DIY Incense Cones | World Crafted

DIY Incense Cones | World Crafted


– Hey friends, it’s Robert. Today on World Crafted I
am sticking closer to home as we examine the ritual of smudging, as it relates to indigenous Americans in the United States. Inspired, we’ll create
our own DIY cone incense to use as cleansing
aromatherapy for your home, or to package as a
thoughtful housewarming gift. (zestful violin music) The fragrance smoke of dried plants is long been used in religious and medicinal ceremonies of
cultures around the globe. Among indigenous or Native Americans, this practice has come to
be referred to as smudging; the aroma and smoke
are often used to bless and cleanse people and places. The plants and herbs used
in the smudging process vary a great deal from tribe to tribe, and depend on their specific
rituals and beliefs. Although the combinations may change, the most commonly used plants are sage, cedar, and sweet grass. It’s not uncommon for native and non-native people alike
to utilize a smudge stick when moving into a new home. This stick is composed of bundled herbs, tied with twine, and hung to dry. The end of the dried smudge stick is lit, the flames are blown out, and the smoke is fanned
throughout the space, clearing it of negative energy. Inspired by this practice, I wanna show you how to make a very simple cone-shaped incense. Our primary ingredient is white sage and depending on where you live, you can either dry sage
harvested from your garden or purchase it from a local
or online source like I did. We’re going to start
with a very small batch that will create five to six cones. But if you like the results, it’s easy to scale the recipe to create a larger quantity. To begin we need to grind
the dried white sage into a powder, and to do this I’m using
a mortar and pestle; one of the oldest kitchen
devices still in use. Place a handful of sage
leaves in the mortar, avoiding the woody stems and stalks which are a little harder to grind. Use the blunt end of the pestle and grind the dried leaves
in a circular fashion, until they resemble a rough powder. This will take a few minutes. Measure out three teaspoons
of the powdered sage and place it into a small mixing bowl. The second ingredient
is called makko powder and it’s ground from the bark of the Tabu-no-ki tree. Now this serves two
purposes in our recipe. First, it’s water soluble, allowing it to act as a binding agent and helping our incense
cone to retain its shape. And then second, it’s a natural combustible material, meaning it’s able to catch
fire and burn easily. Now I found that it was easier to source prepared makko powder online than it was to purchase the
actual bark to grind my own. Add one teaspoon of
makko powder to the sage and thoroughly combine. In order to form cones, we need to add liquid to our
mixture creating a dough, and we’ll be using distilled water. It’s incredibly easy to add too much water when you’re working in
such small quantities, and I found that the best
way to avoid a soupy mixture is to add the water with a dropper. The amount of liquid may vary for you depending on your climate, but adding six droppers of water allowed me to knead the dough into shapes that held their form. Now you can certainly roll and pinch small amounts of the dough to create incense cones with your hands, but I wanted to find a tool or mold to help me regulate the size and shape. What I discovered that worked well are the little conical shaped metal tips that you attach to icing
bags when decorating a cake. They’re easy to find online or at a baking supply store. Now your tendency may be to
create a huge incense cone, but I’m here to tell you that it will likely take forever to dry, and then probably won’t burn evenly. I’m measuring out a half
teaspoon of my dough and pressing it into the mold. In order to get the cone to release, slip a twist tie into the tip, running it along the inside wall. Then place your incense cone on a tray or board lined with wax paper. The top of the cone will
likely be a little misshapen, but you can easily use your fingers to press it back into place. Set the cones in the sun or in front of a fan on low to dry. Our two ingredient mixture
dries pretty quickly, but allow it about 12 hours and be certain to tip the cones over at the halfway point, allowing the undersides to dry. Now to burn your incense cone, I recommend using a heat
resistant bowl filled with sand, light the tip of the cone, blow out the flame,
and set it in the sand. The cone will continue to gently smolder, filling your space with
ribbons of fragrant smoke. A couple of quick safety precautions; never leave your burning
incense unattended, and you may wanna open a window or two to avoid setting off your fire alarm. I’ve really been taken with how easy these incense
cones are to create, and with the respectful
nod to the idea of smudging to clear and bless a new home, I wanna show you how
to easily package them as a thoughtful housewarming gift. I’m using two inexpensive glass spice jars with screw-top lids. One I’m filling with
the dried incense cones and then the second
I’ll fill with matches. But first I wanna create
a striking service to light the matches. Either trace the jar
opening on the backside of a medium-grit sandpaper
and cut with scissors, or use an appropriately sized paper punch. Apply white craft glue to the underside of the sandpaper disk, and then position it on top of the lid allowing it to dry. Include a small dish
for burning the incense and you have the perfect gift for friends and family moving into
a new home or apartment. Thank you so much for watching. I do hope you’ll give this project a try, and if you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to
subscribe to Kin Community and join me next time for another world inspired DIY.

