How to Make Homemade Incense

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Handmade incense can be created by following a few basic guidelines.
Handmade incense can be created by following a few basic guidelines. (Image: incense image by max blain from Fotolia.com)

Incense is traditionally used during religious or spiritual ceremonies, or to scent the air with the smell of ancient essential oils and herbs. Although you could purchase pre-made incense from a specialty store, they can often contain chemicals that you would not want floating around in the air as you burn the incense. Luckily, you can create your own hand-dipped incense by following a few basic guidelines that will ensure your incense will be richly scented and will burn smoothly.

Things You'll Need

  • Incense blanks
  • 16 oz. fragrance or essential oil
  • Jelly roll tray
  • Twine

Fill the bottom of a jelly roll pan with 16 oz. of fragrance or essential oil, any scent you like.

Place ten to twenty incense blanks into the jelly roll tray.

Leave the incense blanks in the oil for around two minutes.

Remove the incense, holding them by the stick ends.

Tie the ends of the incense together using medium-weight twine.

Tie the other end of the twine onto a cabinet.

Place the tray underneath the hanging incense to catch the dripping oil.

Allow the incense to air dry completely before using them.

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