The Hort’s Top Holiday Crafts

 

Festive pomander balls and evergreen boughs

 

Materials:
-Firm oranges
-Whole cloves
-Toothpick
-Pine cones and evergreen boughs

Directions:

1. Choose a pattern and poke holes in the orange with a toothpick to replicate your pattern
2. Fill the holes in the oranges with gloves and your pomander balls are ready!
3. Arrange pomander balls, pine cones and evergreen boughs to make a beautiful display

Great as a dining table centerpiece!

Holiday printmaking techniques and leaves

 

Materials:
-Real leaves
-Sketch paper and construction paper
-Water-based paint
-Paint brushes
-Scissors and glue

Directions:
1. Choose your leave and begin painting leaves (Be as creative as you would like with your color combination!)
2. Immediately after, carefully place the leaf on the sketch paper and apply pressure on the leaf to create print
3. Carefully remove leaf and allow plaint to dry for a couple of hours
4. Cut out leaf print and glue on to construction paper and you’re done!

Perfect for holiday cards!!

Healing homemade lip balm

Ingredients:
-2 cups grated beeswax or beeswax pastilles
-2 cups virgin coconut oil
-1 cup shea butter
-A dash of organic raw honey
-1 drop of essential oil per container

About Beeswax: Beeswax can act as an emollient (moisturizer) as well as protect your lips from the elements, but the most important role it plays is that it is what gives your lip balm its stiffness and body so that it can be easily transported and applied.

About Shea Butter: The ivory-colored fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa). Shea butter is widely used in cosmetics as a moisturizer, salve or lotion. It is edible and is used in food preparation in Africa. Occasionally, the chocolate industry uses shea butter mixed with other oils as a substitute for cocoa butter.

About coconut oil: Coconut oil will not coat and smother your skin like petroleum based products, and moisturizes deep down. Its fatty acids hold onto moisture, and can help reinforce the skins lipid (fat) layer, which promoted hydration.

About honey: Honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts and holds onto water molecules.

About essential oil: Unlike their artificial competitors, essential oils are derived from actual plants. They are concentrated oils, so one drop goes a long way.

Directions:
1. In a double boiler, melt down the beeswax,
2. Add in the coconut oil, shea butter and honey when about half of the beeswax is no longer solid
3. Stir well
4. After it’s all melted and blended together, pour into container or a tube and let cool
5. Add one drop of essential oil to each container and stir gently
6. Apply as needed for soft, moisturized lips! Enjoy!