How to Make Potpourri

Potpourri is a fantastic way to make your house smell amazing for the holidays or any occasion. It is very easy to make your own and feel good about having it in your home. Let’s learn how to make potpourri.


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What You Need:

Dried Fruit Slices: dehydrated orange slices, grapefruit, or dried apple slices.

Dried Herbs: Cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, whole allspice, and dried rosemary.

How to Dehydrate the Fruit

If you want this project to truly be diy, and maybe save a little money, dehydrate the fruit yourself. Buy regular size oranges, mandarin oranges, or grapefruit from the grocery store.

Dehydrator Method

Slice the oranges, grapefruit or apples 1/4 inch thick. Place them in the dehydrator and dehydrate at 135 degrees until completely dry, around 6-8 hours.


Oven Method

If you do not have a dehydrator, you can place the fruit on a parchment paper lined large cooking tray in a single layer and dehydrate them in the oven at the lowest temperature that your oven will go, which is 170-175 F. for 3-4 hours flipping them every 30 minutes for even dehydrating.


Assemble the Potpourri

In a sandwich bag or plastic gift bag (you can usually find them at the Dollar Tree around the holidays) add dried citrus slices and several dried apple slices. Next, add in three whole allspice berries, 2-3 cinnamon sticks, and 1 tsp of whole cloves. After that add in 1-2 tsp of rosemary and three bay leaves.

Finally store the potpourri in the bags in a cool dark place until you are ready to use it.


Three Ways to Use the Potpourri

One: Pour the potpourri into a decorative bowl and set it in the desired room. The smell will last three months. You can always refreshen the smell by adding a few drops of essential oils to the potpourri.

Two: Stovetop potpourri. With this method you pour your dried potpourri into a small saucepan and add 3-4 cups of water. Turn the burner on low heat and allow the potpourri to steep all day. Your whole house will smell amazing. You can get 2-3 days out of one batch of potpourri. Make sure to check the water levels throughout the day.

Three: Place the bag of potpourri in your dresser drawers with your clothes. The potpourri scent will last several months.

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