Thursday, December 19, 2013

homemade Christmas sachets

I think it's nice to give your children's teachers a little something for Christmas.  It was something we did when I was in school and I want to continue the gesture.  It doesn't have to be something big or fancy or even store bought.  I'm in favor of homemade gifts because it gets the kids involved.

Last year, we gave our teachers homemade berry wreaths.  This year we chose something significantly easier.  Addie was able to help me make these pretty little Christmas spice sachets for her and Bella's teachers.  It was extremely inexpensive and very quick.  You could use any herb or spice for this type of sachet.  Lavender or chamomile would be lovely.  We have access to cinnamon and cloves quite easily here and they are so quintessentially Christmas, so I thought it would be a nice touch.  We put these sachets in our car or in the bathroom and it smells amazing.  You could use them anywhere.  If you wanted, you could take off the bow and bell and use it to spice wine or cider.

What you need:
Cheesecloth (I like the organic unbleached kind)
Cinnamon bark
Whole cloves
Bakers twine
Jingle bells

We cut the cheesecloth in 8 inch by 8 inch squares roughly.  A big handful of the spices went in the middle.

We gathered up the corners and tied a tight knot with the bakers twine,  added a jingle bell, ribbon and a personalized tag.  At the end, we cut the cheesecloth on top to make the pieces even and pretty.

Addie wrote out her tags but I finished Bella's.
Aren't they sweet?

We packaged them in a little paper Christmas bag and the girls delivered them the next day.

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