Lammas Craft Projects

Looking for some fun and inexpensive ways to decorate your home for Lammas? Make an easy grapevine pentacle, apple candleholders, a cornhusk chain and Lammas incense as a way to celebrate the season.

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5 Easy Lammas Decorations

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There are plenty of myths and legends about the magic of corn. Image by Garry Gay/Photographer's Choice/Getty Imagse

Need some quick and affordable decorating ideas for Lammas/Lughnasadh? Wheat, corn and fresh produce are just a few of the natural goodies you can use to decorate your halls and walls to celebrate the Lammas season. Here are some tips on how to bring the season into your home without breaking your bank account! 5 Easy Lammas Decorations

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Apple Candleholders

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Apple candleholders are a quick and simple way of decorating your altar for a fall Sabbat. Image by Patti Wigington 2007

Naturally, you’ll want to put candles on your altar to celebrate this Sabbat. Why not use vegetables and fruits symbolic of the season to make a candleholder? These easy candleholders are perfect for holding a taper-style candle. Apple Candleholders

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Grapevine Pentacle

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Use grapevines for decoration during the harvest season. Image by Patti Wigington 2007

This grapevine pentacle is a craft which is simple to make, although it takes a little bit of patience. You’ll need several grapevines of thin to medium thickness, freshly picked so they’re pliable. If they’ve dried out, you can soften them up by soaking them overnight in a bucket of water. Grapevine Pentacle

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Cornhusk Chain

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A simple cornhusk chain is a fun decoration for children to make, and looks great on an altar, your wall, or over a doorway. Image © Patti Wigington 2007

If you’re having a cookout and planning on eating corn on the cob, this cornhusk chain is a great craft to do with all those leftover corn husks. The fresh ones work best, but dried ones can be used if you soak them in water for ten or fifteen minutes and then pat them dry with paper towels. Cornhusk Chain

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Lammas Rebirth Incense

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Celebrate Lammas with incense that honors the harvest season. Image by WIN-Initiative/Neleman/Riser/Getty Images

By the time Lammas rolls around, it’s usually pretty hot. In some parts of the world, gardens are beginning to dry out, and the earth has gone from soft and pliable to dry and cracked. Celebrate the cycle of life, death and rebirth with this easy loose incense blend. Lammas Rebirth Incense

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Make a Berry Bracelet

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Gather fresh berries to make a bracelet for a loved one. Image by Klaus Vedfelt/Iconica/Getty Images

In some counties in Ireland, it became traditional to celebrate Bilberry Sunday at the beginning of August. Everyone went out with buckets to gather berries, and it was custom that a big berry harvest in August meant the rest of the crops would be bountiful a few weeks later. Berry-picking was also an excuse to sneak off into the woods with a lover. Young men plaited fruit and vines into bracelets and crowns for their ladies. Here's how to make a simple Berry Bracelet.

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Make a Rain Barrel

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Decorate your rain barrel and use it to water your garden during the summer. Image © Patti Wigington 2009

By the time Lammas, or Lughnasadh, rolls around, summer is in full swing. Many areas are forced into water rationing, some face drought every year, and the crops in our gardens are beginning to look a bit brown and parched. By making a rain barrel, you can gather rain all year long, and then use it during the dry season to water your garden, wash your car, or even bathe your dog. Here's an easy tutorial to Make a Rain Barrel.

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Lammas Cornucopia

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Lammas is the first harvest of the year, and the summer sun is typically shining down as farmers begin to gather their grain. Sunflowers are blooming in bright yellows and oranges, and provide a marked contrast to the tans and browns of the wheat fields. By filling a cornucopia with simple treasures from nature, you can bring a little bit of the outdoors inside to decorate your home. Lammas Cornucopia

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How to Make a Corn Doll

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Make a corn husk doll to honor Brighid. Image by Doug Menuez/Stockbyte/Getty Images

If you make a corn dolly around Lammas/Lughnasadh, you can keep her in a place of honor all year long, until it's time to celebrate Imbolc near the end of winter. Make a Corn Doll

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Make Your Own Smudge Sticks

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It's easy to make a smudge stick of your own, if you have plants nearby. Image © Patti Wigington; Licensed to About.com

Smudging is a great way to cleanse a sacred space, and most people use smudge sticks made of sweetgrass or sage for this purpose. Although they are available commercially -- and are fairly inexpensive -- it's easy to make your own if you've got herbs growing in your garden, or if there's a place nearby where you can go wildcrafting. Make Your Own Smudge Sticks

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Corn Husk Herbal Sachet

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Make a herbal sachet from corn husks. Image by Patti Wigington 2012

During the late summer, particularly around the Lammas season, corn is in abundance. It’s everywhere, and if you’ve ever picked fresh corn straight from the fields, you know how delicious it tastes! When you pick your own corn - or even if you buy it from your local farmer’s market - you typically have to figure out what to do with all those leftover husks. You can use some of them up by making Corn Husk Herbal Sachets.