Magical crafting is just like any other form of crafting-- the only difference is that you are working with symbols that represent ideas, instead of working with paints or fabrics. If thoughts are things (and we believe they are!) than you are an artist, and thought is your medium!
Here’s how it works. Find a beautiful bottle, sachet, or container of some kind that excites you. Let it be something that reminds you of what it is you wish to manifest. For example, if you wish to manifest deep restful sleep, you might want to choose a soft, fluffy cotton pouch as your container. If you want to manifest beauty and confidence, you might choose a tall elegant glass bottle. Feel free to decorate the outside of the container with words or images that represent your wish.
Fill the container with small items (herbs, crystals, buttons, photographs, and other bits & bobs) that all represent aspects of the thing you are hoping to manifest. This might be a sprig of lavender for its calmative properties, and a small swatch of your baby blanket, to provide comfort and peaceful rest. Or, in the example of manifesting beauty & confidence, you might spritz some of your favorite cologne on a silky piece of fabric, and gather a beautiful gemstone or piece of jewelry. (See the correspondence chart below for some traditional magical uses of herbs, crystals, and more.)
Once the bottle or pouch is full of items that match your intention, seal it tight with ribbon, string, wax, or any other substance that will “lock” your intention into place. You might say a positive affirmation as you do this, such as “I am able to relax easily into peaceful, restorative sleep,” or “I see my own beauty, and others see it, too.”
Once the charm is complete, set it somewhere special. The placement of the charm should also match its intent-- under your pillow, perhaps, or on a fancy dresser next to your mirror. Try not to fixate on the charm too much, but let sink into the back of your mind and go about your normal activities. Trust that over time, this seed of intention will manifest! And just like any craft, you will improve your results with practice. Happy crafting!