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Handmade Balsam Fir Pillows

Balsam fir pillows are a wonderfully fragrant and EASY Christmas DIY! they also make the sweetest handmade gifts!
Prep Time12 hrs
Active Time10 mins
Author: Anna


  • heavy scissors or pruning shears
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • dehydrator (optional)
  • small funnel (optional)



Prepare the balsam fir

  • Start by finely chopping up the balsam fir needles and small twigs.
  • Spread them in a thin layer to dry in for a day or two. OR - spread them on dehydrator trays, and dry at about 100°, for 12-15 hours until fully dry.

Make the pillows

  • Print the 4" template linked above (or another size if you prefer a larger or small pillow.)
  • Using the template, cut two fabric squares for each pillow.
  • With right sides together, sew around the pillow, leaving 2.5" open along the middle of one side.
  • Flip pillow right side out.

Fill and finish the pillow

  • Fill the pillow with the dried, shredded balsam. A small funnel can help with getting the balsam into the pillow. Leave just enough room to stitch the final seam shut.
  • Using needle and thread, securely stitch the opening of the pillow.


Care: Spot clean as necessary. To wash, filling must be removed. Wash and dry fabric separately, then re-stuff and stitch.