Imblog Crafts

Candle Wheel
Craft wreath
Eight white candles
Ivy leaves or vines
Glue gun

Directions: 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.

Ritual use: The eight candles are symbolic of the eight spokes of the year, and spinning the circle into motion at Imbolc is important. In ritual, the candles can be solemnly lit with a cauldron or bowl placed in the middle of the candle wheel. The cauldron or bowl can have the Wish Tree in the middle of it, with water all around it, and have new pennies thrown into it while cementing the wishes. Also the tree and the candle wheel can be toasted.

Imbolc Potpourri
45 drops of Musk oil ‘or’ Myrrh oil
2 cups dried Heather
2 cups dried Wisteria
1 cup dried Oakmoss
1 cup dried yellow Tulip petals
½ cup dried Basil
½ cup chopped Bay leaves

Priapic Wand
Small Tree Branch
Acorn
Thin Brown String or Thread
Yellow, Green, and Gold 1/4″ Ribbon
Small Gold/Silver Jingle Bells.

Select a small branch about 1/2″ to 3/4″ in diameter. Cut top end flat. Approx. 1/2″ below top score a groove (parents only) with a sharp knife. Take 1′ long piece of string/thread and tie in groove. Take another 1′ piece of thread and tie in groove on opposite side of branch. Place acorn at top of branch (flat end) and adhere with some glue. Now pull the string up over the cap and wind once around acorn. Repeat with all 3 other pieces of string. Pull strings back down to the groove in the branch and tie off. This will hold the acorn in place. Decorate the branch by wrapping it with the ribbons, leaving enough length at top for streamers. Tie gold/silver jingle bells to the ends of the ribbons. For smaller children, thread the bells onto the ribbon while wrapping the branch. Tell the children about how the acorn-wand is a symbol of the Lord of the Forest, and how this magical wand helps the sleeping plants and animals wake up and prepare for Spring.

Bride’s Cross
Method # 1

a handfull of wheat stalks
warm water
clothespins
clear or red thread and needle

Directions: Soak wheat stalks in warm water until pliable. Fold one stalk of wheat in half, leaving the kernels sticking out. Fold another one the same way, and thread through the first one. (It now looks like a long “L” ) Fold the third the same way, and insert through the second wheat stalk. (It now looks like an L with a tail) Fold and insert the fourth stalk through the third. Use the clothes pins to help keep the shape as you weave more wheat. Continue folding and threading the wheat stalks until you have several wheat woven through each “arm”. Allow to dry with the clothespins in place. Using the thread and needle, sew the stalks together – this is cheating, but I find that it’s necessary! Hang over the fireplace or stove

Method #2
Dried Wheat Stalks, Brown Thread.

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.

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