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How to Turn Dried Flowers into Fragrant Potpourri for Your Home

Transforming Dried Flowers


transforming Dried Flowers into Fragrant Potpourri


Welcome to our guide on transforming dried flowers into delightful potpourri for your home. In this comprehensive tutorial, we’ll show you how to use potpourri plants and create a homemade dried flower concoction. Whether you’re a seasoned DIY enthusiast or looking to tap your creativity, you’ll realize how simple it is to make a potpourri mix from dried flowers.

Potpourri, derived from the French term “pot-pourri,” meaning “rotten pot,” belies its enchanting essence. It’s a fragrant hodgepodge of dried flowers, herbs, spices, and essential oils like orris root, myrrh gum, and vanilla beans, designed to freshen up your living spaces. Potpourri acts as a natural air freshener and decorative piece in tandem. The charm of crafting your homemade dried flower potpourri resides in its customized aspect. You can select your most-loved scents and create unique blends that flawlessly complement your home’s ambiance.

When fabricating your potpourri, not only do you instill your home with pleasing aromas but also stir your creativity. Adding a fixative such as Oakmoss or Angelica root can enhance the longevity of your potpourri by reducing the evaporation rate of the essential oils. Plus, it’s an eco-friendly way to repurpose dried flowers and other botanicals, contributing to waste reduction. Thus, let’s embark on this aromatic sojourn and transform these dried flowers into fragrant gems that will invigorate your living spaces.


Choosing the Right Flowers


selecting dried flowers for fragrance


Selecting the right flowers is the foundation of creating fragrant and visually appealing potpourri.

Rose buds, for instance, are an excellent choice, as they retain their color and shape when dried. Peonies with their lush peony petals and hydrangeas are also great options if you prefer skipping the drying process in an oven.

The choice of flowers such as these will significantly influence the final scent and overall aesthetics of your homemade potpourri. Further, when harvesting flowers, remember that buds and flower petals like those of roses, for instance, should be gathered from newly opened buds for optimum use.

Here, we’ll delve into the key considerations for choosing the perfect flowers for your potpourri, offer tips on sourcing dried flowers, and explain how to pick flowers with pleasant scents.


Types of Flowers for Potpourri

Not all flowers are created equal when it comes to making potpourri. To ensure a delightful fragrance that lasts, consider the following types of flowers:


1. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)




Lavender is a classic choice for potpourri due to its soothing aroma. It’s known for its stress-relieving properties and is excellent for promoting relaxation in your home.


2. Rose Petals (Rosa spp.)


rose petals


Rose petals add a romantic and luxurious scent to your potpourri. They come in various colors, each with its unique fragrance profile.


3. Jasmine (Jasminum spp.)


jasmine dried flowers


Jasmine flowers offer a sweet and exotic fragrance that is both calming and uplifting. They are perfect for creating a sensual atmosphere.


4. Calendula (Calendula officinalis)




Calendula petals have a mild, earthy scent with herbal undertones. They add a touch of brightness and can complement other floral scents.


5. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary has a fresh, herbaceous scent with hints of pine. It can be used to balance sweeter floral fragrances in your potpourri.


Tips for Sourcing Dried Flowers

Once you’ve decided on the types of flowers you want to use, you’ll need to source dried flowers. To help you find high-quality dried flowers, consider browsing different websites that may offer discount prices or even contain affiliate links to flower suppliers. This will not only let you experience diverse flowers but will also drastically enhance your browsing experience.


flowers in the garden


1. Your Own Garden

If you have a garden, consider harvesting and drying flowers from your own plants. This ensures freshness and a personal touch to your potpourri.


2. Local Flower Shops

Local florists may offer dried flowers or be able to guide you on where to find them in your area.


3. Online Retailers

Many online retailers specialize in dried flowers and offer a wide variety of options. Be sure to read reviews and check for quality before purchasing.


4. Farmers’ Markets

Some farmers’ markets or craft fairs have vendors who sell dried flowers. This is a great opportunity to see and smell the flowers in person.


Picking Flowers with Pleasant Scents

When selecting flowers for potpourri, it’s essential to pick those with pleasant and long-lasting scents. Here’s how to ensure you’re choosing the right flowers:


woman smelling lavender


1. Fragrance Test

Before committing to a particular flower, take a moment to smell it. Does it have a strong, appealing scent? Trust your nose.


2. Consider Combinations

Think about how different flowers will blend together. Combining complementary scents can create a more complex and enjoyable potpourri aroma.


3. Research Fragrance Profiles

Some flowers have well-documented fragrance profiles. Research the flowers you plan to use to understand their scent characteristics better.


4. Seasonal Considerations

Keep in mind that flower scents can vary with the season. Flowers harvested during their peak blooming season tend to have the strongest scent.

By carefully selecting your flowers based on their fragrance, you’ll ensure that your potpourri not only looks beautiful but also fills your home with an enchanting and long-lasting aroma. With the right flowers in hand, you’re ready to embark on the journey of creating your fragrant potpourri masterpiece.


