This DIY Potpourri with dried rose petals is so simple to make and smells so good. You will want these all over your house! This is a pretty hands off diy and can be customized to your liking or made for the particular season (christmas potpourri anyone?) Plus, a lot of the ingredients can be found in your fridge or your own backyard.
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There is nothing better than the smell of a fresh garden rose. I don’t know why, but it seems like the roses I grow in my own backyard smell the best to me. Don’t get me wrong – all roses smell great! I love when spring rolls around and my Joseph’s Coat rose starts blooming.
This rose bush has several different shades or roses (hence the name – Joseph’s Coat of many colors).
Some of the roses are bright pink, others are light peach, and some are even bright orange and red! It’s really beautiful to see. I always have people asking what rose that is. It’s a shame when they start to droop and the petals start falling. It seems so wasteful.
That’s why I love this recipe. Now you can save those delicate, delicious smelling rose petals by adding them to some diy potpourri.
According to Google, the definition of potpourri is :
a mixture of dried petals and spices placed in a bowl or small sack to perfume clothing or a room.
So there is really nothing to it! The sky is the limit as far as add ins and scents. I’ll tell you how I made mine!
- 1 lemon
- 1 small orange
- fresh rose petals
- essential oils of your choice. I used lemon and bergamot.
- baking sheet and parchment paper
- jar or bowl to hold your potpourri
- *optional : clear cellophane bag, ribbon, gift tags etc – if gifting!
How to DIY Potpourri
- Collect your ingredients. I gathered up some rose petals, thinly sliced a lemon, and tore up pieces of orange peel.
- Option : You can use cookie cutters to make shapes out of the peels. I made some star shapes! It will shrink up as it dries so keep that in mind.
- Lay everything out in a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake at 200 degrees for 2 hours.
- Everything should come out dry. If your fruit slices still feel moist, then you can put them back in for a little longer.
- After they are done baking, simple transfer them to a pretty bowl or mason jar and add in your scents. Allow them to dry again for 24 hours.
- Mix it up. Smell. Mmmmmm. So good!
- If you feel you need more scent or need a refresher, you can simply add more or spritz with an essential oil spray (just essential oils mixed with a little water).
I really can’t believe how easy this was to put together. Now I’m brainstorming all the different scents and add ins I can use. (HINT: Look at popular stores for inspiration!)
Here are some more ideas for fillers :
- apple peels and slices
- star anise
- cinnamon sticks
- citrus peels and slices
- herbs like rosemary and bay leaves
- pine cones
- lavender buds
- All kinds of beautiful flowers!
If you want to gift this, just place in a mason jar and tie a gift tag to it. Or put it in a clear cellophane bag with a ribbon! Then you can really let those ingredients shine.
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Have a great day!