Happy Home Charm tutorial- A pagan Blog project
SPRING! Just typing the word fills me with jittery excitement at the prospect of increasing daylight, warmer temperatures, and the rebirth of both plants and animals. Bugs start to buzz, birds start to chirp, and worms start to…well, worm I guess. It’s a time of balance, not too hot nor too cold, not too dark nor too light…ahhh everything is just right. Or is it?
It’s been a long dark and cold winter and there’s bound to be some stuffy negative energy that’s clinging around your home. Luckily, you’ll soon be able to open the windows and air everything out. Yup, it’s time for spring cleaning. Get rid of the clutter both physically and magically. You don’t need a bunch of stale energy just hanging around going sour on you. So here’s a neat little crafty-spell project the whole family can enjoy.
Happy Home Charms
- 2 cups white all-purpose flour
- 1 cup fine sea salt
- ½ cup corn meal
- 1 tbsp cream-of-tartar
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Food grade colouring (can use vegetable dyes too)
- 1 tsp Dried meadowsweet (added for peace & happiness)
- 1 tsp dried lavender buds (added for peace, protection & happiness)
- ½ tsp St. John’s Wort (added for health, protection & happiness)
- 13 dried black beans (added to repel/expel negativity)
- Lavender essential oil (added for purification)
- Apple essential oil (added for happiness)
- Parchment paper
- Wax paper
- Baking pan
- Rolling pin
- Cookie cutters
- Coffee grinder or food processor
- Plastic straw
- Small detailing paintbrush (optional)
- Latex or rubber gloves (optional but recommended)
- Apron/old clothing (optional but recommended)
There are a few steps to this project. First you have to make the offering stone dough. To learn how, watch our video tutorial by clicking here or follow these instructions.
When making the dough, it is best to have your ingredients pre-measured since it’s a fairly quick process, and it would likely go south super-fast if you tried to measure as you go. Having said that, place the water in a pot and warm it up on med-low heat. When the water is warm, add your flour, salt, cornmeal, cream-of-tartar and oil. Stir quickly, don’t stop or the dough will get a thick, crusty skin.
When the dough looks like thick oatmeal, remove the pot from the heat and knead the dough as soon as it’s cool enough for you to handle.
If you’re going to add colour to your dough, do it now. Separate the dough into as many pieces as you want colours and roll into balls. Using your finger or the end of a wooden spoon, create a well in the center of each ball of dough. Place the colouring into the well.
I recommend using rubber gloves for this part as the food colouring stains everything it touches including skin! Once the coloring is blended set dough aside.
In the coffee grinder (or food processor) grind the beans and herbs as finely as you can get them. Then separate this mixture evenly between the dough balls.
Again, make a well in the center of each ball; add the dried herbs and 1 drop each of lavender and apple oil. If you’d like to add glitter, do so now. Mix the dough (I suggest using gloves for this step as well).
Place one ball of dough at a time between two sheets of parchment paper and roll to ¼” thickness with a rolling pin. Using the cookie cutters cut out springtime shapes. Poke holes for hanging using the straw.
Line a baking pan with parchment or wax paper and place your shapes on there to dry. It will take about three days—give or take—for the cookies to dry completely. To keep the edges from lifting, flip the shapes at least once a day during the drying process.
Once the shapes are dry you can thread ribbon or string through the holes and hang them as is, or you can go one step further by decorating your charms with magical symbols.
I like to use my own magical symbols, but if you don’t feel like making your own, you could search the web and find many ideas there. You could even make it easier and simply use words. I find the easiest way to write on these dried charms is to use undiluted food-colouring and a small detailing paintbrush. Let this dry thoroughly or you might accidentally transfer some of the food coloring to something you don’t want coloured.
Phew! Okay, now that all of that is done, it’s time to charge these little babies.
Find a comfortable place to sit and place all of your charms in a basket or bowl in front of you.
Imagine yourself growing roots and becoming solidly anchored to the earth. Feel the buzz of newly forming life. Think about the dark blanket of winter being lifted to unveil the bright airy spring. Spend a moment to think of each of your family members (furry ones included) and envision happy and protective energy flowing from the earth and into your body.
Say, “Bits of dough, dried to stone please surround and infuse my home,
with happy feelings and thoughts of joy,
for every man, woman, girl or boy.
Now hover your hands above the charms and let that energy flow directly into the cookies. When you feel they are ready Say, “Thank you.” And smile.
Yup, smile! A wide eyed, toothy grin! If you feel silly doing this, then laugh out loud at yourself. Feel the joy!!!
Your charms are ready! You can now hang them around your house or give them away as gifts.
Hope you enjoyed this project. Spring blessings to you all!
Thanks for reading,