Essential Oil Ornaments

Find & Fix it Friday:
As we inch into Christmas it is time to start thinking about decorating and gifting!! This DIY will help all you elves kill two birds with one stone- gotta love that in the busy holiday season!! Plus if you follow our blog you know that we have a love for all things essential oils. I think the bloggers in us love that we can do endless projects with essential oils. From cooking to candles to beauty products and even natural remedies to heal health issues, what other ingredient can do it all? Yep. Agreed. Nothing. So let's dive in- we made some adorable Scandinavian ornaments last Christmas and this year we got to thinking- they don't just have to hang and look adorable on the tree, let's put them to work! A few drops of essential oils and you can instantly transform the room. I am not sure if anything screams Christmas more than a warm room filled with peppermint, pine or cinnamon scents.
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Photo Credit Anya McInroy
We made the recipe for these ornaments on a previous post, it's SO simple and only requires three ingredients- gotta love that!
1 cup of baking soda
1/2 cup of cornstarch
3/4 cup of warm water
Go to the ornament dough recipe here: http://zestitup.com/simple-scandinavian-ornaments-made-with-cornstarch-dough/
Stir your dough
While your dough cools make sure it stays moist using a damp paper towel to keep from drying out...
Grab a rolling pin (or anything cylinder in our case) and begin to roll out the dough. We did find that it would stick a little so we suggest grabbing some parchment paper to line your surface, then adding another sheet on top of the dough between the rolling pin and the dough. So recap- counter, parchment paper, dough, parchment paper and then roll away!! If you are still sticking sprinkle some corn starch to help!
Once you have a nice even spread it is time to create your festive shapes!
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and cut out all your fun shapes.
Use a straw to punch holes at the top of each ornament.
Bake your ornaments at 220 degrees F for 1 hour. Be sure to check on them at 40 minutes to avoid browning and flip them with a spatula as needed. Once done baking let them cool for 10 minutes and you are set to string them.
Now it is time to play with flavor combos! Essential oils come in all sorts of flavors and blends. Not only do they smell amazing but they all have natural healing benefits as well (headaches, stress relief, allergies, etc). Here are a few of our favorite Christmas scents that are sure to bring a smile to your tree.
Frankincense
Cinnamon
Myrrh
Peppermint
Nutmeg
Cedarwood
Pine Needles
Cloves
Ginger
Sweet Orange
Pine Needle
Juniper Berry
Cassia
Vanilla
Spruce
Cypress
Douglas Fir
You can also become a mad scientist and have fun making your own blends, here are a few to inspire. I would recommend doing a few drops on each ornament with each flavor to make for a great smelling combo.
Christmas Tree Blend:
Douglas Fir, Cypress, Sweet Orange, Cinnamon, Frankincense
Holiday Stress Relief:
Frankincense, Peppermint, Lavender
Holiday Joy:
Sweet Orange, Cinnamon,Clove Bud
Christmas Tradition:
Frankincense, Myrrh, Sweet Orange
Christmas Spirit:
Spruce, Cinnamon, Sweet Orange
Vanilla Spice:
Cinnamon, Sweet Orange, Vanilla, Nutmeg
Merry Mint:
Sweet Orange, Peppermint, Vanilla
Pumpkin Pie:
Cinnamon, Clove Bud, Nutmeg
Simply add a few drops to your ornament and you are good to hang!! As you see the scent fade, add a few drops and you are sure to keep the Christmas cheer in the room!!
You can make a super cute package with some essential oil flavors and your gift is complete. You can get essential oils at most beauty stores and even places like TJ Max and some grocery stores.
Cheers to a fabulous smelling tree and an easy diy project and gift!
xoxo
Sam & Chanda
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Have a question about this project?

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  • Theresa Nelson
    on Dec 23, 2016

    How long do you cook the dough? I can't find the recipe on the website you gave.

    • Neja
      on Dec 1, 2019

      Bake your ornaments at 220 degrees F for 1 hour. Be sure to check on them at 40 minutes to avoid browning and flip them with a spatula as needed. Once done baking let them cool for 10 minutes and you are set to string them.

  • Mikkigirl
    on Nov 30, 2019

    Can the ornaments be painted or decorated? If so would that be done before adding the essential oil?

  • MaryAnn
    on Dec 13, 2019

    Can gel food coloring be used to color the dough?

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  • Ppo10883674
    on Dec 26, 2016

    What a clever idea! I love essential oils and they can be so good for us in so many ways. Thank you for sharing.

  • Gina Richardson Howell
    on Jan 27, 2018

    I love this, can you add food coloring to them color. I also thought about outlining the sides with glitter glue to give it a sparkle.

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