Friday, February 13, 2009

Last Minute Valentine

If you're anything like me you sometimes have a hard time getting into the "spirit" of a holiday until, oh, you know, a day or so before. As a result, I've managed to collect quite a few cool last minute holiday crafts that can be done with little or no prep work.

That's what happens when you're the Queen of Procrastination!

This year we made these great little heart shaped fragrance stones. They're perfect for leaving in clothing or linen drawers. You can even leave them out in a nice little bowl to add a subtle fragrance to a room.

We made hearts for Valentine's Day and used regular food coloring to make them pink, but the great thing about these stones is they can be whipped up easily for last minute treats for any occasion! Wrapped up in little bags and tied with raffia or twine they make pretty little gifts.

Have fun!

Fragrance Stones

1-1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup salt
1/4 tsp. cornstarch
2/3 cup boiling water
1 T fragrance oil (we used Rose)
Colorant of your choice

Mix all dry ingredients. Heat water in a Pyrex cup in the microwave or on the stove. Add the f/o and the color to the water. Stir water mixture into flour mixture. Mix as best you can and then knead the dough with your hands. At this point you just want it to look like pie or cookie dough. Roll it out about a quarter of an inch thick. Cut into shapes or use cookie cutters. Another option is to stamp the flat shapes. Let the dough stones dry. They get hard as rocks and will last for months.

(I found this recipe online ages ago so unfortunately I can't give credit where credit is due. But, just wanted to note that this isn't a recipe I came up with...)


Tiffany @ Lattes And Life said...

How fun! I be these would be good for Christmas too.

Heather said...

You come up with (find) the BEST things. You may be the Queen of Procrastination, but you get the job done!