DIY Yule Log/Smudge Stick: revitalize your senses with this witchy craft

Today, I’ve got a DIY Yule Log/Smudge Stick for you. It’s super easy to make and if you get creative, you can make it for free or for pennies. Literally. 

It took only four items to make these- an extra large cinnamon stick, cedar leaves with the stems on, pine needles, and twine. And they just look so rustic and Christmassy…I’m a bit obsessed with these. 

I’ve been anticipating Christmas since August so I made these back then. They were so easy to make that I’ve been making them with other herbs and spices I had laying around or foraged for. I also made a witch ball and a wishing tree if you’re on the prowl for more Yule crafts. 

You can give them as gifts…they make great stocking stuffers. Or just keep them for yourself anytime you need a quick cleansing. 

I’ve even broken off bits and pieces (before I burned them) to make them into loose incense and tea. If you’re going to consume them, please be sure that they are free of pesticides and follow all precautions when ingesting herbs. 

The best part? I don’t smell any sage. While I love it and make a mouthwash out of it (I’ll post a recipe soon), I’m not a fan of the smell of burning sage. So I keep it to cook and bake with. But for spiritual purposes, you can count me out. 

I should also note now that the cedar leaf and pine needles do not have to be dried out before making them, the way sage does. You can even burn them right away if you’d like. 

If you’d like to learn more about Yule, you can check THIS out.


Cedar and pine are powerful cleansing and purification agents while cinnamon is amazing for attracting. So this yule log/smudge stick can help you to clear while attracting. It acts as a two for one if you will.

Let’s get started on this super simple craft that will only take a few minutes of your time, shall we? 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Cedar leaves attached to the stems
  • Pine needles
  • Twine (I used red & gold) 
  • Tweezers (optional)

Before we start:

THESE are the cinnamon sticks I used. I do not receive a commission from you clicking on the link. I’m giving you the link because these are larger than normal size cinnamon sticks so the holes in them are larger, which makes placing the cedar leaves and pine needles in much easier. 

You can use regular size cinnamon sticks but you won’t be able to shove as much greenery in there. You’re more than welcome to wrap the greenery outside of the stick as well, but I wanted mine to look like a yule log. 

I used cedar leaves on the stem and cut off part of the stem AFTER I put it through the hole of the cinnamon stick. This way, I didn’t chop off more than I should have. 

If you don’t have cedar leaves or pine needles on hand, substitute with what you can find in nature. 

I already had cedar leaves on hand and I foraged the pine needles. I also happened to have the cinnamon sticks because I use them in rituals. And I had the twine already so this project was completely free for me. Hopefully, it will be for you too. 

How to make:

Take your branches of greenery (the amount depends on the size of your cinnamon stick. You may want to place one cedar branch first and work your way up. Whatever is easier for you.) and shove them gently into the hole of a cinnamon stick. 

If any of the pine needles stick out of the hole, just take a pair of tweezers to shove them back in. 

Take some twine (I used about 18 inches because I wanted to get most of the log wrapped in it) and tie it onto one end of the cinnamon stick. You want two equal lengths of twine. 

Keep twisting and wrapping both pieces of twine till you get to the top, leaving enough room to finish off with a knot. 

How to use:

You can wait until the start of the Winter Solstice to burn your Yule Log/Smudge Stick. If so, burn a bit of it each evening for twelve nights. If there’s leftover at the end of the 12 Days of Christmas, you can place it under your bed for next year’s Winter Solstice. Or you can keep using them anytime you need an extra dose of spiritual hygiene. 

Carefully light the smudge stick, starting at the tip of the cedar leaf is a good place to start. Starting from the bottom of your feet, wave the wand sideways without touching your body, working your way to the crown of your head. 

Once you’re all cleansed and good to go, you can kinda smush the tip into a heatproof container or leave it in a cauldron to burn out on its own. 

That’s it. This DIY Yule Log/Smudge Stick really couldn’t get anymore simpler than that. And it takes just a few minutes of your time to enhance your witchery, bringing you to zen in no time. 

Have you made your own yule log/smudge sticks? What do you put in there? Let me know in the comments below. 

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See ya soon…in the meantime, stay zenspired!

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