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Imbolg Crafts and Activities

Candle Wheel

Craft wreath
Eight white candles
Ivy leaves or vines
Glue gun

Either drill thick holes into the wreath so that candles can be placed inside, or just secure them with screw-bottom candleholders or glue gun glue. Place the ivy leaves around in a decorative fashion.



Snow Candle Technique
....said to date from Medieval times and simply is as follows:

Into a bank of fairly hard packed snow, poke the end of a broomstick down 6 or 8 inches, remove and You are left with a hole. Insert wick and fill with melted wax. The wax hardens very quickly being outdoors in Winter.

Remove snow from around the snow candle and You will discover the most wondrous candle as the was tends to migrate into the surrounding snow crystals abit giving it a most unique finish. -found on an egroup



Bride's Bouquet Sachets

Imbolic Potpourri
1 Yard White Netting Material,
Yellow and Pink 1/8" width Ribbon
Scissors.

These sachets can be put in the children's clothing drawers or in rooms of the house that you'd like to smell of Imbolc even after the Sabbat is over.

Potpourri is made with

1/2 cup dried basil
1/2 cup dried chopped bay leaves
1 cup dried Heather flowers
1 cup dried Violets
1 cup dried white or pink rose buds

Blend together in non-metal bowl. Cut netting material into 4"x4"squares. Lay out squares on a flat surface. Place 1 heaping tablespoon of potpourri in the middle of each square. Pull up all the corners to the middle of the potpourri and gather the excess material until potpourri is caught in a "bag". Give bag on twist to the right and tie off with yellow or pink ribbon. Use enough ribbon to make a small bow in the front of the sachet. Tell children how these sachets were exchanged as symbols of good luck and fertility. -source unknown



Brighid's Crosses

Dried Wheat Stalks, Brown Thread

These crosses were exchanged as symbols of protection. They are easy to make and not at all time consuming. Take eight stalks with sheaves still attached. Place four stalks on flat surface with two sheaves at the top and two sheaves at the bottom. Measure approx. 6" of stalk between the sets of sheaves and cut off excess. Tie all four stalks together with the brown thread, first under the top sheaves, then above the bottom sheaves. Cut off excess thread. Repeat this procedure with the other four stalks, shortening the length between the sheaves to 4". Carefully separate the first set of stalks (two in front and two in back) and slip the second set through approx. 1" from the bottom of the top sheaves. Tie some thread in a knot just under the arms of the cross. Take the excess ends and diagonally wrap the thread over the opposite corresponding arm and back to the knot. Tie off in back and cut off excess ends. Let the children hand these Brighid's Crosses out to guests.

Source:unknown



Imbolg Incense

3 parts frankincense
2 parts dragon's blood
1/2 part red sandalwood
1 part cinnamon
a few drops red wine

To this mixture add a pinch of the first flower (dried) that is available in your area at the time of Imbolc.



Imbolg Incense

1 part willow wood
1 part rowan berries
2 parts benzoin
1/2 part lily of the valley
1/2 part periwinkle



Imbolg Oil

1/4 oz. almond oil
10 drops orange oil
9 drops siberian fir oil
5 drops frankincense oil
5 drops carnation oil
5 drops primrose oil
5 drops ginger oil
5 drops lavender oil
4 drops nutmeg oil

To the bottle add: dried orange flowers, garnet



Imbolc Oil

2 drops jasmine oil
2 drops rose oil
2 drops chamomile oil
2 drops lemon oil
2 drops lavender oil
1/8 oz. almond oil



Imbolc Potpourri

1 cup oakmoss, dried
2 cups dried heather
2 cups dried wisteria
1 cup dried yellow tulip petals
1/2 cup dried basil
1/2 cup chopped bayleaves
45 drops musk or myrrh oil



Imbolc Incense

5 parts wormwood
4 parts cinnamon
2 parts goldenrod
3 parts acacia gum
10 ml musk oil per 8 oz. dry ingredients



Imbolg Oil

10 parts clove oil
20 parts dragon's blood oil
5 parts wisteria oil
5 parts lotus oil
5 parts musk oil
almond oil base



Imbolg Oil

3 cinnamon sticks, broken
1 tb. rowan berries
1 tb. saffron
2 pinches basil
Cover with almond oil and steep.



Imbolg Oil

6 drops frankincense oil
3 drops sandalwood oil
3 drops lavender oil
2 drops cinnamon oil
almond oil base

-source unknown