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Wildflower Potpourri

Wildflower Potpourri

SUPPLIES

  • Gloves
  • Scissors
  • Wildflowers
  • Window screen
  • Sealable containers
  • Fixative
  • Essential oil

 

Fixative                                                                                                                                                         A fixative absorbs and holds the fragrance in potpourri. Choose from mulch, pine cones, citrus peel, whole or broken spices like allspice, cinnamon sticks, cloves, vanilla beans, nutmeg, coriander seeds, bay leaves, dried rosemary, or thyme. Harder to find fixatives such as oakmoss, cellulose fiber (corn cob bits), and the cut varieties of orris root and calamus root are more easily attainable from craft and herb specialists online; but can sometimes be found at hobby, health food or specialty shops.

Essential Oils                                                                                                                                   Scented, or essential oils come in a variety of wonderful scents including citrus, floral, herbal, fruity, and spicy. These oils come in small concentrated bottles and can be purchased at stores with a craft section.

 

Make Your Potpourri

1. Harvest

Pick your flowers! The key to successful potpourri is choosing dry, healthy plants that are free of disease and pests. Flowers shrink when drying, so fill up your basket! Some flowers dry prettier than others, so experiment until you find what you like the best.

Mexican Hat Flower

2. Drying

Remove stems and place flowers on screen. Air circulation around plant material during drying process is vital; so avoid packing and stacking.

Screen should be placed in a warm, dry, ventilated location; away from sunlight. The temperature and humidity of your location will determine required drying time. Once thoroughly dry, plant material will be slightly brittle and free of moisture.

Wildflowers on Screen  720 x 400

Store dried material separately in air tight containers or plastic bags. Place containers in a cool, dark place, until ready to use. If you find that there is moisture build up inside the container, remove plant material and continue the drying process.

Flowers may also be dried by hanging small bunches upside down; same conditions apply. Closets and hangers seem to work nicely for this method.  To prevent molding, bundle stems loosely with string or a rubber band.

3. Fixative / Essential Oil Preparation

Select the fixative and oil (s) of your choice. You will need at least 2 Tbsp. fixative per quart of blossoms. Place the fixative into a large glass container and add 15-20 drops of oil. Mix well, then close jar with air tight lid and set in a cool, dry place. Let sit for a few days, then check to see if you like the fragrance. Don’t be afraid to experiment with fixatives and oils to acquire a fragrance that is perfect for you.

கருவா Cinnamomum zeylanicum Sri Lanka cinnamon

 

4. Finishing

Add dried flowers to fixative / oil mixture, and mix well. Cover and set in cool dark place for several weeks; shaking gently every few days. Potpourri will be ready in 4-6 weeks. When your potpourri begins to lose its fragrance, add a few more drops of oil.

5. Display

Anything goes when it comes to showing off your creativity. Use a basket, candy dish, coffee cup, flower pot, or even a teapot – whatever compliments your decor. If you want the fragrance to last longer, use a container with a lid, and take the lid off only when you want to scent the room. Enjoy!

 

By Laurie Cervantez

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