Homemade Holiday Potpourri

It’s amazing how a smell associates with a memory or occasion. Lilacs remind me of a tree we had in our yard when I was a child. Black licorice always makes me think of eating Good ‘N’ Plenty candies with my grandmother at the movies. The scents of cinnamon and pine, together or independent, always conjure up thoughts of the holidays. What better way to capture the holiday season than with homemade holiday potpourri?
It’s amazing how a smell associates with a memory or occasion. Lilacs remind me of a tree we had in our yard when I was a child. Black licorice always makes me think of eating Good ‘N’ Plenty candies with my grandmother at the movies. The scents of cinnamon and pine, together or independent, always conjure up thoughts of the holidays. What better way to capture the holiday season than with homemade holiday potpourri?

The basics of potpourri are dried flowers, herbs and essential oils. To give potpourri a Chirstmastime flair, use fresh citrus, cloves, cinnamon sticks and evergreen. You can even add wood chips. Cedar, for example, has a potent and earthy scent. Use flowers and herbs from your garden or purchase day-old flowers from a florist’s shop.

I came across a few holiday recipes for potpourri from Trudy Thomas’ blog on Pike’s Peak Parent. What’s great about these is that it uses a lot of ingredients you’re likely to have in your kitchen or backyard. Consider simmering the potpourri in water on the stove to send the heated aroma throughout the house!

If you’re making potpourri, make a huge batch of it so you’ll have plenty to share as holiday gifts for friends and family. I find that a mason jar filled with potpourri and simply decorated with a ribbon is a pretty presentation for gift-giving, and a handy container to hold the potpourri when not in use.

Looking for more DIY holiday tips from the garden. Check out our favorites at Can You Dig It? Holiday.

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