How to Make Homemade Potpourri

If you’re looking for a quick, budget-friendly gift you can make in bulk for friends and neighbors, I’ve got you covered with this homemade potpourri. You can use foraged or store-bought plants and herbs, a little essential oil and get creative—it’s hard to go wrong, and the results smell so, so good. Add a gift tag telling the recipient to pour the potpourri in a bowl to scent a small space or into a pot of boiling water to make a whole house fragrant, and you’re done!

-dried herbs like rosemary and sage
-dried spices like cinnamon sticks, cloves and star anise
-dried apple or orange slices
-orange peel
-dried flowers like calendula
-pine cones
-a festive essential oil, like cinnamon or pine
-glass jars or cellophane bags

Assemble all your ingredients. If you’re using anything fresh (like fruit or herbs), make sure it’s completely dry so it doesn’t get moldy. I dried my orange slices by pressing out as much juice as possible with a tea towel then baking for a couple hours at 200 degrees.My favorite part of the potpourri is these dried orange peel corkscrews. I used a channel knife to make long strips then wrapped them around a straw for a couple days. They hold their shape and smell great!Add 6-8 drops of essential oil to the ingredients and toss. Add the mixture to a jar or bag and seal tightly. The smell is strongest several days after sealing the container, so make it in advance if you can.
Super simple, and what’s better than the scent of the holiday season? Happy gifting! xo Kayleigh

Credits // Author and Photography: Kayleigh Kosmas. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

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