Flower Crafts for Kids


Potpourri
Loosen the lid on the jar of potpourri to let the scent fill a room.
Loosen the lid on the jar of potpourri to let the scent fill a room.
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Potpourri -- a mixture of dried flowers and herbs -- has been used for centuries to sweeten a home with soft scents. However, potpourri is lovely to look at, too. Follow our instructions to make your own potpourri and a pretty container for it.

What You'll Need:

  • Scented garden flowers
  • Paper towels
  • Spices
  • Glass container
  • Ribbon
  • Fabric
  • Scissors,
  • Spoon

How To Make Potpourri:

Step 1: Gather sweet-scented garden flowers early in the day after the dew has dried.

Step 2: Pick the petals off larger flowers, pick leaves off herbs, and spread the petals and leaves out to dry on paper towels. Smaller flowers may be dried whole. You can also cut the flower spikes from herbs such as lavender and dry them whole. Experiment to see which flowers keep their scent after drying. You may want to dry petals of colorful but unscented flowers to add color to your potpourri.

Step 3: Blend your herbs and flowers together to make a pleasing scent. You can add spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or bay leaves. Try some of the following mixes, or make up your own combinations.

  • Lemon verbena or lemon balm, lavender, and violets
  • Rose petals, lavender, and bits of orange peel
  • Pine needles, rosemary, violets, and bay leaves

Step 4: Put your mixture (called "potpourri") into glass containers with lids and decorate with ribbons. To make sachets: Cut circles of fabric. Place a few spoonfuls of potpourri in the middle of the circle. Draw the fabric in over the potpourri and tie the bundle with ribbon.

On the next page, learn how to cut, plant, and grow wildflowers at home.

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