Saturday, January 7, 2012

Sachet, Sachet, Sachet

I'm easing myself into Valentine's day crafts.  The house looks bare without our Christmas decorations, but I'm just not ready to put red hearts all over the place.  However, I made these sachets today and pink hearts snuck onto a few of them! 

 I'll admit, I had to buy a few (inexpensive!) supplies to make these.  I have been wanting to make more burlap "ornaments" (or "fun things to hang about" if it's not Christmas-time), but I wanted them to be scented, since one of the recipients of my burlap star ornaments desperately wanted hers to smell good!   Luckily, making your own sachet filling is easy and cheap :)
I found a recipe that just needed a little bit of tweaking.  First, I chose corn cob pet bedding.  The site said you could also use all-natural clay kitty litter, but I just don't know if I could ever get over the fact that it was kitty litter.  Like, I think I would always smell the faint odor of a cat, corn cobs it is!  I easily found the corn cob pet bedding at Meijer in the pet aisle, and it was $8 for a large bag.  I decided to make 4 cup batches (the recipe called for 8 cup batches, but I thought if I disliked a scent, 8 cups would be a lot to give away!).  I decided on scented oil from the candle aisle (also at Meijer) for the variety of scents and the cost - only $1.99 a bottle!  I really wanted lavendar essential oil, but that stuff cost over $10 for a smaller bottle - yikes!  Maybe when I sell a bunch of these at my shop I can justify the expense.  For now, I got four of the cheaper scents.  Here's what I started with:
A large-ish bag of corn cob pet bedding
4 bottles of scented oil
     Citrus Ginger
     Clean Linen
     Tropical Citrus Tango
     Jasmine White Gardenia
4 gallon baggies, labeled with names of oil
I measured everything over the kitchen sink - it was a rare moment for me - I usually think of that after I spill highly-concentrated scented oil on my porous brick floor...Anyway, I put 4 cups of corn cob bedding in each bag, drizzled one tablespoon of scented oil over it, then sealed the bag and shook it like crazy.  
Then, I left the bags for a couple days.  The recipe said I should leave them for two weeks, but I don't have that kind of planning going on in my life!  I did go in and shake them a couple times a day.  It didn't seem like any oily residue was really getting left on the inside of the baggies, so I thought the filler was probably OK to use.  I made some darling burlap fabric sachets - it was really easy! 
Just draw a shape you like on some recycled cardboard (those trusty old cereal boxes!).
Cut it out and tape the edge of the shape back together, and center on your sachet.  Then, dab the paint color of your choice into the shape and let dry.  
You may not have quite the success I did, as I was being inspired by my design assistant...
...and Spatula Man
I paint, you paint, we all paint, right?  If you go easy on the paint, drying only takes 20-30 minutes.  My sachets are 5" square (mostly, there were some that were a tad smaller!), and I put a heaping 1/4 cup of filler in each one. 
I am VERY excited with how well they turned out - too bad you don't have a scratch and sniff monitor, because they all smell just delightful!  I even made a couple of plain ones from the scraps and hung them up in my linen closet - yum!  Don't you want a few, too?  Stop by my shop & get yourself some sweet smelling sachets.

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  1. I really like them! They seem pretty simple to make and they add a lot of character. I don't want a bunch of red or pink lovey dovey stuff all over my home right now...I'm enjoying the less cluttered look after the Christmas stuff came down.
    I DO have some burlap hanging about ;)

  2. One of my New Year's resolutions it to work ahead more for the holidays in 2012. It is so important for posting purposes as well as for personal stress management. :) Thank you for the inspiration (and for linking up to Freshmen Friday)! :)

  3. Oooo Burlap!! I'm in love with this project and want to make them asap!! I just need to get the scented filler and then I can!!
    Thank you so much for sharing and linking up to Lisa's Linky List!!
    ~Lisa @ Lisa's Craft Blog

  4. What gorgeous little ornaments! Love all the painting shots too!

    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  5. Very cute little sachets, Cameron! Thanks so much for sharing at the Kiss & Tell linky party at my place. I wish I had a scratch & sniff monitor!! LoL.

  6. Thank for joining our linky party over in Old Blighty! I like these. I don't think I could have used cat litter either! They are certainly uptodate version of scent bags.

    Lesley / Bathtime Team

  7. These are so sweet! I so want t try making my own "filler" - love the simple design on the burlap. I pinned it.

  8. Yeah, I tried to scratch and sniff anyway, but you're right - it didn't work. Love those little birdies. Thanks for linking up!

  9. These are such a smart idea and I love the one with the birds on it!

  10. sweet hearts! what a charming deco :)

  11. These are super cute! What a great idea!

  12. Cute!!! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday. (I left this in the kids category since your kiddos are helping out)


  13. These are so cute! I love burlap. I made alot of my Christmas decorations with burlap this year. I am a new follower, looking forward to seeing more! Thanks for sharing :o)


  14. Cute! I love that little helpers can get involved too!
    Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

  15. So cute! Definatley going to give it a try... following you now, can't wait to see more!

  16. Thank you so much for sharing your great project at JAQS Studio "Made by ME" linky party.

    I featured you today! :)


  17. I love this idea~ My kids and I are making them this weekend!
    I am linking this from my blog featuring awesome holiday gift ideas... hope you don't mind I am using your photos for the links. Please let me know if you want me to remove... I will most definitely...!
    Happy holidays.


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