I love Potpourri. The idea of little bits and pieces imparting a wonderful fragrance to your home is incredible. The only problem is store bought ones often have fresheners sprayed in and you can never tell what ingredients have been used to make them.
I decided to make my own little potpourri sachets for my closet; that way I will always know what’s in there. I always get flowers from Trader Joe’s since they’re fresh and also quite cheap. I have saved a lot of petals and leaves out of habit. I decided to make a rose / lavender mix since I already have the Lavender oil.
What you need?
- Lots and lots of flowers (This might take some time to collect but you can even pick flowers and leaves from your yard and wash them to remove dirt and bugs).
- 2-3 essential oils depending on what scent you want
- Citrus fruits
- Herbs and Spices
- Parchment paper and regular paper
- Baking tray
- Large Plastic bowl
- Cling wrap or thin plastic sheets
- Cord or Twine
What to do?
- Once you have your flowers, strip out the petals and leaves. ( I used different colored rose petals and leaves, eucalyptus leaves, whole gerberas, lily of the valley, peony petals, purple hydrangea and whole purple carnations with leaves).
- To make the drying process fast, preheat your oven to 150-200° F. Arrange all your flowers, leaves, a few herbs like rosemary or sage, some spices like cinnamon or cloves and a few thin slices of lemon on your baking tray lined with parchment paper. Pop the tray in the oven for 2-3 hours until dry. Keep checking periodically to make sure nothing burns (the flowers should start curling at the ends, look brittle and feel like chips but shouldn’t be burnt; see pic on right).
- An alternate method of drying is to leave everything on a tray
in the sun for 2-3 days until all moisture has been removed but this takes a little bit longer (see image).
- After drying, put all the ingredients in a large plastic bowl and gently mix them by tossing (just like you would toss a salad but be careful because you don’t want the flowers to break).
- Add 15-20 drops of essential oil in the bowl. You can add more or less depending on how strong you want the scent to be. Toss gently.
- Lay your cling wrap or plastic sheet on a flat surface. Measure a square of 12 inches and cut. (I decided to make 4 sachets so I cut 4 squares of wrap).
- Poke a few small holes in the wrap using either scissors or a pen. The holes shouldn’t be too big or the flowers might spill out.
- Take a scoop of your mixture from the bowl and place in the center of each square. Hold all four ends of the square and tie together with cord (you can use ribbon instead).
- Repeat for other sachets and place in your closets, attics, or other musty dank places for a refreshing scent (You can also use Ziploc bags to store the potpourri).
- You can also use the bowl as a potpourri centerpiece on a table.
You can always change the oil used once the old scent starts to fade. Simply open the sachet, add your new oil and re-tie for a new smell 🙂 These make perfect little return gifts at parties, stocking stuffers etc.