Homemade Potpourri Air Fresheners

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Homemade Potpourri Air Fresheners
Potpourri is a simple way to make a house feel like a home (potpourri background. image by bluefern from Fotolia.com)

Potpourri is French for "rotten pot," but there is nothing rotten about the amazing aromas you can create when you make your own potpourri. Many items from your refrigerator--and almost anything from your garden--can work together to create a captivating potpourri mixture. Potpourri is generally a mixture of dried fruits, flowers and spices placed in open containers to better allow their aroma to scent the room. Sachets are small pillows containing potpourri that can be hidden in closets, drawers, in the car or carried in a purse. Potpourri is an easy way to make any space seem homier.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Fruit
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Cloves
  • Dried flowers
  • Essential oils
  • 1/2 c.bayberry leaves
  • 1/2 c. balsam needles
  • 1/2 miniature pine cones
  • 1/2 rose hips
  • Orris root
  • Pine-scented essential oil
  • Lidded jars

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    Straight From the Refrigerator

  1. 1

    Pick out any of the older pieces of fruit from your refrigerator.

  2. 2

    Slice the fruit thinly and place on a baking tray.

  3. 3

    Bake at 76.7 degrees Cor several hours, turning over at least once an hour.

  4. 4

    Allow the fruit to cool and dry.

  5. 5

    Place your dried fruit in a jar. Add cinnamon sticks, cloves, dried flowers and sprinkle with essential oils of your choice.

  6. 6

    Keep the jar sealed until you want to release the aromas.

    Holiday Potpourri

  1. 1

    Gather 1/2 cup of each: bayberry leaves, snipped balsam needles, miniature pine cones, rose hips and orris root.

  2. 2

    Mix the bayberry, pine cones, balsam and rose hips in a bowl.

  3. 3

    Gently stir orris root or other fixative into the mixture, being careful not to pulverise.

  4. 4

    Add two drops of pine-scented essential oil.

  5. 5

    Place in jars or other sealed containers to retain the fragrance.

    Experiment with Botanical Blends

  1. 1

    Mix 4 to 6 different flowers and leaves and 3 to 4 herbs and spices. There is no right or wrong mixture. The essential oils you use will determine the ultimate "flavor" of the potpourri. Your job is to choose aesthetically pleasing dried flowers, leaves and other natural pieces that complement the oil you plan to use.

  2. 2

    Add about 2 cups of fixative for every 4 cups of dried materials that you use.

  3. 3

    Add at least one essential oil, or more, to the fixative, drop by drop, to moisten, not saturate. Lavender, almond, strawberry, rosemary, lemon and mint are popular essential oils that evoke thoughts of the great outdoors.

  4. 4

    Place in an airtight container until you wish to unleash the fragrance.

Tips and warnings

  • Fixative is the material that absorbs and holds the scent of the fragrance oil, allowing the aroma in your potpourri to last. While orris root is the fixative of choice for many people, you do have alternatives. Try using cellulose fibre chips, which are a more natural choice. Fixatives are easily purchased in craft stores and online.

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