging the sachet. 
  9. Hang the sachet on the mantle alongside your stockings.  

 

 

Salt Dough Garland

Salt Dough Garland

Materials

Instructions

  1. Add the flour and salt to a bowl and stir to combine.  Add essential oils and stir again. 
  2. Slowly pour in the warm water, a little at a time, while stirring.  Stop adding water when the dough reaches the consistency of play dough.  
  3. Knead the dough for 5 to 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and pliable.  
  4. On a covered surface, roll the dough to about ⅛ to ¼ inch thick.  
  5. Use the cookie cutters to cut out as many shapes as possible.  Use the straw to make a hole at the top of each shape.  
  6. Transfer the shapes to a baking sheet and bake them at 200 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes.  The shapes should be completely dry and feel hard when they are done baking.  Allow them them to cool. 
  7. String yarn through the shapes, tying a small knot through the hole of each shape to keep them in place. 

 

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