DIY Lunar Calendar

A few months ago, the most beautiful lunar calendar showed up on my dash, thanks to @etsycult! I immediately added this beautiful work of art by ABJglassworks to my wish-list. Alas, I am broke witch, so I came up with an immediate solution until I can afford to splurge :) 

You will need:

  • piece of hobby board 
  • chalkboard paint
  • white paper
  • marker
  • bottle cap 
  • scissors
  • glue
  • chalk pencil

Step One

Paint your hobby board with the chalkboard paint. I used three coats of paint and sanded in-between so that it would be nice and smooth to write on. This is probably overkill and not necessary. Just paint until you’re satisfied.

Step Two

Use your bottle cap to trace 9 moons. Cut out your moons. Use your marker to denote the phases.

Step Three

Glue on your moons and then add the dates and astrological signs with your chalk pencil. To find the current lunar phase and astrological sign,  The Moon app is perfect! 

That’s it! Thank you to Etsy Cult and ABJglasworks for the inspiration! Please consider supporting the artist if it’s in your budget :)

DIY Flower Pressing 🌸🌼

This is a super simple project for saving some springtime flowers, a bouquet you want don’t want to get rid of or for documenting herbs in your grimoire! It’s also cheap as you will have most of the items you need from nature or in your home. If you plan to harvest flowers, PLEASE do your research before you pick them. To the flowers!~

1. Gather your materials.

You will need scissors, tissue paper, flowers or herbs, a large book and heavy items to stack on top of the book (other books, weights, etc.) If you don’t have tissue paper, use toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissue, or culinary parchment paper. Pick too many flowers? Leave them as an offering or spruce up your altar! 

2. Place the tissue paper in your book and arrange your flowers for pressing.

Please use a book you don’t mind getting ruined! Some of the color from the flowers may bleed onto the pages, especially if you are using highly pigmented flowers. I use an old textbook for flower pressing. Arrange your flowers so that they all have space. If you stack them while pressing, you will end up with wrinkles in your flowers.

3. Close the book, place heavy items on it and wait.

Close the book while making sure all of the flowers still have room. Stack other books or weights on the book to ensure a good press. Let the flowers press for seven days or longer. Leaves and petals are already relatively flat so they take about a week. However, bigger flowers take longer to flatten so leave them pressed for about three weeks. 

Craft Ideas for your Pressed Flowers~

- Decoupage literally anything (offering dishes, trays, frames, etc.) 
- Make bookmarks
- Framed wall art
- Collage with other media
- Cards
- Floral candles
- Decorate your book of shadows
- Document your work with herbs

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Make your own ladders!

Rajah loves ladders. Without them, he would probably always be stranded somewhere. (Roshni and Burfi like ladders too, but they also like to scream for help. Poor Rajah just quietly accepts his fate to be stuck.) The only problem is, pet stores don’t have really really long ladders! So here’s how I made my own.

What you need:

  • Two long sticks — branches, bamboo, dowels work great!

  • A lot of small sticks — I’ve used branches, dowels, and nontoxic pencils. 

  • Lots of twine!! You can also try tape, but the birds will probably destroy it pretty quick (not even duct tape is free from my birds’ beaks).


First, I measured the distance from the cage door to the floor. Since my birds like their ladders leaning quite a bit, I added a few inches. My longest ladder is about 3½ ft. Then, I estimated how wide I wanted the ladder to be. If you have a few birds, make sure you make it pretty wide so they don’t run into each other while they’re climbing haha. Finally, see what distance your birds are comfortable with stepping up, I have cockatiels so I kept the spaces between steps pretty small. With smaller spacing, you’ll need more rungs on your ladder — I used about 15.


For your materials, you can go branch hunting in your backyard and use gardening shears to cut them to size. Michaels also has dowels, and I got bamboo sticks from Dollarama! Also. I tried using colourful nontoxic pencils but it was a bad idea. I ended up having to cut the pencil part down because Rajah kept eating them. 😓

Here’s how I go about assembling them:

  • Lay out the long sticks on the floor, keeping the space you want between them.
  • Gather up your small dowels/sticks, and lay them on top of the two long ones. Make sure you keep the spacing close enough for your birds to climb on without trouble!
  • Cut some twine! Doubling up the thread makes tying faster.
  • Starting at one end, hold the small dowel in place and wrap the twine around both dowels/sticks. Tie a knot.
  • Now wrap it around the other side, hold it tight, and tie a knot. 

  • Wrap it around a couple more times on both sides, you don’t have to tie knots. Unless your bird loves chewing through knots, then you probably need to keep it more secure!
  • Once the two dowels seem pretty secure, you can tie a final double knot!
  • Do this like 30 more times. Make sure you have a movie or something on, or else you’ll start crying about your lot in life as a parrot maid.
  • You can choose whether to work your way by rung or by side, they both take about the same time. I think I spent like an hour on my first ladder, but if you get someone to help you it should take around half an hour to finish!
  • Put up the ladder and enjoy! You might need to tighten the knots every once in awhile. My tiels like to move the rungs around when the knots get loose, and then they get upset when the ladder’s all crooked. 😂

There you go! No more stranded birds!

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💜How to make a lavender wand 💜


These can be used in rituals and on your altar, and they make a great gift. :)

1) first collect an odd number (15) of lavender stocks and try make the length of the flowers match.

2) remove all excess leaves and flowers from the lower part of the stock to create uniformity.

3) get two yards of thin ribbon in any color. Fold the ribbon in half, so that when you tie it onto the flowers at the half way point. Then pinch the bunch under the flowers and tie a slip knot or any knot would work as long as its tight.

4) next hold the bundle upside down pinching the knot. Then make a cage like structure around the flowers by twisting each stock and folding them down gently over the bundle.

5) now that you have it set up you first move one of the stands of ribbon inside the flower bundle under
The cage and pull the other out over the top of the cage. With the ribbon that is above the cage you will begin weaving the ribbon over and under each stalk, and continue until you reach the end of the flower cage.

6) now that you reached the end of the cage you will pull out the other ribbon that was under the cage and pull it aside for now. Then with the weaving ribbon you will tie another knot at the bottom keeping the tension of the bundle tight. Now you can wrap the handle of the stalk and once you reached the bottom tie another knot at the bottom of the handle then twist the extra ribbon back up the handle creating a lattice pattern.

7) once you reached the top of the handle again you will use the other half of the ribbon to tie one last knot then a bow at the base of the flower head.

8) now that you have finished making your first lavender wand you can roll the head of the wand between your palms to release the lavender fragrance.


Happy crafting!

Photos by Samantha Piña

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