Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Make your own Potpourri

Potpourri is a mixture of dried, naturally fragrant plant material, used to provide a gentle natural scent inside your home or office. It is usually placed in a decorative wooden bowl, or tied in small sachet made from sheer fabric. It is a great way to use up dried flowers and can also be a lovely homemade gift!




Step 1: Begin by mixing ingredients together in a large bowl with a non metal spoon. Potpourri should primarily be composed of (four to five cups) fragrant herbs and flowers, for example: lavender, rose, sweet pea and rosemary. To provide accent colors, up to a quarter of the dried flowers can be tulip or peony petals, bachelor's button and/or foxglove. (Choose additional brightly colored flowers to intensify desired color.) You also want to throw in some dried citrus peel (about half a cup), five drops of essential oil, and five teaspoons of crushed fragrant herbs such as: cloves, nutmeg, and cardamom. Mix in a fixative like orris root or gum bezion and some texture elements (shells, pine cones, bark, etc) and you are in business.


Step 2: Smell the mixture. When the blend of scents is satisfactory, continue on to the next step. If not, try adjusting the ratios of different herbs until you are pleased.

Step 3: Pour mixture into a covered container and store 4 to 6 weeks in a cool, dark area to allow the scent to develop. Shake or stir every 2 to 3 days.

Step 4: Arrange your potpourri in dishes, jars, and sachets.







2 comments:

  1. Where can one purchase the decorative items such as the dried "mini pumpkins" and cotton pods, etc..??? I've been searching the internet for hours but can't find where to get them... Thanks!

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    1. I like this site:
      http://factorydirectcraft.com
      They have a lot of dried pods, and the mini pumpkins.

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