Herbal Ornaments from the Heart

Gifts for family, check.

Gifts to be shipped, check.

Holiday cards purchased, written, stamped, and mailed, check, check, check and check!

WooHoo!!!

Oh wait, I’m not done, but I am SO done!


We all want to celebrate the season, but celebrate with a smile and really mean it! You know when you really mean it; when you genuinely give from your heart and share yourself with someone you care about. When you have handmade a gift to share, the recipient knows they matter to you. After all, what is more valuable to us all than our time? Best of all, this is a very quick, simple and affordable gift to make!

The following is a clever way to give your home-grown herbs to friends in this holiday season. Yours will be the gift that keeps on giving! It will not only look charming in presentation and decoration but the smells will be wonderful!

What you will need:

  1. handful of fresh herbs, we recommend: Botanical Interests Rosemary, Common English Thyme, Marjoram or True Greek Oregano
  2. clear glass ornament balls from any local craft store with hanging cap intact
  3. 3″ circle of favorite fabric (optional)
  4. ornament hangers
  5. 12″ long ribbon or raffia for bow
  6. printable tag from Botanical Interests to give with your gift, see illustrations below
  7. scissors for cutting and chopstick for coaxing the herbs into the ball

Instructions:

  1. Take your favorite herb that’s fresh, bright and clean.
  2. A day or two before giving away, cut the herbs into 5″ or smaller pieces.
  3. Insert the herb into the glass ball in a pleasing way. Use a chopstick to gently nudge it into the ball. Less is more with these herbs. You want some of the glass to show through the ball to accentuate your herb, the star of the show!
  4. Once you like the arrangement, place the metal hanging cap back on top of the ball.
  5. To add your fabric embellishment simply remove the hanging ring from the metal ornament cap and place fabric over top. Insert the ring through the fabric and into the cap ring holes. This will ensure that the fabric stays in place.
  6. Tie a bow around the metal cap or fabric covering.
  7. Print the tag from Botanical Interests, see illustrations below, that identifies what herb you are giving with drying instructions. We left room for you to write a note as well!
  8. Punch a hole in the tag and thread the ribbon/raffia through the hanging ring. Attach a ornament hook to hang your gift and Taadaa!!!!! You have got yourself a wonderful, simple and personal holiday gift!

Should you have the thyme:

We also thought this gift would be beautiful in other types of glass arrangements. Below is fresh herbal blend for Herbs de Provence that you can grow from your Botanical Interests seeds. Cut sprigs from the plants and place them into a clean and pretty give-away jar. Cover in your favorite fabric, tie with a ribbon and attach with the Botanical Interests note card, see illustrations below.

Herbs de Provence ~ a la Botanical Interests

What you will need:

  1. 3 sprigs of Common English Thyme
  2. 2 sprigs of Summer Savory
  3. 1 sprig of Marjoram
  4. 3 sprigs of Rosemary
  5. 1 sprig of Hyssop Lavender

Instructions:

  1. Wash herbs clean and pat dry.
  2. Place cut plants into jar in an attractive arrangement
  3. Cover with charming fabric and place rubber band around the top of the jar.
  4. Print out tag below and punch hole through the top.
  5. Thread tag with ribbon or a piece of raffia and tie into a bow for a lovely gift!

Note Cards and Gift Tags

Click here to download our designs for plant tags and note cards (illustrated by Botanical Interests artist and fellow blogger, Susan DiMarchi) or use them as inspiration for your own!

A cute gift idea: Attach photo corners to the note card to hold a Botanical Interests seed packet. Punch hole in top and tie with raffia or ribbon.


Posted on: December 8th, 2012 by The Garden Coach No Comments