100 thoughts on “DIY Incense Cones | World Crafted

  1. Nice video, your voice is soothing and so relaxed. You should make meditation CD's or audio books.
    I was wondering can I do the same with dried rosemary?

  2. This video was great!! Thank you for posting it! One note though, when preforming "smudging based" rituals you must light your incense from a white candle, not a match. Perhaps you could fit a small Voltaire candle in the match jar! 🙂

  3. I love the smell of cinnamon incense and make my own just with cinnamon and water, But I need a binding agent so they are not so delicate, its difficult to store them as they fall apart so easily. what would you recommend?

  4. Great video…my wife and I have enjoyed incense for many years, making our own seem like a fun idea. I will give it a try. Great video.

  5. what ratio herb do you usually mix with the powder usually if using dried herbs. Or does it not matter

  6. Wow. This guy works way too hard to light sage on fire. If you pour ground sage into a conical pile, you can just light it on fire. Or, you know, buy a sage bundle and light it on fire….

  7. Thanks! Could you please share where you sourced the nice jars with metal lids. Too often they are plastic lids or cork lids and hard to find. Thank you.

  8. Its important to note that white sage is endangered, an alternative such as broad leaf sage is a good substitution.

  9. Excellent video! Just one small correction, if I may?…

    Tabu no ki is not a tree; it is a specific type of incense. The bark actually comes from the Machillus Thunbergii tree.

    Cheers!

  10. Thanks for the helpful video. 🙂 I made some cones using your technique with makko powder and finely powdered aromatic. They've been drying out for about 36 hours but I've just tried to burn one. I hold the lighter flame to the tip for several seconds until the tip glows, but then it stops burning after about 10 seconds. What's gone wrong? They feel dry to me, but are you sure they don't need to dry out for longer? I've heard it can take up to a month of drying time, but it's not humid here.

  11. Thanks for taking the time to make this video, we are going to give it a shot with the herbs that we grow on our homestead

  12. This is my first video on making DIY incense cones, and it was very enjoyable to watch. I looked at Kin as a potential subscriber, but wasn't a fan of the rest of the material posted there, so when I found that Robert had his own page (which you can reach by clicking on his name at the very bottom of the Description next to Collaborator), I was so excited. I look forward to watching more of his crafting videos!

  13. Thank you for the video! I let my incense cones dry for 5 days now (they feel very dry), and I start it with a healthy flame, but they still won’t remain lit. I have to relight the cone every 30 seconds or so. Any suggestions for me? Thank you!

  14. Hi wonderful video, I have question please. How can you harden the cones so it won't break down while storing or gifting them?

  15. Im a wiccan and i had bought insense cones today ..i think they are mer? Is that spelled right?? Anyway..i tried it and fell in love… :0 my room smells so good hhh

  16. Nice work mr Maher. Professional and informative. I will be making my own special incense utilizing this method!!!

  17. Many of these ad revenue DIY/Crafting videos are never checked for functionality before being posted and viewers waste their money on things. This video never shows matches struck on the sandpaper and never mentions you need a much harder to find and much more hazardous "strike anywhere" match for sandpaper to work. His "gift recipients", if actually any, are probably still working hard to light those safety matches on plain sandpaper he told people to glue to the bottle lid. Safety matches, as shown in the video's box of matches and in the jars with sandpaper lids, require the missing ignition component to strike, which is what the red phosphorous dots on the side of the box are for. For regular sandpaper to work, you would need strike anywhere matches…. and, good luck finding strike anywhere matches in a local box store, impact fire hazard if some kid kicks a ball into a shelf full of them because just mailing them as a gift can get you a visit from the postal inspectors if you don't pay the special handling fees and label it as such after a mail sorter tosses it 10 yards into a canvas bag full of mail made of paper to be delivered.

