DIY Potpourri

 

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I’d never made potpourri before but I thought this Christmas I’d give it a go. The main part of making this is drying the oranges and I absolutely LOVED doing it. Whilst I’m writing this, the whole house smells of oranges and spices. It’s amazing! It’s so lovely to decorate the house with, you can use the dried oranges in potpourri and you can also make garlands with it. I’ve put my leftover orange slices on radiators because when you turn them on the smell of oranges and spices fills the room. It’s basically an alternative to candles! You can keep them in an airtight container and use them for many Christmases to come! You can add whatever you want to your potpourri but I went for cinnamon sticks, cloves, dried orange slices, pine cones and conkers. The best part is that it’s free to make apart from buying the oranges! It’s a nice idea to go on a walk and pick up bits for your potpourri like pine cones and conkers. It’s the perfect Christmas touch to your room and really easy to make.

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You will need:

  • 4 oranges
  • Whatever nature you would like for your potpourri(conkers, pinecones etc.)
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Whole cloves
  • Star Anise
  • Essential oil(I went for Christmas spice)

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Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 100 degrees Celsius. Slice the oranges so they are around 1 cm thick. Then place on a baking tray lined with kitchen roll to absorb the juice. Cover the oranges with kitchen roll and leave for around 20 mins.
  2. Put in the oven for around 1 – 2 hours, checking on them every 30 mins. I took the smaller ones out first before they burnt.
  3. Leave on a radiator or somewhere warm to dry out completely or until they aren’t sticky any more.
  4. Once your oranges are completely dry, you can start to assemble the potpourri. Add all your ingredients into a large bowl and add a few drops of your essential oil. Stir until combined.
  5. Pour into a bowl and rearrange until you are satisfied!

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I hope you enjoyed this DIY blog post. I will definitely be doing this again and it looks lovely in the living room. Even if you don’t want to turn it into potpourri, dried oranges look great on there own! The next blog post will be the first of 12 days of RebeccaRose so I hope you like that series! They are all very festive!

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