make your own potpourri

Make Your Own Potpourri for Fall

The smell is one of the best things about fall.

Cinnamon, cloves, apples, pumpkin, oranges, lavender, and vanilla all remind me of the beautiful fall season and the rush of cool air that means the fall holidays are coming.

There are different ways to make potpourri that bring out the smells and feelings you like.

You only need water, dried flowers, lemon zest, cloves, cinnamon sticks, apples, pumpkins, and other plants that smell like fall.

Try out different things to see what gives your house the best smell.

You can also try putting these same items in dishes around your house to get those smells there.

You can dry flowers, food, and other things at home by putting them in the oven or hanging them upside down in a dry place.

You can also use a dehydrator, if you have one.

Or, you can use parchment paper, an oven with a low heat temperature of 250 degrees Fahrenheit, and a few hours to dry the fruit or flowers.

dry lavender
dry lavender

You can also buy dried herbs and spices, as well as oils that will make the smell stronger.

Don’t be afraid to bring in things from outside or to use things, like coffee, that you know will smell good when you cook them.

Ground coffee in the right potpourri can smell amazing and give your fall decorations just the right feel.

Lavender and Spice Potpourri

1 bunch dried lavender
1 tablespoon of ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon of whole cloves
1 stick of cinnamon
2 cups water

Put all the ingredients in a small slow cooker with a lid and turn it on low.

Add as much water as you need to keep going all day.

use cinnamon and cloves
use cinnamon and cloves

Potpourri of dried apples and spices

1 cup apple slices, dried
2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons of whole cloves
1/4 tablespoon of allspice berries
2 tablespoons Otis root powder
10 sticks of cinnamon
10 small pinecones
Cinnamon oil

Mix all the ingredients in a jar big enough to hold the pinecones, close the lid tightly, and shake.

Add as much cinnamon oil as you think it needs to smell the way you want it to.

After a few weeks, you can use tongs to pull the pinecones out and let them dry.

The smell should stay.

Leave it in a basket on a dresser or bathroom table to bring the smell of fall inside.

some common potpourri ingredients
some common potpourri ingredients

Potpourri with Orange Spices

10 fresh slices of dried oranges
1 bunch of pine needles
1/4 cup of star anise
10 sticks of cinnamon
1/4 cup cloves whole
Bowl for mixing

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, using as much as you need to fill the bowl you’re using to help spread the smell around the house.

You can add whole oranges, flowers, rocks, and other things to the mix to make it look extra special for fall.

You can make a great potpourri with anything you think smells good in the fall.

You can use dried pumpkin, dried nuts, cloves, coffee, or anything else you can think of.

The above “recipes” will get you started.

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