DIY Fall Potpourri
The color of Fall has begun and the leaves of trees begin to change to beautiful, vivid colors. Crisp, cool air surrounds you as you walk outside. Lets make your home an unforgettable aroma that you and your guests will appreciate and love, with this easy to make potpourri.
First things first, find a container that you would like to house your potpourri. It can be as decorative and simple as you would like it to be. Stay away from plastic containers since the fragrance that we use could eat right through-it or warp-it. I tend to use a decorative glass container. It just looks great in my living room and matches the décor in my home.
Next, lets go outside. Take a walk, go to your local park, or look around your surrounding neighborhood. Your goal is to collect dried leaves, pinecones, little dried twigs, acorns, pine straw, etc. These will be the materials that you will be putting into your container. Note, here is also where you can get creative and add dried apple slices, dried orange peels, whole cloves, etc.
After you have gathered all of your materials, I like to set them outside in full sun for a day to allow the materials to fully dry and let the moisture dissipate out of them. Also, it will allow any little creatures that have made the materials their home, an opportunity to leave and find a new home.
Now, lets make some potpourri. Choose a great Fall scent! Essential oils can be really great here and tend to keep it more natural while adding a sense of aromatherapy to the home. Try out scents like cinnamon, clove, frankincense, etc. but make this your own. How does Fall smell to you? Take all the materials you have gathered and place them in your container. Sprinkle your fragrance of choice on all the materials in the container and mix it around. Use gloves if they are handy or an unused utensil, so not to get the fragrance on your hands. The stronger you want the scent, the more you’ll want to cover the materials. Its really just personal taste from here and how strong you want to make the aroma.
Finally, place the container in the location of the home you want the aroma to be centralized in. If the aroma weakens over time, just sprinkle a few more drops of fragrance onto the materials. Your all done!