Magically Decking Your Halls and Walls

There are so many great ways you can decorate your home for the Yule season. Adapt store-bought Christmas decorations, or make your own Pagan-themed home decor for the season. Here's how you can put together a Yule log of your own, some fun and simple ornaments, a Pagan twist on the "manger" scene, some seasonally-scented potpourri and incense, and more!

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Looking for some decorating ideas for Yule, but don't want to spend a fortune? Try some of these simple ideas to get your house ready for Yule! More »

Decorate a Yule log for your family's celebration. Image by Steve Gorton/Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images
The Yule log is an ancient tradition, but you can make one for your own family's holiday celebration. Put one together with items you find outside, and include it as part of your Yule ritual. More »
Use salt dough and cookie cutters to make your own Yule ornaments. Image by ansaj/E+/Getty Images
These easy ornaments can be assembled in hardly any time at all. Once they've baked, paint them and hang them around your home for Yule! More »
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Use a blend of cinnamon, applesauce, and spices to make these spell ornaments - decorate with magical symbols, and hang them on your holiday tree this year at Yule! More »

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Make seasonal smudge sticks for your Yule celebrations. Photo Credit: Patti Wigington 2015

Do you enjoy the scents of the Yule season? Get outside, gather some greenery, and make these easy smudge sticks to burn in ritual or for smudging during the winter holidays. More »

Use dried juniper berries, along with cedar and pine, to make a Yule incense blend. Image by Ed Reschke/Photolibrary/Getty Images
Scents have a way of making time stand still for us sometimes, and the aromas of the winter holidays are no exception. For many people, re-creating the smells and emotions of our childhood, or even of some distant ancestral memory, is part of the magic of the Yule season. More »
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Make a magical gingerbread poppet for yourself or a friend!. Image by PhotoAlto/Michele Constantini/Getty Images

Gingerbread men are everywhere during the Yule season - and they're the perfect shape to use for a magical poppet. Why not get crafty and make some magic for the season? More »

Use your favorite spices to make scented pinecone ornaments. Image by Mike Bentley/E+/Getty Images
The pine cone has long been a symbol of the winter solstice. Make these nature- friendly ornaments to sparkle and shine during your Yule celebration. More »
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Make an herbal sachet to hang on your Yule tree. Image by Patti Wigington
This sachet is simple to make, and combines some of the most delightful scents of the season. Make them small and hang on a tree, make them a bit larger and give them as gifts! More »
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This is a super-easy craft project you can get your kids working on, and have them create a whole bunch of pretty pentacles to hang around your house during the Yule season. More »
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Use pine boughs and other natural items to make an outdoor Yule scene. Image by Cultura RM/Jonatan Fernstrom/Getty Images

So your neighbors all have cute little mangers in their yards, complete with plastic baby Jesus, light-up sheep, and a couple of Wise Men who have probably seen better days. Are you feeling a bit left out? Don't worry -- you can still set up an outdoor scene that represents your Pagan or Wiccan beliefs, and honors the birth of the sun, rather than the son of another religion's god. More »

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Yule Simmering Potpourri

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Make a batch of potpourri to simmer on your stovetop. Image by sozaijiten/Datacraft/Getty Images

Make a batch of Yule potpourri, get it simmering on your stovetop, and enjoy the scents of the season!

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Make handcrafted cards to celebrate Yule. Image by Donald Iain Smith/Moment/Getty Images
It's sometimes hard to find commercially available Yule cards, so why not use a little imagination and create your own? It's easy, it's fun, and it's a great way to spend some time getting crafty. More »
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Reindeer Food

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Santa's reindeer work hard - why not leave them a treat?. Image by Per Breiehagen/Stone/Getty Images

If your family still likes to celebrate a visit from Santa at Yule, while you leave him a plate of cookies, why not make a batch of goodies for his reindeer to snack on? Unlike traditional reindeer food crafts, which contain glitter, this recipe is earth-friendly.

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Winter Solstice Oil

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Blend some winter solstice oil for your Yule rituals. Image by Studio Paggy/IZA Stock/Getty Images
Need a special oil for your Yuletide rituals? Blend together this seasonal oil, which will carry the scents of Yule into your ceremonies!
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Nature's Gifts Tree Topper

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Use natural found items to top your holiday tree. Image by Village9991/Moment/Getty Images
If your family puts up a holiday tree, it can sometimes be hard to find just the right tree topper. After all, you may not be into angels, Santa might not be your thing, and some of those gold stars are pretty floppy. So why not celebrate the natural aspect of the season, and make a tree topper out of the gifts the earth provides?
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Use a box or bag to protect your Tarot cards. Image by Patti Wigington 2009
Want to give your friends and family a magical gift? Why not make something for them that shows you really care? Here are some of the simplest magical items to make -- you can put these together ahead of the Yule season, and give them out to those you care about. More »