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 box...so, 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
Tropical Citrus Tango
Jasmine White Gardenia
4 gallon baggies, labeled with names of oilI 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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