Scented kindling bundles – An herbal fire starter DIY for campfires and cold nights

single kindling bundle wfs

single bundle

Herbal Kindling bundles

Kindling bundles in the shop

Herbal fire starters are the perfect way to start the fireplace or wood stove  roaring on those cold winter nights. I think they’re a splendid way to incorporate the summer garden into a winter holiday tradition! Use them to light those bonfires and campfires too, as the burning herbs help repel pesky mosquitoes and other insects. Personally, I like to tie one on a bottle of wine, as they make a great addition to any hostess gift!

All kinds of herbs and dried plant material can be incorporated into these bundles. I add many herbs including Sage, Oregano, Thyme, Lavender, Marjoram, Oregano, Mint, Lemon balm Tansy, Savory, Artemisia, boxwood, Statice flowers, Echinacea, Yarrow, black-eyed Susan seed heads, and even dried licorice plant stems from my hanging baskets.

sage and thyme wfs blog

sage and thyme

3 tiered Kindling Bundle WFS blog

braided bundles

Simply layer different dried herbs together and tie them with raffia. They can also be braided and hung on the wall, waiting to be used.

I especially like using Lemon Thyme in my bundles. It smells so nice! Again, simply dry it flat on an old tray. Same thing goes for Sage, but hanging it up to air dry works well, too.

When it’s time to clean up the garden, take a good look at what can be used from your own garden to create these easy DIY bundles, and save yourself taking it to the landfill!

Happy bundling!

 

Twigs and moss and birch, oh my! DIY miniature furniture for Fairy gardens!

Fairy bed with canopy - Karen Sloan - Wall Flower StudioCreating miniature twig furniture has become quite the creative outlet for me. These wee pieces are a lot of fun to make! They add just the right magical touch to a miniature fairy garden.

All you need is a glue gun, some branches, a bit of moss,  acorns, and other little found bits, then you’re off to the races. In fact, half the fun is foraging for the materials, and if you have kids, it’s a fun nature activity that everyone will enjoy!

This photo shows a wee canopy bed I made. A few inches of white tulle for the top and voila! It seemed to add just a little touch of charm! The matching ‘duvet’ and ‘pillow case’ are made from matching birch bark. Have to add, I mainly use found items from the forest floor.

If you’re interested in viewing some of my sold pieces to get ideas, please feel free to visit my Flickr photos.

Happy foraging!