As more people become concerned about being green and saving money, homemade gifts have grown increasingly popular. Most people love fresh, fragrant scents to fill their homes. Making potpourri using only natural products–most of which you probably have on hand–creates gifts that are frugal and do not include harmful chemicals. On the other hand, why not whip up a batch and keep it on hand?
Preheat oven to 150 degrees F. Slice unpeeled apples into very thin slices using a paring knife or apple slicer. Cut away the seeds and cores.
Spray cookie sheets with non-stick spray, and place apple slices on cookie sheets. Sprinkle apple slices with 2 tablespoons of cinnamon. Bake for 30 minutes and set aside to cool.
Break the cinnamon sticks in half or thirds. You may need to use a hammer to do this. Combine spices in a large bowl and mix well. If desired, add a few drops of cinnamon oil. The oil is very fragrant, so only add 1 drop at a time, stirring between drops, until you have desired scent.
Add dried apple slices as well as pine cones and berries, if desired. Mix well using your hands.
Place mixture into lidded container(s) and seal. Leave the potpourri in the closed containers for about 2 weeks, or longer. Shake gently each day. To use, pour into a bowl and display.
- If you do not use pine cones or berries, you can enjoy the fragrance by adding a few spoonfuls to a pan of water, and simmering over low heat.
- Do not use berries that might be toxic.
- Do not eat the potpourri.
Tricia Goss' credits include Fitness Plus, Good News Tucson and Layover Magazine. She is certified in Microsoft application and served as the newsletter editor for OfficeUsers.org. She has also contributed to The Dollar Stretcher, Life Tips and Childcare Magazine.