Drying Flowers Properly

Before you can create your potpourri, you need to properly dry the flowers. Follow these steps for successful flower drying using an oven or dehydrator:


dried flowers


  1. Harvest at the Right Time: Pick your flowers in the morning when their natural oils are at their peak.
  2. Remove Excess Moisture: Using a paper towel, shake off any excess water or dew from the flowers.
  3. Preheat Your Oven or Dehydrator: Choose a drying method and preheat your oven to 170 degrees F, or your oven’s lowest setting.
  4. Prepare Your Tray: Use a parchment paper-covered baking tray if oven-drying or place them on a dehydrator tray. If air drying, tie small bunches of flowers with twine and hang them upside down in a dark, dry place with good air circulation.
  5. Preserve Color and Fragrance: Keep the flowers away from direct sunlight to preserve their color and scent. This is crucial for maintaining the quality of your potpourri ingredients.


By following these steps, you’ll have a collection of beautifully dried flowers ready to be transformed into fragrant potpourri.


Essential Oils and Additional Ingredients

Creating a delightful potpourri blend isn’t just about choosing the right dried flowers; it’s also about enhancing the fragrance and complexity with essential oils and complementary ingredients. In this section, we’ll explore the role of essential oils in potpourri, suggest additional ingredients like herbs, spices, or citrus peels to elevate your blend, and even share some tantalizing recipes for fragrance blends.


The Role of Essential Oils

Essential oils are the secret to long-lasting and potent potpourri fragrances. They act as the base note, providing a consistent and lingering aroma that ties the entire blend together. Here’s how to use essential oils effectively:


Essential oils from dried flowers


1. Choosing the Right Oils

Select essential oils that complement the scents of your dried flowers. For example, if you’re using lavender flowers, consider lavender essential oil for a harmonious fragrance.


2. Balancing the Blend

Experiment with different oil blends to achieve your desired scent profile. Start with a few drops of each oil and adjust to your preference.


3. Application Technique

Apply essential oils sparingly to your dried flowers and other potpourri ingredients. A few drops evenly distributed throughout the mixture should suffice.


Additional Ingredients for Complexity

To take your potpourri to the next level, consider adding complementary ingredients that provide depth and complexity to the fragrance. Imagine a winter potpourri, perfect for Christmas, with vanilla undertones and a hint of cinnamon lemon fragrance. Here are some ideas:

1.Herbs: Herbs like rosemary, thyme, or the soft aroma of lemon balm can add an earthy, herbal note to your blend.

2. Spices: Spices such as cinnamon sticks bring a warm, spicy undertone to your potpourri, which can create a cozy Christmas atmosphere at home.

3. Citrus Peels & Dried Fruit: Dried orange and lemon peels contribute a fresh zesty aroma to your mixture. Similarly, dried apple slices or cranberries provide a touch of fruity sweetness, enhancing the overall complexity.

4. Pine Elements: Using miniature pine cones or even pine needles reveals a woodland, evergreen scent, reminiscent of Christmas trees, while cedar enhances this scent with its unique aroma.

5. Seed Pods: Seed pods integrated into your winter potpourri can produce a robust fragrance while adding a visually appealing element.

6. Fixatives: Fixatives like orris root powder help in retaining the aroma of your potpourri. For a more unique and festive twist, consider vanilla beans to uplift the fragrance and extend its longevity. These can create a comforting and festive vibe for your Christmas gatherings.


Fragrance Blend Recipes

Here are a few fragrance blend recipes to inspire your potpourri creation:


Fragrance Blend Recipes for potpourri creation


1. Relaxation Blend:

  • Lavender essential oil
  • Chamomile essential oil
  • Rosemary essential oil


2. Holiday Spice Blend:

  • Cinnamon essential oil
  • Clove essential oil
  • Orange essential oil


3. Citrus Burst Blend:

  • Lemon essential oil
  • Lime essential oil
  • Grapefruit essential oil


Feel free to adjust the ratios and experiment with these recipes to create your signature fragrance. Remember that essential oils are potent, so start with a few drops and add more as needed to achieve your desired scent.

By incorporating essential oils and additional ingredients into your potpourri, you’ll craft a fragrant masterpiece that not only pleases your olfactory senses but also adds a touch of complexity and depth to your aromatic creation. The combination of dried flowers, essential oils, and complementary elements will make your potpourri a truly unique and captivating addition to your home.


Assembling Your Potpourri

Assembling your potpourri is where the magic happens. Take into consideration using woody material or yellow roses that have dried perfectly in a vase for a base layer of your potpourri. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Mix Your Ingredients: Combine your dried flowers, reminiscent of Valentine’s Day leftovers, herbs, spices, and essential oils in a large mixing bowl. To ensure an even distribution of scents and colors, stir gently.
  2. Layering: Layering is key to an attractive potpourri. Attention to stems during the layering process can add more depth. Place different ingredients such as dried flowers, herbs, spices, and citrus peels in alternating layers within your chosen container or sachet. Start with a base layer of dried flowers and then add herbs, spices, and citrus peels.
  3. Aesthetics: Consider supplementing the visual appeal of your potpourri with glass jars or a mason jar, besides using contrasting colors and textures for a more visually pleasing result.
  4. Sachets or Containers: Fill your mason jar or sacks for gifting. Pro Tip: Using one of the flower frog lids allows the potpourri to breathe. You can also place your potpourri in decorative bowls, jars, or sachets. Sachets are excellent for placing in drawers, closets, storage cabinets, bags, or hanging around the house.


