DIY Flower Incense Bundle

Now that winter has finally settled in, that means below-freezing temperatures and grey skies are the norm in the Northeast. Although we cozy up to steaming mugs of tea and thick socks to beat the chill, our thoughts are of a warm spring breeze and flowers beneath our feet. To combat the winter doldrums, we made this DIY Flower Incense Bundle to remind us of sunnier days ahead.

You Will Need:
Assorted Dried Flowers: Lavender, Rose Petals, Safflower, Calendula flowers, Chamomile buds
Honey (or water)
Charcoal stick
Bamboo sticks, cut to 4 inches
Wax paper
Dried Lavender Stems
Palo Santo
Kitchen twine

1. Add a 1 tsp of each flower into mortar and pestle and mix together. Grind flowers with mortar and pestle until they are small granules.

2. Using pestle, grind about 3 tsp of charcoal into mortar with ground flowers.
3.Slowly add honey into other ingredients until it forms a putty that can be formed around the bamboo sticks. Add more honey if mixture is too crumbly and more herb powder if too sticky. Note: This will be messy so do this step over a surface that is easy to wipe down.

4. Let the charcoal sticks dry on wax paper a few days until completely dry.

5. Once charcoal incense sticks are dry, it's time to make your incense bundles. Bundle two sticks with a small piece of palo santo and a sprig or two of dried lavender. Tie together with kitchen twine and enjoy!

Contributed by:
Emily Hirsch and Erick Steinberg are blogging duo behind Heidi's Bridge, a lifestyle blog with a focus on DIY projects, recipes, and travel. When they're not blogging or working as 2/4 of the creative agency Jolly Bureau, they moonlight as locally sourced sandwich vendors in Philadelphia, PA.

Jan Halvarson



Nice :)

Hey Rita said...

Such an awesome idea, this never crossed my mind! I'd love to try and make my very own homemade incense.


Cannella&Pois said...

Cool post!

Cannella&Pois said...

Cool post!

Eden Mint said...

Never would have thought to make this, such a creative idea! Thanks for sharing :)

ClaireM said...

Can't wait to try it! The little clay plate looks great too, where is it from?

Emily Hirsch said...

Hey Claire, the plate is from BTW Ceramics. Highly recommend her work!

Anonymous said...

What a cool idea! I can't wait to try it out :)

Anonymous said...

Fun project! Totally going to try this.

Shanty Q said...

oh cool idea!
I need to try it ... i love incense

whiteplumemoth said...

Hello! Where can we find charcoal like the one you have pictured here?

Emily Hirsch said...

It's just lump charcoal - you can purchase at any hardware store on online! :)

Emily Hirsch said...

It's just lump charcoal - you can purchase at any hardware store on online! :)