Simple Christmas potpourri is a great way of adding to the festive feel in your house. I always feel that the Christmas spirit is something for all the senses – including smell. Actually making the potpourri takes no time at all – you just mix everything together in a bowl – but the preparation takes a little longer.
Simple Christmas potpourri ingredients
Obviously you can add anything to this, but there are a few basics that tend to be included to give the appropriate smell.
This is where the time is needed – you have to dry the ingredients first before you can use them.
I cut an orange and a lemon into thin slices. Rather than letting these dry in a low oven I decided to let them dry at room temperature. That took longer than I had expected and I ended up placing the plates on a radiator in order to speed up the drying process.
The remaining ingredients are pine cones, cinnamon sticks, star anise and whole cloves.
Drying the pine cones
I’m not sure when the best time is to pick pine cones, but I took a walk up in the Clent Hills a few weeks ago. I came away with a good quantity of pine cones that had fallen on the ground around the trees. They were very damp so needed drying out.
The interesting thing here is that as the pine cones dried they opened up. If you look in the photo, the small pine cone at the top is still tight woven. They were all like that when I picked them, but as they dried they opened up. Eventually they were all like the one on the left.
Mix it all together
Once I’d dried the ingredients (and found some cinnamon sticks as opposed to cinnamon powder!), it was just a case of mixing everything together and adding a bit more colour. I added a fabric poinsettia petal and a sprig of Christmas tree.
Here’s the video:
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