Make Nature Potpourri

drying flowers

Mix together bits of your favorite fragrant plants in a bowl.

What You Need

  • Thin fabric, such as cotton (optional)
  • Fabric scissors (optional)
  • Flowers
  • Garden snips
  • Peels from oranges or lemons (optional)
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Spices, such as cinnamon or clove (optional)
  • Towel, paper or fabric
  • Tray

What You Do

  1. 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 flowers
  2. 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

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  3. Lay out the towel on a tray.
    Lay out the snippings so they can dry.
  4. 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.
    drying flowers