Thursday, May 13, 2010

Good Smell Crafts Makes Your Life Happy

Potpourri crafts are such a wonderful way to make the environment inside your home smell good and spiced. You can also save money by making your own air freshener in the presence of a homemade potpourri. The fact that you can also give it away as a gift is such a nice and interesting idea that drives the interest of many people in trying it out. Making your own potpourri can be easy and fun. You can do it on your own through simple materials at home. All you need to do is to find a nice container or canister where you can put the entire potpourri.

These crafts are commonly composed of lavender buds, dried botanicals with fragrant oils. Any craft store will carry a selection of dried botanicals you can use along with fragrant oils. You can use potpourri oil, scented candles, and soap or if you want to be unique, you can also use dried fruits for your potpourri. There are simple ways to make dried fruits for a fragrant potpourri, here’s how:

1. Fruit preparation

Cut orange and lemon peelings into small pieces and place each piece onto the cookie sheet. You need to cut the apple, peaches and pear into the desired slice you wish to have. Put them onto the cookie sheet. Arrange them into your desired arrangement and make sure they are peeled and they don’t overlap each other.

2. The drying process

You need to set your oven to 250 degrees and place the cookie sheet with the fruit pieces and peelings inside. Leave them for 2 hours until they dried up. But you need to check on them every 30 minutes to make sure they doesn’t cook instead they just dried up.

3. Creating Potpourri

Place the fruits inside a resealable bag. Add a tbsp. of salt and one tsp. of sweet smelling spices you prefer. Close the bag and shake well. Set it aside overnight. Put it on your preferred canister or jar and enjoy the smell of the flavour you have chosen.

Now that you have your home made potpourri, you can now make your homemade canister or jar. There are lots of materials you can find at home which you can still use as a canister for your fruit potpourri. You can also make one out of carton scraps. This is also a nice gift to someone special especially if you don’t have enough money for it. Homemade crafts are one of the best ways to show your love and care to someone special. Giving gifts doesn’t necessarily mean you need to spend thousands of dollars. All you need to do is just to make something out of used things inside your home. Flowers inside your garden can also be a nice potpourri idea; they can be any of the following:

• Rose
• Pine
• Lavender
• Chamomile

You can use these fresh botanical plants to accent your potpourri and still you need to choose a perfume that goes along with the items inside the canister.

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