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DIY Spice Bags

DIY Spice Bags make a lovely, thoughtful gift, and can be adapted to suit the taste of the recipient.

 

 DIY Spice Bags make a lovely, thoughtful gift, and can be adapted to suit the taste of the recipient. Any edible, dry herbs, spices and flowers can be added; here we have gone for Warming Christmas flavours, but combinations such as Mint and Chamomile, or Rosehip and Orange are equally delightful. Post includes lovely apple juice recipe.

 

Any edible, dry herbs, spices and flowers can be added; here we have gone for Warming Christmas flavours, but combinations such as Mint and Chamomile, or Rosehip and Orange are equally delightful. A word of caution - many herbs have medicinal properties and may not be suitable for everyone. Sticking to flavour combinations that are commonplace (for example, ones you might see in the supermarket) would be my suggestion, unless you are knowledgeable in the use of dried herbs. I also recommend that you provide an ingredient list with any home-made items that you give away as gifts, so the recipient can make an informed choice to whether or not it is suitable for them.

 DIY Spice Bags make a lovely, thoughtful gift, and can be adapted to suit the taste of the recipient. Any edible, dry herbs, spices and flowers can be added; here we have gone for Warming Christmas flavours, but combinations such as Mint and Chamomile, or Rosehip and Orange are equally delightful. Post includes lovely apple juice recipe.

We used..

Stick of cinnamon
2 Star Anise
3-4 Peices of Mace
6 Allspice Berries
Teaspoon of dried Orange Rind

 DIY Spice Bags make a lovely, thoughtful gift, and can be adapted to suit the taste of the recipient. Any edible, dry herbs, spices and flowers can be added; here we have gone for Warming Christmas flavours, but combinations such as Mint and Chamomile, or Rosehip and Orange are equally delightful. Post includes lovely apple juice recipe.

We popped all of our spice into a Muslin Bag. and tied it securely. Alternatively you could simply tie it all up in a piece of muslin and tie with some kitchen string (bear in mind the blue string soup in Bridget Jone's Diary!) If giving as a gift, add a pretty tag with  a recipe written on it.

 DIY Spice Bags make a lovely, thoughtful gift, and can be adapted to suit the taste of the recipient. Any edible, dry herbs, spices and flowers can be added; here we have gone for Warming Christmas flavours, but combinations such as Mint and Chamomile, or Rosehip and Orange are equally delightful. Post includes lovely apple juice recipe.

Add it to a litre of Apple Juice and heat it slowly, leaving to infuse for an hour or so for the flavours to develop well. Serve pipping hot. This makes a lovely warming drink for both kids and adults, and can of course be adapted to taste.

In the US, apple juice is called cider, and what we refer to here in the UK as cider, would be hard cider. Happily both would work equally well in this recipe. We dried our own orange rind for this recipe, it's so easy to do, please do check out our Drying Orange Slices and Peel tutorial. Our Spiced apple juice is also rather yummy with the addition of a tot of Rum, I am sure there are many other additions that would work equally as well.

 

DIY Spice Bags make a lovely, thoughtful gift, and can be adapted to suit the taste of the recipient. Any edible, dry herbs, spices and flowers can be added; here we have gone for Warming Christmas flavours, but combinations such as Mint and Chamomile, or Rosehip and Orange are equally delightful. Post includes lovely apple juice recipe.

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38 Comments

  • Reply Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    These are so pretty! And I bet they make the house smell incredible. I love the scent of spice and orange in the winter, it certainly lifts my mood and I don’t have to bake to get the lift! LOL What a great gift these would be!
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    November 19, 2016 at 11:21 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      They are wonderful smells aren’t they, and they make a perfect little gift 🙂

      November 23, 2016 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Kristy Kapp

    Oh man! YUM! Can’t wait for our weather to get a little cooler!

    November 9, 2016 at 5:41 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s gone much colder here in the UK (apparently we’re being affected by a polar vortex!) so we’ve already enjoyed a couple of mulled drinks in front of the fire – it’s bliss 🙂

      November 10, 2016 at 9:38 am
  • Reply Michelle

    Stunning Sarah, we always enjoy a glass of Glühwein in winter and now I don’t have to buy the spice bags, I can try and make our own. Thank you so much
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    November 8, 2016 at 7:28 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      They are the simplest thing to make Michelle, and they make a great little hostess gift too 🙂

      November 10, 2016 at 9:30 am
  • Reply Leanna

    Isn’t star anise the neatest of all spices. I love the stuff. Pinned.

