This is for posting instructions of witchy crafts, posting things we've made, etc. Examples, wands, pentacles, candles, drawings, you name it.
HOW TO MAKE A SMUDGE STICK.
HOW TO MACRAME
HOW TO WIRE WRAP CRYSTALS
Lavender and Rosemary Soap
Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia) and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) each have a mild yet stimulating effect on skin. Both are antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and beneficial for treating wounds, blemishes, boils, dermatitis, fever blisters, and more.Begin this soap by making and infusion of fresh lavender flowers and rosemary leaves. To make an infusion, pour one cup of steaming hot water over three tablespoons of dried or fresh lavender flowers and rosemary leaves (proportioned as you like) and steep for ten minutes.
3 cups glycerin soap base1/4 cup lavender flowers/rosemary leaves infusion1 1/2 tsp. lavender oil1/2 tsp rosemary oil1 tsp pulverized dried rosemary (optional)
Combine melted base and herbal materials. Stir until blended, then pour into molds and cool.
This soap is very pleasing–so try not to give it all away! Store some in a linen closet for yourself and your family.
Summer First Aid
Keep a blend of Lavender and Tea Tree on handfor First Aid this summer. It’s more effectivethan either of the oils used alone.
For Summer Colds with Chest Congestion
Try a steam inhalation with essential oil of Green Myrtle. A good expectorant for respiratory complaints.
Pamper Your Feet this Summer
Regular foot massage benefits the whole body.Here are some ideas for blends to help refreshthose tired and sometimes swollen feet.
3 drops Lavender2 drops Chamomile10 ml or 1/3 oz carrier oil
or2 drops Lavender2 drops Peppermintin 10 ml carrier oil
If you stand on your feet all day here isa treatment to help with swelling and circulation.1 drop Cypress1 drop Lavender
add to a bowl of warm water to which about 12 smoothround pebbles have been added.
Roll the soles of your feet slowly over the pebblesfor a few minutes, then dry your feet
Romantic Glowing Shells
Create Bergamot-scented candles that will glow all evening. Collect then thoroughly rinse seashells and add tea lights, removing out tins. Melt paraffin wax and carefully fill the seashells. Add twoto three drops of Bergamot oil to the wax, while it is still soft and melted. The fragrance will rise with the heat of the flame. Other essential oils may be used.
A Summer Cooling Recipe
With the hot summer months ahead a great recipe to try is a Peppermint and Tea Tree foot lotion.Cooling Peppermint and the antibacterial, antifungal properties of Tea Tree make this a great summer treat. Take 8oz. of any unscented lotion, add 20 drops Peppermint, 20 drops Tea Tree and 20 drops of Rosemary essential Oil. Blend in a measuring cup and pour into a bottle.Use as needed to revive tired feet. This blend will be energizing so you may not want touse it to close to bedtime.
Deodorant Body Splash:
Vinegar–4 ozVodka–3 teaspoonsGrapefruit–9 dropsLavender–5 dropsLemon–6 dropsPeppermint–3 dropsRosemary–4 dropsSage–6 drops
Add to 2 cups purified water. Blend the oils together, add them to the vodka, and shake well. Let settle for half an hour, then add the vinegar and shake well. Pour mixture into 2 cups purified water and shake well. Finally, pass the liquid through a paper coffee filter. The longer you leave the essential oils in the vodka and vinegar mix before adding to the water, the stronger the scent will be.
MAYPOLE PART 3
Insert the screw in the top of the pole; fit the beribboned disc, ribbon-side up, over the screw. Then add the top disc, and, finally, the finial. Twist the finial until it feels secure and the discs are tight. To secure the pole in the ground, dig a hole two feet deep, and line it with an umbrella ground sleeve. Tighten the nut on the sleeve until the pole is held firm. The pole will then stand eight feet above ground. A patio umbrella stand could work as well. Just be sure tostake it into the ground to prevent the pole from toppling.
MAYPOLE PART 2
Paint pole, discs, and finial with glossy latex paint. Drill a hole slightly less than the diameter of the screw through the center of each disc, and a matching hole in one end of the pole. Unroll the ribbons, fold in half lengthwise, and cut a triangular notch into the center of each fold, creating a diamond-shape opening. Lay the ribbons flat, first dividing the disc into quarters, then placing two more ribbons in each quarter, centering the diamond-shape opening over the drilled hole. Secure the ribbons with thumbtacks, then use astaple gun to attach each ribbon along the perimeter of the disc and again at the center.
HOW TO MAKE A MAY POLE
Once the maypole is set up, the children can dance to a waltz, a polka, a jig, or any tune you choose. Our dancers kept track of their braiding by chanting, "
Go over it, then under it, and over it and under it," to keep from getting tangled in their ribbons.
Glossy latex paint
Two wooden discs, each 6 inches in diameter
19/16-inch-diameter wooden pole cut to a length of 10 feet
Six 10-yard rolls of pastel, single-faced, 1 1/2-inch-wide satin ribbon
3-inch double-sided screw
ALTOID TIN ALTER PART 2
gather your objects that you are going to put in the tin. I have some white birthday candles, a bit of mirror, s seashell, some matches, scraps of paper, a small pen, and some various crystals and rocks. I have something that I use as a representation of each of the elements. candles: fire crystals: earth seashell: water and the matches are kind of a combination of air and fire.
stick all of your objects inside of your tin and you're good to go! keep in mind that you can customize your pocket altar however you see fit. some keep incense or vials of oil in theirs. I had neither so I obviously didn't put those in mine. you can keep those things, leaves and herbs, anything you see fit.
And you're done!
Altoid Tin Pagan Altar
portable little altars
you need to go out and get a tin of altoids. once the tin is empty make sure that the inside is clean.
once you have cleaned your tin trace it and draw or print out an image. choose something that represents your spiritual beliefs or something that inspires you such as pictures of nature. many people choose to use the deity they pray to and call upon. mine has some personal symbolism that represents my beliefs.
cut your picture out and tape or glue it to the inside of your altar.
CRAFTING A WAND
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Last Sunday some witchy friends and I got together to make wands. It was a fun afternoon of good company and crafting – and I think we all found that wands are not difficult to make either.
Those wands in the photo above are all mine, and all different. The top one is just a bit of driftwood I found on the beach and have been using as a wand for a few years; the one underneath it I made a couple of years ago from apple wood; the next one down is twisty hazel and was made and given to me by a friend; the one at the bottom is silver birch with a quartz crystal tip. That is the one I made on Sunday.
At the very basic level, a wand is just a piece of wood of the right length and thickness to hold in your hand and point comfortably. You can quite easily just pick up a stick that’s blown down from a tree in a storm – or washed up on a beach – and use it to cast a circle or direct magical energy in a spell or ritual. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. But, of course, it is nice to have a wand that not only looks pretty but has been crafted with specific magical purposes in mind.
The first thing to think about is what tree the wood came from and what that means. In terms of magical correspondences, the Irish tree alphabet of Oghamis a good place to start. For example, apple is good for fairy magic, hazel represents wisdom and inspiration, while birch is the tree of new beginnings. If you want to go into more detail you could refer to a book such as Wood Wisdom.
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