Have you ever made potpourri from your garden? If you are growing flowers and herbs you might want to try this age-old craft. After all, it’s so easy to make and can be adapted to all kinds of preferences and tastes.
Plants (flowers, herbs, seed heads, pine cones, citrus peels… see more below)
Fixative (cellulose fiber, orris root, oak moss)
Essential oil or Fragrance oil
A basic potpourri recipe calls for three types of plant materials. Plants for color, plants for scent and plants for texture. The other traditional main ingredient is essential or fragrance oil and a fixative. Fixatives are materials that hold the fragrance or essential oil for long periods of time. Here I’m using cellulose fiber which affordable and readily available. Other options are orris root, calamus root and oak moss.
Gather some flowers, herbs and seed pods.
Spread them out on an old screen in a warm place to dry out.
Here’s what they look like after one week.
In a small bowl add several drops of fragrance or essential oil to the fixative and stir well.
In a large bowl mix together the dried flower heads, petals, scented leaves and seed pods, discarding the stems. Then add in the fixative and any other materials you have on hand, such as whole spices or other dried materials. In this mixture I added a few leftover tea rosebuds, small pine cones and whole cloves.
Gently stir together and place in bags or jars for gifts or simply set it out to enjoy.
Mmm I wish you could smell it.
Here’s a list of some ideas you can play with.
Choices For Color
Black Eyed Susan
Scented Geranium Leaves