DIY Potpourri After Gardening

dyi potpourri

After a hard day of deadheading your flowers, instead of tossing them in the compost bin, how about some DIY potpourri!?!

Potpourri Fixings:

Potpourri can be made from many different things from your yard that you’d normally consider waste. Woody seedheads, nutshells and even tree bark can hold fragrance essences for a long time. The only things that don’t work well are things that get soggy or mushy when left out, in lieu of drying.

Flowers are a colorful addition to the potpourri. There are a wide range of flowers available that hold up well for making potpourri:

  • roses
  • carnations
  • chamomile
  • hyacinths
  • heliotrope violets
  • lily of the valley
  • red beebalm
  • mock orange
  • lemon balm
  • bachelor buttonss
  • pansys
  • geraniums

Other plants that have a natural perfume in their leaves or stems:

  • cinnamon
  • wood of cedar
  • ginger
  • citrus fruits
  • orange seeds
  • pine cones
  • almonds
  • anise
  • juniper berries
  • geranium
  • nutmeg
  • vanilla

Herbs that blend well into potpourris:

  • bay leaves
  • blossoms of hyssop
  • lemon balm
  • mints
  • rosemary
  • lemon verbena
  • santolina
  • marjoram
  • thyme
  • lavender
  • lamb’s ear

How to DIY Potpourri

Essential oils can be used to enhance the scents of your potpourri and help the smell last longer.

Fixatives, such as orrisroot, oak moss, amber and frankincense all help with maintaining the fragrance. These products are usually found being sold alongside the essential oils.

Use glass, ceramic, or wood bowls for mixing your potpourri, they won’t react to the essential oils. Metal bowls will.

Steps For Dry Method:

  • Dry all of your ingredients by laying them out on racks, parchment paper or your preferred method.
  • Mix the essential oils together with the fixative and set aside.
  • Mix all of the dry ingredients, taking care not to crush the blooms.
  • Add the oil mixture and steep for a month, covered. If scent is too weak, add more oils.

Steps For Stronger Sachet-Type Potpourri:

Making potpourri with partly dried materials is time consuming, but the fragrance lasts longer. This method produces a stronger smelling potpourri, but is not visually attractive. It is best used for sachets.

  • Let materials dry a few days until limp.
  • Add layers to a bowl and cover with coarse salt. Alternate layers of vegetation & salt until bowl is full.
  • Cover with a flat dish, and weigh it down with a stone.
  • Store in a dry place until the mixture achieves a cake like consistency (about 3 weeks). 
  • Remove the weight, crumble the mixture and add fixative / essential oil mixture of your choice.
  • Let it age in cool, dry place for six months.

Refreshing the scent of the potpourri can be done by adding more essential oils or sprinkling it with brandy… (A little for the potpourri & a little for yourself 😉 )

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How to make dry potpourri?

Steps For Dry Method:
Dry all of your ingredients by laying them out on racks, parchment paper or your preferred method.
Mix the essential oils together with the fixative and set aside.
Mix all of the dry ingredients, taking care not to crush the blooms.
Add the oil mixture and steep for a month, covered. If scent is too weak, add more oils.

Published by Wellness Garden Design

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