At Home [A Handmade Christmas]

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Growing up I loved getting lost in stories like Little Women and Anne of Green Gables. Fascinated by the the mid 1800’s through the early 1900s. Times seemed a bit simpler then. Christmas celebrations certainly much simpler than they are now. Based less on things bought in a store, rather it was usually all handmade. It seemed more intentional. There’s nothing wrong with buying decor and gifts from a store. I do it all the time. But, there’s just something extra special about taking the time to make something yourself. Gathering natural ingredients and working with your hands. Whether it is a gift for someone or something to display in your home. Most homes in that time period would have a Christmas tree and stockings. Typically decorated with dried fruit and popcorn or ribbons and paper ornaments. Gifts usually included small toys and fruit for the children, maybe some sweets. Simple things like ribbons and pin cushions. I decided to incorporate this simplicity into our home this holiday season. Working on some homemade gift ideas and decorations and I wanted to share some of them with you today. So keep on scrolling for all the details of what I’ve worked on so far! 

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Simmer pots are a great way to warm up your home for the holidays. Using natural ingredients you can easily pick up at your grocery store. You can store the ingredients in jars for a quick gift for a neighbor or co-worker or throw everything in a pot with water on the stove for your own home! 

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I made this simple star of anise wreath. I had wired greenery on hand that I shaped into a circle. Then I simply glued whole pieces of anise on the wreath and tied it up with some red ribbon! Pretty and smells delicious! 

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Another simple homemade wreath using some wired greenery and some spring of faux greens [you could also use fresh]. I added some brass bells and the whole thing cost me about $6 
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homemade balms make wonderful gifts, they are simple and inexpensive to make!

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we dried bunches of fresh oranges to string on our tree this year. We plan on getting a small live tree closer to christmas and decorate it with popcorn, ribbon and some more oranges! 
  • Festive Simmer Pot 
    • a handful of cranberries
    • a few cinnamon sticks 
    • a couple of whole cloves 
    • a few sprigs of fresh rosemary 
    • orange peels 
    • fill your pot with water and place on the stove top on low heat and let your home be filled with sweet smelling goodness! Obviously do not leave this unattended!! 😉 

 

  • Sweet Dreams Balm:
    • 2 oz tin container 
    • 1 tablespoon beeswax 
    • 1 tablespoon organic vitamin E oil
    • 1 tablespoon organic olive oil
    • 10 drops Frankincense essential oil
    • 10 drops Serenity essential oil – if you don’t have Serenity you could try Stress Away from Young Living or Worry Free from Plant Therapy.  
    • To make, melt the beeswax + vitamin e oil + olive oil in a double boiler [or microwave safe pyrex measuring cup]. Once melted, add essential oils and stir well before carefully pouring into your metal tin. Set aside to cool overnight. I like to rub this on my feet at night before bed. 

       

  • Beard Balm
    • 2 oz tin container
    • 3/4 ounce beeswax
    •  3/4 ounce coconut oil
    • 1/2 ounce shea butter
    • 10 drops balsam fir essential oil
    • 8 drops orange essential oil
    • 8 drops bergamot essential oil
    • 2 drops clove essential oil 
    • follow the same steps as the bedtime balm 

 

  • Orange Slice Ornaments – slice your oranges thin and lay on a wire rack. Bake in a 175 degree oven, or as low as your’s can go for about 4 hours. Flip about every 30 minutes. Once they are dried out remove from the oven. I made a small hole in each one using the tip of my scissors and tied a piece of jute through each one. Do not leave the oranges in your oven unattended! 

 

  • Simple Star of Anise Wreath 
    • wired greenery shape into a circle
    • hot glue whole pieces of star if anise
    • tie up with ribbon

 

  • Soothing Bath Soak [great gift idea] [shelf life about 6 months] separate in 3-4 containers or one large container and use about 1/4 cup at a time. 
    • 1 cup powdered milk [you could use epsom salt in place of the milk as well] 
    • 1 cup baking soda
    • 1 cup store bought organic oat flour – or you can grind up your own oats
    • 20 drops of essential oils – I like [lavender + orange + frankincense]

 

  • Homemade Beeswax Candles – you can find the instructions to make your own here. or Homemade Tapers using sheets of beeswax. I purchases my sheets here
    • please always use caution when burning and making candles! Never leave candles unattended!

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Thank you so much for stopping by today friends! I hope you enjoyed some of these ideas! I still have a few projects up my sleeve and I’ll be sure to share them with you all soon! 

Blessings,

Bree xx

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