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One of the most awesome things about fall is the warm, comforting scents of the season. Pumpkin, oranges, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, lavender, and nutmeg – all add their own distinctive aromas to the season. One way to make your house smell good is by placing decorative bowls of potpourri in various areas around your home. Placing potpourri with seasonal scents takes the idea to the next level.
During fall, place fall-scented potpourri in large glass bowls or vases. You can either make your own or buy fall-scented potpourri. As you scroll below, you’ll find general instructions for how to make your own fall-scented potpourri plus 3 specific potpourri recipes using fall scents.
Below are four of the top-rated fall-scented potpourri packs I found on Amazon. They are very reasonably priced and make great gifts for Thanksgiving and other fall occasions.
General Instructions For Making Your Own Fall-Scented Potpourri
To make fall-scented potpourri, all you need are dried flowers, dried slices of classic fall produce such as apples and pumpkin and assorted fall spices such as cloves, cinnamon sticks, and nutmeg. Try different combinations to see what makes your home smell good and which scent you like best.
You can dry flowers and fruit at home in a dehydrator. Or you can place the flowers or fruit slices on parchment paper and put them in an oven on low temperature of 250 degrees F. Leave them in the oven for several hours until the fruit or flowers are completely dried.
Alternatively, you can buy pre-packed dried ingredients and spices, as well as oils to make everything smell even stronger.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with aromas. Use flowers, fruit, and herbs from your garden or backyard from the outside. Ground coffee in the right potpourri can smell divine and bring just the right spirit to your fall décor ideas.
Here are three fall-potpourri recipes that you can try.
Fall Potpourri Recipe 1 – Lavender & Spice & Everything Nice
1 packet dried lavender buds
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
2 cups water
Add all ingredients to a slow cooker and keep on low with the lid on.
Keep it going all day. Refill the water a couple of times.
Put off the slow cooker when the water is almost dried out and remove the fall-scented lavender.
Let it cool and place it in a large bowl to fill the room with the warm, spicy scents of autumn.
Fall Potpourri Recipe 2 – Dried Apple Spice Potpourri With Pinecones
10 small pinecones
1 cup apple slices, dried
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons whole cloves
1/4 tablespoon allspice berries
2 tablespoons Orris root powder
10 cinnamon sticks
Cinnamon essential oil
Combine all ingredients into a jar big enough for the pinecones to fit, put the lid on tightly and shake.
Add several drops of cinnamon oil – add less if you like a more subtle aroma and more if you prefer a stronger aroma.
After a couple of weeks, remove the pinecones with tongs and allow them to dry.
Put the dried, scented pinecone in a basket and leave it on a dresser or bathroom counter to bring fall smells inside.
Fall Potpourri Recipe 3 – Orange Spice Potpourri
10 slices freshly dried oranges or 1 packet dried orange slices
1 packet pinecones
1/4 cup whole star anise
10 cinnamon sticks
1/4 cup whole cloves
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl using as much as you need to fill the bowl that you’re using to help impart the scent to the house. You can add whole oranges, flowers, rocks, and other elements to the mix to make it look extra special for the fall.
Ideas for gifting your homemade fall-scented potpourri
The recipes above are for large quantities so you can make fall-scented potpourri for your own home and also give them away as gifts. You’ll find a wide assortment of potpourri bags to put your homemade potpourri in for gifting. Buy some tags or make your own and add ribbons or other accessories to give your gift a decorative touch.
Anything you think smells good in the fall can be used to help make a wonderful potpourri. From dried pumpkin, and dried berries, to cloves and coffee, the only thing limiting you is your imagination. Use the ideas above to get started.
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