Nothing feels better than coming home after a long day at work and be greeted with a lovely scent. If your scent also looks appealing and adds to your home’s décor, then you are in for a treat. One of the best ways of adding this beautiful touch to your home is with flowers. But while you might not be able to enjoy fresh flowers every day of the week, a potpourri can add just the right scent with a beautiful decorative element. What’s best – you don’t even need to buy the potpourri, but you can make your own potpourri at home!
Wait, What is Potpourri?
If you’ve never encountered potpourri, let’s clear up what this fantastic thing is all about. Potpourri is essentially “a mixture of dried petals and spices placed in a bowl to perfume a room”. Potpourris come in all shapes and sizes! You can add potpourri on a large vase or fill small candleholders with your chosen mixture. Even the scent itself can be a combination of things. You have seasonal fragrances such as cinnamon and gloves available, or your potpourri could have a fresh, spring scent to it with mint and lemon as the main fragrances.
Why Should I Make My Own Potpourri?
Potpourri has two obvious benefits: it adds a nice scent to your room and the dried leaf mixture looks like a decorative element when placed in pretty bowls and vases. There’s more to potpourri though. Since you are using natural dried ingredients, you aren’t adding harmful or irritating chemicals to your home. It can therefore be a much safer option to some home fragrances you buy from the stores. Not to mention creating your own potpourri can cost a fraction of home scents like candles and filters! You can find cheap ingredients from flower shops on the VoucherBin.co.uk platform and create a large mixture with just a few pounds.
4 Steps to Making Potpourri at Home
Creating your own potpourri is incredibly straightforward. All it takes is to follow these simple four steps:
First, you need to select the fragrances you want to use. This means selecting your floral petals, such as roses, mints, rudbeckia and so on. You can also include essential oils to your potpourri, if you want more depth to your scent. Once you’ve picked the petals, you must dry them. The process is easy. Place your petals on a tray covered with paper towels. Place the tray somewhere warm and airy (avoid rooms that are too hot or moist). Turn the blossoms around every day and once they are dried, store in closed containers away from light. You know your petals are dry when they become bristle and feel like they are ready to crumble.
Second, you want to create a mixture with your essential oils. It’s a good idea to use two separate scents and to mix them together in a small jar. Keep the mixture in the jar overnight and test the next day to see whether you like the smell. A combination of geranium oil, lemon oil and patchouli oil works well.
Third step is about mixing your potpourri. In order to create a coherent and beautiful mixture, you’ll need a third ingredient, which is referred to as the fixative. The fixative could be orris or calamus root, for instance. Place the chosen fixative in a glass container, add your chosen oils and stir the mixture together. Once you are happy with the scent, add the dried petals, carefully stirring it all together. Seal the jar and let it set in a cool and dark place for several weeks. To ensure the mixture is properly mixed, shake the jar every few days.
The final step is all about using your potpourri. The mixture should be ready to be displayed in four to six weeks from mixing. You can place it in your chosen bowls or vases for display. If you want, potpourri makes a great gift as well!
A Simple Recipe to Start With
If you don’t know how to get started with making your own potpourri, give a go at this easy recipe idea. All you need is:
6 cups of flowers – roses, mint, scented geranium and lilies
2 cups of scented geranium, lemon verbena and rose leaves
4 heaping tablespoons of chopped orris root
8 drops of rose geranium oil
8 drops of bergamot oil
5 drops of honeysuckle oil
Follow the above instructions when combining the above ingredients together.
Hopefully, the above tips will inspire you to give a go at this fantastic home décor idea. As mentioned above, potpourri also makes a fantastic gift for weddings and Christmas. You can find satchels to pour to potpourri in and give to your friends and family – they are sure to love it as much as you do!