These easy-to-follow steps will show you how to make beautiful wax sachets, perfect for adding a touch of festive decoration to your gift-wrapping or adding as ornaments for a natural air freshener on your Christmas tree.
Creating a warm and cozy home for the holidays is a priority for me, and one way of doing that is by creating a pleasing aroma in the house.
The natural fragrance from the orange and the added essential oils of pine or cedar are a perfect alternative if you don’t have a real tree in the house.
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Supplies to Make DIY Wax Sachets
- 1/2 lb. of Natural Soy Wax melts, paraffin wax, or beeswax. (Keep in mind that beeswax has a yellow tint to it).
- A silicone six-cavity rectangle silicone mold for making wax sachets
- Dried flowers or flower petals
- Faux greenery or dried botanicals
- Berries (holly, cranberries)
- Essential Oils of your choice ( some of my favorites are pine, rosemary, sweet orange, lemon, and frankincense)
- Dried fruit (especially dried orange slices or apple slices)
- Whole spices (cinnamon sticks, anise, peppercorns, cloves, etc)
- Dried herbs (they’re beautiful with a dried sprig of rosemary)
- Fresh sprigs of greenery
I like to use a dried orange slice or two in my wax sachets. You can read my blog post on how to best dry oranges here. Remember that your fruit must be dried to use in the wax sachets. You can also use faux berries or greenery for a special touch.
How to Make Wax Sachets: Step-by-Step Instructions
- Either employ a double boiler method or fill a glass measuring cup about 3/4 full with wax tablets or chips, then surround the cup with water. Be sure to pour water only about 2/3 of the way up the sides of the cup to prevent overflow.
- Melt the wax until it is clear, then add your fragrance oils and stir well.
- Pour the melted wax into the molds and let it cool slightly.
- Arrange your flowers, orange slices, berries, or greenery into the wax. (some people like to place their flowers into the wax first and pour over it) You can try both ways and see what works best for you. I prefer to add my decorations after the wax has been set up to expose the decorations. This way, they are not covered in wax completely.
- Remove your wax from the molds once they are completely dry.
- If your mold does not have a hole, you must place a hole by heating a sharp, pointed metal tool, like a pick, into the wax to create a hole. Be careful and take steps to keep from burning yourself. These molds have a hole in them, so it is much easier to work with, and I highly recommend them.
Place a piece of twine or ribbon through your hole to hang your wax sachet, or use it as a decoration for your gifts.
They solidify quickly, but if you prefer, you can place them in the refrigerator until they harden completely before removing them from the mold.
How to Package Homemade Wax Sachets
You have several options for packaging your scented wax sachets! They make a thoughtful gift on their own or as part of your gift wrapping. They look beautiful when bundled together with twine and adorned with a couple of greenery sprigs.
Here are a few different ways I have used my wax sachets.
- Gift wrapping: This year, I plan to embellish my gifts for friends and family by placing the wax sachets on top of my packages. I created my wrapping paper using craft paper and a snowflake-shaped cookie cutter for imprinting. I used a kitchen sponge cut into a tree shape to make the green trees, dipped it in paint, and stamped the paper with this homemade stamp.
- Christmas tree ornaments: Hang your wax sachets on your Christmas tree for a fresh scent in the room.
- DIY air freshener: Hang your scented wax sachet in your bedroom or bathroom for a breath of fresh air.
- Store in a bag: Wrap them in a lovely linen bag, especially if you’re gifting something personal like pajamas. Consider placing one inside the box to infuse the pajamas with a delightful scent.
- Holiday gift basket: Include several in a gift basket and use them to tie up adorable kitchen towels.
- Handmade wedding favors: Although the ones I made are holiday-themed, you could make your custom sachets as a wedding favor! They look lovely with calendula flowers, lavender, and other pressed flowers or herbs from your herb garden.
Storing Wax Sachets
Place your wax sachets in a linen bag to allow the fragrance to permeate your lingerie drawer.
Alternatively, store them in an airtight plastic container for safekeeping.
As they’re made from wax, avoiding direct sunlight or high temperatures is advisable to prevent melting or becoming sticky. Opt for storage in a cool, dry place and keep them away from any open flame.
- Be sure to dry any flowers or botanicals thoroughly. Tie them up with twine and hang them upside down from a baker’s drying rack or in a cool place for them to dry. They should crumble between your fingers when they’re completely dry. If they are not fully dry, they’ll have moisture, and mold could grow.
- Get creative and use what you have: Craft these sachets using various decorations you have at home. For instance, consider creating delightful lavender wax sachets paired with fresh, dried rosemary. Experiment with a floral arrangement by combining dried calendula, marigold, and purple statice. Showcase dried baby’s breath alongside your preferred rose petals. Another thoughtful idea is to dry a wedding bouquet and incorporate the flowers.
- Add ribbon or twine: Thread a piece of ribbon or twine through the hole in your sachet and hang it as a Christmas tree ornament or as a pretty decoration in small spaces like the bathroom.
More Handmade Holiday Gifts
I love to receive a handmade gift. It feels extra special, and I know the person giving it to me took a lot of time to come up with a good idea and put it together.
I also enjoy giving homemade gifts; it is a beautiful way to show my appreciation for others and how much I love them.
Here are a few other ideas that are fun and easy to make.
- Handcrafted candles: Create personalized candles by melting down wax and adding scents or colors. You can hold the wax with mason jars, teacups, or other unique containers.
- Homemade bath bombs or bath salts: Make relaxing bath bombs or bath salts using Epsom salt, essential oils, and baking soda. Package them nicely in glass jars or decorative containers.
- Finger-knitted blankets: These blankets are warm and cozy and only take about 4-5 hours to complete.
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