Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Holiday Crafting . . .

When I reviewed the Homestead Blessings Art of Crafting video, I promised some pictures when we actually tried some of the crafts.  Well Christmas snuck up on us this year, but we DID make potpourri and  gave it to a few people as Christmas gifts.

First we went on a walk in the woods to see what great nature stuff we could find for the potpourri. We discovered that our woods have very few evergreens and those we do have don't have pinecones (at least this late in the year) but we did get a couple different types of evergreen branches and some red berries.

We also ate LOTS of oranges (no hardship, all 3 girls LOVE clementines, the 3 of them will easily eat a 3lb bag in a day!) and dried the orange peel. Then we admit defeat in having completely natural, from our property, potpourri this late in the year, and went to the craft store for some little pine cones and red beads and little silver ball things.

We dumped everything together in a bowl and mixed it together and added cinnamon and sweet orange essential oils.

Then we put it all in a gallon jar and shook it a few times a day. Don't we have a cute jar-shaking-helper?  Yes she's sitting in the middle of the table, it's her favorite spot.

Right before Christmas we put the potpourri into little bags, tied them with ribbons and gave them to the grandparents, etc. for Christmas.

And I had great intentions of getting a picture of the 2 big girls with all the pretty bags of potpourri, and completely forgot, so you'll just have to take my word for it . . .

But, bottom line. We had fun, and it was super easy!! You should try it!

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