Saturday, December 13, 2014

Homemade Simmering Potpourri

Hey friends! I found a great project you can make right at home with aging fruit you have on hand--don't throw it away, turn it into this lovely simmering potpourri! A perfect little gift for the season! It's almost to easy to make! Here's how mine went...

1 apple
1 orange
4-5 whole cinnamon sticks
sprinkle of cloves or 1 tsp. whole cloves if you have it (nutmeg may be used as well)

Dry fruit slices in oven at 250 for about 3 hours if you don't have a dehydrator. I don't and this turned out just fine. Start checking on fruit at about 2 1/2 hours to make sure it's not burning. Let it cool before packaging into bags. I think I'll add a little note for the recipient explaining how to use it. To fill your home with delicious holiday scent, simmer in 2-3 cups water on stove top in small pot. Add more water as it gets low).
This amount filled 2 nice sized, tall plastic bags, which I decorated with a little stamped tag, fabric bow and a bit of faux winter foliage.
I especially love sharing ideas like this...ones that are very inexpensive or even free and so simple to make. I don't like throwing away things when I can use them for something else. So it was a real pleasure to turn this otherwise wasted fruit into a charming little gift for friends or neighbors! I hope you enjoyed it too! Wishing you a very creative and blessed day!!!


Jo Williams Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator said...

What a neat idea! This would make a great gift! Thanks for sharing the idea Linsey and your little handmade baggies are adorable! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

Stampsnob. said...

i did simmering potpourri yesterday pretty much like you have here I didn't use apple , the house still smells lovely but the pot is trashed Next time I am going to try a gauze bag to see if that will protect the pot some....Lis