I will also be launching my Herb of the year posts Wednesday, January 6, with my first post on the herb of the year, Capsasin genus (that is hot peppers) and I will do 12 posts this year as I choose my favorite hot peppers, from mild to hurtful.
Here is my first craft idea, first shared in my advent blog several years ago. It is perfect to make in the winter because they dry more easily with the lowered humidity in the house while the heat is on.
1 ½ cups white flour
¼ cup salt
¼ tsp cornstarch
2/3 cup distilled water, brought to a boil
1 Tbls essential oil or or Fragrance oil
2 Tbls dried herbs, if desired
The main thing to remember with these is they must be very well dried before using and not made too large or they could develop molds. In humid weather I add potassium sorbate as a preservative.
Combine the materials to create a dough much like play-dough. Roll the dough the size of large marbles but flatten them so they dry more easily. Adding the dried herbs will give the dough a more "rock-like" coloring.
Once dry place them in a pretty dish along with colorful complimentary herbs, buds or petals.
Here is another recipe, slightly easier and more colorful, but without herbs.