HearthBeats: Crafts from a Kitchen Witch

October 1st, 2010

Hey Guys and Gals.. I am sending out some crafts and ideas… Thought it might be interesting for Samhain



You will need: 4ft dowel- 1″ in diameter or a tree branch of the same approximate size, ball of twine, scissors, straw, thin willow twigs, broom corn or pliable herb stock.

Take the straw or other herb stalk that you have chosen and soak overnight in luke warm salted water. The water swells the stalk slightly for bending without breakage, and the salt dispels former energies. When ready, remove stalks from the water and dry for just a bit. Not too much or the stalk will stiffen up, again.

Place the dowel on a table where you have room to work. Start lining the stalks along the dowel , about 3 inches from the bottom, moving backwards. Begin binding the stalks to the dowel with the twine. Tie very securely.

You may add as many layers as you like, depending on how full you want the Besom to be. When stalks are secure, gently bend the top stalks down over the binding. When all have been bent over, secure the stalks again with more twine a couple of inches under the first binding.

Allow to air dry for a day or two. The dowel can then be stained, painted, or carved into to make personal. Remember to concentrate and charge at the next full moon.


Items needed:

  • An oblong bead
  • A pendant
  • Approx. 9″ chain (a broken necklace will work great)
  • Needlenose pliers
  • One pin head wire (found in bead stores)
  • Clippers (I use toenail clippers!)
  • Two small beads


  1. Thread the beads onto the pin head wire in this order: small bead, oblong bead, small bead.
  2. With the clippers, clip off remaining wire, leaving approx. 3/4″ remaining.
  3. Using the needle nose pliers, bend the wire holding the beads into a ring and clamp.
  4. Open a link on one end of your chain, and thread through the loop you just made. Clamp shut using the pliers.
  5. Open the link on the opposite end of your chain, loop through the pendant. Clamp shut.

To use the Pendulum, hold the pendant in your hand loosely, elbow on the table, letting the pendulum swing free. Still the movements of the pendulum with your other hand. Ask the pendulum to show you “yes” – the pendulum should start to move in a pattern, usually in a circle or back or forth. If you can’t really tell, ask the pendulum to be more precise. Once a pattern is established, this is the Pendulum’s “yes.” Now, ask the pendulum to show you “no.” Keep your pendulum in a safe place, and it will treat you well!

Here are some activities to try out with your family:

Together as a family, create an altar honoring your family’s beloved
dead(including pets). Use photos, mementos, keepsakes or anything that
seems right.

Make candleholders out of apples, turnips, gourds and small pumpkins
by hollowing out deep holes in the tops. Make sure the candles are
well-secured in the bases.

Eat dinner by candlelight, setting a place at the table for your
beloved dead. If your children are older, try having a Silent Supper where
the meal is eaten in silence so the spirits are not frightened away.

Plant flower bulbs in your yard or somewhere special. Think of this
as a promise for spring, a secret the earth will keep for you in the cold. Infuse it with all your thoughts of spring and warmth.

Take a walk and observe animals (like squirrels and geese) prepare
for winter. At home, prepare for winter in your own way.

Try making skull-shaped popcorn balls.

Why should kids have all the fun? The whole family should make
costumes and go trick-or-treating!

Enjoy your Blessed Samhain

Blessed Home and Hearth

The Hearthkeeper

PS. If there is anything you would like to see here.. Please email me at  thehearthkeeper@gmail.com

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