Creating your potpourri isn’t solely a sensory experience but also a creative one. Let your imagination run wild and craft a potpourri that reflects your unique style. Remember – it’s not only about the scent, it’s also about how you present it!


Storing Your Potpourri

Proper storage is essential to maintain the potency of your potpourri’s fragrance. Follow these storage tips for the best conservation of your precious homemade potpourri:


 Storing Your Potpourri


  1. Airtight Containers: Always store your potpourri in airtight containers to prevent the fragrance from dissipating, and to keep the harmful effects of humidity at bay.
  2. Cool, Dark Place: Place these containers in a cool, dark, and dry place, away from direct sunlight which can cause the ingredients to lose their scent.
  3. Refreshment: Over time, the alluring aroma may fade. To refresh your potpourri, gently shake the container, add a few drops of essential oil, or relax in the knowledge that replenishment merely involves preparing more bundles of your favorite fragrant flowers.
  4. Display Locations: Position your potpourri in areas where air circulates naturally, such as living rooms, bathrooms, or near windows. They’re also a delightful addition to closets, drawers, or in your car for a constant, pleasant aroma.


Decorating with Potpourri

Potpourri is not just for fragrancing the air; it can also be a versatile decorative element in your home. Here are some creative ways to use potpourri as decor that can provide both practical use and endless visual inspiration:

  1. Bowl Centerpiece: Fill a decorative bowl with potpourri and place it as a centerpiece on your dining table or coffee table. Check out the tutorials on YouTube for some unique ideas.
  2. Potpourri Sachets: Create small sachets and hang them in your closet or place them in drawers to keep your clothes smelling fresh. You can watch my YouTube video on how to make these sachets.
  3. Potpourri Ornaments: Fill clear glass ornaments with potpourri for a unique holiday decoration. Here’s a link to a step-by-step tutorial on YouTube.
  4. Potpourri Candles: Embed potpourri in homemade candles for a dual-purpose decor item that releases fragrance as it burns. There’s also a YouTube guide for this that’ll provide you with all the necessary guidance.
  5. Aromatherapy: Place potpourri in a sachet or bowl near your bed for a calming and aromatic night’s sleep. On YouTube, you’ll find numerous videos demonstrating the best ways to do this.


Potpourri can add a touch of elegance and a pleasant scent to any room, making it a versatile decorative tool. Don’t forget to share your potpourri decorations on your favorite social media sites, and draw inspiration from YouTube.



learn about potpourri


Congratulations on completing your journey into the world of potpourri crafting! With your dab hands, you’ve learned how to turn dried flowers into fragrant treasures that not only adorn your home but also infuse it with delightful scents. This DIY project allows you to give your consent to unleash your creative prowess, tailoring your potpourri to match your individualistic style and preferences, and making your living spaces truly feel like your own.

Beyond its decorative charm, potpourri serves as a sustainable and natural air freshener, enhancing your home’s ambiance – much like the scent you save in your browser when surfing your favorite online stores. It’s a creative and eco-friendly way to repurpose dried flowers, reducing waste while bringing nature indoors.

At Bourkes Florist, we understand your love for flowers and your desire to fill your home with their delightful fragrance. While creating potpourri from dried flowers is a delightful endeavor, we also want to remind you that nothing quite compares to the freshness and beauty of our handcrafted floral arrangements.

Our team at Bourkes Florist takes pride in curating exquisite bouquets and arrangements, using the finest and freshest blooms available. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply want to brighten someone’s day, our vibrant and aromatic flowers are the perfect choice. Place your order now!



Q: What are the best flowers for potpourri?

The best flowers for potpourri are those with strong, pleasant scents that can hold up over time. Some popular choices include lavender, rose petals, jasmine, and calendula. These flowers not only add fragrance but also enhance the visual appeal of your potpourri.


Q: How do I make my potpourri last longer?

To make your potpourri last longer, store it in airtight containers in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight. You can also refresh the fragrance by gently shaking the container and adding a few drops of essential oil when needed.


Q: Can I use potpourri for aromatherapy?

Yes, potpourri can be used for aromatherapy. Place potpourri in a sachet or bowl in areas where you want to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the fragrances, such as your bedroom or relaxation space. The soothing scents can help create a calming atmosphere.


Q: What can I do with leftover dried flowers?

Leftover dried flowers can be used for various crafts and DIY projects. You can create pressed flower art, make scented sachets, or even use them in homemade candles and bath products. Get creative and explore different ways to repurpose your dried flowers.


Q: Where can I find essential oils for potpourri?

You can find essential oils for potpourri at health food stores, online retailers, or specialty stores that sell aromatherapy supplies. Make sure to choose high-quality, pure essential oils that match the scents you want to achieve in your potpourri.

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