Merry meet all,
Spend a fun afternoon making Yule crafts with friends and family. Burn some simmering potpourri incense in a pot, light a candle and play some cool pagan yule tunes. You are now all set for a fun afternoon.
Salt dough is one of the easiest ways to make Sabbat ornaments. You will need 4 cups of flour (you can adjust the recipe), 1 cup salt, 1 1/2 cups hot water, and 1 teaspoon vegetable oil. The preparation time is 30 minutes, and the cook time is 30 minutes. The total time it can take is 60 minutes.
Combine the salt, flour, and then the water until the dough becomes elastic. Add the oil now and knead the dough. Be sure the dough is just right, not too soft and not too sticky. Once you like the consistency, make your decorations with yule cookie cutters. Bake the ornaments at 200* for 20 to 30 minutes. Once they have cooled on the cookie sheet, paint them with yule pagan designs and symbols, and seal with clear varnish.
* I just googled the recipes. 1 recipe called for 1 cup of flour. So do adjust the recipe to suit your needs.
Herb sachets make great decorations and gifts. You need the following: Bay, cloves, juniper berries, orange peel, grated, orris root, peppermint, pine, rosemary, squares of holiday fabric, colourful ribbon, cinnamon sticks and bells.
Mix the herbs in a bowl with a wooden spoon. As you stir deosil, concentrate on your intent. Blend varying proportions until you have it the way you want it. Use the spoon to add the herbs to the sachet in the centre of the fabric. Pull the corners up and tie the ribbon. Tie a cinnamon stick and the bells in place. Use a second ribbon to create a loop to hang the sachet on the tree.
Add an earth-friendly theme to your Yule decorating, one way to do so is to use the elements of nature. You will need the following: Pinecones, of any shape or size, equal amounts of ginger, nutmeg and allspice, blended. a diluted mixture of water and craft glue, glitter, ribbon, and a paintbrush.
To prepare the pinecones, rinse them under running water and spread them on a cookie sheet. Bake them at 250* for 20 minutes. This opens them up and cleans the bacteria. The sap will look pretty. Once the pinecones have dried, use a small brush to apply glue to the cones. Be sure to lay them down on newspaper. Cover the entire cone or only the tips of the cones for a more frosty look.
Add spices and glitter to a ziploc bag. Drop the pine cones in and shake the cones with the spices and glitter. Allow to dry and tie a ribbon around the ends to hang it on the tree. Tie on some sprigs of greenery or use them as a way to add scent to your room.
I am sure you can invent other ways to make yule ornaments or gifts. Feel free to share your ideas and photos here. I wish you all a merry Solstice. Leave out a plate of cookies and a glass of milk for Santa, Sinterklaas, Befana or Father Christmas. Feel free to browse previous blog posts here for more inspiration on how to celebrate Yule.
Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch