We dosed ourselves with an extra helping of holiday cheer this year with the launch of our TCM Holiday Pop-Up Shops.

Our kick-off party in Venice was the perfect blend of Chalkboard bliss, including these gorgeous sage bundles from Flower Firm Los Angeles, Canyon Coffee and Pressed Juicery lattes, plus layers of Sweet Laurel Bakery cake and caramel.

We asked Madison of Flower Firm to show us how to make these energy-clearing, incredible smelling sage bundles below. Pull them together from Christmas tree sprigs as a sweet holiday gift or New Year’s DIY. The dried botanicals emit energy clearing smoke to refresh your space and mood and provide a warm, delicious scent.

How To Make Sage Bundles


cotton culinary twine
evergreen sprigs


To make a sage bundle, simply bundle together your herbs and flowers in a visually-pleasing way. Wrap tightly with cotton twine and wait until dry.

If you’re working with dried ingredients already, disassemble an existing sage smudge stick (look for a high-quality one with large leaves still in tact, not one that looks crumbly already). The leaves will already have a shape to them so let their direction inform how you’re adding new bits and how you ultimately tie it all together. You can let the sage be the outside “wrapper,” since the leaves are the broadest of the bunch. Add springs of dried roses, rosemary or anything else you have on hand (maybe even some palo santo wood?) to the center of the bundle. Then carefully close the bundle together in your hand and wrap with cotton twine.

The leaves must be completely 100% dry to burn so it’s best to wait until you’re sure. Light one end and enjoy!

Want more? Check out these DIY smudge stick too.

From our friends


  1. Hello, unless you are indigenous I ask you to please stop using sage. It is an appropriation of our culture to use it and we use it for specific rituals. Sage is sacred to us. Please use alternatives. thank you.

    minnie | 07.22.2020 | Reply
  2. Indigenous North American people have traditionally used white sage for cleansing and rituals. It is considered on the watch list for endangerment from over harvesting. Ordinary garden sage, however, is a different species, and has been used by ancient Egyptians, Romans, Chinese, and European monks of the Middle Ages. Using garden sage will not tread on anyone’s cultural heritage.

    Lucinda | 12.20.2020 | Reply
  3. Irish use sage in our smudge/saining rituals.
    Sage is not just for one culture. Thank you much.

    E Ragan | 03.10.2022 | Reply
    • Great point! And very interesting.

      The Chalkboard Editorial Team | 03.12.2022 | Reply

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