When you notice that beautiful bouquet your special someone gave you isn’t as fresh anymore, don’t throw it in the trash! There are many other uses for flowers once they have died and making your own potpourri is one of them. Instead of letting those flowers die, give them new life as you DIY your own homemade potpourri.

When you make your own potpourri, you can get really personal and choose any scents you love, as well as the general color scheme you want your potpourri to have. All you need to do is gather the materials and take the time to make the potpourri. It’s as easy as that!

What You Will Need…

  • Flowers
  • Sheet Pan
  • Parchment Paper
  • Scissors
  • Essential Oils
  • Spray Bottle
  • Citrus fruits (optional)
  • Fresh Herbs (optional)
  • Whole Spices (optional)

What To Do…

  1. Gather the flowers that you want to use to make the potpourri. Any kind of flowers will work, especially ones that have strong scents naturally, such as roses. Flowers that have small, individual petals work great, as well as whole heads of flowers. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cover a sheet tray with parchment paper. Cut the flowers from the stems right below the heads and place them onto the tray, or you can remove individual petals and place them in a single layer on the parchment paper.
  3. To add a scent to your potpourri, cut and add thin slices of citrus fruits, or tuck springs of rosemary, lavender, or thyme to the mix. You can add whole spices, such as cinnamon sticks, cloves, or allspice, which are both pretty and smell great!
  4. Add ten to fifteen drops of your favorite essential oil to one tablespoon of water in a small spray bottle and spritz the potpourri ingredients. Then, put the sheet of potpourri into the oven.
  5. Dry in the oven for at least two hours, or until the flowers are brittle, but not burnt. When the potpourri is ready, remove it from the oven and give it another spritz of the essential oil.
  6. Once the potpourri is at room temperature, gently mix the potpourri and place it into a small bowl. To refresh the scent, simply spritz it with the oil mixture.

Didn’t we tell you making your own potpourri is a lot easier than you think? What kind of scents would you like your homemade potpourri to have? Let us know and contact the Housing Buzz team today!