How to Make Thanksgiving Incense

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Thanksgiving is a day when all of your friends and family get together to celebrate what they are thankful for, spend quality time together, and of course eat a ton of food. Because Thanksgiving is such a well-loved and festive holiday in the Americas, it only makes sense that the mere idea of the aromas associated with Thanksgiving stirs up a warm and happy feeling for many. With your own Thanksgiving-inspired incense, you can celebrate Turkey Day all year long.


Step 1

Choose what ingredients you would like to use. Cinnamon and clove are often used in Thanksgiving cooking and baking recipes, making them a great choice for your incense. Vanilla and maple are warm, hearty scents that are reminiscent of the season.

Step 2

Grind up your dry ingredients in a mortar and pestle.

Step 3

Combine ½ cup of sandalwood powder with 1 cup of the dry ingredients you have selected.

Step 4

Mix in ½ cup of Makko powder and blend well.

Step 5

Slowly add small amounts of water until you can form the powder into a dough. Continue to knead the dough.

Step 6

Add small amounts of your wet ingredients like maple syrup, cranberry fragrance, or even vanilla extract while the dough is still wet and mix well.

Step 7

Form the dough into sticks or cone shapes and let them dry before using.

Tips and Warnings

Light these incense in your home if having friends and family over to celebrate the day. Add the water very slowly so it does not get too wet. Add more powder to compensate if your dough is too wet and not workable.

Things You'll Need

Cranberry fragrance oils, Vanilla leaves, Cinnamon, Clove, Maple syrup, Mortar and pestle, Sandalwood, Makko powder

About this Author

Elizabeth Holli Wood has been a print and online freelance writer since 2003. Her work has appeared on various websites, including and Wood earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and mass communications studies from the University of Florida.

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