Showing posts with label potpourri. Show all posts
Showing posts with label potpourri. Show all posts

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Dirt: lavender


Last week, I posted about a ceramic box that I freshened with a faux ceramic paint makeover. I used lavender from my garden in the photos {above}. I’ve used lavender several times as a prop or as d├ęcor but I don’t think I’ve ever made anything with lavender.



I researched lavender projects and couldn’t believe the amazing things you can do with this herb. Lavender water, soap, potpourri, sachets -  not to mention using it as an edible herb in a variety of recipes.

I decided to make some lavender bath salts and potpourri. But first I had to cut and dry my lavender.


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I cut bunches of lavender, bundled them up and hung outside to dry. Nope, this isn’t my backyard. I took pictures of my lavender drying but the photo above from the website Everything Lavender is so much prettier.




These bath salts are extremely easy to make and would make a great gift {Mother’s Day is just around the corner…}. Here’s what you need
  • Salts – you can purchase fancy bath salts or just use Epsom Salts like I did
  • Lavender Essential Oil {I left this out because I’m really sensitive to perfumes and fragrance}
  • Dried Lavender buds
Once your lavender is dry, remove just the buds for this project. Mix your salt, a few drops of essential oil and the lavender buds in a small bowl.



Place your lavender salts in a pretty jar and seal. I picked out this pretty jar from my jar stash and then couldn’t find the lid. To seal my jar, I rolled corrugated cardboard into a coil and used it like a cork stopper. A ribbon and tag finish off the look.



With the remaining dried lavender, I made some Lavender Rose Potpourri.


I dried the rose petals in the oven on a cookie sheet. I used the lowest setting on my oven which is 170 degrees and the petals were dry within a half hour.



I mixed the remaining lavender buds, the dried rose petals and some whole lavender flowers to create this potpourri. Use whatever you have on hand, dried leaves, bark, cinnamon sticks etc. You can also add the essential oil to the potpourri for more fragrance.





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Monday, May 9, 2011

Etceteras: orange and white rose potpourri


Putting out a bowl of potpourri is an instant pick-me-up. It’s pretty and it’s a natural air freshener.
Making your own potpourri is easy and eco-chic.  I made my potpourri out of oranges that were going to be thrown away and white rose petals that had dropped to the ground.

 
To make this potpourri you first need to dry the oranges. Slice the oranges into thin ¼” slices. Try to blot the juice with paper towels to speed up the drying time. Chop up a few of the slices into small pieces so that you end up with some slices and some small bits. Bake them in the oven at 150 degrees for about 6 hours. Turn them every now and then to make sure both sides are drying out.
Air dry the petals on a tray. Once dried, mix the petals with the small orange bits and orange slices in a pretty bowl. You can make potpourri out of a variety of dried fruit, cinnamon, flowers or other greenery.

And if you really want to be green, once you’re done with the potpourri, you can compost it.


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Friday, April 29, 2011

Sew and Tell: mother’s day sachet

I’ve always loved this delicate lace fabric. It’s actually a curtain valance but never worked in the window I intended it for.

I cut a piece of it and folded it up with potpourri.

I tied the top with pretty sheer ribbon and purple silk flowers to create a simple sachet.

This would also work with vintage hankies, tea towels or any pretty fabric.

A simple, feminine Mother’s Day gift.


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