Potpourri only ever comes out in my house at Christmas so whenever I see it hit the shelves or smell it in the room; it instantly gets me feeling festive. We used to buy the potpourri because I never realised how easy it was to make and actually a lot cheaper! Now, I would never go back to shop bought, follow my simple steps and your room can be indulged with the smell of classic Christmas!
First things first, no potpourri is complete without pine cones. I’m lucky that I live next to so many rolling fields and woods, on one walk I managed to pick up a whole bag full of pine cones of all different shapes and sizes and the best thing … they’re free! Don’t be disheartened if you don’t live near woods though; shops sell bags of pine cones for reasonably cheap. Once home I brushed out all the mud that was stuck to the cones themselves. I tried not to wash them too much as I quite like the natural woody earthy smells that come from the cones.
The smell of oranges make my Christmas and drying out slices is one of my favourite Christmas traditions. Once the slices are dried, I not only use them in my potpourri but also as tree decorations and as my theme is natural this year, the slices work a treat! I slice the oranges into thin slices and lay them on some kitchen towel to absorb excess juice; I leave these for around 30 mins to absorb as much as possible. Once drained, I spaced them out evenly on a baking tray and put them in the oven on a low heat for 2-3 hours (I recommend 80 degrees). Once thoroughly dried out and firm I took them out and allowed them to cool, then I put them in the bowl with my pine cones. For the tree decorations, I simply threaded a bit of twine through them and tied a knot so they could hang properly.
Probably the easiest part; I went to Asda and bought a jar of cinnamon sticks and placed a few in the bowl decoratively. It literally is this simple! I also sprinkle a few whole cloves and star anise in the bowl to add to the spicy smell.
I have a few bowls of these around the house, and they make such a difference! Waking up and instantly smelling Christmas is wonderful. As long as you store the potpourri in an airtight container, you can use it year after year. I tend to freshen the scent up after a few uses by dabbing some refresher oil on from Marks and Spencer.
Let me know how yours have turned out!