Homemade Potpourri Ideas & Simmer Pot Ideas
Just imagine it's Fall and the yard is starting to dry out. Did you know you can make use of dried flowers or shrubs to create a homemade potpourri for the festive season or for year round use? In preparation, flowers known for their deep colors and scents, such as roses, calendula and lavender are great to hang to dry or press between paper/napkins within the pages of a book -- just remember which one and mark where! Eucalyptus is a great evergreen to also incorporate. For added aroma, add in spicy notes with cloves, cinnamon sticks and star anise and to top it all off, sprinkle in pine cones! Dried citrus fruit wheels or apple chips as well as fragrant wood chips would make a lovely addition too to tie in all the festive notes together!
Foraging and gathering can be therapeutic and making potpourri would also make a great activity to do as a family, with the kids, with friends over mulled wine or coffee! It can make a lovely gift for her or him depending on the items you use. You may want to stick with the natural scents of your bounty or add a touch of essential oils to enhance certain aromas. Just make sure the contents are fully dried to lessen the risk of damp or mold accumulating. For the perfect packaging, store in a glass jar or wooden box or package up into smaller gift containers, gift bags or little muslin or linen sachet bags with a bow!
Potpourri Gift & Display Ideas:
In essence (pun intended) have fun with your potpourri making! Make it your own and come up with your own concoctions, there is no right or wrong answer.
Simmer Pot Recipe
Perhaps foraging is not your thing but you wish to partake in Fall-inspired creations? You are in luck because we have a secret to share that creates the most beautiful aroma in your home, just in time for entertaining for your guests or cozying up with your favorite holiday movie.
Here's the recipe to get your home smelling like cozy cottage vibes:
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1 apple, sliced
- 3 cinnamon sticks (1 tbsp of ground can be substituted)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 nutmegs, halved
- 6-8 cloves (use 1 tbsp of ground if you don't have cloves)
- 3 star anise
- Combine all ingredients in a pot with water & bring to a boil. Once you see it boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and enjoy the scent filled up in your home for the next 4-5 hours.
It really is that easy to get into the holiday spirit and tap into the autumn season with ingredients that you have stored at home, or around your home.