    November 7, 2016 at 8:22 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It is a wonderful spice Leanna, such a little work of art – thanks for pinning 🙂

      November 10, 2016 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Debbie

    Hi Sarah, that herb combination is perfect for Christmas. I come from cider country and we used to get proper scrumpy from the farms, but never once have I had spiced cider! It does sound warming.

    xx

    November 7, 2016 at 9:39 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      We love spiced Cider Debbie, it is very moreish, and makes a great alternative to mulled wine – plus its nice to be able to serve the non-alcoholic version alongside 🙂

      November 7, 2016 at 9:56 am
  • Reply Becky, Cuddle Fairy

    Oh lovely! This would be a fab gift. I love making mulled wine & a spice bag would come in handy for that! x
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    January 1, 2016 at 5:59 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      We did give lots away over Christmas – they are perfect for when you just want a little gesture without going over the top. I’m going to try some herb ones next and adapt them as the seasons change 🙂

      January 1, 2016 at 6:18 pm
  • Reply International Elf Service

    Another post of gorgeous Christmassyness! I’m completely drawn to dried orange slices and cinnamon – a terrible weakness of mine!
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    December 15, 2015 at 10:51 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Its the perfect Christmas combination – we’re putting both of them in everything at the moment, and everyone is getting one of these bags at Christmas. I’ve just been making marmalade so am definitely going though an orange stage!

      December 15, 2015 at 11:07 pm
  • Reply Julie

    Sound lovely, I like the spiced apple thing they did at Costa’s last year (don;t know if they are doing it this year) but it was a bit too sweet. Making my own sounds good.
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    December 10, 2015 at 7:30 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s perfect because you can have it just how you want, and if you don’t want to bother with the bags at home you can just throw it all in.

      December 10, 2015 at 10:43 pm
  • Reply Suz

    What a fab idea! thanks for sharing! Suz x Beauisblue.com

    December 8, 2015 at 8:38 pm
  • Reply Julia @ Rainbeaubelle

    Oh I am so glad I found this and your blog! This sounds so yummy and what a great gift, I think I might just have to have a go! #twinklytuesday
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    December 8, 2015 at 4:56 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      They make a lovely little gift and you can adapt them easily – you could do a similar thing with bath salts or milk powder and dried herbs and flowers 🙂

      December 8, 2015 at 5:54 pm
  • Reply My Bored Toddler

    What a lovely idea for a gift.

    December 8, 2015 at 11:25 am
  • Reply Teresa

    Oh, I love these! I’ve been looking for a gift for my mother and your spice bags are the perfect solution!
    If you have time, I would love for you to share this post over at the Holidays Celebration link party that is live right now! It’s such a neat idea, I’m sure our readers would love it too! (http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.pt/2015/12/holidays-celebration-link-party-4.html)

    December 7, 2015 at 12:32 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      They are a cute, easy gift. Thanks for the invite, I checked out your lovely linky and have linked up 🙂

      December 8, 2015 at 9:36 am
      • Reply Teresa

        Thank you for linking up! Your post has been pinned to the party’s Pinterest board Feel free to link up other posts too, and stay tuned for the features on Friday!

        December 8, 2015 at 1:28 pm
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    December 7, 2015 at 9:40 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      So excited to be featured on the TOTS100 be Inspired in a winter wonderland linky with so many other fabulous ideas!

      December 7, 2015 at 11:01 am
  • Reply Licia

    I feel the fragrance of these herbs. This is a perfect gift for so many of my friends who love special teas. Thanks for sharing.
    Licia
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    November 30, 2015 at 9:22 pm
  • Reply Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    Sarah, Not only does this look like a great way to warm up on a cold winter’s night, the gift itself is so pretty! The colors, shapes and textures of the spices are delightful. And I bet the whole house smells like the Holidays as you cook! What a great gift!!!
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    November 27, 2015 at 7:32 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      The spices are lovely to look at aren’t they – the kids love the spiciness of the juice, it’s perfect for this time of year v

      November 29, 2015 at 10:01 am
  • Reply chellie

    what a beautiful gift! I’ll be honest–I love consumable gifts, trying to keep life simple. It has never occurred to me to dry my own orange peels! duh! I need to try that!!
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    November 25, 2015 at 11:27 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      We give everyone food and drink gifts now – I think people prefer something lovely to eat, rather than a random store gift 🙂

      November 25, 2015 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Honest mum

    What a stunning gift, loved this festive post. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x
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    November 24, 2015 at 11:00 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thank you, it makes a perfect little gift for when you want to just give a little something – would be great for end of term teacher presents 🙂

      November 25, 2015 at 11:55 am

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