DYI - How Make Your Own Natural Potpourri

You might know that I teach creative workshops, I focus on pattern design classes now but a little while back when I was running crafty Hen Parties I used to teach natural perfume classes. I loved blending the essential oils to help people create their own handmade signature scent. Since then I've had a bit of a love affair with essential oils. I use them on a daily bases in baths, as a muscle rub and as a pillow spray to help me relax before bed.

You may think that potpourri is reserved for old folks but it is actually a wonderfully natural way to scent your home. You can create a custom blend to suit your own taste and avoid all those nasty chemicals found in air fresheners. Whether you prefer citrus, woody or floral scents potpourri is a perfect way to add in a natural freshness to your bathroom.

What you’ll need:

Dried flowers like rose petals, lavender, chamomile or geranium
Dried herbs like rosemary, sage, thyme or lemon balm
Dried fruit like lemon, orange, apple or bergamot
Your favourite essential oils
A fixative like Orris root helps to preserve the fragrance of the herbs and flowers
A mason jar
A pretty bowl to store the mix in

You can either dry out your own fruit, herbs and flowers in a warm dark place for two weeks or in a low temperature oven for an hour. If you would prefer to buy the ingredients already dried you can find them online or at your local florist. If you're a real nature lover you can also forage for your own ingredients, I wish I could do that in London but I don't really know where to start! If you're collecting your own herbs and flowers always pick the freshest ones you can find make sure they're not bruised. 

Place all your dried ingredients in a mason jar. Add 6 drops of your favourite essential oils to every cup of dried potpourri mix. Keep the mix in the closed jar for a few weeks to allow the scent to penetrate the dried plants.

Once the blend has soaked up the essential oils you can pour the mix into your favourite bowl to display in your bathroom. Store any unused potpourri in an airtight container in a cool dark place until needed.

Why not make up a few different blends so you can switch the scents up every few weeks? Homemade potpourri also makes the perfect gift. 

My favorite mix is dried lavender with chamomile flowers, starflower, geranium oil, patchouli oil and dried mandarin. This mix makes for a very woody but freshly floral blend. It smells a lot like the Tom Ford perfumes, heaven!

Let me know if you give this DIY potpourri a go.


  1. I too have a love affair with essential oils (i really must write a blog post). Thanks so much for sharing this, i've been looking for natural ways to scent the home as i despise air freshers and becoming less of a fan of wax melts and candles. Will deffo give this a go :)

    - Cydney


  2. I had no idea that this was something I could try at home. I love fresh scents but plug in air fresheners make me sneeze so this would be a great alternative. My fav scent would be lavender or something woody to remind me of the forest. #HomeEtc

  3. Oh I LOVE potpourri! I have a spring tray in my living room which has a liberal scattering of potpourri covering the bottom. I am not sure my husband quite understands my obsession with it though. I am going to have to try and make my own now. That would be lovely #HomeEtc

  4. I would have never thought that you could make your own potpourri but it sounds like a great way of ensuring you get the scent you want and can create something a little more bespoke to your home :)

  5. I love essential oils but no matter how lovely it smells I'm just not a fan of potpourri — purely from the dust aspect!!! I remember seeing bowls of dusty petals around my ex-boyfriends's mum's house.... *shudders* I love it until it gets a layer of dust and then it needs to go!! :) Thanks so much for linking up with us lovely :) #HomeEtc

  6. I love it too - the smell has always been addictive! Making your own! You are SO cool :) Love this. Thanks for linking up, great to have you :) Jess xx


  7. Oh this takes me back to the trays of pot pourri I had in my first house - I do love the smell of it but I'm with Caro on the dust, but maybe if it was in a jar it wouldn't be so bad... :) #homeetc