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Scented Crafts

July 22, 2009 21:37 by Barbara Shelby

GLUE AND POTPOURRI
Materials:
Plastic Lid (3"-4" diameter)
6" Yarn or String
White Glue
Potpourri
Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline)
Instructions:
Lightly coat the inside of the plastic lid with petroleum jelly. Squeeze a thin layer of glue inside the lid. Make sure the entire bottom is covered. Add a layer of potpourri on top of the glue arranging it to fit the shape of the lid. Leave a small area open about 1/2" from the edge - to push your string through. Cover the potpourri with another layer of glue. If you are using big, chunky potpourri set it aside to dry. If you are using potpourri with smaller pieces you may prefer more than one layer with glue between each layer.
After it dries, remove from lid. And add a loop of yarn or string for hanging.
Source: MakingFriends.com

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EASY AIR FRESHENERS
You need:
Poster Board
Scissors
Hole Punch
6" Yarn
Tacky Glue
Potpourri
Instructions:

  • From card-board or card-stock...pre-make "shape patterns" that the children can trace and cut from poster board. (Make shapes of the season)
  • Punch a hole in the top of the cut out shape and add a yarn loop.
  • Put tacky glue on one side and sprinkle potpourri on it.
  • After it dries, repeat for the 2nd side.

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NON-SEW SACHETS

Materials:
Fabric scraps 
Fabric glue
Potpourri

  • For each sachet, place 2 matching 5-inch fabric squares back-to-back and glue the edges together on 3 sides. Spread the glue close to the edges to prevent fraying.
  • Once the glue is dry, fill the sachet with about 1/2 cup of potpourri.
  • Glue together the open edges and again let the glue dry.
  • Arrange the finished sachets in multicolored stacks and tie them together with a festive ribbon or yarn.

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DOOR SACHET

  • Make small fabrics bags and fill them with potpourri or cotton balls filled with essential oil (Be sure that the oil is at the center of the cotton or it may stain the fabric).
  • Fasten the sachets with ribbon or cord and hang them on door handles.
  • You can also take netting or cheesecloth and grab corners and tie. 
  • As the door is opened and closed it will waft the fragrance around the room.

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SCENTED EYE PILLOWS
Materials:
8″ x 8″ Fabric (Something soft and colorful!)
Needle
Thread
Scissors
1 cup uncooked rice
Crushed cloves
Crushed cinnamon sticks (not ground cinnamon)

1. Fold the fabric in half so it’s in the shape of a rectangle. Make sure the inside of the fold is the side of the fabric you want showing when the eye pillow is finished.
2. Sew two sides of the fabric together with the needle and thread, leaving one side open to add the scented rice mixture. It’s best to leave a short side open.
3. Turn the fabric inside out so you can see the “pretty” side of the fabric and not the sewing stitches.
4. Add crushed cloves and crushed cinnamon sticks (not ground cinnamon) to the rice until the mixture has a scent you like.
5. Pour the mixture into the fabric pouch.
6. Sew closed the remaining open end of the eye pillow.

This eye pillow craft is simple and great for older SAC and middle school….

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BABY FOOD JAR FRESHENER

Materials:
Potpourri
Clean Baby Food Jar (no top needed)
5" Paper Doily
Rubber Band
Lace
Ribbon Rose
Low Temp Glue Gun
Instructions:

  • Fill jar with potpourri.
  • Cover with a paper doily or tulle.
  • Secure with rubber band.
  • Tie a ribbon around the jar to hide the rubber band.
  • Optional: Hot glue ribbon rose to area.

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AROMATIC JARS using essential oils and cotton balls

  • Take a small, clean glass jar and put a few cotton balls inside.
  • Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, such as eucalyptus, peppermint, cinnamon, orange or clove oil.
  • Punch holes in the top of the jar...
  • The jar can be placed under a bed, in a closet, near a cat litter box or any other place that needs a fragrant addition.
  • You can decorate the jars by painting the lids with craft paints ... add some glitter, etc.

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DRYER SHEET SACHET
2 used white dryer sheets
1 heaping tablespoon potpourri
1 length of ribbon
2 or 3 small pieces dried flowers
Tacky glue
Place one dryer sheet over top of the other dryer sheet-- so that the corners of the second sheets are centered at the sides of the first sheet. Place the potpourri in the center of the sheets. Gather up and tie with ribbon. Decorate with dried flowers.

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LAVENDER BATH OIL
Almond oil (Baby oil may be less expensive)
A few drops of lavender oil
Optional: lavender sprig or rose petals.
Mix the almond and the lavender oil.
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Put a lavender sprig or a few rose petals into a pretty bottle. (When making this with a group, use baby food jars)
  ♥ Pour oil into bottle.

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LAYERED BATH SALTS
Materials:
Small jars- such as baby food jars
Bowls for mixing
Bag of Epsom salts
Food coloring
Funnel
Spoon
Paper doily or fabric scrap
Rubber band

  • Using a funnel, fill the jars with Epsom salts so you know how much of the Epsom salts you will need.
  • Empty the Epsom salts, more or less equally, into six bowls.
  • Add a few drops of food coloring to each bowl, stirring to make yellow, pink, blue, green, mauve and orange colored salts. (Food coloring will not stain bathtub or people in this amount)
  • Optional: Add a few drops of fragrance oil, or spray Epsom salts with your favorite perfume. Cassie/Michigan

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LAYERED EPSOM SALT

  • Use a funnel to pour colored layers of Epsom salts in each jar, like sand art.
  • Pack each layer down with a spoon before adding the next layer, and make sure the jar is filled to the top before screwing the lid on tightly.
  • Decorate the lid of the jar with a circle of fabric or a paper doily held in place with a rubber band.
  • Cover the rubber band with ribbon.

