Share time! I’ve just finished making potpourri from my daughter’s bridesmaid’s bouquets. They were so lovely (of course) the day of the wedding. Then, when we were packing things up after the blissful weekend, Austin’s sweet mom suggested that we do something with the bouquets. Like potpourri possibly. Well, challenge accepted! Thank you Lu for the suggestion!
Sometimes you have fresh flowers from your garden, or from an admirer or friend…and you want to keep them. Or maybe you have a fondness of natural things in your home….or you are just a sentimental lady like me. Keeping those petals is always a good idea.
Here is how I did it:
These are the bouquets a couple days after the wedding.
There was a variety of flowers in the bouquets. I pulled the Roses and Ranunculus and a few of the showy mums out.
This is when I got the big camera out. Blame it on the light, or the beauty before me…I just couldn’t help myself.
Her favorite flower was the Ranunculus. Of course.
I put them in a box and tossed them a couple times for a couple days.
Then I got impatient and decided to dry them out in the oven. I put them on cooking sheets lined with parchment paper, and dried them at 200 degrees for an hour. I baked the full mums and big flowers longer. They need to be completely dry.
I also added a few tea roses and sprigs of Lavender from our yard. A bit of home shall we say.
So here are the petals and flowers after their time in the oven.
Next, I coated the dried flowers and petals with powdered Orris Root.
Orris Root extends the life of the fragrant oils about to come into play. I coated the flowers and petals as best as I could by putting them in a plastic container, putting the lid on it and shake shake shaking. One bag was enough for my two batches.
I wanted to add some some bling to the potpourri…because…bling is good. I got impatient looking for some, so I picked up this “mainly gold potpourri” from my local craft store. I got the inexpensive-doesn’t-smell-like-anything version. Sorry local craft store…but you know it’s true. Anyway, so added about a half of this box to my batch.
Next came the oils. I can’t think of a better oil to add to wedding potpourri than Ylang Ylang. Tangerine Essential Oil, too? Yes, please. I added about 15 drops of each to the batch.
7 bouquets and some filler makes a lot of potpourri. I had enough to make 2 big bags. The other bag I added Ylang Ylang and Joy Essential Oil to. Again 15 drops of each oil. YUM. Amazing.
Here are the finished bags.
I hope the newlyweds enjoy their potpourri!Wouldn’t it be fun to use this potpourri to fill clear Christmas ornaments?
The wedding photos won’t be ready for a while, but the ever sweet photographer shared this photo. I can’t stop looking at it.
I will be back soon with some new art to share.