Sunday, November 17, 2013

Haul out the holly with the smell of Christmas spice...

It is amazing the things you find stored on your computer that had been forgotten, I'd once made a fact sheet for a crafty group exercise I had to present.

I'd first made these spice bags during the life's a banquet art show I mentioned in October's In My Kitchen.

The aroma of the spice bags smells just like Christmas cake, mince pies, and pudding, oh my!

On the dinning table used as a place setting they fill the air with the promise of what is to come, plus the guests get to take home a memento of the event.

Spice bags can be used as car air fresheners or in wardrobes to keep clothes fresh and moth free. (I think moths hate cloves)

  • Organza bags (my are 7cm x 10cm, but size is up to you)
  • Whole spices: cinnamon, cardamom pods, cloves, star anise, nutmeg, all spice
  • There is no specific quantity of each spice it is determined by personal preference

  • Put spices in bag (I really can't make it any simpler)
  • Tie off the organza bag. If the finished product will be around small children you may wish to sew up the bag to avoid a choking hazard.

  • Organza bags are available from “$2 type” shops or eBay if you want to do large quantities.
  • Spices must be whole and not ground; they are most affordable from Asian grocers or Indian spice stores.
  • Some people with Asthma may be affected by strong aromas, always check for allergies.
  • Be aware star anise may have sharp points if working with children.
  • You can tell the fact sheet was full of OHS warnings!!

The concept has expanded this year with Emergency Christmas in a jar. Instead of breaking glass in an emergency, a quick off with the lid and the perfume of Christmas can relieve any stressful moment. Unless it is Christmas that is your stress and well in that case I have nothing except this 3 point plan:

  • It's December 25 every year, the date doesn't change so don't wait to shop on Christmas eve
  • Make the day just about what is special to you and yours
  •'s just a baked dinner, chillax

If you are handy you could drill holes in the lid of the jar to allow the aroma to escape (I'm not)

Cos we all need a little Christmas.......


  1. G'day and what a great idea Jason, true!
    Wonderful for the holidays, but also throughout the year too!
    Cheers! Joanne

  2. Right this very minute. Candles in the window. Carols at the spinet. Great idea Jason. It's not even a baked dinner at our house. It's all cold. Cheers!

    1. Cold Christmas sounds a great idea Fiona...if i can ever be daring enough to break from tradition. I'm sorry if the song is still stuck in your least i'm not alone!