Monday, August 23, 2010

Tutorial: How to Make Potpourri

As I was surfing the web on one of my breaks at work I was actually looking for some fragrances for fall and I accidently fell upon a link on how to make your own potpourri. How perfect is that!? I can make my own fall scented potpourri! So the more I browsed the more sites I ran acrossed with all kinds of information, but I will share with you the simplest 'recipe' on how to make your own potpourri.
Things you will need:
1 cup dried orange peel
10 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
1/3 cup star anise
1/3 cup allspice berries
2 tbsp. whole cloves
some kind of botanical item i.e. leaves, bark, dried flowers
Essential oil(s) of your choice: orange, cinnamon, clove, ginger, vanilla
Eye dropper
Large resealable plastic bag or nonreactive bowl
Large glass jar with a tight-fitting lid


Instructions:
1. In a large resealable plastic bag or nonreactive (glass or plastic) bowl, combine orange peel, cinnamon sticks, spices and dried botnical. Toss gently to combine.

2. Select one or a blend of essential oils. Use an eye dropper to distribute a total of 12 to 15 drops of essential oil(s) on the insides of some pieces of orange peel in the potpourri mix. Toss potpourri gently to combine.

3. If the mixture smells strong enough, do not add any additional essential oil. However, if you would like to increase the intensity of the fragrance, add a few more drops, then toss again to combine.

4. Pour the potpourri mix into a large glass jar and seal with a tight-fitting lid. Store the jar in a cool, dry, dark place for a couple of weeks to cure before using. Check the potpourri after one week to see if the fragrance is strong enough. If desired, add more essential oil.

Viola! You now have a beautiful fragrance of fall drifting througout your home.



Here are some additional sites to find oils and dried flowers and leaves.

Save on Crafts - This site also has extra tips on how to blend potpourri for a more personalized style.


Show me what you have made.


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