Havdalah Bag Tutorial

*Photos by  Laurel Street Kitchen    

When we hosted our recent gathering with Honeymoon Israel, we wanted to give everyone something special to take home. We figured a customized Havdalah spice bag would be a perfect way to help guests hold their own Havdalah rituals at home...

It is one of the easiest DIY projects, and took under 30 minutes to assemble! Here's what I did:

8 bags


  • 10 small 4x6" muslin bags. You can find them here or here.
  • A custom (or any other stamp you like) stamp. I had a custom one created with the Nourish logo, which I use for other things like cards. It needs to be about 2x2"- I purchased mine through this Etsy shop.
  • This washable stamp pad.
  • One piece of white copy paper.
  • Whole spices. I used: Orange peel, roses, cloves, cinnamon sticks and green cardamom pods. Note that it's okay if they're not food-grade, since you won't be consuming them. I purchased them in bulk from a local health foods store, and sourced about 1/2 cup of each spice.
Havdalah Bag Tutorial | Nourish SF

Test stamp and pad on a flat piece of paper a few times. 

Stamp each muslin bag. Make sure stamp is centered on bag and that you're stamping on a completely flat surface. I found that applying even pressure when stamping was the KEY to avoiding corner marks.

Cover each bag (with stamped side facing up) with a piece of white copy paper and iron on high heat. This will set the ink, making the bags washable and ensuring that the ink doesn't spread.

Place spices in a medium-sized bowl and stir with a soup spoon. Place spices into each bag, filling them about half way. The smaller spices will fall to the bottom of the bowl, so make sure to scoop from the bottom a couple of times. 

Pull strings tight and place in a basket by the door, ready for your guests to take home!