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Thriftcrafting: Witching on a Budget

December, 2015

Stars

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My Yule tree is decorated largely with natural objects such as shells and pinecones, and replicas of such things as moons, suns and stars.

Some of my favorite stars are rustic made from twigs or, in this case, cinnamon sticks.

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Find five cinnamon sticks that are approximately the same length and thickness. Twigs or wooden chopsticks would also work. While I used threads separated from burlap twine to bind them, yarn, ribbon, wire and hot glue will also work.

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Place the pieces in the shape of a star so you can see the angle formed by each point. Begin tying the sticks together until youve worked your way around the star. If it is unstable, tie off where pieces cross one another.

Leaving extra string to form a loop will make it easy to hang not just on a tree, but anywhere you want a bit of nature any time of year.

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They can be painted, decorated with flowers or feathers, or wrapped with yarn.

Merry part.

And merry meet again.

Thriftcrafting: Witching on a Budget

November, 2015

Magical Matches

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If you are looking for a tool for a special ritual or an easy gift, try decorating match boxes.

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I had a partial deck of miniature tarot cards. Cutting off the white borders with a paper cutter made them the right size for putting on boxes of matches. Some decks, such as the Rider-Waite, are just about the perfect size for the large box of kitchen matches, requiring only a very small portion of one edge to be removed.

I used spray adhesive to affix them, but just about any glue will do.

By choosing cards to fit someone’s personality, astrology or goals, you can make a thoughtful gift set that can be a given on any occasion. Selecting cards to represent the quarters can make lighting each of the candles extra special. The same is true for selecting cards to align with the intention of the ritual at which they will be used.

Seek out partial decks or ones you no longer use, and buy matches from a dollar store for the biggest bargain.

The match boxes can also be covered with photographs or images clipped from magazines.

Merry part.

And merry meet again.

Witchcrafting: Crafts for Witches

February, 2015

Get Swept Away
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Besom

Besoms – along with black pointy hats and cauldrons – are the three symbols most associated with witches. That was part of the reason my coven decided to have some fun with them. One full moon we adorned black hats. On another, we decorated brooms.

The idea was to personalize it while incorporating all our energies. We each began with a standard broom, a crystal, and ribbons and beads for the directions, the God and Goddess. We then exchanged offerings. I gave everyone shells and a skeleton key. Each woman chose how to incorporate the items into her broom, so no two were alike, yet each had all the same components.

We used our besoms in ritual, to cleanse a space and to define our circle. Other items were added along the way. After a while, we stopped lugging them to ritual. They were retired after there had been a significant turnover in the coven and together we each decorated a smaller broom, transferring some of the unique items.

It wasn’t long before we also stopped carrying those new, smaller brooms to ritual, and again, there has been significant turnover in the coven, but, as of yet, no talk of brooms.

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If this has inspired you, let me point out one thing to keep in mind. Generally, I had stored besoms with the handle down and the bristles up. But decorations – such as ribbons – seem to naturally hang down to be in place when the besom is held and used to sweep. Storing it upside down then seems to go against the flow of the decorations, so I’ve hung mine off the floor. If you find a way to bring harmony to this predicament, please do post to the comment section!

Merry part. And merry meet again.