Homemade Winter Potpourri

I can’t believe how quickly Christmas came and went! After a busy Christmas day, I decided that my boxing day should consist of sleeping and relaxing. Especially with the weather here being minus 20 degrees Celsius… So since I have already done a lot of lounging and dozing off on the couch today, I felt it was appropriate to make a post about the winter potpourri that I made.

I had already dried out a bunch of orange slices in my oven a few months ago with the intent of using them for this potpourri, but there were some other ingredients I wanted to include that I needed to buy. I went to Bulk Barn and bought star anise, cinnamon sticks, and cloves, and then i bought some cinnamon scented pine cones from Walmart. I already had some decorative filler for potpourri, so I mixed it all together.

The oranges still had quite a distinctive smell, and the cloves, star anise, and cinnamon came through nicely so I didn’t end up adding much more in the way of fragrance. I left the mixed potpourri in a freezer bag for a few weeks before transferring it to these cute Christmas-themed gift bags, a couple days before Christmas.

Thanks for reading. Stay tuned for my post about the DIY Christmas gift baskets that included this potpourri!

Nicole

First Try at Homemade Potpourri

I got married in July of 2017, and I saved some of the flowers from my bouquet to use in a homemade potpourri. It was my husband’s idea to get more use out of them – he’s got great ideas 🙂

I started by drying out rose pedals in the microwave with paper towel, and it worked well. I then dried out some ferns from the bouquet using the same method. I also had some baby’s breath which was already mostly dried out, so I set that aside to use in my potpourri as well.

I saw some ideas on the internet and decided to dry out some lemon slices in the oven on low heat for a couple hours. They ended up getting quite brown, but they add a nice touch to the aesthetics of the potpourri, and they smell good too!

Once I was ready to start putting it all together, I mixed all the dried items together in a freezer bag. I had purchased a couple bags of decorative filler for potpourri from Dollar Tree, so I threw some of those in there too.

For the fragrance, I decided to use cinnamon, vanilla fragrance oil, and a bit of cherry fragrance oil. I read that coriander and cinnamon are both good to use as “fixatives” for potpourri, so I mixed together the cinnamon, coriander seeds, and the fragrance oils in a small dish, and then sprinkled the mixture into the bag with the rest of it.

After a week or so, I went back to the potpourri and mixed it around again. The fragrance was strong, so I put some on display in a cute dish that my mom gave me a while ago. The lid has lots of little openings, so the smell comes through nicely. I am happy to say that my first try at making potpourri was a success!

Hope you enjoyed my post 🙂
Nicole

P.S. stay tuned for my upcoming post all about my winter-themed potpourri!