Mix together bits of your favorite fragrant plants in a bowl.
What You Need
- Thin fabric, such as cotton (optional)
- Fabric scissors (optional)
- Garden snips
- Peels from oranges or lemons (optional)
- Ribbon (optional)
- Spices, such as cinnamon or clove (optional)
- Towel, paper or fabric
What You Do
- Potpourri can take many weeks to dry, but you can have fun creating a mixture that smells good right now.
Do this activity whenever there are fresh flowers blooming. It’s particularly fun to do in early fall, to capture a bit of the summer before the cold temperatures arrive. If you have flowers in your garden, pick a few to snip. If you do not have a flower garden, tell neighbors about your project and see if they will let you take a sampling from their gardens. Always ask permission before snipping.
- Snip a variety of colors and shapes.
Here are some good ingredients:
- the petals or the entire heads of flowers such as roses, geraniums, carnations, marigolds, lilies, or violets
- herbs such as rosemary, thyme, lavender or sage
- the lightly crushed needles and leaves from pine, sassafras or sweet gum
- the cut peels from citrus fruits such as oranges or lemons
- household spices such as broken cinnamon sticks or cloves
- Lay out the towel on a tray.
Lay out the snippings so they can dry.
- Store the potpourri in sachets.
It may take a few weeks for the plants to dry out completely. Once the plant materials are completely dried out, you can put them in a sachet.
To make a sachet, cut the fabric in a square and put a small bunch of dried plants in the center. Fold up the corners and tie with ribbon. Place the sachets in places where you’d like to have a smell of summer.