Wondering how to enjoy your flowers even longer? Last weekend I’ve made potpourri with the petals from my peonies and hydrangea. The great thing about potpourri is you can use any flower — choose your favorite colors and scents. It’s a fun and simple DIY project. So hereby I share some tips how to do it.
Step 1: pre-heat your oven at 100 degrees (200F) and start with snipping the petals or use the flower head as a whole. Then spread out the petals on a tray covered with a baking sheet.
Step 2: add some extra fragrance by sprinkling a few drops essential oils on to the petals. Good essential oils for making potpourri include lavender oil, bergamot oil, lemon oil and honeysuckle oil. For a more interesting structure and intense fragrances you can add slices of lemon, oranges, dried cranberries or spices like cinnamon sticks, clove or thyme.
Step 3: 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.
Step 4: To keep the scents in the mixture from evaporating you need to add a “fixative” like orris root or orris root powder. And voila there’s your DIY potpourri 🤗 The potpourri will last for 4-6 weeks and in between you might want to add more drops of the essential oils to let the lovely fragrance last longer.
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.
Flower up your life🌷🥰