Potpourri is not only a wonderful way to scent a room, it can also be beautiful to the eye. Making your own potpourri is easy and fun and can allow you to use your imagination and creativity. There are only a few steps needed and when you are done you have added a lovely new accent to your room.
- Look for seasonal flowers and fruits, seed heads, pine cones, berries, and pretty leaves. Choose colors that appeal to your tastes, compliment your room’s decor, or are particular to the season. To dry them place them on a rack on a layer of newspaper. Put them in a dry and warm room, but not in the sun, and leave them there for about a week. For seasonal fruits, put the whole fruit or slices of it on cheesecloth and place in the oven on a low setting for 48 hours.
- While everything is drying you can think about the fragrance you want. This should come in the form of a good essential oil. If you are using a scented flower, like a rose, you will want rose essential oil. If you are not using scented flowers, you can choose any fragrance you like. For dried fruits, you might want to use a citrus scent; for berries, wood chips and pine cones, a spiced scent like cloves or cinnamon would be nice. Experiment with different scents until you find one that is just right.
- When your potpourri mix is ready to receive the essential oils, sprinkle them on the mix, then cover it and put it in a dry place to season itself until you want to use it.. When you are ready to use the potpourri, pour a few more drops of scented oils and toss with your hands. Find an attractive dish or glass bowl to display it. Every few days give it a toss, and if necessary, use more essential oil.
When the holidays come you might think about giving some of your homemade potpourri as a gift. You can get cellophane bags in a craft store, and tie them up with a pretty ribbon. Homemade potpourri is nice to use at a dinner party, instead of a floral arrangement, or for birthdays and family gatherings. It is versatile, sensuous, and beautiful. And making your own makes it that much more special.