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One of my favorite holiday traditions that my mom and I would do together every year, was to make handmade and hand painted ornaments. Every year we would go to the local craft stores and get all of our supplies, then we would make an afternoon of it together, molding and shaping, painting, and glittering our creations. Some years we purchased ornaments that simply needed painting, while other years we got creative and turned pine cones into ornaments. To create diversity on our tree, we always liked to mix it up every year and make different types of ornaments. I have totally been wanting to continue the tradition with Syfy, and this year we made two different types of ornaments. I was hoping to make ornaments that we could also add a bit of aromatherapy too because you know how I love to turn everything into an aromatherapy moment.
Homemade Clay Holiday Ornaments
You can drop a couple drops of essential oil drops onto these clay ornaments so that they absorb them and diffuse lightly into the air! I like to use pine, fir, and cypress to give my tree that added forest smell, but peppermint and oranges & clove are also very festive smelling! Before delving into this post, I did a little bit of research on the different types of clay, to find what would be best for aromatherapy diffusers, and I came to learn that the most absorbent types of clay are recommended for the best scent hold. The most absorbent clay that is the best for aromatherapy diffusers is earthenware clay, but you need a kiln to be able to fire the clay at such high temperatures. For those of us that do not have a kiln, oven clay is a good choice. It's not nearly as absorbent but it will still hold some scent, and makes for really cute and fun projects that you can easily do with the kiddos. You can also take this idea and make diffuser necklaces too! I also like to make these with a little longer cord, as car aromatherapy diffusers.
- air-dry clay (or you can use the oven bake clay, just follow the oven baking instructions after stamping and decorating your creations!)
- hemp cord
- holiday stamps
- large wooden beads
- Sculpting kit
- Roll out your clay to about a 1/4 of an inch thick.
- I prefer to stamp my chosen stamp and the clay before cutting the shape with a cookie cutter or small cup, to preserve the shape of the final ornament.
- Using a cup/lid/cookie cutter/or some other tool to shape your ornaments, cut and/or shape them. Using toothpicks or clay sculpting tools, decorate your ornaments how you see fit.
- Using a toothpick, make a hole through from one side to the other for stringing.
- If using air dry clay, leave out to air dry overnight. If using the oven bake clay, follow packaging directions.
- Using hemp cord and large wooden beads, string your ornaments decoratively and give as gifts or put on your own tree!
Homemade Beeswax Holiday Ornaments
These are a much easier ornament to make and hold the scent very well! You can even paint them for more flare! You can also mold shapes by hand with beeswax, like clay, but it's helpful to melt it and let it cool until it is like putty, and then you can cut and shape it however you like.
- 2 cups beeswax pastilles
- hemp cord cut into 6-inch strands and tied to make a loop
- holiday silicone molds
- 20-40 drops essential oils (optional – if you want to make these smell great too, essential oils are a nice addition to your ornaments)
- In a double boiler, melt the beeswax completely.
- If using essential oils, only pour the beeswax into one mold section (filling only half full so that the ornaments aren't too thick) at a time so that you have time to drop and stir the essential oils into that section before it gets too hard. Move on to the next section until you are done filling, dropping, and mixing.
- Carefully place the hemp cord loops into the hot wax so that when it cools, the loops are secured inside the ornament.
- Allow to cool completely before removing from silicone molds.
- Decorate your awesome tree!
- Keep out of sunlight and extreme heat. Store in parchment or wax paper, in a cool dark place.
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