These pretty little sachets are made from a cross-stitch kit we sell, I wish I could say that I had stitched them but sadly … no time … but they were beautifully made for me by Gladys Dorr and don’t they look lovely!
I love having fragrance around the house and sachets and little bags of goodies feature heavily in many of the rooms here. Some I fill with lavender, little sachets for example in drawers and with the linen and towels in the airing cupboard. But sometimes I want a different effect, which is where making your own pot pourri comes in handy!
It depends what type of smell you enjoy the most – some people are very flowery, others prefer clean piney smells – I am very fond of citrusy smells and often use oranges and lemons for these projects.
This is a recipe for pot pourri I have used for many years:
Strawberry and orange preserve pot pourri
- 2 cups chopped dried orange peel
- 2 cups rose hips
- ½ cup black peppercorns
- 1 cup white peppercorns,
- 1 cup strawberry leaves
- 1 cup orris root soaked in 2tsp strawberry oil
- 1 tsp sweet orange oil
- A few drops of black pepper oil
Combine all the ingredients and leave to mature in a sealed ziplock bag for 3 weeks. Then display or fill little sacks like these.
Another idea is something much more feminine – and dating back to Elizabethan times
Spiced roses for your linens
Rose petals dried in the shade with cloves ground to a powder and some dried mace.
As the recipe is so old there are no quantities but I used a large spoon of mace and clove combined with every cup or so of quite tightly packed rose petals. In Elizabethan times I am sure the rose petals would all have had a lovely smell, whereas today they rarely do. So add a few drops of rose essential oil before mixing everything together. Leave it overnight and then fill little bags.
Have a look on Google for a supplier of orris root or essential oils, they are fairly easy to find!