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How to Make Your Own Dried Potpourri

Updated: Dec 4, 2020

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One of the many reasons that I adore the fall season is the wonderful warm and inviting aromas that come with it! I love fall spices and the smell reminds me of comforting and happy memories. This year I thought it would be a fun project to make some of my own dried potpourri using the dried orange slices I recently made. (See the Tutorial for How to Dry Your own Orange Slices)

Part of having an inviting space includes how it smells and potpourri is a great way to make your home smell wonderful. My goal was to create a warm and pleasant smell without it being too overpowering or intrusive. It also adds a nice visual touch to a counter or shelf. Here is how I made my own dried potpourri!


  • 1 large gallon zip bag

  • Pumpkin spice essential oil

  • Bay leaves

  • Cinnamon Sticks

  • Whole Cloves

  • Star Anise Bulk Spices

  • Dried flowers, leaves, pinecones etc. (optional)

  • Bowl, dish or vase

For this potpourri, you can use whatever quantity of cinnamon sticks, cloves, bay leaves etc. that you have available. I like to think of this mix as a free-style recipe that you can get creative with. I had a few leftover eucalyptus stems and leaves that I decided to add into this mix for some color. Some small dried flowers, leaves or even miniature pinecones would look nice with this mix.

I found a great package deal for the cinnamon sticks, cloves and whole star anise on Amazon. You can get all three in 6oz bags and have plenty for a big batch of potpourri. I also found the perfect pumpkin spice fragrance oil from P&J on Amazon to use for this project. (P&J Trading Harvest Spice Premium Grade Fragrance Oil) It smells amazing for the price and is not too overpowering. If pumpkin spice is not the smell you are going for, they also have several other harvest themed fragrances.

One thing I love about dried potpourri is the many fun ways to display it! You can use any kind of jars or bowls to show it off. I personally love old clear mason jars because you can see all of the orange slices and other pieces easily. I also thought it would be fun to use a few of these plastic crystal dishes from DollarTree. They are the perfect size to add to a small shelf or a bathroom counter.

This potpourri is super easy to make! Once you have all of your materials, start by placing them into the gallon zip bag. I had about half a bag of mix and I used 10 - 12 drops of the fragrance oil. Seal the bag and gently move the mix back and forth to work in the oil. Open the bag and check to see how it smells. If it still seems not strong enough, add a few more drops and repeat the process.

Place the potpourri mix into your jar or dish and enjoy the smell of fall. When the fragrance fades away you can always add a few more drops of the fragrance oil when needed.

This colorful fall potpourri is perfect for adding a natural fall touch to any room plus a comforting fall aroma! It was so quick and easy to make and it could be adapted for the winter holidays as well. Good luck and happy decorating!


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