Homemade Herb Pressed Ornaments

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Call me old fashion but my favorite gifts to receive (and give) are home made, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this statement.

Let’s be honest, how many more lotion thingies, coffee cups, Christmas dish towels, or candles do we really need? And how many of us try to re-gift or find a new homes for such items? Be honest….. and when you re-gift them how many of you worry about the original owner finding out? I’ve actually gave a gift so bad it made it’s way back to me as a gift from someone else! Well it’s the thought that counts you say. Bah humbug. I would appreciate just a hand written note over a plastic whatchamacallit I could never use any day of the week.

There are many bonuses with this little craft I’m going to show you

  1. It’s a homemade gift from the heart (number #1 why this is the best gift)
  2. It’s easy and quick to make
  3. It’s cheap to make but looks elegant (I mean cheap, as in $2.00 for an entire batch)
  4. One batch makes roughly 50-54 ornaments (That equals to less than $0.04 per gift!!! ) so you can make for large groups
  5. Children can help make them (you can make fingerprints instead of herbs)
  6. Friends and family are going to LOVE them
  7. They are biodegradable so if the receiver wants to throw it in the trash, no harm no foul to the environment
  8. Great way to preserve a memento of your herbs
  9. Multiple uses, I made ornaments but you can use as; gift tags, hang from car mirror, hang on wall, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination (and that’s what they have Pinterest for!)
  10. Did I mention they are cheap to make??



prep time about 20 mins, bake time 16-20 mins, drying time 12-24 hrs, total cost $2.00, makes 50-54

  • 2c Baking Soda
  • 1c Corn Starch
  • 1 1/4 c Cold Water




pre-heat oven to 325*

  •  Mix Baking Soda, Cornstarch and water in a bowl until well blended and add to a 2 qt sauce pan.
  • Once blended, heat on med heat (stirring constantly) until a light boil
  • Continue stirring until mixture starts to form a hard ball
  • Remove from heat and let cool


  • Dust your work surface, rolling pin and dough ball with corn starch
  • Roll out dough until just before 1/4″ thick
  • Place herbs on dough and lightly press herbs into dough with rolling pin until 1/4″ thick





  • place ornaments on parchment paper lined cookie sheet
  • Use end of straw to make hole in the top of the ornament



  • Bake at 325* for 16-20 minutes. Check at 16 mins and remove from oven if they are starting to yellow



  • Remove from cookie sheet and transfer to drying rack, let dry for 12-24 hours



  • Pick out the colors you want to use. Add a couple drops of water to about a teaspoon of paint and brush all over your ornaments making sure to get into all the crevices
  • Use a rag or paper towel to lightly wipe off some of the paint on the front
  • Let dry


  • Write on back with sharpie name of herb and or your name or year
  • Paint a top coat of mod podge to seal and protect your ornament
  • Let dry, add a string, ribbon, twine, etc and you’re done!




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  1. mary max neely on December 7, 2014 at 12:56 am
    Dig it, girl, dig it! I love your projects..I hope lots of folks take you to heart, there's tooo much 'stuff' we all pass around.
    • Amber Bradshaw on December 7, 2014 at 1:03 am
      Thanks! This project definitely meets my 3-G criteria, Good for me (enjoy receiving) Good for environment, and Good for my pocket! win, win
  2. rkb665 on December 13, 2014 at 4:41 pm
    Amazing and so simple! If I plan better I can make some for next year.
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  5. Adrienne on May 6, 2018 at 4:36 am
    Hi, I have a small question? I want the ornaments to smell herbal too, so is it ok if I add a few drops of herb extracts into the cornstarch-and-baking-soda dough? Will it come out fine when I bake them? And if I use a microwave oven to bake, are they going to turn out fine?
    • The Coastal Homestead on May 15, 2018 at 11:04 am
      Hi there and sorry for the delayed response. First, I would add a drop of EO or two after they are baked. EO's lose their scent when heated too much. Just make sure you don't add too much oil or they will get soft. I don't use a microwave but from what I remember is that they don't heat evenly so you may have issues with drying. If you can't use an oven, I would place them on a screen in the direct sun and let them air dry. Best of luck!

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