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Fall Care Packages

Nothing says thoughtful like a care package. Now is the time of year when we get our flu shots, remind our kids to wash hands often, and vigilantly guard against colds and flu. Celestial Gifts muslin bags are perfect for delivering to your family, friends or students their cold season wellness kit. Here are some ideas for how to pack your care package:

Chapstick
Vitamin C
Cough drops/throat lozenges
Airborne
Hand sanitizer
Hand lotion
Herbal tea
Healthy snacks
Mini pack of tissues
Gummy vitamins
Dried soup packet
Home remedies

Some of these items could be purchased in travel/sample sizes, like the tissues and hand lotion. Others, like the tea and dried soup packets might even be single serving items you have on hand in your own cupboard.

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No-Sew Sachets

We often underestimate the power of our sense of smell. Scents bring back fond memories, remind us of specific people or places, and create an atmosphere that makes us feel good. This fall, we are going to try out some DIY sachet projects to bring the fragrance of fall to our home. And, thanks to Celestial Gifts muslin bags, these are no-sew sachets! Our favorite kind of project.

FALL SACHET BAG FILLERS – MIX & MATCH

Many sachet filler materials carry their own lovely scents, and you may be satisfied with those alone. If you want to amplify the scents, you can mix some of these materials and then spray or sprinkle them with essential oils.

Fir needles (fresh or dried)
Pinecones (fresh or dried)
Rosemary needles (fresh or dried)
Dried orange peel
Eucalyptus leaves (fresh or dried)
Cedar shavings (available at pet or farm supply stores—excellent for repelling moths)
Bay Leaves
Dried Cloves
Dried flowers
Whole nutmegs
Cinnamon sticks
Pumpkin spice
Apple pie spice
Rice (rice is a great dried filler when you want to plump up your sachet bag, and is a quick and easy choice if you are using essential oils for scent)

ESSENTIAL OIL BLENDS FOR FALL SCENTS

We recommend mixing 15-30 drops of essential oils using any of the combinations below. Use a carrier oil or fixative to help the scent last longer.

• orange, lemon & fir
• orange, cinnamon, clove, vanilla
• peppermint, fir, eucalyptus, tea tree, rosemary
• frankinsence, fir, juniper berry, bergamont

ASSEMBLING YOUR SACHETS
Mix your filler materials together while lightly spraying with your essential oil blend. You don’t want to get the filler materials too wet because your muslin bags will end up with stains on them. Remember, the essential oil blend is completely optional—you can make great sachets with the filler materials alone.
There’s no specific recipe for the essential oil blends. As you are mixing, smell the blend to see if you want to adjust the recipe. After you’re happy with the scent, make sure the filler materials are completely dry before moving onto the next step.
Scoop your scented materials into a Celestial Gifts cotton muslin bags. Cinch the top and you’re done! (Did we mention we love no-sew projects?)
WHERE TO USE SACHETS

Linen closets
Clothes closets
Coat closets
Wardrobes
Armoires
Dressers
Car
Bathrooms & Powder Rooms
Luggage
Briefcases
Cupboards
Under pillows
Hung on doorknobs or displayed in entrance areas of your home

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Keep the Kids Busy with Celestial Gifts Crafts!

Summer is filled with sports games, beach days and cookouts, but the quiet times in between are the ones really matter. Crafts really get your kids thinking and creating, and Celestial Gifts bags are perfect for letting young imaginations run wild! 

Our favorite idea is making time capsules your kids can open when they’re older! Have your child decorate a medium sized muslin bag like this 8×14 Cotton Bag how they like, or have us custom stamp the bag with their initials or a picture! Then, have them write a letter to their future selves and include a fact sheet that includes their name, height, best friends, favorite things and hobbies. Fill it up with mementos of their last vacation or one of their toys and store it somewhere safe to gift it back on a special occasion like their 18th birthday or high school graduation! It will be a great memory for them to look back on, and a fun way to look toward the future.

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Reusable Tea & Kombucha Bags!

You’ve enjoyed brewing your own tea and kombucha for years, so take the next step and make your own tea bags! Celestial Gifts’ 3×5 All Natural Drawstring Bags are excellent for brewing due to their size and dye-free properties. You’ll even save money from one-use bags by washing and reusing them for the next batch!

Making your own tea and kombucha bags gives you complete control of how strong the final product is and lets you experiment with multiple flavors and blends. Enjoy the nuttiness of green tea with the strength of black, or introduce citrus notes to your favorite brew with orange extract or lemon zest.

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Enjoy Your Backyard Mosquito-Free!

It’s finally warm enough to relax in your yard with friends and family, and your weekends are full of pool parties and cookouts! Make sure your guests aren’t slapping mosquitos or covered in a sticky spray all day with this simple craft using Celestial Gifts muslin bags! Like the bags, the ingredients are totally natural and might be sitting in your pantry!

Simply take several Celestial Gifts bags (we recommend the 5”x7” bags) and fill them with natural repellents such as crushed lavender flowers, or mix several drops of lemon eucalyptus oil, cinnamon oil or thyme oil into mulch or grass. Decorate them to match your home and hang them around your yard! Not only will these bags repel mosquitos, but they’ll smell great too.

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Memorial Day Cookout Favors!

You’ve got a long weekend so why not celebrate? Invite friends and family over for a Memorial Day cookout and throw together party favors using Celestial Gifts muslin bags! These bags blend well with the rustic American aesthetic and will be a huge hit at your cookout!

Start with a medium-sized bag, such as our 6”x8” bags, and decorate them with flags or patriotic colors! If you’re running short on time, Celestial Gifts has custom stamping so you can focus on the rest of the party! Fill the bags with Memorial Day-themed favors like American flags, sparklers (for the adults) and red, white and blue candy! Pass them out and enjoy the fun!