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SUGAR SCRUB GIFT

(For Exfoliation)
Ingredients:
1 cup sugar (I prefer white, but 2/3 white with 1/3 brown is pretty)
1/4 cup oil (may need more if scrub is too dry)
4-8 drops essential oil for scent (You can usually get this at a health food or organic store)
A jar
Directions: Mix ingredients well and store in a sealed container.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR TAG: (attach to jar)
To use: Use a few tablespoons to scrub your skin in small circles. Be careful! Oil may leave the shower floor slippery.

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HOMEMADE BATH SALTS
2 ½ Epsom Salts (See salt or combination if affordble)
Perfume
Food Coloring
Combine the Epsom salts with food coloring and perfume in a large container. Mix it well so the color is even. Put it into smaller jars and let it stand for 4-6 weeks before using so the perfume will blend with the salts.

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LAVENDER BATH SALTS

Need:
1 Cup Epsom salts
1/2 Cup table salt
1 box baking soda
Few drops of lavender oil (or any kind of aroma oil you like)
  ♥ Mix the salts and the baking soda.
  ♥ Add the lavender.
  ♥ Put in an airtight container such as a pretty jar with a lid.

 To make this with a group--put it in clean baby-food jars and cover the tops with fabric and ribbon. You can decorate the jar by adding a ribbon or a bow.

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ORANGE-CLOVE POMANDORS

 

Ingredients
6 oranges (or lemons)
whole cloves
decorative ribbon

 
The Spice Mix
4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons ground cloves
2 tablespoons ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons ground allspice
1/4 cup orrisroot powder (as preservative)
 
Directions
1. Combine the spice mix ingredients.
2. Wash oranges.
3. After poking a hole with a needle, fork, or tooth pick,insert cloves into oranges in a decorative pattern.
4. Roll cloved oranges in the spice mixture within 24 hours and set in a warm place to dry, turning fruit daily.
5. Drying takes from two weeks to possibly a month.
6. Pomanders are completely dry when they are hard.
7. Remove pomanders from the spice mix, dust off a little, and tie with decorative ribbons. (Wrap your orange in holiday ribbon leaving enough extra ribbon at the top for hanging. You can poke holes into the ribbon and through to the orange to help hold it in place.)

Set out in a bowl or you can use as Christmas ornaments. Also great hung in a closet! These can last for months to years!

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SCENTED  BALLS

1 Styrofoam Ball (size may very)
1 Cup dried herbs or potpourri, dried rose petals or dried small flowers for a 6" size ball
White Glue
Twine or Ribbon

1. Pour herbs mixture into a bowl. You may choose to ground leaves or petals in a coffee grinder or food processor or glue them on separately.
2. Cover an area of the ball with glue and roll ball through mixture, covering an area at a time.
3. Cloves may be glued on separately.
4. Cover ball with waxed paper and firmly press. Allow to dry completely before adding ribbon

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GIFT SOAP
Materials:
One bar of Ivory soap;
1/4 cup water;
2 drops of food coloring;
a good kitchen grater and
Optional: Essential oils if wanted.

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DECORATIVE SOAP BARS
Bar of soap (regular or glycerin)
Paintbrushes
Aluminum Coffee can
Large pot
Canning wax or a white candle
Candle/Soap Paint

Have children paint designs on the soap with the soap paint (acrylic will also work).
Meanwhile an adult places the coffee can in a pot half-filled with water. Drop in wax and melt it over low heat.
Use a disposable paintbrush to cover the design on top of the soap. Let the wax dry. The protective coating will allow the soap to be used without washing away the picture.

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Kids love writing on the tub when bathing and they can with...
SOAP "CRAYONS"!
For soap flakes recipes, you can make your own with finely grated bars of pure soap to make soap powder. The amount of water may need to be decreased, so start with less water and add as needed. If you don't want to make your own pure soap flakes, YOU CAN BUY a package in the laundry aisle at the grocery store.

***Do not use laundry detergent! ***

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RECIPE FOR BATH TIME CRAYONS:
3 cups soap flakes
1/2 to 1 cup water, approximately
1 teaspoon vegetable food coloring

With this recipe you can make the following...

1. MOLDED BATH TIME CRAYONS
Combine soap flakes and water. Add food coloring and put mixture into lightly greased ice cube trays, candy or soap molds. Press soap dough into molds lightly and let dry over night before un-molding.
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2. SHAPED BATH TIME CRAYONS
Grease your hands with vegetable oil first! Mix the soap and water to make the consistency of play dough. Put a few drops of vegetable oil on your hands; rub the palms of your hands so the soap won't stick to your hands while shaping it.
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3. SOAP ON A ROPE
You'll need some string. Shape the soap with your hands. Cut a piece of string and tie the ends together. Push the knot gently into your finished shape. Let the completed soap dry before hanging it by the rope.

4. MULTI COLORED SOAP ON A ROAP
Make two-tone soaps by using identical shapes of different colors and sandwiching them together.
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Adapted from: frugalhomemaker.com

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5. SOAP SHAPES USING COOKIE CUTTERS
Pat or roll out the mixture and have the children use cookie cutters or theme cutters to make individual soaps. Small cookie cutters make nice shapes in guest-soap size that can be placed in a small wicker basket for a gift, bathroom display, or drawer sachets.

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Be sure to check out the Gift Wrapping Ideas--it could be another fun activity and extend the gift making project!

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Other pages in this category of Crafts that are great for Gifts are:

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