Make: Pixie Dust – A DIY Aromatherapy Linen Powder

We had a very small overnight visitor this weekend who was a little nervous about staying over without her parents for the first time. I knew 2 things going into this: that “L” was NOT excited to spend the weekend by herself, and that she had entered a serious Peter Pan phase (as in, she loves watching it over and over and over again).

This DIY Pixie Dust aromatherapy linen powder is fun for kids and naturally magic. With optional printable labels! | from barley & birch

Determined to make it a stress-free, fun weekend for both of us, I did a quick check of my random item inventory and pulled together this DIY Pixie Dust project. I picked some fresh lavender before she came, gathered up a few simple supplies and threw this together at the 11th hour.


After a Peter Pan marathon, we made our own “sleeping spell” + “energy enchantment” pixie dusts and put a “magic spell” on some small bottles I had around the house. After she went to sleep, I added a couple of special little touches to make the bottles look extra magical, filled them with our pixie dust, and put them by her bed so she’d find them in the morning.

Little did I know how into our fairy dust-making project L was going to be! She LOVED helping in the kitchen by mixing the lavender into the baking soda, putting a “magic spell” on the jars, and waking up to her own magical pixie concoctions. She had tons of fun sprinkling a little magic “energy” all over the house and (best part?) she could NOT wait to go to bed so she could use her special sleeping spell dust under her pillow. There were no tears and with the aid of a little natural magic, she was asleep within minutes. This is honestly the gift that keeps on giving!

To make your own aromatherapy DIY pixie dust you’ll need:

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  • 1/4 cup Baking Soda
  • 2-4 Tablespoons Lavender Buds like these or 2-4 T.  Citrus Peel (you can use a few drops of essential oil instead)
  • A salt shaker, spice jar, or small glass or plastic jar with a shaker lid (like this or this)


The supplies you'll need to make our aromatherapy pixie dust powder

DIY Pixie Dust Instructions:

  1. Prep your pixie dust jars

    Wash and clean 1 or 2 old spice jars or salt and pepper shakers – using some that already have shaker lids with very small holes is the most convenient! I actually used a couple that had cork lids, because I thought it looked most authentic, but it adds an extra step.

  2. Drill 2 small holes in the cork lids (optional)

    If you’re using cork lids like I did, soak them in water for a couple of hours to soften them. Using a drill and 5/28th drill bit, make 2-3 small holes in the cork for optimal shaking delight without the worry of finding unexpected enormous baking soda piles.

  3. Use Mod Podge and glitter to add sparkle to your jars

    I wanted to add a little extra sparkle to our pixie dust jars, but if you don’t have glitter or mod podge already, don’t feel like it’s necessary! I drizzled a little mod podge into the bottom of our jars, added 1-2 drops of water, and threw in a handful of glitter. After swirling it around (being sure to evenly cover the sides) I let it dry for about 20 minutes.
    Make Pixie Dust DIY Aromatherapy Linen Powder for Kids!
    If you want to add a little instant magic to your pixie dust, without the mess of glitter – this is the way to do it! I had thought about mixing large glitter pieces in with the powder but was worried it would gum up the works too often. This gave me just the look I was going for, and there’s zero chance your kid will wake up with half their face glittered. Bonus. 🙂

  4. Make your linen powder mixtures

    This is a great time to get the kids involved! Combine the baking soda and lavender (or citrus) in a small bowl. Don’t have lavender buds or citrus peel? Just use about 3-5 drops of essential oil instead. I actually used both to give a little extra zing to ours.
    Make Pixie Dust DIY Aromatherapy Linen Powder for Kids!

  5. Cast your spell…!

    L didn’t really hit Level “Super-Excited!” until we placed our magic spell on the powder. Suddenly, we were actually doing magic. And for this step, I have to thank J.K. Rowling – because I pretty much threw together a few words I had remembered from Harry Potter books and did a little (very) amateur rhyming.

  6. Fill the jars with the linen powder “pixie dust”

    I did this step on my own overnight because L hadn’t seen the glittered jars or labels, and I knew it would make it more special if she woke up to them ready.
    Make Pixie Dust DIY Aromatherapy Linen Powder for Kids!

  7. Add a pixie dust label

    I printed mine onto an old sheet of Avery address labels I had laying around. But you can also print them onto a piece of paper or card stock, trim, & tape! Even though our labels are formatted to be 2″ x 4″, I cut them up in different ways to fit the bottles. Our pixie dust printable labels include a pre-formatted PDF for #18163 Avery Shipping Labels with (1) of each design.
    One of our DIY fairy dust linen powder bottles sitting on a light blue background

Because not every kid is a big pixie fan, I’ve also done an alternative set of labels for “Drowsy Dust” and “Power Powder”. These go over better with kids who may be more into wizarding than fairies!

Our DIY fairy dust linen powder bottles sitting on a dark blue background

That’s all it takes!

We made a big deal of smoothing then fluffing the pillows with extra spirit after we “dusted” them – this prevents the linen powder from just sitting on the top and getting in hair, faces and eyes during the night).

Make Pixie Dust DIY Aromatherapy Linen Powder for Kids!

Even with what looked like fairly large holes, it took a decent amount of shaking to get much baking soda out – its just enough to be satisfying for kids without creating a big messy pile of soda.

Make Pixie Dust DIY Aromatherapy Linen Powder for Kids!

We decided to stick with the lavender and citrus as a “wake-up” and “calm down” set, but there are so many ways to make it your own! I am not a serious aromatherapy expert, but if anyone has some good suggestions, leave them in the comments!

This DIY Pixie Dust aromatherapy linen powder is fun for kids and naturally magic. With optional printable labels! | from barley & birch

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Amanda E.

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help kids and families discover their creative potential through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. Amanda has a background in graphic design, environmental design, and art curation. When not playing with ideas and designs for barley & birch, she enjoys working in freelance design, art, and illustration.


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