Monday, September 28, 2009

How to Make Spice Filled Mug Mats

Spice filled mug mats and trivets make a thoughtful, fragrant gift. While they are not hard to make it does take a little time if you age your mix properly. The secret to long lasting fragrance in any potpourri type mix is sufficient aging. You can vary the spices and oils in this recipe to suit your own nose.

Mug Mat Mix
  • 1 cup of allspice
  • 1 cup of cinnamon chips
  • 1/2 cup of cloves
  • 1 cup of dried orange peel
  • 1/4 cup of star anise
  • 1/4 cup of dried rosemary
  • 1 cup of oak moss or cellulose fiber chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon of orange essential oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon each of clove and cinnamon essential oils
Mix the first 6 ingredients and put into a jar with a tight fitting lid. Make sure it is large enough to allow for future mixing by shaking. Place your oak moss or cellulose fixative in a small jar with a lid and add your oils. Shake well and let sit for several days until the oils are fully absorbed. Add to your spice mix, put the cover back on and shake gently to mix. Let age for at least 4 weeks, shaking gently now and then to redistribute the scents. Your mix will be ready to use after the aging period. I'll give instructions for sewing the mats later this week. ~Gail~


  1. love the simplicity of the recipe
    thanks for giving me some ideas for Christmas
    better get started

  2. Thanks! Simple is almost always better, isn't it?