Homemade potpourri made with natural apples, orange slices, and cinnamon sticks is a great way to bring a little beauty and fragrance to your home.
A while back I showed you how to make potpourri from your garden flowers. Today I'm sharing an easy way to make homemade potpourri with oranges, apples, and cinnamon sticks.
Perfect for fall or as a Christmas potpourri, these scents offer a warm and cozy feel to your home.
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How to Make Homemade Potpourri
- Slice your fruit about 1/4 inch thick.
- Pat off any excess juice with paper towels
- Place them on the oven rack for 2 hours at 200 degrees, flipping occasionally. You can also use an oven safe cooling rack (as shown above) to prevent the fruit from falling through.
- After about an hour flip them over on the rack.
- Since ovens vary this may take a little longer or a little less time. Just keep an eye on the fruit and make sure it doesn't burn.
- Next, remove them from the oven and place them in a cool dry spot to completely dry out. This may take another day or two.
- Place the dried orange and apple slices in your favorite bowl with some cinnamon sticks and enjoy.
Once when my daughter was very little, she showed me how pretty the center of an apple is, with the star or flower shape in the middle from the seeds.
This shape shows up beautifully in the dried apple slices. Here I used red delicious apples, because of their pretty dark-colored skin. I love the way the edges curl up while drying in the oven.
Homemade Potpourri Tip
The dried fruit and cinnamon sticks are fragrant, but if you want to add more fragrance or freshen up this potpourri in the future, you can easily add some cellulose fiber and fragrance oil to the bottom of your bowl.
Wouldn't this make a nice party favor or small gift?
It's very similar to this simmering potpourri project. In fact, you could use these elements in a simmering pot of water too.
Still, I think I like the way it looks just as much as the way it smells and will keep it displayed on our coffee table.
- Red apples
- Cinnamon sticks
- Cellulose fiber (optional)
- Fragrance oil (optional)
- Sharp knife
- Oven safe rack
- Thinly slice apples and oranges.
- Use paper towels to pat off any excess moisture.
- Set the sliced fruit directly on oven rack or an oven safe rack.
- Heat in the oven on low heat around 200 degrees for 2 - 4 hours flipping occasionally or until dry.
- Toss dried fruit slices with cinnamon stick together to make the potpourri.
- You can additionally add some fragrance oil to cellulous fiber and place it under the potpourri for added fragrance.
Ovens and fruit sizes will vary. It may take less time or more for the fruit to dry.