So when I was in Target the other day I got so excited because I saw the most awesome thing ever. Pine scented ornaments to hang on your artificial tree! Brilliant! And then I saw the price, which was cheaper than a live tree, but not by much. Not so brilliant. Disappointed, I put them back. But happily, by the time I got home I had thought of a way to make my own pine scented ornaments!
|Why yes, my little scented star is hanging out next to a chicken!|
I can't believe how easy and ridiculously cheap these were to make. I can't imagine ever having another holiday season without them again!
SCENTED STAR ORNAMENTS
approx 2" across
Small amount of worsted weight yarn (I used cheap acrylic yarn because I was concerned about the fragrance oil staining wool or cotton)
Size H hook
4-8 small cotton balls
Fragrance oil of your choice (I used Bramble Berry's Santa's Spruce FO, but I think peppermint or cinnamon essential oils would also be very nice)
6" Hemp cord (or yarn, embroidery floss, or an ornament hook)
Use my Mini Wishing Star pattern to make a star. I single crocheted around the two pieces to join them this time, but you can follow the original directions and whipstitch them together if you prefer. Don't close the star completely. Leave one point open. Don't weave in any ends or cut your yarn if you're sc-ing the star together...
Begin to stuff your star with 2-3 cotton balls (it won't fill the star, but it will fill in the points and make them nicely puffy)
Put 3 drops of fragrance oil onto a cotton ball and stick it into the center of your star ornament. Fill in around it with unscented cotton balls. *Don't add too much fragrance/essential oil to your cotton ball. I know, it's very tempting to want to saturate that thing with holiday cheer, but don't do it! You'll give yourself a headache. You can always add more if it doesn't smell enough for your likings, so err on the conservative side...
Finish single crocheting around your star (or whipstitching, if you prefer). Fasten off and weave in all ends.
Attach hemp cord to one of the star points and tie it with an overhand knot (or any other basic knot you know, this isn't fancy, it's function!)
Hang that sucker on your tree and enjoy the holiday cheer!! I added 3, which was just the right amount of good-smelling-ness for our home. They've been hanging on our tree for about a week and it's still delightful to come home to the Christmas-ey smell!
Oh, and today (12/7) is the last day of Saint Spoiling's Week! Last chance to grab your free books! xo!