Smudge sticks are small bundles of herbs that are bound tightly with string and dried. They are later burned and traditionally used as part of a ceremony or ritual, and what better time to use them than your own wedding! Smudge sticks are simple and budget-friendly to make, especially if you use herbs grown in your own backyard. Send your guests home with their own smudge stick and when they try it out the sweet smell will remind them of your wedding day!
At home, I’ve been waiting for my sage plant to grow large enough to harvest and I was finally able to make my first smudge sticks. I like to burn sage whenever I’m cleaning or meditating to help cleanse my space and chase away any negative energy that might be lingering. White sage is most commonly used (this is what you can typically buy already made into smudge sticks). My garden sage isn’t white, but I decided to give it a try anyway. I also harvested a few sprigs of rosemary and some rose petals.
Other herbs you can use are: lavender, cedar, mugwort, lemon balm, mint, or catnip. Feel free to try any other herbs you have in your garden! Just be careful as some herbs, can cause a bad reaction when burned. I’d recommend burning your smudge stick outdoors when you are first trying it out so that you can test the smell.
- The first step is to gather your herbs. Take a bunch of sage, a sprig of rosemary and some rose petals and bunch them together. The more herbs you use in your bundle the better, as larger/thicker smudge sticks tend to burn easier. Carefully stack your herbs on top of each other until they form a bundle. You can pinch the bundle a little with your fingers to help them stay in place.
- Take your string and make a slip knot and secure it around the end of the herb bundle, making sure it’s pulled tight.
- Wrap the string tightly around the herbs. Once you reach the end, continue to bind it back down again, making a criss-cross pattern with the string. Once you return to where you started, you can tie a knot and trim your strings.
- Let dry completely and then try it out!
- For a customized favor idea, tie a small diamond tag to each smudge stick. I chose the style Henna.
Used In This Project:
- Small Diamond Hang Tags • I chose the “Henna” style in pink and tangerine.