Melt down these fragrant molds with a ribbon for hanging. They can be decorated with pretty flowers or dried herbs foraged from your garden, and scented using essential oils. Hang one in a window, placed in a drawer, or set beside your work space to soak in the beautiful fragrance.

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This idea comes from our friend Ashley Poskin. "Wax sachets are the perfect solution for people who love candles but for one reason or the other cannot burn them," she says. "They're simple to make in large batches, and great to keep them on hand for when you want to bring a friend a little something special, or to tie on top of a present to make it even more beautiful."

Essential oil combinations to try:

Relaxation: Lavender, chamomile, and vetiver

Stress reducer: Eucalyptus and spearmint

Refresh: Grapefruit, rosemary, and lemon

Energy: Wild orange and spearmint

"Cloves, dried oranges, and cinnamon bark are wonderful for the cozy winter months, while more delicate flowers such as lavender, lilac, and jasmine are nice for warmer months," Poskin adds. "The wonderful thing about crafting wax sachets yourself is that they are completely customizable—use only the fragrances you love."

To store,​ gently wrap the sachets in tissue paper and place in an airtight container. Once you hang the sachets they will last for about a month or two before the scent dissipates.You can continue to display the pretty piece, or it can be melted down and made into another sachet or candle.

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What you need

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How to do it

Part 1

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Step 1

Place three cups of wax flakes in a heatproof glass measuring cup. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds; stir. Repeat until completely melted.

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Step 2

Add one teaspoon of essential oils, mix thoroughly, then carefully pour the wax into the molds. (Tip: Stopping just shy of the top of the mold will give you a nice crisp edge on the top.)

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Step 3

Let the wax set for a minute or two, until you start to see the wax harden around the edges, then carefully add your flower and herb decorations to the top. They will easily stick to the wax, so be careful not to submerge them. (Tip: If you want to be very detailed about positioning the flowers you might grab a pair of tweezers to use.)

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Step 4

The wax will be completely dry in about 30 minutes, but it's best to let the bars sit for an hour or so before carefully popping them out of the molds to avoid cracking.

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Step 5

Thread a string or pretty ribbon through the hole and tie a knot to hang.

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