"He causeth the grass to grow for food, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth a man's heart." ~Psalm 104: 14-15

Tuesday

Warm & Spicy Winter 2014: Homemade Winter Potpourri {4 recipes}

Part 2 in the Warm & Spicy Winter 2014 Series

Ready to make some Winter Potpourri? I'm glad to share the delightful scents of this chilly season with you! Grab your herbs, it's time to get started!


 

DIY Homemade Winter Potpourri

First, you should know that you don't need to be particular about these potpourri recipes (nothing like baking!). You can substitute and change whatever suits you. If you don't have it, don't worry! Pick something else, or leave it out. :]

Next, choose from the following recipes for a combination of pretty and wonderfully fragrant winter potpourri!

Vanilla cookie

  • Vanilla (extract is a less expensive option than whole vanilla beans)
  • Wood Chips (oak or maple, cherry or manzanita)
  • Pearly Everlasting (sometimes called "maple flower")
  • Whole Hazelnuts, Almonds (in the shell)

Holiday Berry

  • Rosehips (dried or fresh)
  • Lemon Peel (dried or fresh)
  • White Carnation heads (dried or fresh)
  • Dried Elderberry, Cranberry, Hawthorn Berries,  Mulberries, etc

Christmas Tree

  • Fir or Pine (clippings from a tree work great! small rounds, bark, needles...)
  • Mulberry/Cranberries
  • Rose Petals
  • Mini Pinecones

Cocoa Mint



Giving your Potpourri as a Gift

These mixes would be so lovely combined with the Scentsational Holiday Gift Jar method of jar gifting! When you've put your candle (homemade anyone?) in the canning jar and added the potpourri mix around it, you can decorate your lid with festive red ribbon or add a touch of pretty color with a spring of berries (just tie them on with your gift tag/label).


Know how to mix a scent that lasts:

Potpourri posts on making use of what you have:

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Next in the series will be a Holiday Mix of Potpourris (Christmas & Winter Potpourri Recipe Round-up)!

This post shared on: Front Porch Friday, So Much at Home, The Art of Home-Making Monday, Homemaking Party, Wellness Wednesday   

4 comments:

  1. I bought several “Little Dipper” crock pots at a local thrift shop.They cost about $4. each. They are small, usually come with no lid, the crock isn’t removable to clean, and they are either on or off, there is no setting dial. They make the BEST aromatherapy warm room fresheners!! I usually make a ‘thieves’ type batch, using dried (or not) orange peel, cinnamon sticks, clove buds, rosemary sprigs, and maybe a tiny amount of eucalyptus leaves, add a tiny shot of vodka, to keep mold from forming (don’t worry, it doesn’t smell if you only use a little). I keep them plugged in while I’m home, but unplug them if I leave. I usually have to add water a few times a day, to keep the smell going, but this will last a week or more, depending on how often you plug it in. I’m going to try a holiday scent next year, with pine and fir needles, and such, but for now, this is what I use. I have two in the living room, one in the bathroom and one in my bedroom. These are GREAT! I found a slightly larger one, which matched my daughters’ home decor, gave her some of the ‘“fixin’s” and gave it as a gift. She loved it!

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    1. Little crockpots are perfect for that, aren't they! I recently tossed a few fir twigs and orange peals into one in my little kitchenette...latter adding cast-off cinnamon from a tea, and it's an other great wintery potpourri which I'm enjoying! Thank you for sharing your ideas with us! Let us know if you come back next winter and give our recipes a try. :]

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  2. Potpourri is so fun to make. I like your idea of adding berries. Thank you for sharing your recipes with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! :)

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    1. :) I wanted color, a splash of festive. I noticed several of the links in the round-up (part 3) mentioned some berries as well. Thank you JES!

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