Pagan Craft Making

Magickal Goody of the Day for Dec. 17th – Salt Dough Ornaments

Magickal Goody of the Day

Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt dough is one of the easiest things in the world to make, and you can create just about anything from it. Use it with cookie cutters to make your own Sabbat ornaments.

  • 4 Cups flour
  • 1 Cup salt
  • 1 ½ Cups hot water
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes

Combine the salt and flour, then add the water until the dough becomes elastic. Add the oil at this time and knead the dough (if it’s too sticky, add more flour). Once it’s a good consistency, make your decorations with cookie cutters. Bake ornaments at 200* until hard (about 20 – 30 minutes). Once they’ve cooled, paint them with designs and symbols, and seal with clear varnish.

If you’re planning to hang them, poke a hole through the ornament BEFORE baking them. Then after you’ve varnished them, run a ribbon or thread through the hole.



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Magickal Goody of the Day for December 16th – Yule Tree Topper

Magickal Goody of the Day

Make a Tree Topper from Found Natural Items


If your family puts up a holiday tree, it can sometimes be hard to find just the right tree topper. After all, you may not be into angels, Santa Claus might not be your thing, and some of those gold stars are pretty floppy. So why not celebrate the natural aspect of the season, and make a tree topper out of the gifts the earth provides?

Collect an assortment of the following:

  • Sticks – try to find five with a similar diameter
  • Nuts, berries or acorns
  • Small pine cones, dried fruits or cinnamon sticks
  • Feathers
  • Vines, bark or dried moss

You’ll also need some raffia or cotton string and a hot glue gun.

Cross the sticks over one another to form a star. Use a dab of hot glue to hold them in place while you wrap the raffia or string around the intersections of the five sticks.

Add nuts and berries, pinecones, feathers or pieces of bark to embellish your star. Tie a piece of raffia or string into a loop at the top, and hang your star on the top of your tree.

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Magickal Goody for December 15th – Yule Simmering Potpourri

Magickal Goody for Today

Yule Simmering Potpourri

You can bring the scents of the Yule season into your home by blending up your own batch of potpourri. Keep it in a Mason jar so it will stay fresh. To use, simply scoop ½ of mix into a small pot, and cover with a few inches of water. Allow to simmer on low heat on your stovetop, adding water as the potpourri reduces down. You can also use a small potpourri-sized crock pot. If you’re feeling really crafty, make a big batch, divide into several jars, and then tie with a decorative ribbon or piece of raffia. Add a note card, and give as gifts for your friends at Yule!

Blend together:

  • 3 Cups dried orange peel
  • 1 Cup dried lemon zest
  • 4 Cinnamon sticks, snapped into thirds
  • 1/4 Cup whole cloves
  • 1/4 Cup pine needles
  • A pinch of allspice
  • 10 juniper berries

Mix in a bowl and then keep in a Mason jar until you’re ready to use.


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Magickal Goody for December 14th is Cinnamon Spell Ornaments

 Magickal Goody of the Day

 Cinnamon Spell Ornaments

Will you be decorating a tree this year for your Yule celebrations? There are all kinds of things you can hang on it! Try making a batch of cinnamon spell ornaments as a fun and magical holiday project.

For starters, let’s be clear about one thing – these ornaments may be made with cinnamon, but they are NOT edible, so make sure you hang them out of reach of hungry pets or roaming bands of feral toddlers.

Let’s talk a little bit about cinnamon. It smells good, sure, and it tastes delicious… but what else is it good for? Cinnamon has been used in a variety of ways for thousands of years. The Romans burned it in funeral ceremonies, believing that the aroma was sacred and pleasing to the gods. Because it was hard to come by, during the Middle Ages, wealthy Europeans made sure to serve cinnamon at feasts so their guests would know that no expense had been spared. Now, fortunately for us, you can buy powdered cinnamon in bulk just about anywhere.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 Cup cinnamon
  • ¾ Cup applesauce
  • 1 Tbs. nutmeg
  • 1 Tbs. ground cloves
  • 1 Tbs. allspice
  • 2 Tbs. plain white glue

This recipe makes about a dozen ornaments, depending on the size of your cutouts.

Mix all of your ingredients in a bowl. You can start out stirring them with a fork or spoon, but as the mixture gets thick and dough-like, just give in and use your hands to mush it all together. Squash it around until you can form a nice big sticky ball of dough – if it seems like it may be too dry, you can always add a little more applesauce, or a teaspoon of water. As you’re blending the dough together with your hands, think about your intent. What is the purpose of the ornaments you’re about to craft? Are they for protection? To bring well-being and health? For financial prosperity and abundance? Think about the goal, and send those intentions through your hands into the dough as you mix it.

Sprinkle a clean surface – if you have a baker’s mat for rolling, use it – with cinnamon, and roll out the dough until it’s about ¼” thick, and use your favorite magical cookie cutters to cut out the dough. You can choose random holiday shapes, or drag out those old gingerbread man cookie cutters to make little people for your ornaments. Cut out house shapes for ornaments that focus on security and family stability. Use hearts for love, and so forth.

