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My DIY Potpourry

Making a potpourri is easy and fun, with a pronounced creative side. Dried citrus flowers and slices, scented leaves, spices … It’s up to you to come up with your own recipe from the suggestions and basic tips in this handy!


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1. Combine the ingredients of potpourri

Bring together the ingredients of potpourri
Several kinds of ingredients can be used in a potpourri: mainly dried flowers and leaves, slices of dried citrus fruits, spices and herbs, as well as iris rhizome powder. You can, if you wish, add a few drops of essential oils.

There is no well-established rule for choosing the components of your potpourri. Let yourself be guided by your sense of smell and also by what you have on hand.

Flowers: scented roses in petals or buttons, lavender, lily of the valley, jasmine, wallflowers, violets, lilacs, carnations of poet … And also, just for the color: petals of marigolds and iris, flowers of borage, blueberries …

Leaves: fragrant geranium, mint, lemon balm, marjoram, basil, laurel, rosemary, thyme … And why not tea!
Spices and herbs: you can use cinnamon sticks or cinnamon powder, vanilla pods, cloves, star anise, coriander, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger …

Slices of citrus: dried, they embalm and decorate both your rotten pots.
Iris rhizomes powder (optional): Iris rhizomes powder is useful for fixing the scent of potpourri.

Essential oils (optional): if you wish, you can enhance the fragrance of your potpourri with HE such as rose, geranium, citrus (lemon, orange, bergamot), etc.

Tip: you can also collect the needles of your Christmas tree after the holidays!

2. Dry the potpourri ingredients

Dry flowers and leaves
There are 3 ways to dry flowers and leaves:
Microwave: Cover a plate with a piece of paper towel. Place the petals, leaves or flower buds and heat for 2 to 3 minutes in the microwave, until the petals, leaves or buttons become crisp to the touch.
In traditional oven: spread the vegetables on the drip pan and let them dry in warm oven (140 ° C) for about an hour, door ajar.
In the open air: spread the plants on a sheet of paper (newspaper for example) and let them dry for about a week in the shade and dry.

Dry the citrus slices
Cut the citrus into thin slices.
Dry in the oven, as explained above but for a longer time, until there is no trace of moisture.

3 Mix the ingredients and let them rest

Mix the ingredients and let them rest
In an airtight box, combine the chosen ingredients. Let your imagination run and do your own testing. Here are two examples of possible mixes:

Mix #1

  1. a big handful of dried rose petals,
  2. some rosebuds,
  3. a sprig of dried rosemary,
  4. a cinnamon stick,
  5. 6 cloves,
  6. slices of a dried orange,
  7. a few drops of essential oil of geranium (optional).

Mixture# 2:

  1. 100 g of dried lavender,
  2. 1 cinnamon stick,
  3. 6 cloves,
  4. 3 star anis,
  5. a pinch of nutmeg,
  6. some dried mint leaves,
  7. slices of a dried lemon,
  8. a few drops of essential oil of geranium (optional).
  9. If desired, add 25 to 50 g of iris powder depending on the volume of the potpourri.
  10. Shake everything and let stand for 15 days away from light, shaking again from time to time.

Arrange the potpourri in a nice container


  • Arrange the potpourri in a nice container
  • Pour the potpourri into a nice bowl.
  • If you wish, pour at this moment a few drops of essential oils (5 drops are enough).
  • Keep this potpourri for two months then replace it.
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