There are many different kinds of air fresheners: sprays, gels, dry potpourri. All of them work to make our homes, closets, cars and other areas smell great. People choose the air fresheners that suit them best, and if you’re searching for one that blends into the décor, you’re in luck! You can easily make a potpourri ball air freshener that can sit in a bathroom, hang on the rearview mirror or even serve as a curtain tie-back.
It’s easy to make the ball but it’s a little messy. Protect your working surfaced with plastic or newspapers. Blow up a small balloon and tie a knot in the top. Think about where you want to use the potpourri ball before deciding on the balloon you will use. Don’t use a huge one, of course, but where you hang it or set it might help you decide how large to make it. For example, if you’ll be hanging it on your car’s rearview mirror you might want to make the potpourri ball a little smaller than if you’ll be using it as a curtain tie-back. The color of the balloon is not important since, later, you’ll pop it.
Use yarn or string to make the potpourri ball. Pour some liquid starch in a small bowl and place a couple of yards of yarn in it. Make sure the string gets saturated. Remove the yarn from the starch and wipe off the excess. Begin wrapping the yarn around and around the balloon, up and down, sided to side, and even at diagonal angles, until the balloon is nearly covered. You should still be able to see the balloon through spaces between the yarn pieces. However, none of the holes should be large enough to where dry potpourri will fall out of them.
Tie a string around the knotted area of the balloon and hang it somewhere to dry overnight. The next day, pop the balloon. Use scissors to cut a small hole in the top of the ball and pull the balloon pieces out. The hole you cut should be no larger than a quarter. Fill the ball with potpourri; don’t worry if small pieces fall out – the larger ones will stay inside.
Cut a circle of cardboard, slightly larger than the hole you cut in the potpourri ball, and cut a circle of lace slightly larger than the cardboard. Place the lace on top of the cardboard circle and poke two holes through them. Center the holes but leave a small space between them. Cut a length of ribbon and place one end through each hole of the lace and cardboard. Tie knots in the ribbon, under the cardboard, then glue the cardboard to the top of the ball. The ribbon allows you to hang the potpourri ball on door knobs, curtain tie-backs, lamps and other areas. If you’ll be using the potpourri ball on the rearview mirror of your car use stretch cord instead of ribbon. The finished potpourri ball looks beautiful and keeps any area where it’s hung smelling fabulous!