With the cold weather bringing everyone indoors, and the upcoming Yule holiday, making crafts and gifts indoors is a cozy, soul-nourishing activity.
Here’s some ideas for creating with the heart and spirit in mind.
For fall project ideas, check out this article, 11 Fall Projects for the Crafty Witch.
For spring project ideas, take a look at 10 Spring Projects for Wiccans.
Edited November, 2023.
We hear an awful lot about “focus” in the context of spell work. Sewing makes for a powerful way to draw your intentions into sharp concentration. Try hand sewing a quilted sachet using a steady chant with every stitch to bring the mind into a lovely, trance like state of calm.
Nothing warms the heart and soul like burning fresh, homemade candles. Pick a purpose. Then toss in herbs, anchor the wick with a special gemstone, rub it with oil and/or carve whatever you want into them.
And, if you want a more detailed guide, check out Magical Candle Making for Beginners.
Make your own cold remedies.
Put all that knowledge of herbs to use and make some cold remedies from scratch. There are thousands of recipes for natural cough syrup, runny noses and nausea. With the cold and flu season here, it’s a good time to get prepared!
Craft a natural winter wreath for your door.
Pick a nice winter day, bundle up, grab the dog and some hot chocolate, and go for a walk. Collect pine cones, evergreens, acorns, or whatever, and make a beautiful natural winter wreath. Simple, elegant, and wild.
Create an incense blend.
Every witch should learn the art of blending herbs into pleasing, aromatic scents.
Winter makes the perfect season for experimenting with dried herbs (preferably from your own fall garden harvest!).
Test your blend by tossing a handful into your burning fireplace to warm and bless the home.
Need a recipe? Try this Winter Solstice incense blend.
Make your own rune set.
With the natural light in retreat and the long nighttime hours, divination makes for a lovely indoor evening activity. Make your own rune set—-and be creative! Carve the runes into polymer clay, wood or paint small stones.
You can even try making these rune Yule ornaments for the Winter Solstice! Makes a charming gift for a like-minded friend.
A crock pot makes a perfect cauldron in the winter months. Stew something kitchen-witch style or toss in some home-blessing herbs.
Make a bird feeder.
Remember how much fun it was to smear peanut butter and birdseed all over something, then watch from the warmth of your window as hungry, feathered friends came to bless your garden?
Create a paper Book of Shadows.
Or, if you already have one, spend some quality time working on it. Cut and paste photos, jot down notes about herbs, handwrite spells, copy down your grandmother’s home remedies. A lovely way to make use of time in front of the fireplace!
Make your own statuary.
Winter makes for the perfect to work with the warming energy of the kiln. Take a local pottery class and create something altar-worthy.
ETA: Bonus Ideas from 2023!
11. Try making heat-activated spell sachets. This cozy, wintery spell-crafting idea gets any creative witch’s inventive juices going!
12. Make this magical spiced pear recipe. This magical twist on a classic Yule recipe dresses up any Winter Solstice festivity.