Potpourri is insanely easy to make and it’s one of those things that can literally lift and coordinate a room, set the tone and scent it in one – you show me a candle that can do all of that!
When we were given a mahoosive bag of pine cones from my in laws, I instantly knew I would be using some of them for a potpourri basket – it’s so easy it took minutes, using up ingredients that I already had knocking about the house and some that I had collected when I went for a little walk with Toby.
Here is how to make you own potpourri:
Fill the basket with different shapes pine cones, small and large, long and squat. Add a couple of handfuls of conkers, a few sticks of cinnamon (which you can buy from any craft store – try to avoid the supermarket ones as they are edible grade and therefore cost a fortune, decorative cinnamon is cheap as chips) and the dehydrated slices of orange – which can also be bought at any sm craft place, or you can slice up and orange, place it on a clean baking tray and set your oven to a very low heat (GM 1 or 1/2 would do it) and then leave the peel in the oven over night or for 8-12 hours.
Once you have arranged your potpourri, add 20-30 drops of your chosen essential oil. At this time of year you can use berries, winter oil, frankincense, myrrh, orange, cinnamon or sandalwood. I bought an essential oil mix of cinnamon and orange and it will last all week, only need a spruce up once in a while. It’s heavenly and not only does it look pretty, but it sets the tone too!
If you want to go Christmassy, you can add some baubles like I have in the picture above, or even some Christmas tree clippings and berries.
Give it a go,