Make a Yule Log
Yule Log is an ancient Pagan Tradition that goes back many 100s of years.
Winter Solstice (Yule) it is the darkest time of the year.
Yet on this day, the Sun is “re-born” in the sky and begins to
grow stronger and stay out longer and longer.
The Yule log represents the Light overcoming the Darkness.
Since the celebrating and parties would last for as long as the log burned, people would choose the biggest log they could find. Sometimes the log would be so large that it required a team of horses to drag it home! Then the families would decorate it, pour wine over it and sing songs around it. The Yule log represents Good Luck in the coming year.
the log is so much fun and there are so many ways you can do it!
pine and holly to it with a bright red ribbon.
Glue on Pine Cones, berries and even dried flowers.
Color and cut out little paper suns and glue them to ribbons that
can dangle down. Sprinkle the
whole log with glitter from a craft store.
Each member of the family can even write little wishes for the
coming year on bits of paper then roll the paper up like scrolls and tuck
them under the ribbons.
If you don’t have a fireplace you can just "glue" a candle on the top of the log with a bit of melted wax!
Yule Tree Decorations to Make
has a special little pine tree that she brings in and decorates each Yule.
She likes to use all homemade and mostly natural ornaments.
Here are some of her favorites.
You might like to try them:
Bundle a few short cinnamon sticks together using a bit of slender
ribbon and tie a bow and a loop at the top.
Then glue on little sprigs of holly, pine or dried flowers like
rose buds, marigolds or baby’s breath, tucking the stems under the bow.
- Take some Bay leaves. Fresh is best but if all you have is dried, then soak them
overnight in warm water to make them pliable (that means you can bend them
more easily without breaking them). The
next morning, pat them dry. Next,
take a Styrofoam ball and use Tacky Glue to cover it with bay leaves.
Start at the bottom of the ball and work your way toward the top so
they overlap a bit. Some of
the leaves you may have to hold in place while the glue dries so they
don’t pop up. Cloves or rosebuds stuck through the leaves into the ball
will help hold the leaves in place and look pretty besides.
A very pretty effect is to “dust” your finished ball with a
light spray of gold paint. Pin
a pretty loop of ribbon or gold cording to the top to hang it by.
you have pine trees in your area, collect the fallen cones.
If not, you can buy the cones in a craft store.
the very edges of the pinecone with glue and sprinkle glitter over the
glue. It will look like the cones are tipped with frost – very pretty! You
can also simply spray paint the cones gold or silver and then immediately
sprinkle them all over with iridescent glitter.
Cinnamon Stick Pentagrams
– (this project uses hot glue, so parents might wish to help
younger children) Soak 5 cinnamon sticks (each about the same length)
overnight in warm water. In
the morning, pat them dry and form them into a pentagram. The soaking will
make them pliable so that as you overlap them, they will bend more easily.
Hot glue the ends together and then wrap the ends also with twine
or raffia and tie it off. Use
extra raffia to create a loop at the top for hanging.
- Take about a 4 inch square of lace or fabric (if you’re
going for a very “organic”, natural look for your tree, then burlap
works well) In the center,
put a tablespoon of Yule sachet mixture,
bring the ends of the fabric up and tie ribbon or twine around the
top making a little pouch with the herbal mixture inside.
Tuck a sprig of holly, mistletoe or little birch pinecones into the
ribbon. If you can find a rubber stamp at the craft store with a sun, star
or moon on it, you can stamp the outside of the fabric with a picture
before adding your herbs.
parts fragrant pine leaves, 1 part rosemary, 1 part cinnamon, 1 part
cloves, 1 part dried orange peel broken into little pieces.
Add a bit of cinnamon oil; stir it up good and let it sit for a few
days in a closed jar.
Pomanders - Tie a loop in a length of
ribbon leaving the ends long enough to wrap around a small orange, lime or
lemon. Wrap it around the
fruit and then tie it at the bottom.
If you want you can cut the ends off, let them dangle or even add a
- Often, when you find acorns on the ground, their
little caps have come off. If
that’s the case, then collect both caps and bases.
If not, then remove the caps yourself when you get home.
Paint both halves with spray paint or craft paint using either gold
or silver. Then cut a slender
ribbon about 3 inches long and glue each end to the inside of the cap so
that it forms a loop. Then
glue the cap back on to the base of the acorn. When it’s done, you can
paint the cap with watered down white glue and dust it with glitter.
– Put about a cup of applesauce in a strainer and let it sit & drip for
a few hours. Then combine1
cup cinnamon with
one tablespoon each of cloves and nutmeg.
Add 2 tablespoons of white glue and ¾ cup of drained applesauce.