Thursday, 5 January 2017

Christmas Tree Pot Pourri

Christmas is well and truly over now! And with the start of the New Year I am sure everybody has plans for things they would like to do in the next twelve months.

This normally starts I guess, prior to January 6th, with taking down all the Christmas decorations and saying goodbye to the tree for another year. 2016 was the first time I have ever bought a real Christmas tree, from an actual Christmas tree farm. At the start of last year, I decided to throw away my old and weathered artificial tree and pledged to only buy real ones in future. And that I did - she was a 7ft Fraser Fir and she smelled amazing!

I loved the rich citrus smell so much that yesterday when taking down all the decorations and having a clear out, I decided to "jar" the smell and keep it for the remaining winter months to remind me of how beautiful the tree looked in our 10ft bay window.



To start, I snipped off some of the upper branches of the tree that are still dark green and had all their needles firmly in tact.
Using my fingers I removed the needles - this was a sticky messy job but they way I saw it a lot of the scent comes from the branch itself so if bits flaked off with the needles that was a good thing.

Using the pile of needles I had collected, bits of branch included, I put them all in a large mixing bowl and added in the following items;
Whole Star Anise
Ground Nutmeg
Ground Cinnamon (only a little)
Whole Cloves (I used a lot)

I gave the needles a stir to mix everything thoroughly together and then portioned them out into glass jars. The jars I have used were just old used candles after they had burnt out. To remove remaining wax from these types of jars you just need to heat the wax with a lighter until soft then scrape it out and wash in hot soapy water.





I saved some whole sections of branch back and some whole star anise to decorate the top of these jars. 

I also reused a candle given to me for my birthday from The White Company called 'Winter' which I liked as I thought this smell is certainly winter to me. As I use matching candle lids as well, I could put the lid on this one to maintain the scent for longer.





My goal for 2017 is to try and be more frugal. I want to recycle/up-cycle or create more things in this way. What about using these as part of your wedding decor or center pieces if you are on a budget, having a winter wedding, or just love making things yourself?

Happy New Year!

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