Making Magickal Tools
I make my own wands, wreaths, and decorate my household brooms. This isn’t that difficult. When I make a wreath, I think first about the mood I want it to embody. This wreath is for late summer/early autumn, and so it has to have that warm glow, but hints of the season to come.
I buy the wreath form—I prefer grapevine for mine. I choose silk flowers and garlands that fit the energy I’m going for, ribbons, fake grapes, pine cones, whatever else might fit. Sparkling butterflies and birds often find their way into the basket, too. You’ll also want floral wire and floral tape. And you’ll need wire cutters (never use scissors to cut the silk flowers—those stems are wire under the plastic).
I personally like to start with a ring of ivy/leaf garland. I tuck the ends in through the grapevine, I use floral tape or wire to affix it to the wreath form…you do what works. Then I add the flowers—one by one and for me, I make sure they all point relatively the same way (thank you to my OCD). Flowers can be easily threaded through the grapevine form, and you can also use the floral tape to anchor them. You can arrange them to get the order you want them in before affixing them, if you like. After the flowers are on, I wrap my ribbon—this can be done however you want. I usually use 3-4 types and colors (that mesh well). After that, I add in little odds and ends—on this wreath I put on fake grapes.
Making Corn Dollies
Corn dollies are traditionally made out of corn husks but I use a cinnamon broom. They represent abundance from the harvest, and on a magickal level, I usually make them around Lughnasadh (August 1st) and keep them till Litha (Summer Solstice), when I burn it to clear the way for the coming harvest.
To make a corn dolly, I use a dowel to form the arms of the Corn Mother (the actual broom part is her skirt) and wrap it with twine/leather thong to affix it to the handle of the broom. Then I use material in a print/color that speaks to me for the year, and I create her face out of cotton and plain material, and paint her features on. I use material to create a hooded cloak for her. Afterward, I enchant her in Circle for protection, prosperity, and to strengthen the work and projects that I’ve been focusing on.
I make masks, wands, staves, wreaths, and all sorts of craft projects (usually for magickal reasons or for seasonal decorations). It’s one way I recharge my creative nature on a level other than words. I do occasionally paint and I also love to cook, as most of you know. These hands-on activities give me a way to express myself and yet, they don’t require the intense focus that my writing does. I would never consider myself a ‘domestic goddess’ (I don’t think anybody could slap the label ‘domestic’ on me), but I enjoy the artsy-craftsy side of life. Though do NOT hand me a needle and thread. I can’t sew to save my life and have never developed the patience to learn. ~smiles~