    Toss "strike anywhere" type matches to someone with them sealed in a glass jar with screwed on metal lid and there's a good chance someone's going to the hospital! Which is why the safety match was invented and called the "safety match" or "strike-on-box" type match with the red phosphor and grit strike pad on the sides instead of already on the match head.

    This video could easily make one assume it's all about quickly making people feel like they're crafty rather than a little extra thought and time put into it to provide functional but safe instruction when one wants to make projects from those that want to make money with an DIY video. By the time people would hear back that their money spent on the wrong matches and sandpaper they gave out as gifts didn't work, the video poster probably already has their ad revenue in the bank. Not to mention if someone did realize they needed the proper matches and then privately shipped "strike anywhere" matches in a sealed glass gift jar without proper postal disclosure or packaging! (Remember how they just loved to go knock on the Unabomber's cabin door? Yeah, that could be the same for your door too without proper shipping procedures or packing of certain types of matches wrapped as cheap a gift for a coworker, boss or mother in law!)

    Four years since the posting this video and not 1 clarification or correction over the supplies needed… and as of time of me posting this only one comment, Erin Weaver , 6 months prior to my comment here out of all comments as to being someone who says they actually made incense after using the specified herb and binder and following this tutorial and… guess what?? it didn't work for them and they asked for clarification and has not received a reply in the comments by today. Kind of says something about the totality of the entire video's content, the crafter's knowledge and the poster's motives, huh?

    I think any reply to this comment by the video poster and video content provider other than an admission of lack of due diligence to the viewer and a correction to the video's content will tell anyone all they need to know. Let's see if that happens or it just gets a generic, "Thanks, nice Tip" and smiley face reply, a sidestepping slick rebuttal or…. no reply at all like Erin Weaver, the only comment to date specifically saying they actually followed any crafting content the video offered and it did not work for them.

    I really hate to be rude like this to someone who may be sincere to their own perceived good intentions but, fluffier comments appear to get quick blurb replies with a smiley face and it takes more than good intentions and emoticon replies to valid criticism or questions in order to produce something functional in a youtube video. I'd rather a rude comment mentioning facts on specifics needed to produce functional projects and valid safety issues rather than posting a smooth voice in an ad revenue based video that comes off, under a bit of scrutiny, to just provide quick crap content.

    As of this date, only 60 people out of 3K put in enough critical thinking to what they saw and heard presented in the video to downvote it. Unfortuneately, nobody else really cared enough to really say why in comment when there are some major issues to be had with this video being posted as it was and has been left for four years! That is scary…. Call me an ass if you want, that's fine if I'm wrong about any of the important points at hand but, otherwise not on my concious anymore.

  18. Some form of smoke cleansing exists in every culture since man discovered fire. THANK YOU for your respectful and accurate description of smudging, and for your craft tutorial being respectfully inspired by smudging without being appropriative! This is a beautiful example of enjoying and learning about different cultures without appropriating them! Also, the jar idea with the match-strike top is cuuuuuute! I know I'll be using this for gifts soon! Thank you! 😍

  19. Tip, the finer you grind the herbs the more evenly and better it will burn. Using a coffee grinder really helps with this

  20. A wonderful video! Thank you so much! I have been researching how to make my own cones at home and this is perfect.

    If this helps, I have found an incense cone making tool on AliExpress. It is an acrylic mould with two sides that are clamped together and held by butterfly screws. You fill one side with a mounded amount of the paste and clamp the other side on to it, making bullet shaped cones. The mould makes 8-10 cones at once which would be time-saving, especially if you want to make a lot of cones for Xmas gifts.

    In addition, you can get electric spice grinders that will finely powder the dried leaves for you. This is especially useful if you have arthritis and cannot gring by hand using a pestle and mortar. If you want an even burn and smoother cone, it is recommended to sieve the dry ingredients before adding the water.

    I wanted to share these ideas as they may be useful for people who would like to make their own bullet shaped cones like you can buy in the shops. You can also use the mould as a holder to drill the center of your cones out to make backflow cones. Backflow cones are currently quite expensive to buy and frequently of poor quality, often made from lumber sawdust and just smelling of burnt old wood! Make your own and get the smell exactly as you like using natural ingredients, and you can avoid the chemical rubbish out there.

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