DIY Potpourri Puts Your Garden To Good Use

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There are so many ways to make potpourri and choosing the one concept that you feel the most comfortable with is completely up to you and your taste. Some are more time consuming and others are simple and convenient. I like anything that is quick simple and convenient. The best part about having the chance to make potpourri is that you get to decide what you want to mix into it. You are the creator of the unique fragrance and you can add or take out what you like and don’t like. It’s not like you just bought a can of Glade and the scent isn’t as great as you thought, so you’re stuck with it until you use it up. Plus, this is a great way to put your garden to good use.

Simple and Easy

If you like to enjoy your fragrance right away with no waiting, you can make a simmering potpourri right in your kitchen. Take a pot of water and add slices of orange and lemons. You can also add cloves, bay leaves and cinnamon sticks to the mix and allow this mixture to simmer on your stove until the fragrance has filled your home. You may need to add more water, so keep an eye on it and add water as needed.  If you don’t like the smell of citrus you can always try other fragrant items in your pot.

Got Time on Your Hands?

If you are looking for a project to do in your spare time, this is it. You can buy the products you need or you can dry everything yourself. Use some flowers in your garden like roses, lavender, or gardenias. Use anything that has a smell that you love. You can use herbs, woods, roots, and bark, as well as spices and essential oils. You will also need a fixative such as orris root or vetiver root. Choose a big bowl or any type of container that would look great on display. For mixing, use a container that has a lid on it.

Mix your dry ingredients such as flowers, woods, bark, herbs, roots, etc. in the bowl and add the fixative and a few drops of essential oil. Mix it all together well and then place the lid on tight. Let this mixture sit in a dark dry place for eight weeks so that the fragrance can bind and mature. You can shake the container periodically throughout these eight weeks to keep things mixed and mingled. After it is ready, you can place the mixture in a display bowl to make your home smell great.

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