Turning your Fresh Flowers and Petals into a Fragrant Potpourri can be very simple & makes great gifts for the holiday's.
This is the perfect time to start because it is a long process but can be rewarding. So be patient you will love it in the end.
Your favorite Scented Oils( Rose, Lavender, Orange etc...)
Brown Paper Bag, Mason jar, or a container with a Lid, and a Dark Room.
Drying The Flowers:
Start by collecting the flowers you wish to use either from and arrangement you had sent to you, cut flowers from you local florist or flowers you have picked from outside.
Roses are a favorite, Carnations, daisies and any of your other favorite flowers. Lavender, Thistle, and Orange slices are other great accents for your potpourri.
Spread out the petals a baking sheet, newspaper, or a box to sit until they are dry. Put them in a dark room or space to do so. Drying may take several days so be patient.
Make sure you collect a large amount of flowers because as they dry they will shrink in size.
Putting It Together:
Place the dried Petals in a large Bowl and add a few drops of your choice of oils. Remember these oils are very strong so you will only need a few drops at a time and mix. Gently add more petals and a few more drops of oil. You don't want to over saturate the petals. Mix well with a plastic spoon.
Place the potpourri in a Brown Bag and shake well. Let it sit for at least 5 weeks in a dark room and shake bag once a week.
After that add a few more drops of oil and a few more dried petals and other accents like dried orange slices, cinnamon sticks and pine cones. Shake well and put in container of your choice or satchels with ribbon accent.