Wondering how to make potpourri? It’s a fun and simple DIY project. You can add potpourri sachets to your closet or drawers to invigorate your clothing, linens and towels with a delicious fragrance, or you can add it to bowls, jars and vases around your house and use it as sweet-smelling home decor. Learn how to make potpourri in 5 simple steps!
1. Preheat your oven to 200˚F and gather your supplies.
Turn your oven on to 200˚F and while it’s heating up, gather your potpourri supplies. You’ll need:
- sheet pan
- parchment paper
- orris root
- essential oils
- Jar or bowl to keep the potpourri in
2. Prepare your flowers.
Prepare your flowers by snipping off stems and/or removing individual petals. The great thing about potpourri is you can use any flower — choose your favorite colors and scents. You can use individual flower petals or the whole flower head — either way works! We like to incorporate a mixture of both whole heads and petals to give the potpourri more visual interest. If you’re not sure which flower to choose, roses are a go-to. Rose petals are incredibly fragrant and make for great DIY potpourri. Other popular choices are geraniums and lilies. Cover a sheet pan with parchment paper and lay out your chosen flowers and petals in one layer.
3. Add in oils and extras.
Adding in essential oils can really take your potpourri to the next level. Good essential oils for making potpourri include rose geranium oil, lavender oil, bergamot oil, lemon oil and honeysuckle oil. In addition to essential oils, you can add mix-ins like lemon slices, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, thyme, mint, etc. Not only will this add to the fragrance, they’ll make the whole potpourri mixture look even prettier. You can even add in things like dried berries, dried greenery, cedar bark, vanilla pods, seeds and pine cones.
4. Bake for two hours.
Leave the sheet in the oven for two hours and check the potpourri. The flowers and petals should feel brittle and hard. It’s important to make sure the ingredients are entirely dry — if there’s moisture left in them, they can cause the potpourri to mold.
Dry flowers and petals will feel brittle and hard — that’s how you know they’re ready! They should be dry in about two hours. When the potpourri is dry, take it out and let it cool down to room temperature.
5. Add in a fixative, more essential oils and mix the potpourri.
A “fixative” is a special potpourri ingredient that will make your fragrance last longer by keeping the scents in the mixture from evaporating. Fixatives are key if you want your potpourri to stay fragrant for weeks. Orris root (or orris root powder) has a sweet smell and commonly used as a potpourri fixative. Mix up your dried flowers and orris root powder, and add 10-15 more drops of essential oil to the mix.
Voila! Now you know exactly how to make potpourri. The potpourri mixture will last four to six weeks. To refresh the scent at any time, mix it up a bit and add in fresh drops of essential oil. You can place the potpourri in vases, bowls or jars and use it as sweet-smelling home decor, or you can add it to sachets and use it in drawers, cupboards or closets. Potpourri also makes a lovely gift.
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