There are so many ways you can reuse old flowers. You can create your very own signature potpourri, go a bit old-school and press them, create soaps or candles... the list is endless.
Let's look at how we can turn tired-looking blooms into a gorgeous bowl of a keepsake.
Potpourri is basically a mixture of dried flowers and natural fragrance, and is used to provide a gentle natural scent or add an organic element to your decor.
Contrary to its fancy name, potpourri is quite easy to make.
You will need
- dried flowers
- essential oil
- aromatic spices or slices of some citrus fruit
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 200F (around 93C)
Step 2: Prep time!
Prepare the blooms by removing individual petals or separating the flower head form the stem. The beauty about potpourri is that you can use any flower you like! So you can make it with just one kind of flower (we love to use dried roses) or 5 different flowers. We like to incorporate a mixture of both whole heads and petals to give the potpourri a more visual interest. Cover a sheet pan with parchment paper and lay out your chosen flowers and petals in one layer.
Step 3: Oil it
Adding in essential oils can really take your potpourri to the next level. Good essential oils for making potpourri include rose geranium oil, lavender oil, bergamot oil, lemon oil etc.
In addition to essential oils, you can also adda layer of citrus-y or spice-y notes. Pop lemon slices, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, thyme, mint, pine cones etc.
Step 4: Bake Bake Bake!
Leave the sheet in the oven for two hours. The flowers and petals should feel brittle and hard and that’s how you know they’re ready! Make sure there is no moisture left in them.
Step 5: Make it pretty
And VOILA! The potpourri mixture will last around four weeks. To refresh the scent at any time, mix it up a bit and add in few drops of your favorite essential oil. We personally love lavender oil, you can add a few sprigs of dried lavender to your new concoction. Place the potpourri in tiny mason jars and use it as gorgeous and fragrant home decor. You can even use them as party or wedding favors.