Easy Homemade Autumn Potpourri

The undeniable smell of autumn is in the air. The cool crisp breeze, the cider and apples are all a warm reminder that fall is here. With all of these amazing scents surrounding us, why not bring those aromas indoors by making homemade potpourri that includes some of these ingredients?

Today we share with you two amazing homemade fall potpourri mixes.

Both of these recipes are easy to make and only include a few ingredients. You will see that each recipe includes similar drying processes with the only variances being specific to ingredients. You can make this recipe your own and add in different items to obtain your desired look or scent. We recommend ways in each recipe to do just that!

When making these potpourri recipes, the fruit drying process is nearly identical with the only differences being that of the fruit being dried. You can also dry whole pieces of fruit or just the peel as described in two separate drying processes.

Fruit Drying Process


The actual process of drying fruit is relatively simple. Using citrus fruits such as lemons, limes and oranges are perfect add-ins to your potpourri because they retain their color and shape once they’ve dried.

Directions:

  1. Cut desired citrus fruits into thin slices.
  2. Place on wire rack.
  3. Heat at 200 degrees for approximately 2 hours; make sure to flip every 1/2 hour.
  4. Leave oven door open so moisture can escape.
  5. If fruit is not dried enough, leave in for an additional 30 minutes.

Fruit Peel Drying Process

You can also dry fruit peels to add into your potpourri, which adds both depth and texture to the mix. If you choose to add in fruit peels, make sure to use a sharp knife or wide peeler when obtaining the peel from the fruit. When peeling the rings, try to peel them in long strands because as they dry they will turn and twist into cool designs. Heat the rings in the oven for approximately 2 hours, again turning them over every 1/2 hour.

 Dried Fruit Potpourri


Dried Fruit Potpourri imparts a fresh zest that fills your home with a crisp and fresh aroma; and the best thing about this recipe is that you can create multiple variations of potpourri just by trading out your favorite fruits. This homemade potpourri is the ideal mix for kitchens and dining rooms because it’ll keep your home smelling fresh and clean.

Ingredients:

  • Lime, lemon, and orange 
  • Cinnamon sticks (add additional spices as desired)
  • Star anise
  • Pine cones
  • Colorful fall leaves

Add-ins

Snatch some bags of freeze-dried fruit, which is available in many stores, to add into your potpourri blend. Freeze-dried fruit has no moisture in it, so it’s an ideal and easy add-in that requires no additional effort on your part. In particular, try using freeze-dried strawberries as they provide a vibrant pop of color in your potpourri mix.

You can also add in spices to compliment the fruit in your mix. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Cinnamon sticks
  2. Whole cloves and star anise
  3. Herbs (try thyme and rosemary)
  4. Ground cinnamon and nutmeg

Spicy Fall Potpourri


If you’re new to making homemade potpourri, then this recipe is for you. It’s simple to make and only requires 4 ingredients! This mix lets off a spicy and warm aroma that’s sure to get your guest’s attention and make your house smell amazing.

Ingredients:

  • Orange slices
  • Small pine cones
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 dozen star anise

You have the option to purchase dried orange slices from a craft store or you can make your own. If you decide to make your own, the directions are straightforward, and the drying oranges will make your house smell crisp.

Directions to Drying Orange Slices
  1. Slice oranges into thin slices (1/8″ thick).
  2. Blot away excess juice by pressing the slices between paper towels.
  3. Place onto oven rack and dry for 3 hours at 280 degrees. Flip them every 3-45 minutes.

Potpourri Display Ideas


There are many ways to display your newly created homemade potpourri including placing the mix into a mason jar. You can typically find an old one at an antique store or purchase one in a craft store. Mix your potpourri as desired and add in Holiday accessories such as candy corn, candy cane pieces or little pumpkins. Tie a spooky Halloween, a festive Christmas ribbon, or Thanksgiving ribbon around the jar to customize it.


Whichever recipe you choose to make, be sure to have fun with it! Add something new to the mix every time you make a batch or display it differently. Bring the scent of fall into your home by making your own homemade potpourri mix.

For more fall recipes, try our Butternut Squash Soup!

Photo credits: Danielle Jones

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Danielle Jones

Danielle resides in the Mitten State with her husband, toddler son and two loving pit-bull dogs. When Danielle isn’t writing and capturing pictures, she runs a small social media company, Buzz Mitten Media and is co-owner of Two Clicks Photography. Her interests include fitness, healthy eating, cooking, wine, reading, photography, exploring the beautiful state of Michigan, and spending time with family. She is a hardcore Spartans, Lions, Tigers and Red Wings fan and can talk sports all day long. You can find her blog here: https://coffeechaosandgiggles.com/ and visit her photography page at https://www.facebook.com/twoclicksphotographyanddesign. Follow her on Instagram: danielle_jones and twitter: @ daniseitzjones.

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