Create a potpourri yourself

Create the aroma of the garden in your interior

Potpourry in a bottle

Making a potpourri is a nice way to stay connected to nature once back from a walk or garden. By choosing various plants and drying them carefully, their pretty colors and their aromas remain present and thus benefit the whole household.

The recipe for a potpourri can not be simpler since it is almost only to let plants dry before assembling them in a nice container. It is at the moment of picking that everything is played, and there, no established rule. Some petals cheerfully colored here, some aromatic there, a zest of lemon, a little bark to look pretty ... let your desires speak!

Difficulty: easy
Cost: free if you take the necessary in your garden or in the nature

Tools needed:
- Flowers, leaves, fruits ... according to your inspiration!
- A crate
- A nice pot

Optional tools:
- Secateurs
- Baking paper
- Essential oils
- Iris powder

Step 1: Prepare a crate

Before you start harvesting, have a crate or basket for your picking. A flat bottom is ideal to avoid damaging the flowers. Dress up a simple crate of a sheet of newspaper, and you're ready for the adventure. If you think of cutting small branches, or even just picking roses without scratching yourself, also get a pruner.

Step 2: Collect flowers

Favor the fragrant flowers so that your potpourri is rich in natural aromas. However, do not limit yourself to this single factor, and also think shapes and colors in making your selection. Here, we chose calendulas for their beautiful yellow and orange petals, borage for the blue of its small flowers, heads of carnations and some rosebuds.

Step 3: Gather aromatics

Very aromatic, aromatics are naturally invited in a potpourri. Here we choose a few sprigs of thyme, lemongrass leaves and a few sprigs of lavender.

Step 4: Gather leaves

Because a pot-pourri is there also for the pleasure of the eyes, do not hesitate to decorate it with foliage. Here, we take some leaves of ivy that will keep shine and solidity once dry.

Step 5 (optional): Have the reflex "flavors"

Your fruit dish or garden may have other interesting ingredients such as fruit (apples, pears) or citrus fruits. Here again, everything is a story of shapes, colors and smells. In our case, a lemon a little dry will make our happiness once cut into thin slices.

Step 6: Think about the decorative elements

It's your desires and the resources of nature that will dictate your choices. Mousse, bark, pine cones ... anything is possible! Here we are crunching for some bunches of wild hazelnuts.

Step 7: Dry your crop

All the ingredients in your potpourri are now gathered. For drying, two options are available to you:
- The school of patience: you will put the plants away from the light in a dry and ventilated place for a few weeks, the time they become crisp.
- The school of speed: your oven is your friend, it will allow you to save precious time. Place the vegetables on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put the oven on 100 ° C for about one hour of "cooking". Keep an eye on the operations and only remove the plate when your crop is dry. The operation is a little longer for citrus than for petals, if necessary remove the flowers and extend the drying for citrus fruits.

Step 8: Mix your potpourri

Combine all the ingredients and mix them. At this stage, to preserve the aromas, you can add iris powder that will serve as fixative (optional). All you have to do is arrange the ingredients in a nice container.

Step 9 (optional): Add a little flavor!

If your potpourri is not fragrant enough naturally, or if it has lost some of its aromas, you can revive it with essential oils. A few drops are enough, knowing that there too, it is your desires that lead the dance: orange, mandarin, lemon, lavender, rose ... everything is possible! Once these drops are added, stir the contents of your potpourri, so that the aromas are distributed throughout the composition.

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