I went total Martha Stewart this week and I can’t wait to share. I’m sure some of you have heard of or even have already turned dead flowers into potpourri, but it was my first time and I’m super excited about it! I’ve been telling myself since high school that I was going to turn dead flowers into potpourri with my old corsage’s, but I always thought it was probably too time consuming and would just throw them away. I received this beautiful arrangement of flowers a couple of weeks ago and finally decided to try it out. Surprisingly, it was super easy! Here’s what you need to buy:
- Sheet pan
- Parchment paper
- Essential Oils- I bought these
- Spray bottle- Look through your beauty products before you go buy one. I found several spray bottle products that were almost empty that I could easily use afterwards. I ended up using an empty waterless makeup brush cleaner I was about to throw out (just fill it with water and soap and let it sit while you prep your flowers to clean out whatever was in there previously).
The following is optional. I was having a “just want to use whatever I have around the house so I don’t have to go anywhere” moment so I didn’t use any of these 😂, but definitely will next time.
- Citrus fruits- lemons, oranges etc.
- Fresh herbs- thyme, lavender, rosemary etc.
- Whole spices- cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice etc.
- Gather any flowers you have. They don’t have to be dead so you can even pick some from your garden. Strong smelling flowers work the best. Here is a list of some. Set your oven at 200 degrees. This is the arrangement I used. They were too beautiful to throw away. Obviously I used them when they were dead.
2. Use the parchment paper to cover the sheet pan. Cut the flowers either right below the heads or you can pull individual petals and use those. I did both especially since the flowers were dead the petals just fell right off. Lay the flowers and any citrus or other herbs in a single layer on the sheet pan. I ended up using two sheet pans since I had such a large arrangement.
3. Decide which essential oil you want to use. I bought this set cuz it contains 6 different scents.
Lavender- calm and relaxation
Sweet orange- positive attitudes
Lemongrass- relieves muscle pain and aches, boost energy
Tea tree- heals wounds and prevent infection
Eucalyptus- natural anti-inflammatory, clears out cough and heavy congestion
Peppermint- relieves anxiety, medicinal and calms gastrointestinal issues
I ended up going with the lemongrass scent. Combine 10-15 drops of the essential oil with one tablespoon of water (I did 15) in the spray bottle. Spray the flowers before you put them in the oven.
4. Leave the flowers in the oven for at least two hours or until the flowers have become brittle, but before they burn. When the flowers are ready to be taken out of the oven spray them again with some essential oil.
5. Once the flowers have cooled, gently mix the potpourri and place it in a vase, bowel, or a mesh bag. When it’s time to refresh the scent just spray it again with the essential oil. That’s it! Super easy right!