DIY Potpourri DIY potpourri one the cheap! Made from dried flowers, leaves, ferns, spices, perfume samples and just a little colour. 1 Dried flowers Dried leaves Dried ferns Perfume sample or room freshener Food colouring or ink Spices - cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamom Bay leaves

DIY: Potpourri

I’ve always loved potpourri, and I enjoy how it fills the room with a lovely aroma. I’ve just never enjoyed how the quality stuff costs an arm and a leg. So when I collected a bunch of pine cones on my

So when I collected a bunch of pine cones on my road trip to Meghalya, I couldn’t let it go without using them in a DIY project. And so the idea of DIY potpourri was born. =)

DIY pot pourri

It all started because I had this in the corner of my sitting room – this set of tea tree roots, which was meant to be topped with a piece of glass and used as a centre table.

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Until I got a piece of glass cut to the purpose, however, I needed something there. Which is when I remembered this:

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This brass hundi I bought a while ago. Usually, I fill it with floating candles and flowers before a party, and it looks very pretty. I decided to put it to some use in the everyday as a bowl for my potpourri.

I did a little research online and found that it was easy enough to dry flowers and leaves in the microwave.

For the base of the potpourri, I used the flowers from a bouquet I had received on my birthday, pulling the petals apart when they started falling on their own.

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I also used the leaves of these ferns, and my pine cones, which would look great as part of the potpourri.

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 So here are all the ‘ingredients’!

How to make your own potpourri

Here’s what you need to get started.

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The internet is a wonderful thing, and I found it easy to find a way to dry my flowers and leaves in the microwave.

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I put them in for 20 minutes at 120 degrees Centigrade, and they came out dry and a little crispy.

Given that I needed my potpourri to be purplish-blue-violet, I needed to colour some of the leaves I wanted to use in my DIY potpourri. For which I used simple, cheap and on-hand items – like blue ink.

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I mixed the blue ink with a little water, and then put it into a spray bottle. You can see that I used an empty window cleaner bottle (Colin, to be specific), in keeping with my cheap thrifty nature.

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They turned out well!

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Now time for the fun part – adding the scent! I put all the ingredients into a nice paper bag, sprinkled some drops of scent over the potpourri mix and shook it all well.

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I used both the local perfume – attar made from essential oils – and the perfume samples I picked up from the cosmetics counters at various malls.

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It worked out very well!

Now all that was left was putting everything together. I made a nice thick layer of potpourri in my hundi, and then it was time for my all time decor favourite – candles!

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All you need is a candle in a complementary colour, like so.

Here’s the result!

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Tada!

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When I need to refresh the scent, I simply sprinkle a few drops of perfume over the pine cones or leaves.

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In a pinch, you could also use air freshener.

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So there you have it!

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