How to Make Potpourri

By: Contributors

You can create your own personal potpourri fragrance by combining different flower petals, herbs, flower buds and oils. Potpourris can be a beautiful visual display as well as a way to fill a room with fragrance. You can store potpourri in a closed container, and use a little at a time, or you can place it in a small packet or open container [source: Reader's Digest]. Here's how to make your own potpourri:

  1. Collect flowers, leaves, herbs and roots in the early morning after the dew has evaporated. Remember, your harvest will shrink when it dries, so pick four times as much as you will need. You can also ask your local florists for slightly old flowers that can't be sold [source: pioneerthinking].
  2. Spread your flowers, herbs, etc. on some clean paper towels and allow them to sit for about four days, until they are totally dry. Occasionally toss the flowers and herbs, so they dry uniformly.
  3. Store your mix in a sealed container until you're ready to use it [source: Reader's Digest].
  4. Place your potpourri in decorative bowls or sachets.
  5. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to each batch of dried potpourri. Don't add too much oil, as the oil's scent may be very strong [source: Heloise].
  6. Seal your sachets, and place them in draws and closets. Place the bowls around your house. Alternatively, you can glue some potpourri onto foam balls to create a more interesting potpourri arrangement [source: Better Homes and Gardens].