Nothing says, “it’s fall, y’all” quite like a bonfire. Well, other than pumpkin lattes, cozy sweaters and apple-scented candles. Regardless, I’m a huge fan of glowy bonfires – especially on a crisp autumn night. Our family likes to sit out back huddled around our fire pit with blankets and cups of steamy cocoa. We usually crack open a bag of marshmallows while we’re at it. S’mores, anyone?
Now, the start to any fire, whether it’s an indoor fireplace or outdoor pit, is proper kindling. Any small pieces of flammable material will do: torn newspaper, old receipts, junk mail. It’s actually a great way to declutter. Just be sure to ask permission to burn certain items – like your husband’s Sports Illustrated. For a burst of fragrance in your kindling mix, you’ll want to toss in an herbal bundle. Mmm.
Plow and Hearth sells lavender fire starter bundles for about $25 each. They’re lovely. If you’d like to make your own for way less (MYOFWL), here are super easy instructions.
What you’ll need
- Dried aromatic herbs – approx. 12-15 stems
- Small strip of decorative paper – 1 inch wide x 4 inches long (optional)
- Raffia – several strands
Neatly trim each stem to about 6-8 inches.
Divide the herbs in half. Gently gather each bundle and point the tops in opposite directions to create a “bowtie” effect. Tie the middle of the bunch with a small piece of raffia – just to hold it together.
Next you can wrap the bundle with a piece of decorative paper if you want to add a pretty design element. Hold the paper in place with another piece of raffia. This last piece of raffia will finish off your bundle, so make it into a pretty bow or just keep it simple like I did.
That’s it! You’ve made your super amazing bundle of aromatic goodness.
A few ideas to enjoy your new creation:
- Use it for yourself! Toss into a bonfire for fragrant kindling.
- If you’re not ready to light that flame, display a few bundles on your hearth or a garden seat like I did above.
- Put one or two in a pretty dish on your nightstand – especially if it includes lavender. Lavender helps you sleep!
- Give as a thoughtful hostess gift.
- Decorate the top of a birthday or holiday package.
Here are some delicious combinations to try:
Sweet and Lovely
- Evergreen sprigs
- Cinnamon sticks or vanilla beans
- Small oak or maple twigs (or anything readily available)
I hope you enjoy your bundles of goodness! What fragrant combinations do you love?