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7 to 12, 12 and up
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Make Nature Potpourri
Mix together bits of your favorite fragrant plants in a bowl.
  • Thin fabric, such as cotton (optional)
  • Fabric scissors (optional)
  • Flowers
  • Garden snips
  • Peels from oranges or lemons (optional)
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Spices, such as cinnamon or clove (optional)
  • Towel, paper or fabric
  • Tray
Step 1
Potpourri can take many weeks to dry, but you can have fun creating a mixture that smells good right now.

Do this activity whenever there are fresh flowers blooming. It's particularly fun to do in early fall, to capture a bit of the summer before the cold temperatures arrive.

If you have flowers in your garden, pick a few to snip. If you do not have a flower garden, tell neighbors about your project and see if they will let you take a sampling from their gardens. Always ask permission before snipping.

Step 2
Snip a variety of colors and shapes.

Here are some good ingredients:

  • the petals or the entire heads of flowers such as roses, geraniums, carnations, marigolds, lilies, or violets
  • herbs such as rosemary, thyme, lavender or sage
  • the lightly crushed needles and leaves from pine, sassafras or sweet gum
  • the cut peels from citrus fruits such as oranges or lemons
  • household spices such as broken cinnamon sticks or cloves
Step 3
Lay out the towel on a tray.
Lay out the snippings so they can dry.
Step 4
Store the potpourri in sachets.

It may take a few weeks for the plants to dry out completely. Once the plant materials are completely dried out, you can put them in a sachet.

To make a sachet, cut the fabric in a square and put a small bunch of dried plants in the center. Fold up the corners and tie with ribbon. Place the sachets in places where you'd like to have a smell of summer.

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