DIY Holiday Potpourri: How To Make Christmas Potpourri From Your Garden

DIY Holiday Potpourri Of Dried Botanicals
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Traditionally, potpourri refers to any collection of dried botanicals that can be used to perfume small spaces. These natural elements generally offer a subtle aroma, but may also be enhanced by essential oils or fragrances. Though many types of potpourri are available for purchase, crafting one’s own Christmas potpourri in a jar can be a fun seasonal DIY project. 

Holiday Potpourri DIY Crafts

Homemade Christmas potpourri gifts are a great, budget-friendly option if you’re looking to spread joy to others through the holiday season. To begin gathering natural Christmas potpourri, crafters need to consider readily available materials. These could include potpourri components which can be purchased in stores, as well as those which can be collected from your own backyard. As with any garden craft, always make certain to carefully research and identify each type of plant, making sure to avoid any which are potentially toxic or that may be protected by local regulations. 

Dried Christmas Potpourri Recipes

Dried Christmas potpourri “recipes” can vary greatly from one region to another. Among the most popular items used in holiday potpourri blends include seeds, various types of nuts, flower petals, fragrant leaves, dried citrus, pinecones, and different types of herbs. Once you’ve gathered all your potpourri ingredients, they will need to dry thoroughly. This will help prevent the growth of mold and decay. 

Other highly fragrant potpourri items include things like cinnamon sticks, star anise, whole allspice, nutmeg, and cloves. Experiment with different materials that can enhance both the overall look and fragrance of your potpourri blend. 

Heighten the Aroma

Though the natural fragrances of the potpourri are often enough, you may wish to add additional scent. To do this, crafters must first add a fixative which will absorb the scent. Various natural fixatives are available, each offering a unique look. Among the most popular potpourri fixatives are cellulose fiber and orris root. 

For many, creating natural Christmas potpourri is essential to indoor decorating for the holiday season. Using Christmas potpourri in a jar is a sure way to bring the festive scents of the season into the home. Regardless of the combination, the aromas of holiday potpourri DIY crafts can brighten and bring joy to even the smallest of spaces. 

Tonya Barnett

Tonya Barnett has been gardening for 13 years. Flowers are her passion. She has trasformed her backyard into a cut flower garden, which she regularly chronicles on her YouTube channel