DIY Potpourri from Your Garden

Make garden potpourri using flowers from your garden or a fading flower arrangement. It's easy and a great way to extend the enjoyment of your flowers.

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.

The Materials

Plants (flowers, herbs, seed heads, pine cones, citrus peels… see more below)
Fixative (cellulose fiber, orris root, oak moss)
Essential oil or Fragrance oil

The Process

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.

Make garden potpourri using flowers from your garden or a fading flower arrangement. It's easy and a great way to extend the enjoyment of your flowers.

Gather some flowers, herbs and seed pods.

Make garden potpourri using flowers from your garden or a fading flower arrangement. It's easy and a great way to extend the enjoyment of your flowers.

Spread them out on an old screen in a warm place to dry out.

Make garden potpourri using flowers from your garden or a fading flower arrangement. It's easy and a great way to extend the enjoyment of your flowers.

Here’s what they look like after one week.

Make garden potpourri using flowers from your garden or a fading flower arrangement. It's easy and a great way to extend the enjoyment of your flowers.

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.

Make garden potpourri using flowers from your garden or a fading flower arrangement. It's easy and a great way to extend the enjoyment of your flowers.

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
Bachelor’s Button
Black Eyed Susan
Calendula
Coneflower
Delphinium
Globe Thistle
Globe Amaranth
Ornamental Salvias
Peony
Strawflowers
Yarrow

Choices for Scent
Beebalm
Citrus Peels 
Lavender
Roses
Lemon Balm
Lemon Verbena
Mint
Rosemary
Scented Geranium Leaves
Choices for Texture
Dried Berries

Pine Cones
Rose Hips
Seed pods

Spices
Allspice
Cinnamon chips
Cloves
Coriander Seed

Star Anise

Make garden potpourri using flowers from your garden or a fading flower arrangement. It's easy and a great way to extend the enjoyment of your flowers.

 

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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Comments

  1. Gorgeous! I used to make potpourri with a group of friends every year – we had an arrangement with a local garden to trim their rose garden every week and gather the blooms. We had garbage bags full by the end of the season and gave it away for gifts. This brought back those fond memories. Will give it a try.

    • Hi Heather,
      You know what they say. Everything old is new again, right? What a great idea regarding trading service for rose petals. They, of course, are one of the best for potpourri.

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