Some things in life aren’t necessary; they’re just nice. Potpourri is one of those things. Although life would go on fine without potpourri the aroma of vanilla, apples and cinnamon or floral bouquets is just a small thing that makes life seem especially good. Potpourri is a hassle-free way to give your home a few elegant touches while creating an inviting scent. You purchase it, open the bag, pour it into a container, and set it somewhere. What can be simpler? People buy potpourri because it’s easier than making it – or is it? In the time it takes you to drive to the store and back you could’ve already made a huge batch of your own!
Take a walk through the woods, or even your own backyard, and you’ll find lots of things you can use to make potpourri. Gather small twigs, tiny pine cones, dry leaves, pods, and even things for which you don’t know the name. all of these things can be incorporated into a batch of homemade potpourri. Handle the items carefully as dried leaves and such can break and crumble easily.
Your gatherings from the backyard need to be examined piece-by-piece. This won’t take long. Simple pick each piece up, look at it, then lay it on a newspaper. Simply check for bugs, loose bark or dirt. Brush off as much as possible. Lay all the pieces out on the paper to prepare them.
You can paint potpourri quickly and easily with spray paint. The pieces don’t have to be painted all the same color. A good mix is a particular shade, say red, with other colors thrown in. For example, paint some pieces red, some brick red and others a different shade of red. Add in another color or two, like olive and tan, to complete. You decide on the combinations you want. Painting the potpourri, however, is optional. If you are going to paint it do so before scenting it.
There are several ways to scent the potpourri. One is to simply spray it with perfume or another liquid as it lies on the newspaper. Another way is to purchase scented oil refills. Cheaper than candle scents from a craft store the liquid can be simply sprinkled over the potpourri. When the pieces are completely dry you can then place them in dishes or containers around the house. Or, bag them up in cellophane bags to give as gifts!