Make a hole in the top of each ornament – use a toothpick or skewer –so you can hang it up after it’s been baked.

Now, here’s where you get to make some additional magic. Remember how you focused your intent into the dough as you blended it? We’re also going to add magical symbols to it. On each ornament, use a toothpick or small paring knife to inscribe a symbol of your intent. You can use any kind of symbol at all that’s meaningful to you, but here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Financial prosperity: dollar signs
  • Protection: an ankh, a horseshoe, a gate
  • Security and stability: pentacles, earth symbols
  • Passion and love: hearts, fire symbols
  • Wisdom and intuition: moons, yin-yangs

Once you’ve inscribed your ornaments with symbols, place them on a baking sheet in the oven. Leave them in there on a low temperature, around 200, for several hours – the goal is not to bake them so much as just dry them out completely. Once they’re dry, let them cool all the way down.

Finally, thin a little bit of white glue with some water, and brush a light layer over the top surface of each ornament, to give it a nice glaze. Once the glaze has dried completely, thread a string or ribbon through the hole, and hang it on your holiday tree – or give it as a gift to someone you care about!

Tip: Another option, rather than inscribing the ornaments with a symbol, is to use icing piped into place. Use your favorite decorative piping tip to create sigils on your ornament AFTER you’ve dried and cooled them. Once your icing has dried completely, apply the coating of thinned glue for a glaze.


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Magickal Goody of the Day for December 12th – Gingerbread Poppets

Magickal Goody for the Day

Magical Gingerbread Poppets

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Magickal Goody of the Day for December 11th is Basic Banishing Powder

Magickal Goody of the Day


Basic Banishing Powder

(But not limited too)

Black pepper
Cayenne powder
Sea salt
Chopped bay laurel leaves
Powdered hydrangea blossoms
White sage
Yerba Santa
Witch Hazel
Lemon Verbana

Sprinkle the Banishing powder on clothes, especially shoes, belong to anyone you’d like to see gone

Sprinkle the powder on the ground, so that the target of your spell is forced to step on or over it.

Banishing powder will enhance the powder of any other banishing spell. Sprinkle as an accompaniment particularly around and over candles.
Jane’s Pocketbook of Spell: Cleansing, Banishing, Protection and other various Remedies
Alicia (juju j.a.n.e.) Hill

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Magickal Goody for December 9th – Banish Gossip Mojo Hand: Sow that Mouth Shut!

Banish Gossip Mojo Hand

Sow that Mouth Shut!

1. Place a ginger root and a high john the conqueror root within a conjure bag.

2. Create a small face from felt and attach it to the bag. Embellish it as you will.

3. Using black thread, sew “X’s” across the mouth, sealing it shut. Focus on your desire as you sew.

4. Carry the bag with you.



Jane’s Pocketbook of Spell: Cleansing, Banishing, Protection and other various Remedies (Kindle  Alicia Hill (juju j.a.n.e.),

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Solar Pocket Talisman


Here is a Witch craft that ensures that you carry a pocket full of sunshine at all times. Use this talisman to remind yourself that the sun’s power and energy is always with you. This will encourage your outlook on life to be sunny, and it can help keep any of your solar-themed spells going strong and yourself magickally motivated.

• Yellow- or orange-colored oven-bake clay such as Sculpey or Fimo
• A pinch of ground cinnamon
• A nail to inscribe the clay with
• A baking sheet
• Your oven

To begin, knead the orange or yellow clay to make it more flexible. As you do, add a pinch of the cinnamon (a solar herb) to the clay, and work it into the material. Next, flatten and shape out a small circle. Go for the size of a large coin-sized disc, about 1/4 of an inch or 6 mm thick. Now take the nail and gently inscribe a sun on one side of the talisman. Flip over to the back and inscribe the names of Helios and Sunna on the other side.

You can make this talisman depiction of the sun as simple or as elaborate as your artistic ability allows. Place the disc on the baking sheet, and bake the clay following the manufacturer’s directions-typically at r3o degrees; the length of time is approximately fifteen minutes, though it depends on how big your disc is. This is an estimate only, so read the directions on the oven-bake clay for further guidance.

When the talisman is done baking, allow it to cool. Then consecrate the talisman, and you’ll be ready to go! Here is a charm that will bless your new solar talisman. You can certainly add a solar-colored spell candle or crystals to this spell if you wish. Once the talisman is finished, hold it up to the sunlight and repeat the consecration charm:

In Helios and Sunna’s name, this talisman I do bless
This pocket magick brings to me wealth, happiness, and success
I invoke the powers of the sun into this spell of mine
With harm to no one, this charm is done and sealed up with a rhyme.

Now clean up your craft supplies, tuck that talisman into your pocket and enjoy the rest of your day.

Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

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