Make Your Own Floral & Herb Incense

Cleanse your home with a floral and herb bundle. They smell amazing lit or unlit and make great gifts that can last for years. Bonus: We're also showing you how to gold leaf a fire-safe bowl to catch any falling embers or ash as you walk around your space.

November 18, 2019

DIY Floral + Herb Incense 04:47

Cleanse your home by making a floral and herb bundle to burn.

Materials + Tools

  • sage
  • rosemary
  • assortment of flowers
  • organic embroidery thread
  • twine
  • bowl
  • gold leaf + adhesive
  • sand
  • floral snips
  • scissors
  • brush
  • washi tape

Prep Flowers & Herbs

DIY Floral & Herb Incense: Prep Stems

DIY Floral & Herb Incense: Prep Stems

Begin by collecting fresh herbs and flowers from your garden or supermarket. Next, cut the stems to similar lengths and place them in easy-to-grab piles.

Photo by: Liz Gray

Liz Gray

Begin by collecting fresh herbs and flowers from your garden or supermarket. Next, cut the stems to similar lengths and place them in easy-to-grab piles. Pro Tip: Sage, rosemary, miniature roses, lavender, baby’s breath and flower petals will dry well for this project.

Create Bundle

DIY Floral & Herb Incense: Create Bundle

DIY Floral & Herb Incense: Create Bundle

Grab a generous handful of fresh herbs, keeping the stems as flush as possible to the bottom of your palm. Build up a bundle by layering the flowers on top of the herbs, making the bundle as thick or thin as you’d like.

Photo by: Liz Gray

Liz Gray

Grab a generous handful of fresh herbs, keeping the stems as flush as possible to the bottom of your palm. Build up a bundle by layering the flowers on top of the herbs, making the bundle as thick or thin as you’d like.

Secure Stems

Cut a long piece of embroidery thread and tie around the stems of the bundle (Image 1). Avoid using any kind of synthetic string. Wrap the thread around the stems several times. Since the bundle will shrink when dry, wrap very tightly to keep everything intact. Next, wrap the embroidery thread spiraling tightly from the bottom towards the top (Image 2). Then spiral down in the opposite direction, crisscrossing the thread. Finally, secure the thread by tightly tying a knot with twine, tucking in any excess (Image 3).

Let It Dry

DIY Floral & Herb Incense

DIY Floral & Herb Incense

Cleanse your home by making a floral and herb bundle to burn. They smell amazing lit or unlit and make great gifts that can last for years.

Photo by: Liz Gray

Liz Gray

Allow the bundle to dry for about two weeks in a cool and dark location like a closet that isn't used often. The bundle will be fragile and stiff to the touch when it’s is completely dry.

FIREPROOF INCENSE BOWL

Apply Adhesive

DIY Floral & Herb Incense: Apply Adhesive

DIY Floral & Herb Incense: Apply Adhesive

Following the instructions on the packaging, use a paintbrush to apply a thin even layer of gold leaf adhesive on the bottom portion of the bowl. Let adhesive dry until tacky.

Photo by: Liz Gray

Liz Gray

Use a piece of washi or painter's tape to section off areas of the bowl that won’t be covered in gold leaf. Following the instructions on the packaging, use a paintbrush to apply a thin even layer of gold leaf adhesive on the bottom portion of the bowl. Let adhesive dry until tacky. Generally, the adhesive will become translucent when tacky.

Add Gold Leaf

Lay sheets of gold leaf onto the adhesive, press and remove backing (Image 1). For easier application, cut the sheets into smaller pieces. Brush off any excess with a soft paintbrush (Image 2).

Add Sand

DIY Floral & Herb Incense

DIY Floral & Herb Incense

Cleanse your home by making a floral and herb bundle to burn. They smell amazing lit or unlit and make great gifts that can last for years.

Photo by: Liz Gray

Liz Gray

Add sand to the bowl to help extinguish the incense and catch embers.

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